Now Accepting Applications!

ShareThis
Now Accepting Applications!

We are still approximately 6 - 8 weeks out from opening, but everything is ramping up to full speed around High Plains Tap House.  With that in mind we want to start looking for our partners in the beer and wine slinging biz!

First, what are we looking for in our team members?  At the absolute top of our list of qualities we are looking for is a desire and passion to provide great service.  If Laura and I do everything else wrong in this biz, we will always insist on top quality service.  Our customers will be number one every time.  Next, and this should be a no brainer, we want people who are passionate about beer.  Don't like beer?  Don't apply.  Lastly, we are looking for applicable experience.  The more experience, the better.

To start, we are looking for Bartenders and Servers.  Most nights we will most likely be having 1 Bartender and 3 servers.  We will also most likely be looking for 1 kitchen staff to help plate food, but we are not looking for that individual yet (stay tuned).

Second, VERY IMPORTANT: You must be able to follow directions to be considered for employment!  Here is how to be considered for employment.
Step 1:  Have your resume with APPLICABLE experience ready in Word format.
Step 2: Email Jobs@HighPlainsTapHouse.com with why you beleive you would be a good choice as a team member and your availability.  Attach your resume to the email.
Step 3: Be patient.  We are still a ways out, so we will be contacting folks as we have time between meetings, etc.  Pestering us about your resume will not move you to the top of the list.  If you haven't heard from us in 10 days, feel free to send a follow up email if you would like.

That's it!  Laura and I are easy to work with, but we do expect individuals to do their jobs and work to make High Plains Tap House the home away from home that we want to give to our customers.

We look forward to hearing from you!

May all of your beers be tasty!

Nate
High Plains Tap House
"Why go to a bar in Denver, when you can go to a tap house in Littleton?"
posted: September 19, 2013
bookmark this posting direct link for this posting

Beer Menus Posted!

ShareThis
So I have finally gotten around to sorting through all of the beers available to us and have picked out 120 of what I hope will be everyones new favorite friends.

You can see the Draft list here, and the Bottle list here.  (www.highplainstaphouse.com)

A few of the highlights:
Over 20 Colorado Crafts Beers on Tap.  I selected many favorites, but also pulled from many of the less known breweries around the state.

10 IPA Draft handles and another 17 IPA Bottles, for a whopping 27 IPA beers from you to choose from.  This doesn't include Strong Hopped Ales, Hopped Reds, etc.  So there is plenty for even the most discerning Hop Head.  NOTE:  Pliny the Elder is almost impossible to get.  I have added my name to the long list of bars that want some, but I wouldn't get your hopes up.

I have tried to pick a nice selection of the known and unknown.  If you don't see something on the lists that you think is a must have, please let us know by using the contact page on our website.  This list is not set in stone, just the accumulation of many hours of beer research and tastings.

Final note on nano breweries, and the small self distributing breweries around the city and state.  Nano and Self-Distributing breweries we are finding can be very difficult to work with.  They generally are not able to brew enough beer to keep a steady stream of product in the market place, and they are usually understaffed to the point where they do not have the time to talk sales.  We will be including beers from these smaller breweries as they become available, but we chose not to count on them to start.

I hope you all enjoy the lists.  It took quite a bit of doing to make happen, so I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

May all you beers be tasty!

Nate
"Why go to a bar in Denver, when you can go to a Tap House in Littleton"
posted: September 14, 2013
bookmark this posting direct link for this posting

New Beers from New Belgium

ShareThis
Dayton stopped by from New Belgium to do a beer tasting for Laura and I.  First off Dayton is a great guy, with expansive information on craft beers but also with regards to starting your own craft beer bar slash tap house.  Dayton was nice enough to listen to our whole concept and add in his suggestions when we asked for it.  Great thanks go out to Dayton!

Now to the beers!  Dayton brought a nice selection of beers I had had quite a bit of over the years, and brand new stuff that I had never even heard of before.  We started off with the New Belgium Pumpkick, their seasonal fall beer, that has already been out for over a month.  This is an interesting beer as it doesn't have the huge "pumkin/spice" profile of a normal pumpkin beer.  Laura and I found out that is because they actually mix Cranberry in with their pumpkins to make a super smooth drinkable fall beer.  If you think of it in that light, rather than expecting a huge pumpkin spice blast then you will enjoy this beer.  Get to it soon, though, as there are doubts it will be around once fall actuall hits here in Colorado.

