Hops House 99 Offers Different Beers, Great Food
Many craft beer enthusiasts are constantly on the hunt for the next great beer. Beer fans in the Cincinnati region are fortunate to have relatively easy access to three different states with three different distribution options. Hops House 99 is a beer bar and restaurant just over the border in Indiana, housed at Lawrenceburg’s Hollywood Casino. It offers some the best beers distributed in the state, including the ever popular Three Floyds. They were kind enough to invite me and my wife out to check the place out and feed us. It was definitely worth the short trip across the border to sample a different menu of beers with some good eats. While you are over there, you probably want to check out my post on my go-to beer stores in the area.
The Beer Menu
Hops House 99 derives it’s name from the fact that they always have 99 different beers available – including 24 draft beer selections – ranging from macro to hard to find craft beers. They offer a number of local and regional breweries including: New Albanian, Power House, Daredevil, People’s, Great Crescent, Flat 12, Fountain Square, Three Floyds, Triton, Upland, and more. Yes, they regularly have Three Floyds Pride and Joy, Alpha King, and Robert The Bruce available in bottles. The night we went, they even had Robert the Bruce on draft (this was really tasty). I’ve also seen on their Facebook page where they’ve had Zombie Dust on draft before.
Speaking of Facebook, that is the best way to keep tabs on their new beers and other specials. They regularly have give aways and contests on their page so make sure you like them to keep up with the latest.
In addition to the impressive lineup of Indiana beers, it was great to see Boulevard Brewing out of Kansas City on the menu. This is a big, good brewery that hasn’t quite made its way to Ohio and Kentucky yet (but I hear rumors it may next year). I find their 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat an excellent Gumballhead alternative and worth the trip to Hops House 99 just to try it. They cover all styles, including a few solid Belgians (Tripel Karmeliet, Chimay Blue, Victory Golden Monkey).
The food menu featured a variety of pub style offerings with burgers and sandwiches being their main focus. We started off with the Drunken Nacho with chicken appetizer and were provided with a mountain of nachos. The real highlight here was the beer cheese drizzled throughout. The nachos themselves were pretty average but the beer cheese will have us ordering the pretzels with beer cheese or the beer cheese soup next time.
For our entrees, we both decided to order burgers at the recommendation of our server. She ordered the Beer Billy BBQ Burger which featured smoked bacon, smoked gouda, cole slaw, and a bourbon barrel BBQ glaze. She opted for the sweet potato waffle fries as her side. I opted for the namesake 99 Burger which included caramelized onions and horse radish cheddar. I went with the onion rings to accompany my meal.
WHOA. HOLY BURGER. These are some serious burgers. If you’re not really hungry, consider splitting one with a guest. They arrived hot, fresh, and served with some style on cutting boards. Both burgers were equally delicious and a challenge to finish (we both failed). If you need a burger fix – this place will do it!
The place itself was large, clean, and had lots of TVs showing a variety of sports programming. There were a bunch of high-top tables, some booths, and seats at the bar. It was modern and stylish for a typical sports/beer bar. It wasn’t very crowded on the Wednesday night we were there but I’ve heard it gets much more busy on the weekends. The only thing I did not care for was the fact that you can smoke in the restaurant. Being from Ohio, I forget there are still states that permit smoking indoor. Luckily, it features a very high ceiling and has some decent air movement so we weren’t sitting in a cloud of smoke. Parents: be aware that Indiana has some funky laws about kids in places with alcohol and children are NOT allowed inside.
Overall, I would consider this a great place to watch a game with friends who enjoy better beer, or if you just want to get out for some different beers on a quiet weekday night. The beer selection is excellent and is a little different from what we generally see in Cincinnati. The burgers were awesome and I really want to get back for more of their beer cheese. Hops House 99 has everything you need when looking for a beer bar with a kitchen. It gets my stamp of approval!
Hops House 99 at Hollywood Casino
777 Hollywood Blvd
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Wednesday: 4pm – 12am
Thursday: 4pm – 12am
Friday: 4pm – 2am
Saturday: 12pm – 2am
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm