Craft Tap House: So Many Choices


Craft Tap House

Beer geek heaven! The rest of you will enjoy it too.

Craft Tap House opened up on Friday offering Bakersfield a great way to try new beers and enjoy their favorites in a cool atmosphere with a state of the art self-pour system that gives you so many options it’s almost overwhelming, in a good way. The beautifully done minimalist décor is accented by stained concrete, straight lines, exposed duct work and lots of metal giving it a clean industrial feel. The perfect place to try a couple ounces of that new barrel aged stout you’ve seen at your favorite bottle shop or grab a pint of your favorite session beer after work.



Other than the beer, the star of Craft Tap House is the pour system. Once you enter the pub, the first thing you’ll want to do is head to the cash registers to get a card and load it up with money. Once you have your card and preferred glassware (5oz., 12oz., 16oz. or 22oz.) the fun starts. To help you navigate the massive tap list you should download the free TapHunter app. With TapHunter you can view all the beers currently on tap at Craft Tap House, see the per ounce price, read a brief description, get more info on the brewery and type of beer, rate the beer and more. Although Craft Tap House is the first local establishment to use the TapHunter system, you can find it in use at many other bars and restaurants in cities like San Diego. If you still have a Razor flip phone or use a Jitterbug and can’t download the app you can get a print out of the tap list at the register. Once you decide what to try check the monitors above the taps to find your beers number and head to the tap. When you put your card in the holder on the tap screen it shows you your balance and how many ounces you’ve poured.

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The Beer

The focus will be on rotation and catering to market trends. You won’t see the same beers tapped over and over again. Craft Tap House plans to use multiple distributors to bring in a wide variety of beers. Jeff Hentges, the beer buyer, brings experience buying for pubs and restaurants on the central cost. In addition to the 50 beers on tap, they will always have a handful of beers ready to go on when a tap opens up. So don’t expect to see any lonely empty taps. The opening tap list features a nice selection of beers that aren’t easily found elsewhere in town. I’m especially excited to see their selection of taps on Nitro (currently four) which may increase depending on demand.   

The Food

Good beer and good food go hand in hand. The kitchen, ran by head chef Thomas Chairez, is serving up a diverse menu with some very interesting twists and a sophisticated spin on pub food. From artesian flat breads to stout braised short ribs to a Hawaiian poke stack the variety will give you a reason other than the beer to come back. A pub menu wouldn’t be complete without bratwurst so naturally Craft Tap House has a selection of sausages and brats made by local butcher shop Prime Cuts. Other items include; multiple versions of burgers, sandwiches, salads and a complete list of appetizers.

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Craft Tap House adds a great new venue with a high tech feel to our growing local craft beer scene that presents another option to facilitate your craving for something new. It’s oddly satisfying to control how much or how little you put in your glass. Not to mention, with this system, you’ll never be stuck with a pint of something you don’t like. My advice is to always start with the 5oz. taster glass, experiment with beer types and brands you haven’t tried and enjoy the experience of trying something new.  

On tap now at Craft Tap House

Cismontane citizen Lager

Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils

Maui Bikini Blond Lager

Allagash White Ale

King Harbor South Bayern

Almanac Saison Dolores

Alpine Pure Hoppiness

Hanger 24 Easy Glider Session IPA

Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis

Kern River Just Outstanding IPA

King Harbor IPA on Nitro

Knee Deep C4

Lagunitas Bitter Oats

Lengthwise Citra Simcoe Centennial Ale

Maui Double Overhead

Modern Times City of the Sun IPA

Modern Times Mega Fortunate Islands

Modern Times Neverwhere

Pizza Port San Clemente Owl Bear

Sierra Nevada Harvest: Wild Hop Neomx

Ballast Point Homework Series #6

Bootlegger’s Black Phoenix

Deschutes The Abyss

Dogfish Head Miles Davis Bitches Brew 2015

Founders Breakfast Stout 2015

Hanger 24 2015 Pugachev’s Cobra

High Water Campfire Stout

Karl Strauss Peanut Butter Cup Porter

Kern River Class V Stout

Mammoth Lair of the Bear

Modern Times Black House Stout on Nitro

Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout on Nitro

North Coast Old Rasputin on Nitro

Pizza Port Dusk Til Dawn

Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout

Tioga Sequoia Autumn Rush (Barrel Aged)

Black Market Goliath

Deschutes the Stoic

Devils Canyon Full Boar                    

Firestone Walker Sucaba 2015

Oskar Blues Old Juicy Bastard

Pizza Port Eyelashes

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde

Almanac Mosaic Sour

Black Market Tradecraft Blackberry

Moylans Pomegranate Wheat

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez

2 Towns Ciderhouse Serious Scrump

2 Towns Ciderhouse the Bad Apple

Nectar Creek Sting