Round Rock’s the Brass Tap adding second location at Domain

Photo by Marcial Guajardo / Round Rock Leader. The Brass Tap franchise is expanding out of Round Rock and into the Austin city limits.

Photo by Marcial Guajardo / Round Rock Leader. The Brass Tap franchise is expanding out of Round Rock and into the Austin city limits.

After the sudsy success of the first Brass Tap location in downtown Round Rock, the owner has decided to bring the beer bar’s focus on quality brews closer into Austin and plans to open a new, much larger location in the Domain.

Owner Steve Sheets, who partnered with his son Travis to bring the first Central Texas Brass Tap into fruition in 2013, is expanding the draft beer offerings at the second location. The Brass Tap at the Domain, across the street from the iPic Theaters, will have one of the biggest tap walls in town at 90 to 100 taps. he said.

The new bar will also offer a full food menu — as opposed to the small menu of bar bites at the Round Rock spot — and it’ll be three times the size as the original. But Sheets emphasized that despite these changes, the Brass Tap at the Domain will remain “a bar that serves great food as opposed to a restaurant that serves great beer.”

“We will be true to our core, which is craft beer,” he said.

The new Brass Tap, which he hopes to open at the earliest by the end of this year, will have about 30 to 40 more taps than the original location in Round Rock’s historic downtown.

“I just think the Austin area in general and the Domain area specifically is absolutely perfect for an upscale craft beer bar,” he said.

Plus, like the Round Rock bar, the Domain’s Brass Tap will offer live music — something Sheets said he noticed the Domain area doesn’t really have yet. The new Brass Tap will have a separate, adjacent space for a variety of acts to play in.

These two Brass Tap locations are part of a larger franchise based in Florida. When Sheets and his son collaborated to open the Round Rock bar in 2013, they were the first people to bring the Brass Tap franchise out of the state.

Sheets, the city attorney for Round Rock and a University of Texas graduate, is not all about beer. He has also been raising registered Texas longhorns on his property outside of town for the past 30 years, now owning 26 of the majestic animals. The skull of Maverick, one of the longhorns he raised “from a baby to 22 years,” is displayed prominently at the Brass Tap in Round Rock.


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