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Feature: Taps – the new way to serve yourself

Today sees the opening of the second Taps bar, as its self-service concept opens in Brisbane’s Brunswick Mall.

The first outlet in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast has been operating for 18 months, and has been hugely successful.

DSC_5251v2The difference that’s been getting people through the door is that you can serve yourself craft beer, either from beer taps dotted around the walls, or even those at your table.

The way it works is very simple. Buy an “iButton”, load it with cash, take the button to a tap, place it against a magnetic reader and pour away. The loaded credit is deducted from the button per millimetre of beer poured. Any left-over credit at the end of your visit is refunded at the bar.

Taps Mooloolaba wall tapsFor those still wanting to be served the old fashioned way, there are the usual taps at the bar.

Whilst the Mooloolaba Taps has 20 taps serving 8 beers, the new Brisbane outlet will have 24 taps serving 16 different craft beers.

Taps was started by Steve and Geoff after a trip around Europe where they saw a similar concept and the way it brought people together. So after a stint working in the Queensland mines, the guys opened the first outlet in Mooloolaba.

A core part of the success of the Taps concept is the idea is that the bar is a community hub, with frequent events, live music four nights a week, and a food menu that uses locally sourced fresh produce for the American influenced menu that is full of beer drinking food. As well as great service from all the staff, that make Taps a place you want to keep revisiting.

Taps Mooloolaba tap fontWith plans in place to franchise the brand, it won’t be long before there is a Taps near you.