Brass Tap beer bar to open in Sarasota

Site at Stickney Point Road and Tamiami Trail near Siestat Key in Sarasota where The Brass Tap plans to build a craft beer bar. (Photo by Google Inc.)

Tampa-based craft beer chain The Brass Tap is planning to open a bar at Stickney Point Road and U.S. 41, at the site of a planned Benderson Development Co. retail and lodging project, according to the beer emporium’s website.
Brass Tap becomes the first confirmed tenant at Siesta Promenade, a 250,000-square-foot retail lifestyle center and 150-room hotel Manatee County-based Benderson has planned at 6350 S. Tamiami Trail.
The 24-acre property — vacant for nearly a decade — had been home to the Pine Shores Trailer Park and a gas station prior to being sold for $17.5 million, in July 2005.
The Brass Tap typically offers 60 to 80 draft beers and several hundred other varieties in bottles, along with wine and cigars for outdoor smoking, according to the company’s Facebook page. Some locations serve food.
Representatives from neither The Brass Tap nor Benderson returned phone calls seeking comment by mid-day Wednesday.
Brass Tap’s website lists 16 bars in Florida, Texas, Ohio and Arizona, with at least 7 others — including Sarasota, Orlando and Greenfield, Wisconsin — “Tapping Soon!”
Though a dozen of its bars are in Florida, the chain’s reach currently extends as far west as Mesa, Arizona, and as far north as Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Brass Tap marks the latest in a series of craft beer chains of late to announce plans to open or expand in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Most recently, World of Beer, which for several years has operated a bar at 8217 Tourist Center Drive, off University Parkway near Interstate 75, announced plans to develop a bar in downtown Sarasota on Main Street and on Cortez Road, in Bradenton.
Brass Tap’s entry into the market also comes as the local craft beer brewing scene has exploded. In the past year, the region has become home to five production breweries — Big Top Brewing and JDub’s Brewing Co. in Sarasota County, Motorworks Brewing and Darwin Brewing in Bradenton, and Fat Point in Punta Gorda.
Benderson, in a presentation to Sarasota County’s Development Review Committee in late June, indicated Siesta Promenade would blend entertainment, dining and shopping into a lifestyle center similar to Westfield Group’s future plans for Southgate Mall.
A Benderson official said at the time that development of Siesta Promenade would begin in the second quarter of 2015.

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