Tyler's Taproom

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Bar, Eatery

1483 Beaver Creek Commons Dr
Apex, North Carolina, 27502-3995
United States

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Ratings by TheRougeBastard:
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Rated by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

May 15, 2016
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5
I always thought the location was odd in a strip mall, but the place had great beers flowing every time I went and it was pretty easy to get a seat at the bar for quick and often good service. The pool table is often open, adding to the fun. A real good place to hang out with a large group since noise was never an issue.
May 13, 2015
Rated: 4.3 by PeregrineFalcon from North Carolina

Feb 09, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by ToddThompson from North Carolina

Sep 11, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Highbury09 from North Carolina

Aug 16, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Clhqayyum from North Carolina

Aug 10, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by HopHead1982 from Virginia

Jul 04, 2014
Rated: 5 by KirkFrancis from North Carolina

Jun 25, 2014
Rated: 4 by dailyminefield from North Carolina

May 26, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by NCBeerFan from North Carolina

Dec 14, 2013
Rated: 4 by BigGingDrinker from North Carolina

Nov 28, 2013
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Reviewed by MacQ32 from South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
First and only Tyler's Taproom I've been to.

A - Decent atmosphere, feels a little more like a chain that I would like but thats me looking for a criticism. I definitely enjoy my rare visits here. Favorite place to go when visiting the future in-laws. I do love how the dining area has a bar and the billiards area has its own bar. Tons of TVs for sporting events too.

Q - quality always confuses me, I feel like the other categories are quality of atmosphere, quality of service, quality of selection, etc. Is this overall? Overall I definitely endorse Tyler's Taproom!

S - Service is great, I've never had my mind blown but I've always been very satisfied, most servers seem to know a decent bit about most beers, definitely not all beer geeks though - seems like Tyler's may encourage patrons to taste/try multiple beers. Limited knowledge about many beers in general. Prompt friendly service overall.

S - Selection is fantastic - most taps I've ever witnessed at a bar and they have tons of goodies from local duck-rabbits and olde hickorys to ballast points and staples such as multiple founders, victory, dogfish, etc (and not just the year rounds).

F - Fantastic mac n cheese, really enjoy the nachos and the buffalo chicken wrap (which I'm a HUGE sucker for) did not disappoint. I havent had anything less than a 7 out of 10 in my opinion. The menu is huge too!

V - No great deals that I recall but in no way a ripoff. Most of the menu is under $12 and fantastic beers are mostly between $6-8 (maybe less). It's appropriately priced in my opinion!
Jun 03, 2013
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Reviewed by blkdth1313 from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4
A hop heads review....

Let me great straight to the point. Tyler's rocks! This place has an amazing tap list. Sculpin was actually on a regular tap (the opposite of rotating, whatver the correct term is for that) for a while. Not last night though so the well must have run dry. Other regulars include Racer 5, Hopsecutioner, Two Hearted, plus some NC beers though I reckon these are a bit ordinary.

There is always something special, too. Last night it was Palate Wrecker and Avery IPA. They are tapping Hopslam tonight.

See what I mean? The only thing better would be if they had topless women and free weed!

Food? Do you really care? Places like Tyler's just aren't that common. Check it out!
Feb 07, 2013
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Reviewed by RWLawman from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I went to Tyler's Taproom mostly for the beer, but was impressed by the quality of food I received. However, the point of this review was to highlight the outstanding beer selection offered. As reviewed previously, there's not quite the selection of NC brews, at least not as many as you would expect being that the place is located in North Carolina. However, their overall selection is pretty solid.

I also appreciated the knowledge that our server had on beers. I explained what I was looking for, and he was able to make a few suggestions and help me narrow down my choice to one. Ultimately, we ended up deciding on Founder's Breakfast Stout, which obviously was a fantastic choice.

Food wise, their Brewer's Chili was phenomenal. While the prices are about average for this area, I still find them a bit on the pricey side -- but not unreasonably so, and I will definitely return in the near future.
Oct 28, 2012
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Reviewed by beer2day from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Just off 64 in the Beaver Creek Commons area. Located in the back 40 section, though, near the movie theater.

Two bars, dining room bar that tends to be more crowded and a bit more formal vs the back room bar that is a bit more laid back. The tap selection is almost the same between the two bars, but check both as there can be a few differences between the two.

Nice tv coverage in the back if you are looking for a game. A couple of pool tables, too. Modest outdoor section, well covered but next to the parking lot.

Good, attentive service every time I've been in - even when crowded. Great selection of taps, with a few hard to find offerings. Not a great selection of NC taps, though, if that's what you are looking for.

Menu is varied and usually appeals to all that I bring in. Even the kids.

