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 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


Mon Apr 19 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

Positively Negative came to play tonight, throwing down the gauntlet with a double or nothing in round 2. No other team got within spitting distance of them the whole night, so then it really became a question of who would come in second. Infinity Squared held on strongly to that slot, though Paddy's Boys was creeping up on them. Sadly, the double or nothing equivalent of the half court shot by Paddy's Boys in round 7 was all net, and the game finished predictably.

For the drinking round, I challenged people to name the television show based on the fictional game played in that show. There was some impressive TV knowledge on show as there was only one game that no one could name.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 Positively Negative 49 4 1.000
2 Infinity Squared 39 3 0.750
3 Paddy's Boys 29 2 0.500
4 Tanner Stage Six 21 0 0.125
4 The Sweet Angels 21 0 0.125


Mon Apr 12 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

This was a crowd that knew their Notorious RBG! In the Guess Who round, all the teams except Varibottom guessed Ruth Bader Ginsburg correctly on just the 2nd clue...and the only reason Varibottom didn't get it until the last clue, is because they hadn't shown up at Hops and Scotch until the last clue!

805 Allstars started slow, but ended up within spitting distance of winning. Still, there was no stopping SWAGS, who managed to maintain a small lead through every round. Positively Negative continued to show strong, coming in second place.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 SWAGS 45 7 1.000
2 Positively Negative 41 6 0.857
3 805 Allstars 40 5 0.714
4 Infinity Squared 38 4 0.571
5 The Sad Boys 32 3 0.429
6 The Sicamese 28 2 0.286
7 Joeys Bitches 25 1 0.143
8 Varibottom 16 0 0.000