Tap & Bottle Makes Difficult Decisions Appealing
May 31, 2013
by Bree Collins
This summer, Scott and Rebecca Safford are giving Tucsonans a novel way to enjoy wine and beer with Tap & Bottle. Opening mid-late June at 403 N. 6th Ave., this all-encompassing shop gives customers the choice to consume their purchases right there in the tasting room, or take them home.
Duck under stained-glass awning and step into a taproom where there is plenty of space to relax. Wooden floors, exposed brick walls and a drain-pipe lamp fitted with Edison bulbs create an “industrial vintage” look. The owners want the taproom to feel like any tasting room connected to a winery or brewery, where you can discover the stories behind the brews. Grab a seat at the wide main bar next to the taps, or on a stool at the bar-top near the window that overlooks 6th Ave. Rest your elbow at the south wall. Find intimacy at the small two-seaters, or sit at the large communal table if you brought your friends.
Quality is paramount here, and each of the 20 heavily-rotated taps will be carbonated and temperature-controlled to perfection. Each beer will be served in its proper glassware, meaning no shaker pint glasses allowed. Instead expect to down your refreshment from a snifter, goblet, or tulip glass. Delicacies like cask-conditioned beers will have a dedicated home here, as Tap & Bottle has reserved a refrigerator specifically for these brews, which require a slightly higher temperature than “normal” beer to allow fermentation inside the keg. This will be a chance for local breweries to have some fun making experimental one-off beers available exclusively at Tap & Bottle.
And if you are just there to pick up and take something home, head straight to the back and explore local, national, and adventurous worldwide selections. Tap & Bottle is eager to bring in beers from Japan, Italy, and Denmark.
The options are endless. Wines, ciders and gluten-free beer will be available for devotees and celiacs alike. Beers on tap become travel-worthy when sealed in a Tap & Bottle growler. And the entire space is licensed, allowing patrons to shop and sample at the same time.
Tap & Bottle joins in the communal spirit inspired by neighbors such as Exo Roast Co. and Borderlands Brewing Company to provide events for interested hop-heads. You can follow along with craft beer trends and news, and celebrate seasonals and specialty beers as they are released. They will host local tap take-overs. Educators from the community will be invited to give lectures on their craft.
And draft beers will rotate like crazy – if you’re lucky enough to be hanging out when a keg empties, you may help decide which one gets tapped next. Just check the menu board to see the waiting line-up.