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 Oct 26 2020
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

It was a spooky Halloween-themed night of trivia at Hops & Scotch...made even more so by all of the blackouts around the Bay Area thanks to the crazy high winds! But power was on at Hops and Scotch, and people were ready to play. Returning team Infinity Squared held onto a narrow lead early on. They managed to extend it during the Guess Who round by playing it cautious, when all the other teams guessed early and wrong, and took home the win. But Bad Hombres, which had been trailing badly through round 4, made a surprise double or nothing in round 5, and ultimately took 2nd place.

I did another Halloween-themed drinking round where you had to guess the monster movie based on various quotes from the films. I had a few real tough ones in there, and was particularly impressed when one person from Wine-O-Mite guessed Tremors right on the first clue!

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 26160 Infinity Squared 39 6 1.000
2 Bad Hombres 33 5 0.833
3 Margaritaville 28 4 0.667
4 26159 Wine-O-Mite 23 3 0.500
5 The Help 22 2 0.333
6 Team Tindall 15 1 0.167
7 Beer N Brains 11 0 0.000


Mon Oct 19 2020
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

It was nice to see some returning faces from last week. Both Quizzie McGuire and Infinity Squared were back, and ready to rumble alongside four other new teams.

Quizzie McGuire brought the pain early, nailing a double or nothing in the picture round to propel them into the lead. They never let up, holding onto first place from round one until the end. But newcomer duo Side Salad managed to snag second place, thanks to a solid performance throughout the evening.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 Quizzie McGuire 49 5 1.000
2 Side Salad 33 4 0.800
3 26160 Infinity Squared 28 3 0.600
4 Reigning Champs 27 2 0.400
5 Shark Attack Helicopter 23 1 0.200
6 It's 5 o'clock Somewhere 12 0 0.000


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