A good place to spend a Tuesday evening, or any evening for that matter, is the Groveland Tap, a wonderful place for beer lovers. The decorum would fit any standards: the small spaces are decorated with a variety of different taps. It also has an atmosphere that is perfect for beer guzzling. The Tap comes fully equipped with pool tables, dart boards, a big buck hunter game, a jukebox and a chance to catch the game on TV. But what makes the Tap really stand out is their selection of finely crafted brews.
Except for a small wine list, it is a strictly beer bar, offering over thirty different beers. A person has his or her pick between hoppy IPAs, stellar seasonals, a great selection of Belgian’s, pale ales, casks, pilsners and many more. There are definitely some good pints that stand out. Founder’s Red Ale, recommended by the waitress, was an excellent choice. This hoppy beer came with a slight citrus flavor that wasn’t too overpowering. The 21st Amendment turned out to be an easier drinking hoppy beer, while the Bell’s Hop Slam would be for the serious hop lover, with an intense hoppy flavor. Another interesting brew to try would be Lagunita’s Brown Sugar, a bitter IPA cooked with 30 pounds of brown sugar that helps cover up some of the bitterness, giving an intense- but not sickening- sweet taste.
The Tap is known for being the largest distributor in the world of Summit, so that shows they have hometown pride. It is here that a person could find the Summit Oatmeal on tap, a very rare find. And what better way to wash down the beers than with burgers and fries? Both are phenomenal. This friendly, neighborhood bar definitely delivers.
For more info: The Groveland Tap 1834 St Clair Ave St Paul 651-699-5058
Hours: 11 a.m. until 1 a.m.