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Bourbon whisky on tap

Bar taps - bars in the United States start serving bourbon whisky on tapBars in the US have started a new fad – putting bourbon whisky and other spirits on tap. That is right: next to the beers and connected to a barrel, instead of poured out of a bottle.

A bar called Bullit in San Francisco has Maker’s Mark on tap, while Broken Record, also in San Francisco, has Four Roses.

It all works similar to beer or win on tap. The spirit is put into a 5-gallon (3.78 litres) keg which is connected to a tap system. Gas, usually nitrogen, pushes the liquid through under low pressure. Each barrel holds about 420 shots.

Unlike beer, ale or stout, however, serving bourbon whisky or any other spirit from a tap does not improve the drink. The spirit is not foamed, carbonated, chilled or preserved.

It is therefore a bit of a gimmick, but it seems both the bar owners and their customers are aware of this and are happy. It is San Francisco we are talking about here, so style and innovation are reason enough alone.

It is unlikely to come to the UK, though, if only for the reason articulated by Jason King, the owner of Broken Record. He told the San Francisco Chronicle: “All it is is bourbon. At the end of the day, if you don’t like bourbon, you’re not going to like bourbon on tap.”


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