A Round Rock spot has made it onto CraftBeer.com’s “51 Best Beer Bars in America” — as the one and only representative from Texas.
While a bar from the suburbs on such a list might seem surprising, especially given all the other options out there, the Brass Tap was voted to the top by participants of a CraftBeer.com poll seeking to find out the best beer bars in each state. According to the website, more than 9,000 votes total were cast between August and December of last year.
Scroll through the roundup of America’s other popular beer hangouts — you have the option to select Texas on a drop-down menu at the top of the page — and you’ll find out why people have chosen the Brass Tap as Texas’ favorite, albeit in the Brass Tap’s own words.
A large part of the reason is, evidently, that the building is haunted.
“The Brass Tap Round Rock has 60 rotating taps devoted exclusively to craft beers. Our tap wall changes every single day. We’re located in a beautiful 110-year-old building on Main Street in the historic district of downtown Round Rock,” according to the blurb on CraftBeer.com.
“The one thing we have that very few other bars have is the presence of two ghosts who have resided in the building for decades… Both of our ghosts are friendly and have never intentionally harmed or scared anyone, but some of our staff members are still very reluctant to be alone in the building after closing time!”
Spooky hauntings aside, the Brass Tap, with 200 bottles and cans in addition to the draft options, has already proven that it can hold its own against some of Austin’s other beloved beer bars. For one, it’s already got another location, this one closer into town in the Domain, in the works for an opening later this year. It was also one of the beer bars chosen in Austin360’s own readers’ poll about our city’s favorite places to grab a brew, coming in at number 8 out of 25.
Whatever your thoughts about the Brass Tap being chosen over other bars (and some of Austin’s biggest beer fans certainly have them, taking to Twitter this afternoon to muse about the results), you have to admit the bar’s beer list is solid. Local favorites like Blue Owl Brewing’s Dapper Devil and (512) Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Nitro Pecan Porter are just two of the offerings you’ll find there.