The Valley bar where you can pour your own beer | Gourmand and Gourmet

The Valley bar where you can pour your own beer

Brisbane beer lovers – it’s time for a whole brew experience. What if we told you there was a bar on your doorstep where you can pour your own beer? Where you can throw back a few cold ones without even having to leaving the comfort of your seat to get another? If this sounds like a bar dream come true, then it’s about time you introduced yourself to Taps in Fortitude Valley. A relative newcomer to the Brunswick Street Mall pub scene, Taps puts a modern take on the classic afternoon drinking session. Here, you become the bartender, helping yourself to one of the 16 rotating taps available. You don’t even have to walk all the way over to the wall of beer taps down the side – four of the tables are fitted with their very own double taps so you don’t have to move an inch. Behind the taps, you’ll find a rotating menu of local and craft brews, ciders and even an alcoholic ginger beer or two to sample. All you need is a handy iButton, which can be topped up with credit at the bar. Swipe it at your brew of choice and watch the liquid gold pour out. Drinks aren’t the only thing you can DIY either – tunes can be added to the bar playlist from a nearby screen if you want to play DJ! taps fortitude valley bar 2 If all the beer has you feeling hungry, Taps has just launched their new and much anticipated bar menu, featuring wood-fired pizzas, burgers, ribs and plenty of drinking food. Anyone feeling a burger shouldn’t go past the crispy chicken burger with bacon, cheese and big kick of jalepeno mayo – it’s a clucking good feed. Pair one of these deliciously stacked big boys with a beer and throw in a side of sweet potato wedges for good measure. You’ll be in for the long haul. And if you think beers and burgers couldn’t get any better, Taps is throwing all beer convention out the Fortitude Valley window and introducing the city’s first line of beer cocktails, inspired by the flavours of Indian Pale Ale, Campari and a totally unique take on the Bloody Mary. Our pick: the Bitter Sweet Indian, a mix of sour and sweet that will win over even the most fervent of beer haters. Taps has just launched their new and unique range of burger and beer cocktail lovin’ – so don’t miss an opportunity to knock off early and knock back a few cold ones. They’ve even got a spot of giant Jenga or Connect 4 to be played while you’re deciding which tap to pour next. Beer you can pour yourself and layer upon layer of burger deliciousness? We’d tap that. Words by Lucille Burkitt