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The Hoptimist Taproom & Bar (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Tomos & Lilford - SummerhouseExcellent1
Goacher's - Special House AleExcellent1
Old Dairy - Blue TopExcellent1
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent1
Titanic - Plum PorterExcellent1
Kent - The Quiet AmericanExcellent1
Kent - SunsetExcellent1
Kent - Café BrasiliaGood1
Old Dairy - Green Hop JesterGood1
Northdown - Merry MargateGood1
Tomos & Lilford - Chocolate PorterGood1
Surrey Hills - Shere DropGood1
Northdown - Pale Ale MaryGood1
Pig & Porter - Slave to the MoneyGood1
Pig & Porter - Got The Face OnAcceptable1
Northdown - Magic DragonAcceptable1
Poynton - DarksideNot Tried0
Iron Pier - Wealdway IPANot Tried0
Northdown - Tidal MoonNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - SkylarkingNot Tried0
Buxton - Right to RoamNot Tried0
Northern Whisper - BeltieNot Tried0
Titsey - Gresham HopperNot 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
Kent - PorterNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CountrymanNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Copper TopNot Tried0

Visits Details

06 May 2022 (Jack William)
Late afternoon- sunny Dover. Good crowd in - and I bumped into (separately) two old Dovorians who have both recently moved back. Up and coming town, Dover.
Goacher's - Special House Ale3.80ExcellentSplendid amber ale - recommended by a local.
Northern Whisper - Beltie4.80Not Tried
Iron Pier - Wealdway IPA4.50Not Tried
Titsey - Gresham Hopper3.70Not Tried
26 Mar 2022 (Jack William)
Stop 2. First time in the sun-trap that is the back yard. Bustling Saturday fast. Pub & Porter, Forever Lost also on cask at 5.3%
Kent - Café Brasilia4.30GoodHeavy coffee notes.
Pig & Porter - Skylarking4.00Not Tried
Buxton - Right to Roam3.80Not Tried
22 Feb 2022 (Jack William)
Very busy for a Tuesday afternoon. Guvnor told me that the local CAMRA branch can’t decide on a venue for the White Cliffs beer festival next year - he thinks that the town hall is closed for refurbishment until 2025.
Kent - The Quiet American4.20ExcellentVery pale, lovely aftertaste.
Kent - Sunset4.30ExcellentTop condition, full bodied.
Iron Pier - Wealdway IPA4.50Not Tried
Northdown - Tidal Moon5.80Not Tried
18 Nov 2021 (Jack William)
Late afternoon. Good to see this place thriving - particularly after the closure of at least 3 micros in Dover over the last few years. Very friendly welcome from the guvnor and a few familiar faces. Very pleasant visit.
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80ExcellentSuperb full-body ale.
Old Dairy - Green Hop Jester3.50Good
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
Poynton - Darkside5.20Not Tried
03 Jun 2021 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon before the bus back to Canterbury. The landlord is still very enthusiastic despite the last 15 months or so of COVID restrictions. A good few customers scattered within.
Northdown - Pale Ale Mary4.00Good
Pig & Porter - Got The Face On4.50AcceptableUnfined, very light - not to my taste really.
Kent - Porter5.50Not Tried
Tonbridge - Countryman4.00Not Tried
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

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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 11 times, seen 36 different beers and tried 17 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1JH

This pub was formally know as the The Mash Tun.