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 10 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

After a few technical hiccups, we got the ball rolling with the game on this warm spring night in Walnut Creek.

Quizzie McGuire jumped out of the gate strong as usual, with Positively Negative and Infinity Squared not far behind. The Lins knew their L'il Wayne, and so in the Guess Who round they moved into third. After the dust all settled, we had a tie for first between Positively Negative and Infinity Squared, with Quizzie McGuire dropping into third. Ultimately, Infinity Squared guessed best during the tiebreaker, and took the night.

In honor of Mother's Day yesterday and Mexican Mother's Day today, I had a Mother's Day-themed drinking round where I gave everyone clues to guess famous pop culture mothers. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun during that round, and the gift cards were spread around well amongst the various teams.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 Positively Negative 32 5 0.917
1 Infinity Squared 32 5 0.917
3 Quizzie McGuire 28 4 0.667
4 The Lins 22 3 0.500
5 Bad Hombres 21 1 0.250
5 Idahomies 21 1 0.250
7 Some Thompsons 18 0 0.000


Mon May 3 2021
| by Quizmaster Michael Houston

Hey there Quizzers! It was a great night out at Hops & Scotch. The weather was beautiful and the crowd was energetic. 6 teams showed up to thrown down tonight.

Round 1 eased us into the quiz with a nice selection of questions. The drinking round was very animated as I made people raise their hands to announce an answer. By the end of Round 7 Infinity Squared inched ahead and took home 1st prize. Positively Negative took home a close 2nd and the newcomers Sushiteers came in 3rd.


Thank you all again for the chance to run a show for you. I hope I did Paul justice. We'll see you again next week. Same Quiz Time. Same Quiz Channel.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 Infinity Squared 74 5 1.000
2 Positively Negative 72 4 0.800
3 Shushiteers 66 3 0.600
4 Girls Night 57 2 0.400
5 26159 Wine-O-Mite 53 1 0.200
6 Lily Bear 1 0 0.000


Mon Apr 26 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

There was some tight competition tonight between our current top three teams, Quizzie McGuire, Positively Negative, and Jewish Laser Tag. In the end, Quizzie McGuire tenaciously held on to their slim lead, coming in first with Jewish Laser Tag close behind. 

We had a couple of returning teams from Ye Olde pre-pandemic days: Question Authority and Better Late Than Pregnant both put in strong showings.

As today was 4/26, aka "Alien Day," I decided to do an Alien-themed drinking round. It's a good thing I had a lot of extra questions in my pocket for this one though as it turned out that despite the large crowd, most were not very familiar with Alien, Aliens or any of the other films in the franchise!

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 Quizzie McGuire 42 8 1.000
2 Jewish Laser Tag 39 7 0.875
3 Positively Negative 37 6 0.750
4 Question Authority 33 5 0.625
5 Better Late Than Pregnant 30 4 0.500
6 Table 2 26 3 0.375
7 KayKay 17 2 0.250
8 Bad Hombres 15 1 0.125
9 C 11 0 0.000