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The Brass Tap in Charlotte, NC

A new craft beer bar is coming to Towson. The Brass Tap, a Florida-based chain, will be located in Towson Town Center on the first level in between Nordstrom and TGI Friday’s.

Franchisee Mike Kettell is about to retire from the Air Force after 32 years of service, and the Brass Tap will be his post-retirement focus. His son Steven, who recently graduated from Towson University with a degree in business communication and marketing, will be the general manager.

Kettell said the bar will serve traditional pub fare such as burgers, wraps, and street tacos, as well as local favorites like crab cakes.

Its claim to fame is the fact that the wall behind the main bar is actually a huge cooler where 60 different beers are on tap and, Kettell said, come out ice cold because they don’t have far to travel. The majority of the draft beers will be local, he said, with brands such as Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, Union Craft Brewing, and Hysteria.

There will also be 150 different bottles and cans, also mostly local.

More than two dozen 65″ high-def televisions will be placed throughout the space for sports fans. Kettell, who lives in Anne Arundel County, said he’ll also have live music and trivia nights. The pub will seat 140 people, including an outdoor patio facing Fairmount Avenue.

Brass Tap location

Steven has already gone through a month-long training session in Tampa, and a team from headquarters will also be on site to train employees during the first few weeks. The liquor license is owned by the mall and was part of the leasing agreement, Kettell said.

They are planning to open in early January.

“We’re looking forward to getting going,” Kettell said. “It’s been a long road for us, and this is a huge process.”

-Kris Henry,
The Towson Flyer

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