We tasted some stuff that we have had before, including the Abbey (I love Dubbels) and 1554 which I drank for years when it first came out, a wonderful Dark Ale if you have never had it.  Then some of the more interesting stuff came in.  I had never had a Ranger IPA before so we sampled that.  Very hoppy throughout with the hoppy finish.  Then we jumped to the Rampant Imperial IPA.  The Rampant is basically a doube Ranger, so I was expecting much of the same.  Instead you get a great beer that is actually smoother and finishes cleaner than the Ranger due to the higher ABV.  I would highly recommend tasting a Rampant if you get a chance (we will have it on tap), as it is an epic, drinkable IPA that won't leave you wishing you had a tongue scraper.

The last two I will mention are the Shift Pale Lager and the Lips of Faith (one offs specialies) Yuzu.  First the Shift is a Lager rather than an Ale, so it has a bit more non-hop body than a traditional Pale Ale would.  It has a nice hop flavor to start but finishes with a clean body and smooth finish.  This is a great session beer and I am sure I will be enjoying it again in the future.  The Yuzu is a unique beer that is a one time shot through New Belgiums Lips of Faith line.  This is a Berlinerweiss beer that is a mix of a light grassy earthy flavor with a nice sour overtone.  Not quite a lip puckering sour, but when you mix that with the grassy light drinking flavor you get an amazing combination of flavors.  I would highly recommend that if that sounds at all appealing that you get out and get a bottle soon (bombers only).  I will bet it will not be around long and then it will be gone for good.

Thanks again to New Belgium and Dayton for the tasting and great insight into beer that they provided!  We look forward to these beers on tap and in the bottle when we open up.

May all your beers be tasty!

Nate
High Plains Tap House
"Why go to a bar in Denver, when you can go to a Tap House in Littleton?" posted: September 7, 2013
bookmark this posting direct link for this posting

Bar vs. Tap House

ShareThis
So we have had a few questions that we keep getting over and over, so I thought I would answer some of the questions we get a lot.

First off we are not a brew pub, meaning we do not brew our own beer.  Actually the SW Littleton area would not allow commercial brewing as it is against their zoning codes.  I do however brew at home ;)

The second question Laura and I get quite a bit is what differentiates a Tap House from a Bar.  In this case I differentiate it it mainly by the fact that we don't serve liquor (or mixed drinks) and our main product is beers on tap and in bottles, cans and bombers.  We will be moving into fine Scotches and Whiskeys, though, as soon as we get settled.  We still won't be mixing drinks with these as it will all be top quality sippers, not something you would want to waste by mixing.

Lastly, we do not have an opening date set yet.  We get asked this daily, but we are just too far out to make anything more than a general guess....  which is hopefully sometime in late October.  We will post it here first as soon as we set a date, so stay tuned.

Also we do not teach tap dance.  LOL

I hope that answers some questions for everyone especially in the Bar vs. Tap House question.

Have a great Labor Day and may all of your beers be tasty!

Nate
High Plains Tap House
"Why go to a bar in Denver, when you can go to a Tap House in Littleton?"

posted: September 1, 2013
bookmark this posting direct link for this posting

Epic Brewing = Epic Beer Tasting!

ShareThis
John Turk form Epic Brewing stopped by to give us a taste experience.  First off, John is an awesome guy.  Super craft beer enthusiast, has his own craft beer radio show on AM 760 Saturdays starting at noon (coloradocraftbeershow.com), and he is just an all around super knowledgeable guy in the craft beer arena.

With that said he picked "the best brewery" to work for in his words, and I can see why.  Epic is the only brewery in the nation to specialize in only high ABV beers, and with that they really put the craft into craft beers.  If you have never had an Epic beer, run (don't walk) to the nearest place you can find one and try them.  You will not be disappointed.

We tried the Blueski Lager, a wonderful easy drinking lager that will most likely be the Bud/Coors replacement for us on tap.  Laura and I also loved the Sour Apple Saison, a ridiculously strong beer (that doesn't taste like it) and bordering just on the edge of sour (without souring agents).  Add in some spices and you have an amazing beer.  We also really liked the Stout.  Everything a stout should be, without any fancy stuff.  Most likely the Guinness replacement on Nitrous.

Their Brainless series is just that, so good you don't need to think about it...  just drink it.  They have peach, raspberry (which we tried - Laura's new favorite), and cherry along with the belgium golden which is the base for all the fruit beers.  These beers close in on the 10% ABV range and taste better than Kool-Aid (meaning can't tast the alcohol and easy drinking).  Get some.

The last one I will mention is the Escape to Colorado IPA.  This is a great bridge IPA that we will have to have on tap.  Wonderful hop flavor, but not overwhelming at all.  This will be a great beer to bridge people into IPAs that want to try them.

