Tap & Bottle Cracks Open

This “labor of local love” serves up great beer.

September 12, 2013

GleaningsIssue 2: September/October 2013

From the outside, Tap & Bottle has the look of a neighborhood tavern, not unlike the kind you’d find on a corner in a Midwestern city. Inside, it’s all industrial chic with exposed brick, lots of repurposed wood, and noticeably no TVs. This seems to encourage customers to chat about the beer they’re drinking with people sitting near them. Right neighborly, in a most modern way.

Rebecca and Scott Safford opened Tap & Bottle in mid-summer of 2013. They’ve met with astounding success thanks in part to the convivial vibe and, of course, plenty of great beer. Customers can choose from 20 craft beers and six to eight wines on tap. Bottled beers number around 400. Local brews include items from Dragoon, Thunder Canyon, Ten 55, Barrio, and Borderlands breweries, though the selection changes daily. No food is served, but many nights a local food truck is parked nearby.

“It’s a real mom and pop shop,” Rebecca says. Indeed, Tap & Bottle was built with the help of friends and family, local craftspeople, and several local breweries. Dragoon Brewery helped set up the tap system and the two businesses order growlers together to help with the shipping costs. “It’s a labor of local love,” Rebecca says.
“We’re not doing any mass market beers,” says Rebecca. “We have a lot of beers we’re familiar with and that we know and love.” She adds, “If you’re new to beer drinking or someone who’s super, super nerdy about it, we want to be a place where you can try something new.” ✜

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