The Hoppy Monk


16 Reviews
The Hoppy MonkThe Hoppy Monk

Type: Bar, Eatery

4141 N Mesa St
El Paso, Texas, 79902-1419
United States

(915) 307-3263 | map

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Added by ZenAgnostic on 03-05-2011

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 26
Photo of depena
4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is a unique brew pub; it has something special. The owners, bartenders, and the servers are special people. No franchise atmosphere, marketing gimmicks, or fake window dressing; it is a genuine brew pub. The atmosphere and wood decor would lead you to believe it was built and well-kept for the last 80 years, though it is quite new.
They make it a point of rotating their beers with special brews, joint brews, seasonal beers, and hard to get limited beers. The range and variety of brews is all-encompassing. They love beer, know their beer, study and analyze their beer, and they drink beer.
If you're into single malt scotch, they got that too. While I've yet to eat there, Beto told me some of the customers who do eat there, don't drink beer (go figure). However bizarre that may sound, the point is the food got to be darn good. Their choice of entrees is an indication of how they put emphasis on quality as their menu consists of various organic selections.
This is one comfortable place. I love this place.

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Photo of Adele2012
4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Not only is this the best place for craft beers in El Paso, it is likely the best PLACE in El Paso. I have been going here regularly since it opened shortly after I moved here in Nov 2010. I have attended a beer/cheese pairing, and last week attended a beer dinner hosted by Stone and Duvel USA. They give out a special glass on Tuesdays. I have a love for craft beers but haven't been exploring it for very long. I have also brewed two home brews. The Monk recently opened their kitchen, and I would have to label it "contemporary bar food." had the best burger of my life there recently with arugula and a fried egg on top. The service is excellent, and the staff knows their is down the street from the University of Texas El Paso, and although the beers can get pricey, especially for a college budget, they always have a crowd. I am a member of their "Hoptimist Club." haha. Love this place. SERIOUS business here if you are a beer connoisseur.

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Photo of hexdi
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

As a beer fan, this is the best bar I've been to in El Paso.

Great atmosphere and a knowledgeable and friendly staff. There are hundreds of beers to choose from with almost 70 on tap (Amazing amount of choices for a place in El Paso).

The owner loves beer so much he sat outside, in the cold, with my friend and I just to have a chat about the brews we chose. He really knows his stuff.

The building itself is big enough. Inside there are booths and some tables in addition to the bar. Outside there is a nice patio with tables to sit at and small wood bars if you want to stand.

If you're not near the bar, don't worry. At night there are servers floating around keeping the place clean and taking orders.

This is the place to be for serious beer drinkers.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Nice to find a place like this in El Paso, where Bud Light and Mexican Loggers are the norm. Apparently open less than a year, it was quite lively on a Thursday night.

Beautiful copper backed tap wall with a good 30 beers on draught ranging from Chimay to locals like Real Ale from Blanco, Tex. Stone, DFH, Bear Republic, Tremens, Dechutes, etc. Very nice selection. Didn't even look at the bottle list but it is upwards of 100 beers, plus single malts and cigars.

Smoking patio in front has sold wood picnic tables and bar rails for standing. I sat at the bar and talked with a drunken old man who new his beer better than you would think, then with a newly arrived grad student at UTEP. Good mix of young and old, chicano and gringo. Music was a bit too clubby for me, but not to the point of irritation. Couple of big screen tvs over the bar, but they were turned down and did not dominate the room. Service was prompt and friendly.

If you are a beer geek in town on business or pleasure, this is probably the best beer bar in town. Great place.

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Photo of walterbyers
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The beer selection at this place is insane given it's geographic location. The ever-changing variety of world class beers is vast and formidable. Hard to find beers (for Texas and surrounding areas) can be found here (ex. St. Arnold's Divine Reserve, Real Ale Mysterium Verum, Dogfishhead Burton Baton, Deschutes The Abyss etc..). Service was prompt and friendly; they sometimes run out of a few draft beers, like any beer bar, but they were quick to suggest a comparable replacement. Prices are super reasonable without being dirt cheap. Overall excellent value and atmosphere. Music could be better when crowded.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Enormous beer selection of a bar; the largest in El Paso, particularly on draught.

You can buy several different varieties of "flights", which is basically 5 different tasting-sized beers from around the world set on top of a plank of wood. Great way to get up to speed on your ex-beer-ience for under 10 bucks.

The bartenders are very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable.

The beer selection here is amazing both in quality and quantity. No typical "domestics" here.

Beers are all served in their appropriate glassware. Tuesday nights is "Glass Night", where you get to keep the logo glassware for specified brew(s).

If you're serious about your beer and live in El Paso, this place is likely your second home.

I was also told that they might be looking at doing some cask-conditioned and/or cellared beers in the future, possibly even food. Definitely check the place out!

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The Hoppy Monk in El Paso, TX
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