MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – It's time for the finishing touches on the newest restaurant at the Market Common- it's a taphouse brand many people may be familiar with.
The Brass Tap will open at the Market Common in a few weeks. It's the latest of its kind to open here in the Grand Strand, a restaurant that specializes in local and rare craft beers. "59, 60 taps of craft beer," said Jaimal Patel, a co-owner of The Brass Tap.
Within the last few months Carolina Ale House also announced it will open up shop by Broadway at the Beach. "It's catching on here like everywhere else. It's taken a little while," David Epstein, Owner of New South Brewery said.
In South Carolina alone there are 40 micro-breweries and brew pubs that bring in $443 million to the state's economy, according to the National Brewers Association. All the local selection is something The Brass Tap will take advantage of.
"At least half of South Carolina beers on tap at all times," Patel said.
Folks with New South Brewery in the heart of Myrtle Beach can attest, the craft beer scene is one that has been gaining momentum.
"We do have more and more taprooms opening up like the Brass Tap," Epstein said. "Beer can be just as dynamic, and have just as many flavor profiles as wine."
Pairing food with beer is something Patel said his taphouse is tapping into. "A food menu that's prepared to go with the beer that we're going to be serving."
But, is the local population into what the Brass Tap is pouring?
"The response has been overwhelming," according to Patel. "Just the past two weeks we've had probably had so many messages about when we're opening."
Patel hopes it's the new spot for both tourists and locals. "I know of a few more bars that are opening that are more craft centered. So to be on the forefront of that in Myrtle Beach is a special thing and we're not going to drop the ball."
It's a great time to be a brewer, small craft brewery," Epstein agreed.
Patel said all the finishing touches on his restaurant should be done by early January and the grand opening is expected to be mid-month.