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 Dec 23 2019
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

It was a raucous night at Hops and Scotch! The place was packed, and everyone was of good cheer as we got down to holiday-themed trivia. As might be expected, regulars Preciate Cha and Question Authority took an early lead, but new team The Smartinis leapt into first in round 2 with a double or nothing. Unfortunately for them, they couldn't maintain that momentum. Bah Humbug showed up late and missed the first round, but jumped in strong, remaining so throughout. The Filthy Animals also had a very strong showing...if they had only dared a double or nothing on a round or two, they could have finished at the top. But it was seasoned veterans Question Authority and Preciate Cha that took first and second place.

Sticking with the holiday theme, for the drinking round I reminded everyone of that song, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," and asked: you've just seen your mother kissing Santa Claus. What happens next?

We had more winners than usual because I decided to make it a White Elephant! Winners had their choice of either one of the several presents provided by myself and Question Authority, or a gift card...or, as it was a White Elephant, they could steal someone else's present! And here are the winners :

What did you do when you saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus?

  • So I went to yell "slut" but then I stopped myself. This is 2019 and a lady can do with their body what they want. #feminism
  • And next Christmas had a little brother.
  • Post it to Twitter...duh.
  • Give mom a high five. She's been single a long time.
  • Nothing! I hate my dad!
  • Eat Santa's cookies and watch from the closet
  • Play the 70's porn music. Bahm chika bow wow
  • Promptly went and bought her cold sore medicine.
  • I would ask my mom how long she has been straight.
  • Take a selfie.
  • Ride the zucchini!
  • Grab my Game of Thrones bell and yell, "Shame!"
  • Take a picture and blackmail Mr. Claus
  • Join in.

Everyone had a lot of fun, and a few gifts definitely got stolen...notably the Settlers of Catan board game and the Seinfeld Festivus sweatshirt, each of which got stolen the maximum number of times.

And to all a good night!


Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 21410 Question Authority 60 8 1.000
2 21760 Preciate Cha 53 7 0.875
3 The Filthy Animals 46 6 0.750
4 Bah Humbug 39 5 0.625
5 The Smartinis 33 4 0.500
6 Board of Directors 21 3 0.375
7 Mighty Mittens 19 2 0.250
8 It's My Birthday 17 1 0.125
9 L'il Cuties 12 0 0.000


Mon Dec 16 2019
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

Visiting from out of town, the solitary member of Jessica's Team made quite the impression. Fresh out of the gate, he was in the lead, cementing that lead with a double or nothing in round 3 to put him ten points over closest competitor Question Authority. "Guess Where" was a tough round for everyone other than Jessica's Team, further solidifying his lead. Meat Palace made a big play in round 6, hitting a double or nothing to propel them into second place. Jessica's Team also got a double or nothing that round, becoming virtually untouchable in a runaway win.

For the drinking round, I asked what everyone was going to ask Santa for, with the Hops & Scotch staff choosing the winners. Here they are:

"Santa, what I'd like for the Holidays is..."

  • A Trivia Night win!
  • Student loan forgiveness.
  • Better looking friends.
  • My dignity.
  • My divorce to be final.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 13196 Jessica's Team 67 4 1.000
2 23453 The Meat Palace 45 3 0.750
3 L'il Cuties 32 2 0.500
4 21410 Question Authority 29 1 0.250
5 Wu 12 0 0.000


Mon Dec 9 2019
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

Tipsy Teachers were showing off their education with an early double or nothing, but they found themselves in close contention with 1 Ball Left. Regulars Question Authority and Preciate Cha struggled some to come back from a deficit, but an early departure from Tipsy Teachers and a missed double or nothing by Question Authority allowed Preciate Cha to squeeze into second place behind 1 Ball Left.

For the drinking round, I asked everyone for their best "Florida man" headlines. Here are the best:

  • Florida man loses penis during alligator home invasion.
  • Florida man takes bath salt enema, wrestles anaconda naked.
  • Florida man hits once in a lifetime hole in one! Jeff Jones, playing a course outside Jacksonville, dropped his 3-iron in the rough. Picking it up, he realizes its a snake. But with his $100 bet on the line, he hits his ball straight into the 9th hole.
  • Florida man sues zoo, claiming baby alligators his.
  • Florida man gets shot in the face by dog. Still friends.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 1 Ball Left 47 7 1.000
2 21760 Preciate Cha 43 6 0.857
3* 23848 Tipsy Teachers 40 4 0.643
3 Good Dog Basil 40 4 0.643
5 The Goldstein Sisters 35 3 0.429
6 21410 Question Authority 32 1 0.214
6 Livin' the Dream 32 1 0.214
8 Eli's Concussions 27 0 0.000
* Won Tiebreaker