Hops & Scotch

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

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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 Sep 23 2019
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

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


Mon Sep 16 2019
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

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


Mon Sep 9 2019
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

Our first week back after the Labor Day Holiday! Many of our regular teams were missing, but we still had standbys Question Authority and VC Victory there to carry the flag.

For many teams, the sports-themed round 6 was sink or swim, and the double or nothing in that round propelled The Periodic Table Dancers over Question Authority to take home first place.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 22552 The Periodic Table Dancers 58 9 1.000
2 21410 Question Authority 46 8 0.889
3 Honeypot 43 7 0.778
4 The Bulldogs 40 6 0.667
5 21933 VC Victory 30 4 0.500
5 A Players Only 30 4 0.500
7 The Redhead 24 2 0.278
7 Maybe Third? 24 2 0.278
9 US 14 1 0.111
10 Los Locos Lagers 11 0 0.000