Prior to opening The Brass Tap, Sid Patel owned a beer and wine shop in McKinney, but a love of craft beer made him and his brother want to expand their horizons.

Patel owns four Brass Tap restaurants. He opened his first Brass Tap in Allen then expanded first into Prosper, then Frisco, and he opened a fourth in Cross Roads and has plans to continue expanding.

Looking for a libation?

The Brass Tap is known for its large selection of draft beer, Patel said, adding that the craft beer menu rotates.

“The whole craft beer industry has changed,” Patel said. “Back in the day, we didn’t have many local breweries.”

Patel said the closer a bar is to a brewery, the more popular those beers are, and as a result, he has several, such as Tupps and Rollertown, on tap.

“We like to support local [breweries],” Patel said. “And that’s what people like as well.”

In addition to beer, The Brass Tap has a full bar offering several mixed drinks, including mocktails for those who do not drink alcohol.

What’s on the menu?

Beer is not the only thing The Brass Tap has to offer. The most popular menu item is the boom boom shrimp, which features 12 beer-battered shrimp tossed in a signature sauce.

The restaurant recently added pizza to its menu, Patel said, which has also been popular with patrons.

In addition, the restaurant is launching a food truck menu.

“It’s not necessarily smaller portions,” Patel said. “It’s just a better value.”

Most items on the food truck menu are going to be about $10, Patel said, and will include options such as sliders, boneless wings, and pulled pork macaroni and cheese.

What's special about it?

Patel said customer service is what sets The Brass Tap apart from other restaurants.

“We take [customer service] seriously,” Patel said. “Our employees are well-trained and ready to help.”

Each employee has knowledge in craft beer, Patel said, and they are ready to answer any questions or make recommendations based on customer tastes and preferences.

Quote of note

“If you are into craft beer, or even if you have never had a craft beer, we have something for everybody,” Patel said.