Fall’s arrival has brought Greenville’s beer and pub fans some good news: the opening of two new venues in our area. Both Tapped and Dickinson Avenue Public House offer modern and welcoming atmospheres for socializing, with a full selection of craft beers.
To learn more, we asked the folks behind these new ventures how their concepts were developed.
Out and About in Greenville
by Aaron Lucier
Tapped, a craft beer store featuring a beer garden, is located on Firetower Road. It was opened by Jeremy and Jennifer Spengeman, the owners of another fixture on Firetower, Basil’s Restaurant.
Jeremy answered my questions via email:
JS: We wanted to create a welcoming environment for all ages (21 years and older to drink) and status groups. We want everyone who appreciates beer to be able to begin or continue on their craft beer journey. We want to help educate people, whether this is their first draft beer or even those who are more knowledgeable than ourselves.
GG: How long was it in the planning before it opened?
JS: We unofficially started planning when we created Basil’s Secret Stash of craft beers and began offering growlers in October 2014. We then began getting the approvals with the city while continuing to define what we wanted the shop to be.
GG: What day did you officially open?
JS: Saturday, October 3rd. Our “official grand opening” will occur in late November or early December. At that point we will start doing some more promoting and getting our regular events and tap take-overs going. [In a tap take-over, a particular brewer offers a selection of its own brews, on-draft.] We have already done an event with Devil’s Backbone and have scheduled tap take-overs with Coronado, Hi-Wire, Aviator and are working on Southern Tier, Ballast Point and others.
GG: What are you most proud of, overall?
JS: Bringing something new to Greenville, in a concept that is open and inviting to all patrons and beer drinkers of different knowledge levels. While you can’t please everyone, the overwhelming majority of our customers have been very positive and excited to be a part and patron of what we are doing.
Greenville’s other new home for hops lovers is Dickinson Avenue Public House (DAPH), located in the redeveloping Dickinson Avenue Uptown neighborhood. (more…)