Hops & Scotch

7001 Sunne Ln #100
Walnut Creek CA 94597
(925) 378-7980
  • PUB QUIZ—Mondays @ 6:00pm
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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 May 31 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

It was a toasty night in Walnut Creek for Memorial Day. Everyone was staying cool with their beer, but the competition definitely heated up between VAJE and Infinity Squared, who were neck and neck for most of the night. We had a few new teams tonight, who weren't quite as competitive, but everyone was having a good time for their 3-day weekend.

For the drinking round, I tossed out some challenging trivia regarding Memorial Day. A few of the questions were a little too tough for the crowd, but nevertheless, there was some very good knowledge about the holiday on display tonight.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 26160 Shenanigans🎈💣🤪🎉🥴 47 5 1.000
2 27369 VAJE 43 4 0.800
3 27363 JBC 28 2 0.500
3 27371 Gib-shankers 28 2 0.500
5 27373 Stella’s Bellas 24 1 0.200
6 27372 TheGirls 7 0 0.000


Mon May 24 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

A beautiful night at Hops & Scotch! The patio was packed, and the claws were out as regulars Infinity Squared, Positively Negative and Quizzie McGuire were all jockeying for the lead. But while they were all focused on beating each other, newcomers Cliston's Pistons and Team Cody were sneaking up from behind. It was looking for awhile like the Pistons might take the game, but Team Cody proved their literary prowess during the handout round and leapt into the lead with a double or nothing.

For the drinking round, I thought it might be fun to do a little Disney Parks trivia. One of the Better Late Than Pregnant team got really excited, then bummed that she blew her one win for the round on an easy question. There were some pretty challenging ones in there too, but the crowd still showed they were strong with the Mouse. 

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 27143 Team Cody 45 9 1.000
2 27134 Cliston’s Pistons 39 8 0.889
3 26170 Quizzie McGuire 38 6 0.722
3 26883 Positively Negative 38 6 0.722
5 26160 Shenanigans🎈💣🤪🎉🥴 37 5 0.556
6 27133 Better Late Than Pregnant 36 4 0.444
7 26730 Bad Hombres 33 3 0.333
8 21933 VC Victory 21 2 0.222
9 27139 Back Corner 20 1 0.111
10 27136 Shankowski 13 0 0.000


Mon May 17 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

It was a cold, windy night, but everyone stayed toasty by the portable heaters and were ready to rock some trivia!

Things started off as they have lately, with Infinity Squared, Positively Negative, and Quizzie McGuire all jockeying for the lead. But tonight both Bad Hombres(thanks to their impressive Ethan Hawke knowledge) and Christened4Life were serious contenders. It was a photo finish with Quizzie McGuire just getting their noses past the finish line first.

For the drinking round, I challenged everyone with some riddles worthy of the sphinx. It turned out that several members of Infinity Squared were inordinately good at riddles, so this was the first and likely last night of a riddle round.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 26170 Quizzie McGuire 42 6 0.750
2 26730 Bad Hombres 41 4 0.750
2 26883 Positively Negative 41 4 0.667
4 26885 Christened4Life 40 3 0.500
5 26160 Shenanigans🎈💣🤪🎉🥴 38 2 0.333
6 26878 Beer Thirty 28 1 0.167
7 26884 Wied4Speed 10 0 0.000