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 Jul 19 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

The warm summer night was perfect for some steaming hot trivia at Hops & Scotch! Infinity Squared started off strong with a perfect score on the first round, but Preciate Cha really threw down the gauntlet when they nailed their double or nothing in the second round. We Drink and Know Things knew that they weren't going to be able to overcome the back and forth that ensued all night with those two teams, but put on a strong showing, just missing second place. While it was looking for the longest time that Preciate Cha was going to take the night, Infinity Squared really knew their QWERTY keyboard and nailed a double or nothing in round six. Preciate Cha's only hope for victory was to hit a double or nothing in the final round, and they missed it by just one answer, giving their rivals the win.

For the drinking round, I tested everyone's Looney Tunes knowledge. While there were a few stumpers in there, it was nice to see that a lot of people remember their classic cartoons. That's all, folks!

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 26160 Shenanigans🎈💣🤪🎉🥴 54 8 1.000
2 21760 Preciate Cha 42 7 0.875
3 28565 We Drink and Know Things 40 6 0.750
4 26883 Positively Negative 30 5 0.625
5 29658 Lager, I hardly know her! 26 4 0.500
6 21933 VC Victory 25 3 0.375
7 29663 Texans in Cali 22 2 0.250
8 29666 Whadafugawi’s 20 1 0.125
9 29659 The filibusters 6 0 0.000


Mon Jul 12 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

If it wasn't the middle of July, I would have said that the seasons were changing tonight at Hops and Scotch. The wind was blowing all through the night, and things got so cold and gusty that we lost almost half our teams right after the drinking round. VC Victory, Da Crew, Wine-O-Mite and Here for the Beer were all trailing, and decided to pack it in rather than shiver. But the rest of the teams were in for the long haul! Infinity Squared kicked things off proper with a double or nothing in round 1. USTRUSTORBUST attempted the same, but missed, though they soon made up for it in round 2 with their own double. Cliston's Pistons, We Drink and Know Things, and Positively Negative all did a slow burn through the night, all jockeying for 3rd place. Ultimately, Infinity Squared took the night with a comfortable 9-point lead.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 26160 Shenanigans🎈💣🤪🎉🥴 51 8 1.000
2 29272 USTRUSTORBUST 42 7 0.875
3 28565 We Drink and Know Things 37 5 0.688
3 27134 Cliston’s Pistons 37 5 0.688
5 26883 Positively Negative 29 4 0.500
6 29269 Here for the Beer 18 3 0.375
7 29275 Da Crew 13 1 0.188
7 26159 Wine-O-Mite 13 1 0.188
9 21933 VC Victory 12 0 0.000


Mon Jul 5 2021
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

It may have been the first night of league play, but it was also the tail-end of the holiday weekend, so the crowd at Hops & Scotch was lighter than usual. Regular top competitors No Cliston No Problem(aka Cliston's Pistons) and Infinity Squared were both off their games tonight, getting passed by both Anything but last and The Guantanomo Babes. Scoring was light in general, with a couple of double or nothings attempted during the night, but none that hit.

For the drinking round, we did Bad Plots to Movies, and while I had a few that stumped everyone, we did end up awarding all the gift cards.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 27930 The Guantanamo Babes 46 5 1.000
2 28915 Anything but last 39 4 0.800
3 26160 Shenanigans🎈💣🤪🎉🥴 27 3 0.600
4 Old Fashioned 25 1 0.300
4 27134 Cliston’s Pistons 25 1 0.300
6 28917 The runner up 16 0 0.000