Why I like Top Hops

13 Feb

You may have heard about the new craft beer bar/store Top Hops on the Lower East Side. You probably know it’s a beer snob’s dream, with 20 taps and 800 (!!) stocked bottles. But also…

1. It’s a comfortable place to hang out—even by yourself—and not feel weird. Top Hops is not a scene. It’s a shop that has a bar in it. And talk about a clean, well-lighted place; it’s perfect for working on the NY mag crossword puzzle while you wait for your friends.

2. A flight of any four beers is $8. For someone who cannot make decisions, 20 taps is problematic. Flight = happy solution.

3. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The guys who work here like their customers and love their beer. They’re chatty and fun and make you feel welcome. Plus, they let you try whatever you want.

4. It’s all about options. Want to sip one pint at the bar? Get a growler to bring to a party? Mix and match your own six-pack from the many bottles from all over the world? Or just get one interesting bottle to go with your takeout?

5. Dutch pretzels for free snacking! And as the food menu rolls out, they’ll offer other locally sourced goodies like cheese, olives and chocolate. The night I was there they were sampling Mast Brothers Chocolates.

6. It would make a cool event space. Roomy and uncluttered, it seems good for groups, fundraisers and small parties. The shop has started to do pairing and tasting events—the owners are flexible and willing to work with you.

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