Yup, we couldn’t do it either.
Bathe in the glory of Hops n’ Scotch, a beer, brown liquor and Southern-sustenance place of worship, opening Wednesday in Brookline.
To get your head around this place, take the old two-floor Finale space. Now gut it. Replace it with some low-backed leather banquettes, an exposed-beam ceiling and a brand-new dark-wood bar. Also: a 90-plus scotch and bourbon list and Southern-y comfort food like blackened catfish po’boys, housemade Allagash beer bread and deep-fried root beer custard pie (perfect for sharing with that sexy grad student you met at Brookline Booksmith... or your buddies).
Beer-wise, they’ve got a seasonally changing 60-bottle list (suggestion: a Belgian 9.5% Westmalle Trappist ale) and 40 draft beers, selected based on what the owners know are favored by locals. (They should know; they own the liquor store next door.) Think: St. Bernardus, Pretty Things and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, which is used in the smoky, orange-bitters-y Hops n’ Scotch, their take on a scotch and soda using beer instead of soda water.
This could spell bad news for Perrier.