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 Oct 12 2020
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

The mighty duo of Ra Ra Riot Girls really set the tone for tonight, as they hit a double or nothing in round 2 to propel themselves into the lead. Quizzie McGuire and Blargh Blargh Blargh hit their own double or nothings in the next round to propel themselves into spitting distance from the Riot Girls, but were never quite able to touch them. Though there was another strong competitor that showed up late: if Infinity Squared had joined in on the first round instead of the third, it might have been a very different game.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 Ra Ra Riot Girls 45 6 1.000
2 Blargh Blargh Blargh 42 5 0.833
3 Quizzie McQuire 39 4 0.667
4 26160 Infinity Squared 30 3 0.500
5 MJ Goat 21 2 0.333
6 The Albion 17 1 0.167
7 We Missed Jeopardy for This 11 0 0.000


Mon Oct 5 2020
| by Quizmaster Shannon Holbrook

  1. A fun evenly matched game! Fun to play beneath the oak trees and the stars! 3 teams entered the trivia arena: the Hazy maybez, the Hops and Dog and Team WineoMite.

At round 5 all three teams ranked evenly with 18 points! Then Wine-o-mite pulled ahead and took the night with 27 points! Followed hotly by Hops and dog with 26 points and coming 3rd the Hazy Maybes. Fun times and tasty food!

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 Wineomite 27 2 1.000
2 Hops and Dog 26 1 0.500
3 Hazy Maybez 24 0 0.000


Mon Sep 28 2020
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

It was a hot night at Hops & Scotch...quite literally; we were in the middle of another heat wave. But that didn't stop the patio from being packed.

WYNNERZ intended to live up to their name, making a big move in round 2 with a double or nothing to take the lead. MMA wasn't going to let that go unchallenged, and hit their own double or nothing the next round to pull almost even with them.

MMA pulled into the lead in round 4, but then it looked like they didn't get their answers in for round 6, putting WYNNERZ back in the lead. It turned out they had accidentally entered the round 6 questions in the round 7 sheet, but it was moot...they did a double or nothing in the final round to make them the incontestable winners.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 MMA 57 3 1.000
2 WYNNERZ 47 2 0.667
3 The Quizzard of Oz 45 1 0.333
4 Beer Bitches 7 0 0.000