ROSWELL, Ga. — A recent ordinance change in Roswell is bringing a new kind of craft beer market to the area. Tap & Six, a craft beer lounge, will be the first of its kind in Roswell.
Created by Roswell resident David Craig and his son Ethan, Tap & Six will allow visitors to not only take home craft beers, but also sample them in the store.
“In the entire Atlanta area and most of Georgia you can’t go in one place and try out craft beer, drink it on site, and shop for packaged goods you can take home,” David said. “That’s what is unique about it.”
The single-story shop will be at 23 Oak St. and will occupy 3,500 square feet. Inside, the Craigs plan to offer 200 different types of craft beers curated from thousands of breweries. Customers can try, buy and create six-packs to take home or just enjoy them there.
“We want to get the best of the best and make it available in one place,” David said. “It’s a place to bring your laptop and work during the day, stop in with the kids and other parents after sporting events or head to for a night out.”
As a father and son tag team, the Craigs will both bring their talents to the table and support each other with their different areas of expertise. David has managed multiple businesses in the past, while Ethan graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in entrepreneurship and started his own coffee shop in Boone, N.C. Their skills complement one another.
“He’s going to bring his experience from the retail side of things and I’ll bring my experience from running businesses,” David said. “We’ve never done something quite like this before, so it’ll be a new experience for both of us. But, as long as we have fun with it and leverage what we know how to do, I know it’ll turn out great.”
Regardless of their differences, the two have a “keen” interest in craft beer. David said that this experience has brought the two of them closer together as a family.
The Craigs were able to bring the concept to Roswell thanks to an amendment to the city’s business alcohol ordinance. Previously, the ordinance required business to sell at least 51 percent food with alcohol. Those restrictions changed June 12 however, when the council unanimously voted to allow craft beer and wine markets to sell beverages.
Craig said that Roswell Inc was instrumental in their efforts to get this ordinance changed and bring their concept to the City Council.
Under the new amended ordinance, the markets cannot sell distilled spirits and will have limited hours of operation. They can operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to midnight on weekends and will be permitted only in areas currently zoned to allow consumption on the premises.
David and Ethan plan to open Tap & Six late this fall.