Hops & Scotch

7001 Sunne Ln #100
Walnut Creek CA 94597
(925) 378-7980
  • PUB QUIZ—Mondays @ 6:00pm
About Hops & Scotch

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 18 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

It was a pretty tight race for the top spots tonight. Drinking and Thinking kept swapping spots with We Drink and Know Things. Vicky's Villains started off strong with a double or nothing, then faltered a bit before roaring back to ultimately take second place. In the end, Drinking and Thinking took first place, with We Drink and Know Things slipping to third. Newcomers Swindogs cheered when they hit a strong double or nothing in the handout round to stay out of the bottom spot.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 36667 Drinking and Thinking 70 4 1.000
2 26160 Vicky's Villians 🦸🤺💣🗡️⚔️🔪🦸‍♂️ 63 3 0.750
3 28565 We Drink and Know Things 61 2 0.500
4 36679 Swindogs 53 1 0.250
5 26883 Positively Negative 34 0 0.000


Mon Oct 11 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

Preciate Cha had missed the last couple of weeks, but they definitely reminded everyone of their presence tonight! Both they and Positively Negative kicked things off with double or nothings, but Preciate Cha soon squeaked ahead into the lead. Meanwhile, both Cliston's Pistons and We Drink and Know Things were close behind in what was a very tight race for the win. In the end, only 3 points separated the first place team from the third place.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 21760 Preciate Cha 56 5 1.000
2 26883 Positively Negative 54 4 0.800
3 35946 Cliston’s Pistons 53 3 0.600
4 28565 We Drink and Know Things 48 2 0.400
5 35949 Overly Confident 35 1 0.200
6 26160 Mindy's Minions 👑👸🤴👸🤴🤴🏿👸🏼👸🤴🏼 29 0 0.000


Mon Oct 4 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

We were at the end of a heatwave tonight, but things were a bit chiller than usual at Hops and Scotch. With only 4 teams in play, the game was pretty close, especially for the first couple of rounds. The Notorious RLK started out just one point ahead, but gradually widened their lead, ultimately keeping their first place standing. Positively Negative and We Drink and Know Things jockeyed all night for second place, but in the end it was We Drink and Know Things that took the slot.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 26160 The Notorious RLK 👩🏻‍⚖️⚖️ 44 3 1.000
2 28565 We Drink and Know Things 35 2 0.667
3 26883 Positively Negative 33 1 0.333
4 29666 Whadafugawi’s 26 0 0.000