Is East Aurora officially Erie County’s beer capital? With Aurora Brew Works, long-running favorites like the Bar Bill, and now Main Street’s Craft Tap House, it certainly seems that way.
The latter is one of the village’s newest beer destinations, and while it does not offer much in the way of surprises, it is another fine stopping point for a craft beer.
My wife and I visited on an atypical Saturday afternoon, the day of the “Taste of East Aurora.” We were oblivious to this event until we looked for a parking spot.
This meant we were likely the only two adults in the vicinity not there for the “Taste of East Aurora.” But that also meant the Craft Tap House was pretty sleepy. In fact, while there was a sizable crowd enjoying some live music in front, we were the only two seated diners inside.
Even with the small crowd, it was easy to see the appeal of the establishment. Intimate, with a couple of televisions, some loud blues blasting, an interesting selection of vintage photos on the wall – it’s a comfortable, casual place.
It was so casual, in fact, that my Victory Hop Devil came in a plastic cup. I enjoyed that detail, actually, and my wife quite liked the blueberries in her EBC Blueberry.
These were just two of the draft selections, all of which were helpfully given full descriptions on the menu. The list (which can be found online) also included several Southern Tier selections, EBC Nitrous Hopcide, Ommegang Abbey Ale, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald and Goose Island IPA.
We did not take advantage of any of the Craft Beer House daily specials, but that list includes $4 martinis on Mondays, $4 margaritas and mojitos on Tuesdays, half-price bottles of wine on Wednesdays, and – my favorite – “Throwback Thursdays,” in which, crafttaphouse.com explains, if one wears “an old Bills or Sabres jersey … your first drink is HALF OFF!”
It was not Wednesday, and my Pierre Turgeon jersey was nowhere to be found, so no half-price drinks for us. However, the Craft Tap House experience is undoubtedly a pleasant one. It might lack the charm of Aurora Brew Works or the wings of the Bar Bill, but it is a solid addition to East Aurora’s growing beer scene.
Craft Tap House
Where: 701 Main St., East Aurora (714-5440, www.crafttaphouse.com)
Scene: A casual, comfortable craft beer spot on East Aurora’s bustling Main Street.
Hours: Opens at 3 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and features $2 domestic bottes, $3 wells and $4 select craft drafts and house wines.