Brass Tap will offer 80 drafts beers and homemade bar fare when it opens July 20.
The Brass Tap is getting a handle on the local craft-beer scene.
The latest mega-draft beer dispensary, set to open July 20, joins such notable brands as the Pub at Polaris, Cantina Laredo and the Cheesecake Factory in the lifestyle section of Polaris Fashion Place.
Brass Tap has 80 beers on tap, with 35 local brews and two dedicated lines for sours. Another 100 are available by the bottle.
"People definitely like the variety," said Mic Foster, the operating partner of the 5F Group, a franchisee that owns a second location in Cincinnati.
The plan is to open several more locations in Columbus, Foster said.
He said his group, which includes Mike and Marta Foster and Mike Magee, invested $900,000 in the 2,800-square-foot location, former home to Bubble's Beauty.
The interior offers dark wooden features, a mix of individual tables and community-style seating, retractable garage-door walls leading to the patio and plenty of TVs for sports viewing.
Brass Tap has a full liquor license, but beer definitely is the draw.
Customers can order growlers and flights, as well as liters, pints and beer served in the appropriately sized -- and shaped -- glass, Foster said.
Another benefit beer aficionados might appreciate: Brass Tap uses a direct-draw system, meaning the lines generally are shorter -- around 4 or 5 feet -- than other bars. That means the beer does not sit long in lines and experience changes in room temperature, which can affect flavor, Foster said.
It also cuts down on waste because beer is emptied when Brass Tap cleans its lines every other week.
Customers can look for French-press-infused beers and tap takeovers from leading breweries, Foster said.
He said bartenders aren't required to be certified beer servers, but they go through an extensive in-house training process.
"We're looking for people who are super-passionate," he said.
Food is given due consideration at the tavern. Popular choices include hand-pattied 1/2-pound black Angus burgers served with fresh-cut fries. Three choices of flatbreads also are popular.
The menu is rounded out by salad, chili, tacos, pretzels, sandwiches and small plates.
Most selections are around $10.
Pubs offering dozens of handles are nothing new in town, given the openings of World of Beer, Pint Room and Pint House.
Local retail analyst Chris Boring said the bigger-is-better approach isn't necessarily the best for new beer purveyors.
"When it first came on the scene they were really special and unique, but not so much anymore, particularly in the Polaris area," Boring said.
Yet Brass Tap seems to have a few things going for it: a full-service kitchen and the still-strong demand for craft beer, Boring said.
"I think those restaurants have an appeal, but I question whether we're getting too many of them," he said.
Brass Tap will be open for lunch and dinner hours daily. For more information, call 614-431-2337.............................
Barry Bagels has opened in the Dublin area.
The store, 5760 Frantz Road, is the first franchised location of the Toledo-based outfit, which got its start in 1972.
The local bagel shop is owned by Billy Fristo, who already was with the organization, and his first cousin, Drew Stapleton.
Barry Bagels is known for its New York-style bagels, which come in 17 flavors and three sizes -- large, medium and "teething" for infants. There's also an option for dogs.
Other fare includes a build-your-own-baked-potato option, cookies, salads and cheese.
Fristo and Stapleton plan to open five more locations locally.
Barry Bagels is open breakfast through early evening hours daily.