Standard Tap: Gastro-organic with Anything but Standard Taps
In the midst of one of Northern Liberties‘ small-biz incubators, there’s a dark wood door guarded by an intricate grating of pipework and valves. Behind this door is the Standard Tap, one of NoLibs most popular hangout joints. After the jukebox, dartboard and phone booth (genius), the charming aged-wood bar, upright tables and booths constitute the unadorned but warm milieu of Standard Tap. And here, local brews are the order of the day: Victory, Stoudts, Flying Fish, Sly fox, Dogfish Head-a brew fanatic’s fantasy made manifest. Wednesdays are Standard Tap’s Firkin day. A firkin is an old English unit of volume-”volume” being the key word-which is equivalent to about a fourth of a barrel. On each Wednesday, a firkin of a local brew is tapped, typically around 6 pm, and sold at discount. The Standard Tap web site contains the schedule for weekly firkins. Basic bar fare like burgers, fries, salads and hot sandwiches are available for consumption between 4pm and 1 am, but other delicacies, like the generous portabella sandwich, mussels and sausage, ribeye steak and the striped bass are the foremost seducers of the late night carte de jour. Crème Brulee, apple cobbler and bread pudding for dessert. Standard Tap has been an emblematic community establish of NoLibs for many years, so community events are a regular thing. Be sure to check out Standard Tap’s web site for a full calendar of upcoming events and libation celebrations.