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Mesa's Brass Tap Bar has something for everybody

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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 12:21 pm

Sixty handles. And 25 of them feature Arizona brews.

That's the number of taps craft beer enthusiasts and those just getting into the flavor fad will find at The Brass Tap, a new bar that recently opened its doors in Mesa Riverview.

Not to mention the two coolers that feature an additional 250 various bottled and canned beers.

"We probably have something somebody likes," says co-owner Jessie Rowe III. His two sons, Jason and Jessie IV also co-own and operate the bar.

The Brass Tap wants to offer beer and wine drinkers a casual, but entertaining atmosphere where everyone can feel comfortable trying different brews from across the country.

Some Arizona beers on tap include Four Peaks, Grand Canyon, Lumberyard and Mudshark.

View their beer list at BrassTapBeerBar.com.

They want "beer geeks" to know that their bar staff knows quite a bit about craft beer, too.

The Brass Tap has two Cicerones -- essentially a certified beer expert -- or beers version of a wine Sommelier.

Each staff member goes through a weeks-long training course covering the history of craft beer, tasting various styles of beer, and understanding the best way to describe it to customers while also comparing it to other craft brews.

The original Brass Tap restaurant is based out of Florida, but this is the first franchise in Arizona. It's also the farthest west the bar has expanded. Several locations are being built throughout Florida, one in Texas and Maryland.

The inside of the bar tries to mix the classic bar atmosphere, such as the wood trim and bar face, while also adding in some modern decor with black faux-leather seating, a large chalkboard beer-and-specials list and multiple flat-screen TVs.

Customers won't find burgers, fries or salads on the menu. But, they will find some gourmet bar-food options, such as the Samuel Adams Beer Cheese Dip served with fresh-baked pretzels, the Prime Rib Sandwich served with Rosemary chips and the BBQ Pork flatbread.

The focus is on the beer, but also due to limited kitchen space, the bar isn't branding itself as a restaurant.

Flatbreads cost $5.99, Paninis range from $8-$9, and the prime rib sandwich is the most expensive menu item at $12.99.

Customers can also purchase or fill growlers at the bar. Or they can even create a six-pack of bottled beers to take home. Like cigars? They sell them, too.

Customers can also become a member of the "Brew Crew," which is a points-based reward system based on how much money one spends. It also tracks which beers someone drinks, as well as lets them pick his or her favorite beer. As points add up, discounts are offered.

Try a lot of beers and you may even end up on the bar's leader board.

The bar offers a weekly happy hour special and will have live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

View BrassTapBeerBar.com for more information.

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