All in all, a wonderful tasting event.  Thanks John for the beer and the industry info!  We appreciate it!

May all of your beers be tasty,

Nate
Strving to be the best darn Tap House in the bar Denver Littleton Area. posted: August 27, 2013
bookmark this posting direct link for this posting

Let the Beer Tasting Begin!

ShareThis
So Jerard at Oskar Blues was the first to win the race to give us free beer to taste!  Thanks a ton for the tasting and insight!

Jerard dropped by and let us sample the Oskar Blues line.  Dale's Pale is the best selling Pale Ale in the state and I can see why.  Just the right balance of hoppy and smooth.  I have had this before, but it was good to get re-aquainted.

What I really fell in love with, though, that I had never had before was the G'Knight - their Imperial Red Ale.  Great balance of good hoppy flavor with enough malted grains to balance it out.  Great beer, and an early front runner for a tap handle along with Dale's (almost a must... have to serve the best selling Pale Ale).  I definitely encourage a taste if you like a balanced but hoppy beer.

Many more tastings in the week to come.  We are going to check out the Renegade Tap Room on Saturday, and we will be meeting with Epic Brewing early next week along with a couple of distributors.

Tough work tasting beer... but Laura and I are just the people to do it :)

Keep those beer suggestions coming on our contact form or on the facbook.com/highplainstaphouse page.  We love to hear from everybody and definitely want to carry the stuff you want to drink.  So let us know what you want!  Wine too!

Happy Friday! and may all of your Beers be Tasty!

Nate
High Plains Tap House
Striving to be the best darn Tap House in the bar Denver Littleton area. posted: August 23, 2013
bookmark this posting direct link for this posting

Progress!

ShareThis
Another week down, and the building of the best tap house in the bar denver area has begun.

Our new sign has been installed, so no more vinyl sign flapping in the wind.
New Sign at High Plains Tap House... best place in the bar denver area
The plumbers have been on site and have cut the concrete to run the plumbing lines.

It is exciting to have construction on the way!  Opening day hear we come.

Keep the suggestions on beers you would like to see coming.  I am doing my best to accomodate those people who are sending in suggestions.

More on High Plains Tap House coming soon!

May all your beers be tasty!

Nate
Striving to be the best bar Denver and Littleton have seen! posted: August 18, 2013
bookmark this posting direct link for this posting

Ridiculous Number of IPAs

ShareThis
Hop Heads this one is for you!

High Plains Tap House is planning on having a ridiculous number of IPAs available on both tap and in the bottle for all you IPA lovers.

Since I am not a true Hop Head (for some reason I thought beers were supposed to have balance), I need help choosing the IPAs that we are going to have on tap.  If you check out our Beer On Tap page (highplainstaphouse.com), you will see some of the ideas I have from talking with other Hop Heads.

So here is the deal.  Jump on our Contact page and send me your top 3 IPAs that you would like to have on tap.  (Keep in mind they have to distribute to Colorado)  I will calculate the totals and do my best to carry at least the top 5 suggested beer on tap, or at least in the bottle if not availble on tap.

Truly a Get Out and Vote! you can get behind :)  A tap house for the people, by the people!

May all your beers be tasty,

Nate
Best Darn Tap House bar in the Denver Littleton Area.  IMHO. posted: August 7, 2013
bookmark this posting direct link for this posting

Customer Appreciation Day This Weekend!

ShareThis
In our continuing effort to be the best bar in the Denver Littleton area before we even open, we are participating in the our shopping centers customer appreciation day this weekend.

Come on down to the shopping center at the NE corner of Wadworth and Chatfiled in Littleton this Saturday from 11-2pm and enjoy free food and fun!  The shopping center is passing out a coupon book with deals from all the retailers (including buy one get one free from us).

So come on down and meet us, we would love to get to know more people from the neighborhood.

May all your beers be tasty!

Nate posted: July 29, 2013
bookmark this posting direct link for this posting

First Ever Blog Post!

ShareThis
Hey hey everybody!

Our new website is up and running at HighPlainsTapHouse.com.  In the coming weeks we will be sending out more details on the best bar in the Denver Littleton area!

Be sure to jump on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/highplainstaphouse and Like us for a chance at winning free drinks, VIP tables, etc. for our opening weekend.

There will be more information coming on the beer bar of your dreams in the near future :)

May all your beers be tasty!

Nate

posted: July 24, 2013
bookmark this posting direct link for this posting

call usCall (303) 351-3979

leave a messageContact Us

stay informedGet Offers

google + facebook twitter