Dallas beer fans just got another drinking destination with the opening of the Brass Tap last week, bringing a whopping 80 draft lines and 120 bottles to Prosper.
The 170-seat location (790 N. Preston Road), which opened for lunch and dinner service on Monday, May 6, is part of the Florida-born brand dedicated to craft beer. There’s about 60 franchised locations from coast to coast, and Prosper’s opening represents the start of a big Dallas-area expansion.
The menu is built around bar fare that pairs well with its beer ($5-$12), with flatbreads, burgers, tacos, shrimp-topped salads, Sirloin steak nachos, and Brussels sprouts as part of its opening lineup. Desserts call for chocolate lava cake and cheese cake, with plans to add more.
The expansion-minded brand already plans to blanket the Dallas area with four more franchised locations in the next five to seven years, area franchise partner Sid Patel tells Eater. Other up-and-coming neighborhoods in McKinney, Frisco, and Murphy are being considered. Patel honed a personal love for IPAs and sour beers while running a beer and wine shop in McKinney, Texas for the past seven years.
Texas’s booming craft beer scene, which includes over 35 breweries in the DFW area alone, is fueling The Brass Tap’s expansion plans. Half of its taps are Texas beers. ”People love local,” he says, name-dropping Celestial Beerworks, Community Beer Co., and Deep Ellum Brewing Co. as some of the bar’s most popular pours. Bottles hail from a range of geographical hot beds for beer-making, with Belgium and East and West Coast brews in the mix. Only 10 of its 80 beers on draft will consistently stay put.
Texas is dotted with other Brass Tap locations under different franchise deals, with one recently debuting in Houston. Another in Roanoke debuted about a year ago. The Prosper location sports an industrial chic look, with modern light fixtures, guitars hanging on the walls, a chalkboard spelling out daily selections, and a TV-lined bar comprised of reclaimed wood accents. Live music could be coming soon, he says. Cocktails ($8-$11) carry an upscale bent -- think a Pickled Vesper and raspberry lemon drop martini -- and a barrel-aged program helps fill out Old Fashioneds and other bourbon drinks. There’s no beer made on-site, he adds.
Hours are Sunday to Friday, from 11 a.m to midnight, and Saturday until 1 a.m.