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Discover Craft Beers at Myrtle Beach’s New Brass Tap

Discover Craft Beers at Myrtle Beach’s New Brass Tap

Beer has come a long way since the old days of picking up a six-pack of whatever was cold. A market that was once dominated by two or three major domestic brands a few decades ago has experienced a microbrew revolution that has opened up the world to an endless list of unique beers, and turned the craft of brewing into an art form.

Nowhere is that growing trend more evident than in Myrtle Beach, which has seen an explosion of craft beer and microbrew pubs set up shop on the Grand Strand in recent years. The latest is quickly becoming one of the most popular brew houses: the Brass Tap Beer Bar in Market Common, which is only a short distance from Compass Cove Resort.

This Tampa, FL-based chain recently opened it doors and began to serve more than 300 brands of beer and 60 different draft beers. Featuring everything from major brands to small operations, the Brass Tap prides itself on a diverse beer lineup that can satisfy all taste buds. That includes an excellent “craft food” menu, and plenty of cold beer to wash it all down.

Billed as “the ultimate beer bar,” the Brass Tap is designed like a traditional ale house, with hardwood and brass fixtures setting a cozy and casual atmosphere. The outdoor patio allows patrons to relax in the sun or shade and take in the view of the bustling Market Common neighborhood while enjoying a cigar. Daily beer and food specials attract nice crowds for lunch and dinner, and the bar area is always active with sports fans and beer snobs.

The menu features classic bar food with a creative twist. The “Sharables” include the basics of pretzels, wings and fries along with unique items like lettuce wraps, prime rib nachos and sweet chili shrimp. Salads, sandwiches, burgers and flatbreads offer a wide variety of flavors, and your server can recommend the perfect beer or wine to correspond with your meal.

The beer menu is too lengthy to list them all, but patrons can get drafts or bottles of these styles of beer: ales (red, brown, pale and IPAs), lagers, pilsners, stouts, witbier, weizens, and barleywines. The Brass Tap specializes in Belgian beers (Light, Dark and Trappist), Bock/Dunkels, Lamics, Marzen, Schwarzbier, and other hard-to-find types of brews. An extensive wine list adds to the selection.

The Brass Tap is just one of many brew pubs to set up shop on the Strand. The new American Taproom is opening soon at Broadway at the Beach. The Mellow Mushroom, Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery, and Broadway Louie's are among the other Broadway at the Beach hot spots to order a cold one. Also located in Market Commons is Gordon Biersch, King Street Grill and a few other restaurants and bars that boast a lengthy craft beer lineup, as well as downtown bars like the Atlas Tap House, Bumstead’s Pub and Bodo’s German Restaurant & Bar.

For beer nerds who want to see the magic of brewing in action, Myrtle Beach’s only local label provides free tours and tastings at its downtown facility. New South Brewing takes visitors through every step of the process – from the fermentation stage to the finished product. Tours are available at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, followed by an open tasting session where you can pick up souvenirs and even a six-pack to go.

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