Editor’s note: Sorry I missed my updates this week — I got food poisoning over the weekend, which threw out the entire schedule.
Today was National Stout Day.
I first learned about my new favorite holiday last week, when Tapwerks began to tweet about this most glorious of days. A whole day. Devoted to my favorite type of beer.
Today I went down to Bricktown for my first visit to Tapwerks. It was fairly busy when I went there. I’m not sure how busy it is normally, but there were a fair few people there tonight.
When I got to my table, my server gave me the beer menu, the food menu, and the Stout Day event menu. I ordered poutine off the Stout Day menu.
I’d never had poutine before.
The first several bites were delicious…it was a fantastic harmony of ranch dressing, fries, green onions, and brown gravy. If I had been sharing it with people, I would have been quite happy. As it is, I’ve got a bit of a solid lump of poutine residing between my navel and my spleen — my fault for eating it all. I don’t know how to judge the rest of their food, so I’ll have to go back and try the regular menu. I wouldn’t have an issue with the poutine except for eating too much of it.
The real upside of Tapwerks is the beer. The variety is unmatched by anyone in the local area that I’ve seen (except perhaps Republic). The beer menu is great. For Stout Day, they had a few special kegs from area brewers. I inquired about smaller portions, but they only served it in regular pints. I got a pint of Anthem‘s Atrum Belgian Stout. It was delicious. I love Belgian beer, so I was happy to try out the Anthem keg, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was sweet and smooth, but not creamy. There was a little bit of the aftertaste of mushrooms (I don’t know how else to describe it) that I remember from other Belgian-style brews.
Overall, Tapwerks was a great place. Good atmosphere, good service, good food, though a bit busier than my normal haunts. If it’s still Thursday night when you read this, get down to Tapwerks and celebrate Stout Day. You won’t be disappointed.