Tap Craft Beer Bar: New watering hole for the craft beer lover

A welcome new haunt for craft beers, TAP CRAFT BEER BAR serves up tasty American brews at Capitol Piazza

Tap dance
Tap dance
10 Sep 2015

Tap dance

We were happy to hear about the opening of this craft beer bar in the City Hall area. Located right beside the historic theatre at Capitol Piazza, Tap is a joint venture between WWW Concepts (the peeps behind cocktail bar Mariko’s at Keong Saik Road) and the Thirsty Craft Beer Shop (which includes branches at Tiong Bahru and Holland Village). The three-month-old bar boasts some 20 craft beers on tap and 80 bottled ones.

The Look and Vibe
The Look and Vibe
10 Sep 2015

The Look and Vibe

Tap is basically a bar in a mall, but we kinda like its open concept, a 10-seat long bar, and a roomy area comprising smaller private tables and larger communal ones. It’s all surrounded by towering palm trees, which give the place a breezy, indoor-alfresco feel. Nice wood and stone design touches to the tuckshop-like space keep things chic and casually swish.

The clientele is a mix of hip execs and theatre-goers, not quite the usual intimidating “craft beer geek crowd” that haunt craft beer joints, as American bar manager Johnny Christensen, 50, puts it. He adds that the beers here are kept approachable, and indeed, they’re generally easy, smooth and drinkable brews which you can enjoy with the unpretentious pop soundtrack in the background.

The Booze
The Booze
10 Sep 2015

The Booze

Most of the beers here are from microbreweries in the United States. They’re available by the pint, half pint and 150ml tasting portions (tastings only with a minimum of four orders to form a platter). Johnny is on hand to give recommendations. We like the funky-sounding Tangerine Wheat ($15/$8.50/$5) from Lost Coast brewery in Northern California, made by adding tangerines to the brew during the fermentation stage. This super light beer has a mild citrusy sweetness and a complex, wheaty finish. But we especially love the Downtown Brown ($15/$8.50/$5), also from Lost Coast. It’s a rich, dark amber beer made from roasted malt, which yields lovely, caramel tones and a mildly bitter, roasted finish.

Also very good is the Coffee Stout ($17/$9.50/$6) from San Diego brewery Modern Times, that roasts the coffee used in making this voluptuously dark but not-too-heavy stout that has a clean java flavour. In fact, we think it tastes like a boozy brewed coffee. But if you’re a traditionalist, then go for the 24th Street Pale Ale ($16/$9/$5.50) from Californian brewery Strand, a solid number with lots of pleasant, hoppy bitterness and fruity aromas.

The Bites
The Bites
10 Sep 2015

The Bites

The grub here is a mix of sharing platters and main courses, but zoom in on the hearty braised dishes. Such as the surprisingly delish Beef and Black Pepper Stew (above right, $18), tender chunks of beef in a light, flavourful broth instead of the usual thick gravy, served with two slices of yummy sourdough bread. Also good: the juicy Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce (above left, $12) — the braised orbs come in a piquant sweet-spicy sauce. That said, our colleague who visited on another occasion complained about the too-tiny, too-greasy Chicken Stew ($18)

#01-K1/K2, 15 Stamford Rd, Capitol Piazza (Galleria), S178906. Tel: 6384-7188. Open Mon-Fri 11.30am-10pm; Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. Last orders at 9.30pm. www.tapthat.com.sg
 

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