The city of Allen is making its way onto the craft beer map. In February, the city's first microbrewery, Nine Band Brewing, opened. And soon it will be home to a burgeoning beer bar franchise.
The Brass Tap will be bringing 80 drafts and roughly 200 bottled and canned craft beers to the shopping strip near Highway 121 and North Watters Road. Co-owner Sid Patel says construction will begin in the next couple weeks on the 3,200-square-foot space in hopes of hitting a June open date.
Sid and his brother and business partner, Viral Patel, currently own retail shop Choice Beverage in McKinney. They've seen the demand for craft beer grow firsthand and believe Allen could use more spots dedicated to that type of drinker.
"We already have a bottle shop, but we wanted to get into the draft business too," Sid says.
Most of the bar's taps will rotate and about 35 will house local brews, including Nine Band, Sid says. The Brass Tap will serve flights, wine and bar food -- think burgers, sandwiches and paninis. Unlike the Brass Tap in Fort Worth, which opened in 2014, this one will serve liquor as well.
Sid says there will be a small stage for live music, as well as TVs for sports fans. Although the design does not include a patio, the restaurant will have garage doors to give it an indoor-outdoor feel, he says.
The Brass Tap Allen will be the second location in North Texas. The company seems to be booming alongside the craft beer industry with 23 current U.S. locations and another nine in the works. One is also slated to open in Tyler, Texas off Southwest Loop 323, according to the Brass Tap website. Calls to determine when have not been returned.