The Brass Tap opened this spring in the shadows of the Omni Hotel and the Fort Worth Convention Center and brought a neighborhood bar atmosphere to the north edge of downtown.
The entry is off Houston St. with the non-smoking, T-shaped room's bar against the far back wall.
On my initial visit, the first thing I noticed was the vast amount of offerings for beer lovers that includes more than 60 taps and over 300 craft beers.
Since they have over 300 different selections, it only makes sense that they have a little fun with their guests who fashion themselves as beer connoisseurs with the Brew Crew club. It costs $15 to join and members receive a Brew Crew t-shirt one point for each different beer that is they drink with certain point levels equating to a Brass Tap reward card and another shirt.
Once the member reaches 50 points, they get a $10 card and a shirt reading "Beer Rookie" and after advancing beyond several more levels, if they reach the pinnacle of 300 points, they will be rewarded with a $200 card and a shirt emblazoned with "Beer Guru."
There are also specials including happy hour (Mon.-Fri. from 3-7 p.m.), service industry night deals on Mon-Weds and Sunday that feature 50 percent off select Texas drafts and house wines, as well as "Blow the Keg" Thursdays that gives the person whose beer finishes off a particular keg not only a free beer, but the chance to pick which will be the next beer to be tapped.
Thursday night is also Ladies Night with 50 percent off select drafts and house wines. Of note for female drinkers, this is one of the few places to offer the popular lambic beer known as Framboise.
Since the Brass Tap does not sell liquor, they can sell beer-to-go and they offer it at a discount.
For those at nearby hotels like the Omni or Hilton or downtown residences who do not have a liquor store nearby, they can either buy it in a can or get a beer on tap in a growler.
Perhaps the best news about this spot that is that they will be filling a huge void in the downtown area by serving food including pizzas, sandwiches, salads and flatbreads until 2 a.m.
The official grand opening for their food service will be August 30, coinciding with ESPN's College Game Day broadcasting live in downtown Fort Worth as they will be in DFW for the Cowboys Classic between No. 1 ranked and defending champions Florida St. and Oklahoma St. being played that evening at AT&T Stadium.
In addition to the vast beer selection and the new food menu, they also have live music every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m. Sports fans can also expect this to be one of the better places to watch football this fall as they will have the Sunday NFL Ticket on their 17 HDTVs and have the sound turned up for games of local interest like TCU and the Dallas Cowboys.
For further information on the Brass Tap, visit its Facebook page.
THE BRASS TAP 901 HOUSTON ST., FORT WORTH TX (817) 870-3838
FOLLOW JAY BETSILL ON TWITTER @THEFAMOUSJAY