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 Nov 9 2020
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

The heat lamps were out in force on this chilly night, but that just kept our teams focused. Quizzie McGuire really knew their skeletons, nailing a double or nothing in the picture round to take and keep the lead the entire game. They flip-flopped with Infinity Squared, who had won last week.

Meanwhile, Calvin and the Porkchops came in late so struggled to catch up, but they raked it in on the drinking round, as each of their members correctly answered questions about Adult Cartoons.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 26170 Quizzie McGuire 49 5 1.000
2 26160 Shenanigans🎈💣🤪🎉🥴 45 4 0.800
3 26159 Wine-O-Mite 34 2 0.500
3 LBC 34 2 0.500
5 Bad Hombres 18 1 0.200
6 Calvin and the Porkchops 14 0 0.000


Mon Nov 2 2020
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

Hot on the heels of Daylight Savings Time, it was a dark night at Hops and Scotch, lit up by some bright minds from our teams! Gonzos and Quizzie McGuire made some big moves in round 4, but everyone was unprepared for Infinity Squared nailing a double or nothing in round 5, taking the lead and eventually winning the game.

In honor of Day of the Dead, in the drinking round I had people guessing movies based on famous deaths from them.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 26160 Infinity Squared 51 7 1.000
2 Quizzie McGuire 44 6 0.857
3 Calvin and the Porkchops 41 5 0.714
4 Gonzos 34 4 0.571
5 Unhung Heroes 32 3 0.429
6 The Poopers 23 1 0.214
6 CPL 2020 23 1 0.214
8 The Mermaids, Hey! 22 0 0.000


Mon Oct 26 2020
| by Quizmaster Paul Benson

It was a spooky Halloween-themed night of trivia at Hops & Scotch...made even more so by all of the blackouts around the Bay Area thanks to the crazy high winds! But power was on at Hops and Scotch, and people were ready to play. Returning team Infinity Squared held onto a narrow lead early on. They managed to extend it during the Guess Who round by playing it cautious, when all the other teams guessed early and wrong, and took home the win. But Bad Hombres, which had been trailing badly through round 4, made a surprise double or nothing in round 5, and ultimately took 2nd place.

I did another Halloween-themed drinking round where you had to guess the monster movie based on various quotes from the films. I had a few real tough ones in there, and was particularly impressed when one person from Wine-O-Mite guessed Tremors right on the first clue!

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 26160 Infinity Squared 39 6 1.000
2 Bad Hombres 33 5 0.833
3 Margaritaville 28 4 0.667
4 26159 Wine-O-Mite 23 3 0.500
5 The Help 22 2 0.333
6 Team Tindall 15 1 0.167
7 Beer N Brains 11 0 0.000