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 Jan 27 2020
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

On this first night of league play, Turkey Dinner tore out of the gate with a double or nothing. He held onto the lead for a long time, though The Gay Agenda, Preciate Cha and Barry Manilow's Favorite Sock were steadily gaining. The Gay Agenda made their move with a Round 5 double or nothing, catapulting into the lead. Everyone struggled with the final round, and The Gay Agenda took the night.

For the drinking round, I asked everyone to imagine they were secret agents, and tell me their codenames and signature gadget. Here are the winners:

  • Codename: Ball Slugger. Gadget: Blunt ass object that can act as a bat to the balls for a quick getaway.
  • Codename: Lady Garden. Gadget: A hedge trimmer that doubles as a vibrator.
  • Codename: Nurse Betty. Gadget: A ring that when you shake my hand you feel happy for 24 hrs.
  • Codename: Detective Literal. Gadget: A gun.
  • Codename: Detective Figural. Gadget: A "gun."

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 24955 The Gay Agenda 55 6 1.000
2 10779 Turkey Dinner 46 5 0.833
3 21760 Preciate Cha 43 4 0.667
4 Barry Manilow's Favorite Sock 39 3 0.500
5 24963 Degens 25 2 0.333
6 We Need More Friends 23 1 0.167
7 24852 Maximum Effort 21 0 0.000


Mon Jan 20 2020
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

Even though league play doesn't start until next week, Preciate Cha came out swinging, hitting a double or nothing in the first round. Maximum Effort and Hazy Maybez both started off strong as well, but struggled with the picture round (as well as other rounds). Meanwhile, Half Man/Half Pinto Bean performed consistently well, cruising into second place behind Preciate Cha. New team Late-Bians, true to their name, showed up in time for the 5th round, but played strong, and could have had a real shot at 1st or 2nd if they had been there the whole time.

Having just seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in San Francisco, for the drinking round I asked everyone to invent their own spell from the world of Harry Potter. Here are the winners:

  • Presto Batmano- dressed you in a Batman suit
  • Wingardium LEAVI-iousa- "Get the fuck out of my house"
  • Completarse- a puzzle puts itself together
  • Cunnalingus!- you know what to do ;-P
  • A spell which makes the target poop their pants: Expellianus
  • A spell to resurrect the corpses of Swedish pop groups: ABBAcadevera

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 21760 Preciate Cha 52 5 1.000
2 Half Man / Half Pinto Bean 39 4 0.800
3 24852 Maximum Effort 31 3 0.600
4 21412 Hazy Maybez 27 2 0.400
5 Snow Park 17 1 0.200
6 Beavers 16 0 0.000


Mon Jan 13 2020
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

It was pretty crazy in the bar with the 2020 NCAA Championships going on, but we had a bunch of people ready to play some trivia! Preciate Cha started off strong but took a stumble with an incorrect guess during the Guess Who round. Alcoholocaust didn't guess the answer immediately, but once the Dungeons and Dragons clue was read, they knew it for certain. Preciate Cha swiftly recovered from that round to go on and win the night.

Players in the drinking round were tasked with detailing their personal #brexit, and were judged by the Hops & Scotch bar staff. Here they are:

  • When you take one too many shots at the baptism #fuxit
  • Mom's #housexit
  • When you Netflix and chillen, and he whips a chode out #nexit
  • Selling my piece of shit Honda Del Sol #delgone
  • Giving up: Taylor Swift #swiftkick

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 21760 Preciate Cha 46 4 1.000
2 Alcaholocaust 25 3 0.750
3 Dust Free 22 2 0.500
4 Triple M 21 1 0.250
5 Bet the Tigers Win 15 0 0.000