With craft beer and whiskey, Eternal Tap finds its place on Church Street.
The scene inside Church Street Station has changed since last year when Jeremy Roberts and his wife Amanda opened the dark, cool pub and pizzeria known as Eternal Tap. Though the space was updated with restaurant-grade kitchen appliances by former residents, the Robertses saw potential beyond a mere eatery. They wanted to open a craft beer haven that embraced local brews, a whiskey emporium that offered top-shelf craft whiskies, and a small performance venue for local musicians—so that’s exactly what they did.
“Right now, Church Street Station is in a rebuilding phase, and we want to be part of it,” says Roberts. “Our main focus for Eternal Tap is being a great craft beer and whiskey bar. We also want people to enjoy the historic element combined with that.”
The interior’s timeless beauty is an ode to the original train station built in 1890. A classic cherry wood bar and rustic brick walls and flooring sing with the old soul of what once was a railroad depot, and offer an authentic back-in-time experience for visitors.
Large parties can seek solace from the noisy main bar, where there are 40 craft beers—some on tap, some in cans—in an underground whiskey lounge. At the bottom of a spiraling set of stairs hides a bar with shelves full of whiskeys, from Jameson to Johnnie Walker, plus five more craft beers on tap that aren’t on the floor above. Anyone hosting a big affair can request a keg of their choice in advance for this subterranean taproom.
Besides the stellar selection of craft brews on hand—which range from deliciously biting double and imperial IPAs (India Pale Ale) and hoppy pale ales to smooth cream ales and stark imperial stouts—there’s a small menu of pizzas, soups and salads. A standard brick-fired pie, the pizza serves as a decent complement to the exciting weekly rotation of craft beers, and the 10-incher is only $6 after midnight for late-night partygoers.
Eternal Tap invites musicians, with an emphasis on guitarists, pianists and jazz artists, to play up to three nights a week. With a boisterous piano player banging away at the keys, a cold, freshly poured craft beer on hand and a lively crowd cheering, clapping and conversing happily, Eternal Tap is already right at home on Church Street.