Hops & Scotch

7001 Sunne Ln #100
Walnut Creek CA 94597
(925) 378-7980
  • PUB QUIZ—Mondays @ 6:00pm
About Hops & Scotch

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Whisk(e)y originates from Gaelic for “water of life”. According to author David Broom, the Scots and Irish Gaelic translation of this is uisge beatha. This referred to a proto-whisk(e)y redistilled with spices and herbs and the straight version became known as 'usky'."

Now is it Whiskey or Whisky? In short, the spelling "whiskey" is common in the United States and Ireland. The rest of the world, including Japan, Scotland and Canada, uses "whisky."

Bourbon, Rye, Single Malts, Blends - they're all whisk(e)y. There is no one right way to drink all whisk(e)ys. Whether you drink it neat or on the rocks, whisk(e)y is one of America's most beloved spirits.  Enjoying this beverage is a personal journey that could easily change from week to week, day to day, drink to drink.

You'll find that many whisk(e)ys are greatly enhanced by ice, but you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you don't at least try the whiskey neat. Have you tried your Scotch with a few drops of mineral water?  A splash of water can be a great thing as it releases the hydrophobic elements in the glass, allowing you to detect more aromatics on the nose, and by lowering the alcohol content, it can allow you to taste more flavors on your palate.

At Hops & Scotch we have over 450 types of whisk(e)ys ranging from American Bourbon to Japanese Whisk(e)y.  Whether you like your rye neat or your Scotch with a drop of mineral water, or your bourbon with our ice spheres molded at the bar, Hops & Scotch is sure to have something to please your palate!



Mon Dec 27 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

It was a great crowd for our last show of 2021! For the longest time, it  was Lisa's Peeps and Positively Negative jockeying for first place, but then 0100 catapulted ahead in Round 6 with their in-depth knowledge of horror movies. We ended up with a 3-way tie for second place between Lisa's Peeps, Tiki Thomas and Positively Negative, with Positively Negative winning the tiebreaker.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 44971 0100 46 6 1.000
2* 26883 Positively Negative 39 3 0.556
2 44973 Lisa’s Peeps 39 3 0.556
2 44974 Tiki Thomas 39 3 0.556
5 28565 We Drink and Know Things 36 2 0.333
6 44972 YAHTZEE! 28 1 0.167
7 44969 Grinches Who Stole Christmas 20 0 0.000
* Won Tiebreaker


Mon Dec 20 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

Hops & Scotch was hopping with activity tonight for our pre-Solstice show! Shenanigans was taking no prisoners, grabbing ahold of the lead in round 1 and never letting go. We Drink and Know Things and Half Astronauts duked it out all night for second place, with Half Astronauts spending most of the time just one point ahead of We Drink and Know Things.

We had a few new teams joining the veterans tonight. Even though they came in last, The Cupcakes had a great time, and are excited to come back for another try next week.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 26160 Shenanigans🎈💣🤪🎉🥴 63 7 1.000
2 43946 Half Astronauts 42 6 0.857
3 28565 We Drink and Know Things 41 5 0.714
4 26730 Bad Hombres 32 4 0.571
5 26883 Positively Negative 30 3 0.429
6 43945 Maybe Last? 27 1 0.214
6 43948 Hope&Bain 27 1 0.214
8 43947 The Cupcakes 22 0 0.000
* Won Tiebreaker


Mon Dec 13 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

Shenanigans and We Drink and Know Things locked horns, joined by newcomers Wine Not. It was a tight contest between the first two, but ultimately We Drink and Know Things held onto a narrow lead in a challenging quiz.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 28565 We Drink and Know Things 51 2 1.000
2 26160 Shenanigans🎈💣🤪🎉🥴 46 1 0.500
3 42547 Wine Not? 26 0 0.000
* Won Tiebreaker