Hops & Scotch

7001 Sunne Ln #100
Walnut Creek CA 94597
(925) 378-7980
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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 Aug 9 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

Tonight saw an especially exciting competition, as there was a lot of teams jockeying for first and second place. Cliston's Pistons, Positively Negative, Preciate Cha, and Well that's a stupid name all jumped out strongly into a tie for 1st in the first round with a double or nothing. Cliston's and Positively Negative kept the pressure on with yet another double or nothing in round 2, though Infinity Squared added their own in that round. Cliston's slid a bit midgame thanks to an incorrect guess in the Guess Who round, with Preciate Cha pulling ahead in round 5 with a big money 20 point double or nothing. Trailing heading in to round 7, Cliston's Pistons confidently doubled down in that final round, finishing in first. Solidly performing throughout, Positively Negative ended up in second place close behind.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 27134 Cliston’s Pistons 66 8 1.000
2 26883 Positively Negative 63 7 0.875
3 21760 Preciate Cha 60 6 0.750
4 26160 Shenanigans🎈💣🤪🎉🥴 56 4 0.563
4 28565 We Drink and Know Things 56 4 0.563
6 30585 Well that's a stupid name 45 3 0.375
7 29666 Whadafugawi’s 21 2 0.250
8 31032 Big Ballers 14 1 0.125
9 31026 JV 11 0 0.000


Mon Aug 2 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

Nothing like a car crash in the middle of round 4 to shake up the night! That's exactly what happened as we heard a screech, then a thump, and then watched a geyser of water erupting from the middle of Treat boulevard. But after a brief pause to call 911 and calm down from the excitement, everyone returned to laser focus. 

The Guantanamo Babes started out strong straight out of the gate. For awhile, it looked like they were going to be the clear winners of the night. Infinity Squared seemed for the longest time like they were going to stay in the middle of the pack, but then two back to back double or nothings in rounds 5 and 6 propelled them into first, and The Guantanamo Babes had to settle for the silver.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 26160 Shenanigans🎈💣🤪🎉🥴 66 8 1.000
2 27930 The Guantanamo Babes 63 7 0.875
3 21760 Preciate Cha 58 6 0.750
4 26883 Positively Negative 56 5 0.625
5 21417 Unstable Unicorns 37 4 0.500
6 28565 We Drink and Know Things 36 2 0.313
6 30585 Well that's a stupid name 36 2 0.313
8 27134 Cliston’s Pistons 33 1 0.125
9 28558 Smarty Pints 29 0 0.000


Mon Jul 26 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

Positively Negative and Cliston's Pistons came out strong from the start, both nailing a double or nothing on the 1st round. But things soon shifted as We Drink and Know Things and The Dinos demonstrated their deep knowledge of anime in the picture round. But it wasn't just anime that The Dinos knew. They seized the lead in that round and never let go, with very close competition between most of the other teams for second place. But it was Preciate Cha, thanks in no small part to a double or nothing in round 5, that came in second this evening.

For the drinking round, I challenged everyone to name movies based on the funny one-liners from the films. I definitely threw a few stumpers in there, but especially impressive was how someone nailed the Dr. Strangelove one well before I even finished the quote.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 30131 The Dinos 56 9 1.000
3 26883 Positively Negative 42 6 0.722
3 30133 The Rapscallions 42 6 0.722
5 28565 We Drink and Know Things 41 4 0.500
5 26160 Shenanigans🎈💣🤪🎉🥴 41 4 0.500
7 27134 Cliston’s Pistons 40 3 0.333
8 28915 Anything but last 39 2 0.222
9 29663 Texans in Cali 23 1 0.111
10 30134 The Sweet Angels 12 0 0.000