The Brass Tap, a Tampa, Fla.-based chain, is diving into the vat of DFW bars specializing in craft beer.
Construction is under way on its Houston Street location in downtown Fort Worth, where The Brass Tap hopes to pour its first brews in early March, according to its Facebook page.
The fast-expanding chain, which was bought by Tampa sports bar giant Beef ’O’ Brady’s in the summer of 2012, has 11 locations, mostly in Florida. But plans are to expand to nearly 40. The Fort Worth location will be the chain’s second in Texas; the other is in Round Rock.
Anyone who has spent time in bars or restaurants here recently knows DFW is in the middle of a full-fledged craft beer revolution, as we chronicled in the recent DFW.com Beer Battle. So it would seem The Brass Tap’s timing is spot on. The brew pub promises to have 60 taps (many of them devoted to local brews) plus 300 craft beers, live music and a small menu of food for noshing.
Of course, the Fort Worth Brass Tap, 901 Houston St., will face its share of competition from The Houston Street Bar & Patio and Rick O’Shea’s directly across the street -- not to mention The Flying Saucer, the godfather of Fort Worth beer bars located a few blocks away in Sundance Square.
But if the beer battle taught us anything, it’s that our thirst for craft brew isn’t going to be quenched any time soon.
So, welcome to the party, Brass Tap.