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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!


LEAGUE SCORES

QUIZ RECAP

Mon Sep 30 2019
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson
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It was a tight competition last night as The Periodic Table Dancers jumped to an early lead, which they held through round 3. The tables turned (pun intended) in round 4, with Preciate Cha demonstrating their strong knowledge of Jon Stewart and correctly guessing the 8-point clue, propelling them into first place. That round also saw newcomers Miner Annoyance pop into third.

Preciate Cha tenaciously held onto the lead the rest of the game. In round 7, they decided to play it safe but both Miner Annoyance and The Periodic Table Dancers gambled (and lost) with attempted double or nothings. That led Dark Phoenix to be pleasantly surprised at just squeaking into second place!

For the drinking round, as Spider-Man is officially back in the MCU, I had a followup to the round from last month where I'd asked what Spider-Man was up to after he left the MCU. The challenge was, "how did Spider-Man quit his job of only a few weeks to return to the Avengers?" Here are the winners:

  • Tom Holland, in costume, at craft services: "Excuse me, um, I just...uh...wanted to say..." pulls off his costume to reveal Rihanna Umbrella costume. "I've found my real calling."
  • He left his boss hanging...by a web.
  • Slinging that last newspaper right down the boss' pie hole.
  • Inspired by Charlotte's Web, he made a web that simply read, "Fuck this shit, I'm out," between grocery store aisles.
  • "Sorry boss, cash rules everything around me. CREAM get tha money dollar dollar bill$ y'all."

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 21760 Preciate Cha 44 3 1.000
2 Dark Phoenix 30 2 0.667
3 Miner Annoyance 29 1 0.333
4 22552 The Periodic Table Dancers 27 0 0.000

QUIZ RECAP

Mon Sep 23 2019
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson
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It was another hot night at Hops & Scotch, and I don't (just) mean the weather! There was some tight competition all night, with J-Roc and Question Authority taking an early lead. But nipping at their heels were The Periodic Table Dancers as well as newcomers The Crimson Tide and Borderline Inappropriate in Public.

Strong showings in round 6 had Borderline Inappropriate and The Crimson Tide in a virtual dead heat, but The Crimson Tide got that one extra point that made the difference, finishing first. J-Roc and The Periodic Table Dancers were just one point behind second-place Borderline Inappropriate, showing just how close the competition was.

For the drinking round, we did a marshmallow challenge where teams were challenged to catch marshmallows tossed to them by teammates using only their mouths. The Periodic Table Dancers were the winners of the drinking round, though a bonus win was given to Waffles, the retriever who was celebrating his 4th birthday: Waffles catches a marshmallow.

Finally, we also did the sample survey slam questions, with J-Roc finishing with the high score on that round.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 Crimson Tide 40 7 1.000
2 Borderline Inappopriate in Public 39 6 0.857
3 22552 The Periodic Table Dancers 38 4 0.643
3 21415 J-Roc 38 4 0.643
5 For the Horde 32 3 0.429
6 21410 Question Authority 29 2 0.286
7 Team Waffles 20 1 0.143
8 Pete's People 8 0 0.000

QUIZ RECAP

Mon Sep 16 2019
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson
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It was a quiet night at Hops & Scotch, but that didn't slow down the competition. Livin' The Dream and Let's Get Quizzical went toe to toe, with house team FOR THE HORDE!!! rounding things out.

Let's Get Quizzical started out in first place and stayed there the whole night, with Livin' The Dream always just a few points behind. Everyone had a good time, especially the three people that showed up during round 6 and excitedly jumped in for the last two rounds.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 Let's Get Quizzical 38 2 1.000
2 Livin' The Dream 33 1 0.500
3 FOR THE HORDE!!! 11 0 0.000