Rak 'N Tap
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Reviews by TerryW:
1.6/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | food: 3 | $$$
==UPDATE September 2007==
After suffering through a lingering decline this place is now closed.
==UPDATE September 2005==
Okay, time to take this one off your list. The experiment has failed. The beer coolers are all broken or working just intermittently. The beer has been sitting on the shelves so long that it's probably on it's way to becoming a health issue (the exception being bottles of Chimay and a few others that can do the time). I'm kinda pissed that they would still being trying to sell beer this old to the public like this. The (fresh) selection is reduced to macros with the focus on selling volume. I can understand the financial pain in writing off inventory, but it's time to clean up. Give this a pass until they get their act cleaned up.
UPDATE June 2005: On my last visit changes made to accomodate a smoking area to play pool in. It looks like there is little effort going in to keeping the beer selection broad and current - not enough takers I guess. Selection is drifting toward local macros, but still with a broader choice than most places offer. A side effect, quite accidental I'm sure, is that the place is becoming an ad hoc beer cellar of a sort. Anything that is still sitting on the shelf that can take some aging is getting quite tasty. Had a 2002 Kasteel that was a treat.
*** ORIGINAL REVIEW ***
This is a place with a seriously split personality.
On one hand it's a noisy, uncomfortable, characterless place where young guys go to swill what passes for beer (macros, wannabe premiums), shoot some pool, watch the hockey / football / baseball game, wreck their eardrums and all that stuff you do when you're 18 to 27.
On the other hand they've got a selection of beer that's utterly unbeatable unless you want / are able to make your way to downtown (Toronto) on a regular basis. For a guy like me in the 'burbs that makes it pretty much irresistable.
They've got seven or eight of those big stand up dairy cooler units like you see in the grocery store chock full of beer from all over the place. After you give up one unit for vodka coolers and the like and maybe another two to the local macro pap, you're left with four or five coolers full of interesting stuff. Just wander in, browse the beer at your leisure and take it to the bar/checkout. That in and of itself, in the land ruled by the LCBO, makes this place a big time treat.
No clue on glassware, the serving staff don't know much about their product (though they're lookin' pretty good) and the beer's served up a bit too cold. But the owner's a nice friendly guy (so's the cook) and they're making a good try of it.
I've learned savour the time it takes to pick my interesting beer from the big coolers, find what passes for a quiet corner and hover over my beer until it gets warm enough to properly taste it. All-in-all worth a visit, so get out there and support your local beer guy.
04-13-2004 18:32:30 | More by TerryW
Rak 'N Tap in Brampton, ON, Canada
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