The Brass Tap: Craft Beer Central in the Capital City

There’s no denying that Florida’s (and Tallahassee’s) craft beer scene is growing by the barrel full each day. Across the Sunshine State, thirsty drinkers are looking for the best and most creative beers out there and in the Capital City, there’s no better place to find a great selection of craft beer than The Brass Tap.

Great beer selections are always in season at The Brass Tap

Photo courtesy of The Brass Tap

July 2015 marks the first anniversary of The Brass Tap, which has become something of a focal point for great craft beer, food and nightlife within Tallahassee’s two neighborhood hotspots of Downtown (Gaines Street) and Midtown. Walk by on a Saturday evening and you’re sure to hear the clink of mugs, music and laughter echoing off the streets from these beacons of cool brews on those warm Florida nights. But be warned - picking that perfect beer won’t be easy.

The beer menu may be the length of a Ph.D. thesis, but it’s an entertaining read that will lead to tantalizing choices. With a total of over 130 taps and 300 beers, the most difficult choice you’ll make is what beer to start off with. Do you go straight for that Imperial IPA or ease into the draught menu with a pilsner?

On that laundry list of great beers, there’s something for even the most finicky beer drinker but the list can be daunting to those new to craft beer. The knowledgeable bartenders will be happy to direct you to something you’re sure to like. Settle in with a flight or go all out with a whole pint.

The Brass Tap has just about every beer style you can think of

Photo courtesy of The Brass Tap

Offering so many great craft beers has given The Brass Tap the unique opportunity to introduce many local craft brews to the community, such as those made by Proof Brewing Company.

“Partnering with Brass Tap’s two locations has contributed to our success in the market and the development of our brand,” said Bryan Smith, tasting room manager for Proof Brewing Company. “Brass Tap’s diverse patrons provide us with ample opportunity to showcase Proof, Tallahassee’s first production brewery.”

Beer alone is great- we can all agree on that. But a truly good watering hole needs to provide other amenities. As you sip that second saison, you’ll need something to snack on. How about Prime Rib Nachos or Sam Adams Beer Cheese Dip? (If you learn how to resist the smell of the cheese dip, please let me know. My waistline will thank you.) If you need a place to watch the game, pull up a pint because The Brass Tap has your televised sports requirements covered. And if you need to feel like you're really at the game, without the scent of urinal cakes wafting through your tailgate party, the Gaines Street location has a Biergarten complete with cornhole games. Tailgating games aside, there’s always something going on at both locations - from live music to trivia nights. At The Brass Tap, it’s more than beer, it’s your entire evening.

Beyond the bottles and beer, The Brass Tap is doing its part for the local community. In Spring 2015, The Brass Tap hosted the Tallahassee Brews & Burgers Festival at its Gaines Street location. The festival featured several craft beers, including many from Florida breweries such as Oyster City Brewing Company out of Apalachicola and Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville. The event supported two great local charities.

The proceeds from the Tallahassee Brews & Burgers Festival went to two local non-profit organizations, Tallahassee Pets Alive and Capital City Youth Services

 "The Brews & Burgers Festival was a great success for us," said Jack Cory with Tallahassee Pets Alive. "The event allowed us to make people aware of our organization in a really fun way.”

“The Brews & Burgers Festival was an excellent opportunity for Capital City Youth Services to connect with others within the community who may have otherwise not known about our organization,” said Kevin Priest, President and CEO of CCYS. “It was great to work closely with Bharat and Mike in establishing this first-year event and we are hopeful that this can grow into one of the premier spring events in Tallahassee.” 

The Brass Tap has also done its part in helping the local business community also well, including some up-and-coming craft brewers.

“We jumped into the craft beer scene under most people's radar,” said Jason Ross, cofounder of Lake Tribe Brewing Company, a new operation in the ever growing list of Tallahassee craft brewers. “[Brass Tap] actually sought us out, attended one of our tastings, and since have hosted events helping to promote our beer at their locations. They’ve helped us to get in front of craft beer fans who might not have heard about us otherwise.”

Theres great beer in here

Photo courtesy of The Brass Tap

It’s that kind of support that’s helping Florida’s booming craft beer movement take off. Craft brewers are already a tight-knit community banded together in the name of great beer, and The Brass Tap is helping showcase that passion and dedication to craft one pint, bottle and growler at a time. So, pull up to the bar and raise a glass to The Brass Tap, Tallahassee - there’s great beer in here.

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