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 Aug 26 2019
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

It was a cool 91 degrees out when we started our game.

It was a tight race between J-Roc and Better Late Than Pregnant all night for first place. J-Roc hit with a double or nothing to pull into a commanding lead in round 6, but Better Late Than Pregnant returned the favor in round 7, claiming victory with a one-point lead.

For the drinking round, everyone was asked what Spider-Man was up to, now that Sony and Disney had split up and he was out of the MCU. These are the winning answers:

  • Joins the Democratic presidential candidates.
  • Stripping, definitely stripping. Down to nothing but his spidey senses.
  • Spider-Man will team up with Jeff Goldblum to figure out how to get back into the MCU.
  • Peter breaks up with Mary Jane and stops fighting crime so he can smoke more Mary Jane.
  • He is desperately trying to contact S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to go on his next Avengers mission, only to realize the "S.H.I.E.L.D." he knows & loves has never existed. He uses his knowledge to write a comic book series titled, "The Avengers," under the pen name, "Uncle Ben"- makes millions and starts a multi-million dollar org(like Stark industries) only to realize the villains he writes about come to life for him to fight.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 21932 Better Late than Pregnant 59 3 1.000
2 21415 J-Roc 58 2 0.667
3 Brick City 44 1 0.333
4 21933 VC Victory 26 0 0.000


Mon Aug 19 2019
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

It was packed tonight at Hops & Scotch, with team J-Roc having to stand at one of the beer barrels as all the sofas, chairs and tables were taken!

The match was very close among several of our returning teams tonight, but it was a bold 20-point double or nothing in round 5's "find the connection" that shot Preciate Cha into the lead, where they held on until the very end to take first place for the night.

The drinking round was inspired by this last weekend's Silicon Valley Comic-Con. Everyone was asked why they would have commanded lines around the block for their autographs, for more money than the hundreds of dollars that Arnold Schwarzenegger was getting for his autograph at the convention. Here are the winning entries:

  • I'm Bigfoot.
  • My D&D character is a world-famous masturbator.
  • Because I am Arnold's son in law Chris Pratt.
  • All this body.
  • My who ha sings the William Tell Overture prior to spouting fireworks.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 21760 Preciate Cha 50 11 1.000
2 21417 Unstable Unicorns 47 10 0.909
3 21410 Question Authority 46 9 0.818
4 21932 Better Late than Pregnant 45 8 0.727
5 21415 J-Roc 42 7 0.636
6 E=MC Hammer 33 6 0.545
7 HHAM 30 5 0.455
8 Casa De Awesome 29 4 0.364
9 21413 Texas Terminators 25 3 0.273
10 Life's a Peach 14 2 0.182
11 The Redhead 13 1 0.091
12 Raw Jewels 9 0 0.000


Mon Aug 12 2019
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

It was a nice summer night- though I'm sure everyone there was happy that Walnut Creek hadn't yet gotten into the triple digits that were promised for Wednesday and Thursday!

We had a nice mix of returning teams with some newcomers. I guess we had a lot of superhero fans as the "identify the superhero from the baby costume" picture round saw no less than four teams successfully go double or nothing! From there it was a tooth and nail scrap for the lead, alternating variously between Question Authority, Preciate Cha, Unstable Unicorns, and J-Roc, with VC Victory staying just one point shy of first.

But as they say in Highlander, "There can be only one!" And that one was settled with a tiebreaker, with Question Authority bringing home the gold.

For the drinking round, I reminded everyone of the very sad news that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth had broken up, but said there was a silver lining: that meant they were both single! So I asked for everyone to give their best pickup lines to try to seduce Miley and/or Liam. There were a lot of fun lines, but these were the winners:

  • Hey Liam, what's your sweater made of? Cuz I think it looks like boyfriend material to me.
  • I may not be Thor, but do you want my lightning rod?
  • Hey Liam, either you're happy to see me or you're thinking about your brother again.
  • Is your daddy a thief? Because he must have stole all the stars out of the sky...and didn't put them in your singing career. I guess he put them in your eyes...

And here's the final one, whose author was blushing furiously when she came up to get her prize:

  • Liam, I may not come in like a wrecking ball, but I'll wreck your balls tonight.


Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1* 21410 Question Authority 57 5 0.917
1 21417 Unstable Unicorns 57 5 0.917
3* 21933 VC Victory 56 3 0.583
3 21760 Preciate Cha 56 3 0.583
5 21932 Better Late than Pregnant 43 2 0.333
6 21415 J-Roc 39 1 0.167
7 Michigan of Mines 18 0 0.000
* Won Tiebreaker