Hops n’ Scotch

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40 Taps and Tons of Scotch in Brookline

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Quick: name your go-to Coolidge Corner spot specializing in scotch, beer and the flavors of the South.

C’mon. Think.

Yup, we couldn’t do it either.

Until now.

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.

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Hops n’ Scotch
1306 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
617-232-8808
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