Taps Beer Bar

January 13, 2012

"Join the Craft Beer Revolution," Taps commanded. Meekly, we obeyed.

A "rotating tap" concept supplies fresh varieties of beer for every visit, making this the place to guzzle unusual brews. Nothing we recognized, since we're dummies when it comes to beer.

The basic one-page list of bar snacks here includes thin-crust pizzas, with a choice of toppings such as sambal ikan bilis, rendang, wild mushrooms, or what we had above _ spicy pepperoni. Decent, even though beer is the true center of the universe at Taps.

Tasting "paddles" of beer, spectacular for sampling. Reading from the menu's tasting guide: Chevalier Saison (Bridge Road Brewers _ floral aromas with farmhouse touches of orange peel), Pale Ale (Kooinda Boutique Brewery _ citrusy with a robust caramel & toffee backbone) & Mt Macedon Ale (Holegate Brewhouse _ biscuity malts). All Australian.

Brown Ale (Mornington Peninsula Brewery _ mildly nutty on the nose, with notes of chocolate & raisins on the palate & a bitter finish), Black (3 Ravens _ pronounced flavors of caramel, chocolate & coffee) & Robust Porter (Bridge Road Brewers _ toasted grain & milk chocolate characteristics, with a touch of roasted coffee to round up the aroma).

Live performances feature familiar guitar hits from the'70s through '90s.

Alfresco seating, overlooking the relative calm of the side streets near Changkat Bukit Bintang, is available for escaping the crowds & the music.

TAPS Beer Bar,
One Residency, Jalan Nagasari, Off Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2110-1560
Open daily, 5pm till late.