Late in August of last year, my buddies Matt and Tom and I were talking about having a guys night. Guys night was a fairly common thing for us. We decided to go to Moe and Johnny’s at 54th and College Ave. After all, it was one of our favorite places at the time because they had good beer and free peanuts. As we were walking from our parking spaces, we noticed what appeared to be a new bar in the area. We all peered inside and liked what we saw. I saw a guy in the bar having a pint, but the doors were locked and they were clearly not open yet, so on we went to M & J’s. After a couple beers and a bunch of peanuts, we headed back to our car. On the way, the gentleman who was inside enjoying a pint was outside the building. We asked about the place and he informed us that this would be an all craft beer bar called Twenty Tap and it would be opening next week. He also informed us that it would be a non-smoking environment and they would also have a nice food menu. We were quite thrilled about this new development. Made me wish I still lived in that area. After talking to him, I remembered my buddy Kevin telling me about the place a few months prior to actually seeing it.
One year later, Twenty Tap has easily become my favorite Indianapolis spot to enjoy a pint or a flight and scrumptious eats. In just one year, they have grown from 20 Tap lines to 38 Taps of delicious craft beers. Mostly regional, but occasionally you will find some of the bigger craft breweries represented….like this week they have had Stone’s 16th Anniversary IPA on tap. They also feature some of the best food in the city. The spicy Cuban Sandwich, The Burn Burger, and Cheese Curds are my go-to items. They post their tap list daily on their Facebook Page and I’m hoping someday they do the same with their twitter feed. They have drink specials all week, usually a special beer at a cheaper price, and one day (Tuesday) each week where all pints are at a reduced cost. Needless to say, Tuesdays are particularly busy. It’s a fantastic place whether you want to sit at the bar and enjoy a pint or grab a table and have a meal with friends while enjoying and celebrating craft beer.
When I have friends come to town it’s one of the first places I recommend and we usually try to go. I remember sharing a Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11 with Jason from Cavalier there one evening. I remember talking smoked turkey and beer around Thanksgiving with a server from Brugge around the holidays last year. Countless times I have met up with buddies for a quick drink or two just to connect and have a place to enjoy quality beer and company. I have even talked about social work with one of the employees over the summer while sipping my Stone Imperial Russian Stout at closing time. When I have been there, I have always really enjoyed not only other patrons, but the employees that work there are some of the most endearing people I’ve met at any establishment I’ve been to.
But Being a busy father of two and working two jobs makes it quite difficult for me to be there on a regular basis. I think I currently average about 1 trip every 2 months. So I am certainly not a regular there. If we still lived in that area of town I mostly likely would stop by every day for a pint after work. Bottom line, I would be there as much as I could be if given the opportunity. For me getting there takes planning ahead. Coordinating with my wife so that she knows I’ll be away for a few hours. So when they announced their 1 year Anniversary Party slated to happen a week from today I immediately informed my wife of my desire to attend. Not only will they be having epic beers on tap, including Founders KBS, CBS, and Bells The Oracle, but they will also have some live entertainment, great food, and of course, the people that make that place the best bar in the city. The party doesn’t start until 6:00pm, but I plan on being there around 4:00 or as soon as I am done working so that I have a shot at a seat at the bar. Hope to see many of you there as well!! Cheers to Twenty Tap, awesome beer, and many many more years of being able to enjoy those delicious beers at the best bar in the city!