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The Hoptimist Taproom & Bar (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Tomos & Lilford - SummerhouseExcellent1
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent1
Titanic - Plum PorterExcellent1
3 Piers - BrewhouseGood1
Northdown - Merry MargateGood1
Tomos & Lilford - Chocolate PorterGood1
Surrey Hills - Shere DropGood1
Pig & Porter - Slave to the MoneyGood1
Northdown - Magic DragonAcceptable1
3 Piers - Chocolate PorterNot Tried0
Deeply Vale - Beyond the StormNot Tried0
Breakwater - North StarNot Tried0
Breakwater - BestNot Tried0
Breakwater - Dover PANot Tried0
Pig & Porter - All These VibesNot Tried0
Breakwater - Samphire GoldNot Tried0
The Working Hand - Lucky CrownNot Tried0
Northdown - Muggy PorterNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - CwtchNot Tried0

Visits Details

29 Oct 2020 (ChrisE)
Thursday soon after opening. A most enjoyable visit.
Kent - Prohibition4.80Excellent
Northdown - Merry Margate3.80GoodA new beer for me. A nice session ale.
Tomos & Lilford - Chocolate Porter4.90GoodA tad too sweet and chocolaty for me.
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch4.60Not Tried
01 Sep 2020 (ChrisE)
Early afternoon and full to social distancing capacity. A very popular boozer.
Tomos & Lilford - Summerhouse3.60ExcellentA good refreshing pint.
21 Aug 2020 (ChrisE)
Early afternoon and just a couple of others in the bar when I arrived so there was no problem with social distancing. This was my visit since the pub changed hands and changed its name, still a very good boozer and I was pleased to hear that Peter and Kathryn who ran the Mash Tun still pop in here occasionally.
Surrey Hills - Shere Drop4.20GoodIn good condition but a tad cooler than I would have liked it.
Pig & Porter - Slave to the Money4.10GoodAdvertised on the board as Slave for the Money but I will let them off. Again a tad cooler than I would have liked. A very good measure in an oversize glass.
Kent - Prohibition4.80Not Tried
Northdown - Muggy Porter5.00Not Tried
29 Feb 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit to see the new layout and ambience. Its ads call it a Modern Micropub but with 6 keg lines and a live amplified solo guitarist (who I think was very good) I judge it to be a modern bar in its new incarnation. I noted the demotion of the pulpit from bar counter to side table by the wall.
Northdown - Magic Dragon5.50Acceptable
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
Breakwater - Samphire Gold4.20Not Tried
The Working Hand - Lucky Crown3.80Not Tried
21 Feb 2020 (Jack William)
Afternoon- the place was very lively. Nice feel to it.
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Excellent
Breakwater - Best4.00Not Tried
Breakwater - Dover PA3.50Not Tried
Pig & Porter - All These Vibes5.30Not Tried
23 Jan 2020 (Jack William)
Late afternoon- busy. Very enthusiastic guvnor explaining his strategy of offering a wider selection of drinks from the previous incarnation of this place. It seems to be working.
3 Piers - Brewhouse4.00Good
3 Piers - Chocolate Porter4.90Not Tried
Deeply Vale - Beyond the Storm4.00Not Tried
Breakwater - North Star4.20Not Tried

About The Hoptimist Taproom & Bar

The pub sign. The Hoptimist Taproom & Bar, Dover, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Dover, Kent, CT16 1JH.

In Bench Street in premises previously occupied by Pier Three and The Mash Tun micropubs. Re-opened on Thursday 19th December 2019 and said, in advance, to be run much more like a bar or taproom than a micropub. The proprietor is a former manager of the Breakwater Brewery taproom. Usually 4 cask ales which are dispensed on gravity from a rear chilled room.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 18 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1JH

This pub was formally know as the The Mash Tun.