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The Hop Shop
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
3855 E 96th St
phone: (317) 846-2337
// CLOSED //
(Place added by: Viking on 05-16-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 31
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The hop shop was my second stop in Indianapolis. The hop shop is well lighted and the shelves are easy to get around. A very roomy sort of store. The clerk was very knowledgeable about both the stock and beer in general. He was able to make numerous sugestions on beers in the store. The selection is not as big as some other places but it is still top notch. There is a lot of cold beer available in the cooler. There is a pretty extensive wine collection. However, I came here for the beer. Everything in the store was also sold as singles. There was discounts available for buying mixed sixes of singles and mixed cases.
03-05-2006 10:42:46 |
More by nlmartin
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
This, my first review of a liquor store, was inspired by an exceptional act of customer service. I bought several De Dolle beers, which the cashier placed into an empty six pack. Now, I know to always carry them from the bottom, and sure enough, as I unlocked my car and held the six-pack from the top, the bottom fell out. None of the beers broke, but the seal was broken on two of them. So, I went back into the store, and asked Courtney, the owner, if he wanted to drink some beers. I told him what happened, that I was a dumbass, and said it was no big deal. He immediately went and got two replacement beers, and we proceeded to drink. I never asked him to replace the beers, nor did I expect him to. Cheers to you, Courtney.
This place does not have the biggest selection in town, but the prices are great, and Courtney is almost always there and willing to talk beer. The emphasis is obviously quality over quantity. They have good cheeses, cigars, sake, calvados, and wine. Tastings are frequent, and they get most special releases.
02-26-2006 08:47:51 |
More by Sephiroth
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was very impressed by the selection of American micro/craft brews that they carry. The staff seemed knowledgeable, but I honestly did not spend much time discussing beer. We were in close to closing time and wanted to get our beer. I picked up a good sampling from Bell's, FFF, Stone, and a couple Belgians.
The prices were very reasonable for Indiana, and I got a 10% discount for buying 12+ singles (including several champagne-sized bottles).
I will definitely be returning on my next trip to Indy!
02-25-2006 08:02:44 |
More by champagnelsc
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I was in Indianapolis on business this week. Upon reading some reviews, I ventured out to buy some beer as the selection back home (Knoxville, TN) sucks. I decided to go check out the Hop Shop and am very glad I did. Not only do they have an excellent overall selection, but service is top notch. Courtney (the owner) gave me some fantastic recommendations, based on what types of beers I like. He and I spoke about beer for at least half an hour, and it was obvious that this guy knows his stuff. He steered me away from some of the beers I was interested in and towards several he felt I would enjoy more. The guy is a beer freak, and I mean that in the best way! I didn't make it to any of the other area beer stores, because I ended up with plenty from The Hop Shop. I'm sure I might have found plenty to purchase at these other stores, but can't imagine finding any better service or quality.
02-05-2006 05:18:44 |
More by kruugman
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
The Hop Shop is Indy's newest beer shop and its story is still being written. The selection continues to improve with every passing month. Having been to every major beer store in the area, I can say that the Hop Shop is one of my favorite places to go for several reasons. First of all the quality of their beer is excellent. This is due to them doing a pretty brisk business for the beers they do stock and keeping them pretty fresh, and also related to the fact that they don't carry nearly as many different beers as Kahn's or Parti Pak. Their beer is all organized very well and there is plenty of room to maneuver around the store, unlike at some of the other beer stores. The owner is much more interested in keeping the beer they have fresh rather than having an ungodly amount of different beers to choose from, which I can respect. Of course ideally a beer store would have both an ungodly amount of different beers and enough turnover that none would ever go bad, but that certainly doesn't happen in Indy, and probably not anywhere else either. That said, the selection here is lacking in some ways. They rarely carry the full line of a brewery, nor do they have nearly the foreign beer selection of Kahn's and Parti Pak, though they do have a respectable Belgian selection, including some Cantillon, De Dolle, and others. They specialize in American Micros though, and have a great selection of the regional and local breweries to Indy. They also have a particularly good Dogfish Head selection for whatever reason. They do get all of the special releases from those breweries, like FFF Dreadnaught, Bell's Batch 7000, and others, though they don't last too long before running out.
The best feature of the Hop Shop is the ability to purchase singles of every beer they offer. On top of this, you can create your own six pack (they provider the empty six pack holders) for a 5% discount from the single prices, and if you create 2 six packs, you get 10% off! This is a spectactular deal. The singles are marked up from what their six pack equivalent prices would be, but if you get two mixed six packs, that markup almost completely disappears. And on top of that you get to try 12 different beers that you haven't had before. Also, anything but 750s are eligible for the discount, even the beers that they only sell in singles because of price, like JW Lees, World Wide Stout, and Belgians, not to mention Bombers and 500mL bottles. This is the main reason I go back to this store so often, because I don't want to buy a six pack of every new beer in case I don't like it.
The service is also usually very good, as Courtney (a guy), the owner, is usually there and has excellent beer knowledge. The other workers all seem to be very competent and knowledgeable as well. I would highly recommend this store to anyone visiting the area, but if you really want the absolute best selection, go to Parti Pak, or Kahn's if you don't mind being overcharged.
01-18-2006 22:07:52 |
More by PatYoda
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I recently stopped by this place to put together a sampler for my brother to take back to North Carolina. I had already mapped out six beers that I wanted for his to try and I knew I could get singles there. They have a pretty nice selection, but maybe a little short on imports. I was also missing the presence of Great Lakes. I caught Holy Moses, but not the two I was looking for. The guys there are always willing to help out or offer suggestions. I think the price is a little under Kahn's and definitely under some of the other places like Ace. I will definitely stop by when I am in the area.
08-12-2005 03:03:26 |
More by rdailey76
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A nice little beer shop that probably feels like a godsend in Indy (even though they have Kahn's), but is really only pretty good when judged by what other stores around the country offer.
The beers I looked at were relatively fresh and being able to mix and match a sixer of anything is very nice. As others have said, the beers are arranged by state, then country allowing me to hone in on local micros to get a sense of where brewing is in Indiana. Indiana gets some beers that Illinois does not (Stone) so whenever we visit, I make a stop at a good beer store.
It was a bit hard to find and the map on the store's website really doesn't help since it is not to scale and doesn't show that the store is not actually on 96th, but rather in a stripmall two lots off of 96th. It is behind the brand new looking "Irish" bar.
The beer guy was more than happy to help me pick out beers and give me recommendations for beers that were local in Indiana. Although he had trouble saying anything negative, I could still read between the lines.
Selection is nice, but smallish. Belgians are sorely underrepresented and their Germans are from only a few breweries. I can't really recommend this store for selection.
Nice and clean with helpful staff. Don't go looking for rare imports, but they do have a nice selection of Indiana and Michigan brewed beers.
06-27-2005 14:39:30 |
More by silenius
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I really enjoyed my experience at this store. Upon entering, we were the only patrons in the shop. One of the employees gave us a run-down of what beers were located where, their policy on splitting 6-packs, and then turned us loose to do our shopping. Very good service without being overbearing. The store itself is small to moderate sized. There is a lot of room to walk between shelves and shop. They have a lot of beer in the store, but lack the power punch of carrying the knock-out beers like Cantillon and other good Belgians. They have only been open for 7 weeks, so I hope to see them get these beers in the future. Their selection can only be improved, not that it is bad to begin with. Prices here were much better than my previous stop in town. There was a little problem when I checked out, as some of the single bottles rang though at the 6-pack price, giving me a total of over $60 for 12 beers. I checked my receipt as I walked to the car, and there were still 3 bottles at the 6-pack price after the first correction ($38 for 2 mixed 6 packs of Indiana beer just didn't sound right to me). We got it all squared away finally and it was $16 for the 12 brews, so I get to try 12 new beers from breweries I wouldn't have had access to without my stop here. If you are driving through Indy, its just a few minutes off of 465 at the Keystone exit. Check it out.
06-20-2005 16:49:47 |
More by kmpitz2
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I was on the north side of Indy so I thought that I'd give this place a try and I wasn't disappointed. The place is nice and airy with tons more room than the Kahn's at Keystone and the prices seemed to be a tad cheaper as well. Selection isn't quite at the level of Kahn's yet but they just opened. The Belgian section was weaker than I would like to see with no gueuzes at all and the only lambics being of the Lindemanns variety. Westmalle, Orval, and Chimay represented the Trappist section. St. Bernardus beers were notably missing. The german section seems to rival the best in Indy and they have a decent selection of American micros. Service was outstanding at worst, with a very helpful and chatty employee volunteering to carry my bottles while talking about beer. This place has the potential to become the best in Indy. I imagine the selection will improve as months pass as well. I will be coming back while in town.
06-07-2005 23:41:36 |
More by soper2000
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
The Hop Shop is one of the latest liquor stores to open in the area sporting a good beer focus. Although most of the beer is kept at room temp, more floor space is devoted to craft beer than is devoted to wine, liquor, and macros combined! The selection is good... not outstanding... but they are still in the proces of stocking up. One of the nicest features is that nearly all 12oz bottles they have are available as singles! Prices are pretty reasonable... and probably because it's a pretty small (boutique) shop, the service is very good.
05-24-2005 20:56:23 |
More by zerk
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