The New Tap Room Opens Today!

Owners and staff from The Tap Room & the Brewtique

Owners and staff from The Tap Room & the Brewtique

After three-and-a-half long years, The Tap Room is finally opening its new space over at Mongoose Junction today! How exciting is that! Here are all the details straight from Andrea Milam…

St. John Brewers Opens New, Expanded Tap Room and Brewery

By Andrea Milam

St. John Brewers is excited to announce the opening of their brand new bar, restaurant, and brewery, the Tap Room, at Mongoose Junction. The reopening comes after a three-year-long renovation process following a devastating fire, further delayed due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The new Tap Room, located on the second floor of Mongoose Junction and built by renowned architect Glen Speer, is fully air conditioned and offers ample indoor and patio seating, a wide bar made partially from the old Tap Room bar that was in place during the January 2015 fire, tables hand-crafted by St. Thomas non-profit My Brother’s Workshop, an expanded kitchen and new menu offerings, wide-screen televisions, and a full brewing operation on the bar and restaurant’s second floor, where St. John Brewers’ beers and sodas will be brewed and served on draft. The brewing setup will be open for tours.

St. John Brewers, founded by Chirag Vyas and Kevin Chipman in 2004, has successfully operated the Tap Room at Mongoose Junction since 2006. The duo’s company steadily grew, and they expanded their offerings from their original Tropical Mango Pale Ale to include Island Summer Ale and Island Hoppin’ IPA beers, and root beer, ginger beer, and a Green Flash energy drink, brewed both on site and in conjunction with an off-island production partner. The Tap Room was enjoying success as a well-established brew pub when the 2015 fire destroyed the popular bar and restaurant. Seven weeks after the fire, the Tap Room reopened in the former St. John Brewers office, and they’ve operated there ever since while working on the buildout of their new, expanded space.

The hurricanes, which destroyed the homes of St. John Brewers owners and staff, brought work to a halt. In the wake of the storms, the company hosted free happy hours on Fridays, giving the community a chance to connect, take their minds off the devastation, and simply enjoy a cold beer at the end of the day. Before the storms hit, the Tap Room was slated to open in late 2017, and though the bar and restaurant only suffered minimal water damage, it took another several months before finishing touches could be completed and the new brewpub could be opened to patrons.

The Tap Room’s five-barrel brewing system is visible to patrons at the bar below, and will allow St. John Brewers to brew more styles and a larger volume of beer, served directly to customers on draft. Outdoor patio seating will continue to be available, and the expanded space will lend itself to live entertainment and events, and of course, Mongoose Junction offers plenty of free parking for customers. The Tap Room menu’s entree offerings will be expanded, and a stone pizza oven will allow for a variety of pizzas to be served. St. John Brewers will also be offering crowlers, or 32-ounce cans that can be filled with any of the Tap Room’s draft beers and sealed for customers to take to the beach.

Cheech, Kevin & Tim showcase the new Tap Room brewing system.

Cheech, Kevin & Tim showcase the new Tap Room brewing system.

St. John Brewers plans to host a grand opening reception at the new Tap Room for local dignitaries and community members alike on a later date, to be announced soon. Follow St. John Brewers on Facebook for the latest news on the island brewing company and their restaurant, bar, and brewery.

And here are a few pics taken earlier this week while the crew was still setting up the place… -Jenn 

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The new pizza oven is creating some delicious pies!!

The new pizza oven is creating some delicious pies!!

8 comments for “The New Tap Room Opens Today!

  1. Gina
    June 27, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Looks BEAUTIFUL. Can’t wait to belly up to the bar!!

  2. June
    June 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Congrats! We will be there next week.

  3. Donna BRODERICK
    June 27, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    GORGEOUS. I especially love the large St. John aerial on the wall ……….

  4. Marty T
    June 27, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Wow, this is great news ! One of St John’s best places just got better ! Never mind the food and beer, it’s the staff that rules ! I just got back last week, took everything out of my suitcase, threw it in the wash, dried, folded and back in the suitcase ! Clicking on United.com right now and booking my third trip this year.

  5. Michelle
    June 28, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    We will be on island for the first time in 15 days and I can’t wait to stop in and have several cold beers! Congrats on the opening!

  6. Kathy
    July 13, 2018 at 8:46 am

    The new place looks beautiful. We will see you in September!

  7. Diane
    July 13, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Super cool – Can not wait to have a beer there! Congratulations.

  8. Dennis
    July 14, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Soooo… They are brewing beer on site again?

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