The space that Republic Uptown moved into in my neighborhood is one of the cooler spots in Calhoun Square. There are big windows and it's in a spacious upstairs location with a big, old bar already built in. The former business, The Independent, always had a workable modern vibe to it and a killer happy hour. What could go wrong if you add in great beer and open the place up a little bit? After a few months of meaning to check this place out I finally made the effort to stop by this relatively new place on a rare day off.
It was nice to see bright sunlight a shining in and a big, old, wooden bar waiting for me right as I walked in. Right away I was able to pick out some fun tap handles from Deschutes, Sierra Nevada, and Surly. I took a look at the beer menu and noticed some pretty solid choices. There were a few Steel Toe Taps (not an always easy to find bonus), Sierra Nevada Narwhal, Deschutes Hop Henge and a few solid imports mixed in. The list seemed like a well put together lineup of brews. There was also a giant chalkboard with specials and beers listed in large writing. Nice to know that beer was the entire focus going on here.
I ended up ordering a Steel Toe Size 7 for my first beer which was noticeably super fresh with a huge piney hop aroma. I capped off the trip with a Sierra Nevada Narwhal and was happy to have some more of this tasty hoppy Imperial Stout one last time this year as bottles have dried up from liquor stores a few months ago. This might be my new go to bar with my apartment only four blocks away. Nice to see a big selection and a well chosen tap list. There is a big event coming up here the first or second week in March that I cannot wait to go to and blog about. Stay tuned!
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