One of the Tyler's locations should be a must stop if passing through the Triangle.
Dec 11, 2011
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Reviewed by VncentLIFE from North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Get good directions if you visiting, it can be somewhat tricky to find as its in the back of a collection of stores and whatnot.

As usual with a Tyler's, the atmosphere is really good. Theres a few tvs around, but not too many allowing you to watch a game if thats what you want. Bar area is pretty nice, except in my opinion its a little small, and gets pretty crowded too quickly.

The bartenders at Tyler's always know what theyre talking about. Granted, I went on International Stout Day, but even their other taps were pretty good (Two-Hearted, Smutty IPA, and like always Nc beers from Triangle, Mother Earth, and Duckrabbit). They do have a keg of Backwoods Bastard waiting to be tapped after their FBS keg is done. Both of which are rare in NC.

The food is good, i really like the chili personally, but It seems to be just decent bar food without anything exceptional aside from the chili.

A pour of FBS was only 5 dollars along with nothing more than 8 dollars including Mikkeller beer geek breakfast and Emelisse.

The best Tyler's so far between here, durham and carrboro.
Nov 06, 2011
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Reviewed by ewright from North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
I've been going to this location almost since it opened. The place is quite popular, waits of an hour on Friday and Saturday night are not unheard of. But, when you can temper that wait with one of 70+ drafts and your choice of sporting event on their numerous big-screen TVs over the bar, it's worth the wait.

The food is somewhat standard pub fare, but with some local flair thrown in. I have a tendency to hit the same few entree's over and over ... the fish and chips (with garlic fries), fish tacos and the buffalo chicken sandwich are my go-to items.

For apps, my family loves the warm, soft pretzels with spicy queso and mustard sauces.

But, no discussion of Tyler's is complete without mentioning the beer selection. This IS Beer Advocate after all. There's always a solid 2-pages (15-20 beers) of rotating/seasonal beers. They will often have a brewery of the month, with special draft and bottle offerings. They'll also pull in some hard to find stuff ... the last *wow* I remember was Devil Dancer this summer.

The wait staff is typically well versed in their beer selection and often will tell us if there is something special not listed on the ever-changing menu.

I don't know what more I can say about this place. If you are in the area and don't pay them a visit ... well, that's your loss.
Nov 21, 2010
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Reviewed by porterwoobie from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
my goto bar.

always have a good beer selection. for the beer menu, there is 2 pages of a rotating brews, seasonals..., then several pages of styles that generally stays constant, a page for local NC brews, and some pages for non-tap brews.

the beer is served in the proper glassware for the style in the glass from the brewery. (if you show up on monday nights, buy the featured beer and you can bring home the glassware)

the food is good, much better than most bars, but not spectacular. the beer selection makes up for anything lacking (more variety than quality) on the food side. they could serve deep-fried finger food and i would be happy cause of the beer selection.

and best of all, the entire place is smokefree.
Nov 05, 2009
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Reviewed by indiapaleale from Maine

4.64/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
This place is awesome. The location lacks charm but that is about its only downfall.

Large open interior with a bar with tvs, lots of breweriana all over. Very new looking inside and they also have a little outside area to sit in. Non-smoking as of May 11th as well.

Quality is pretty impressive, they have glassware for almost all of their beers...which is 80 on draught. The taplist is awesome! Standouts when I was there last night were:

Duck Rabbit Milk Stout and Paul's Day Off
Bear Republic Double Racer dIPA
Brooklyn Old Blunderbuss

they also had bottles of KBS

Just an awesome tap selection and the beer menu is done extremely tastefully. Its not cheesy at all and the clientele on a Saturday night is not a bunch of idiots pounding Bud Lites. Very nice place and the service was very good...although someone needs to explain what a Speakeasy is in historic terms to some of the waitstaff...

I didn't have any food but it looked like decent pubfare. Great beerbar, next time I am back in the R/D area I'll try and check out the other locations...
May 10, 2009
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Reviewed by BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Down in Cary for a business trip, and our host just took us here on hapenstance cause it's close to his house. Holy Crap - This place rules.

Atmosphere was classy w/out being snobby... high ceilings, dark wood, black leather benches, etc. No smoking that I noticed, but we were here during the dinner hours only.

Service was great - both our waitress, and others chipping in to make sure no one went thirsty or hungry. Only questionable part was my first order - the beer formerly known as Obamagang - waitress showed up with a tasting glass, claiming that "most customers haven't really liked it", so she "wanted to make sure I was ok with it"... I sort of appreciated the candor, but if I worked for Ommegang, I'd be pissed.

I was FLOORED by the number of high quality beers available on tap - several from Ommegang, Allagash, Green Flash, Victory, DF Head, Unibroue, the whole SN lineup... you get the picture.

One very noticeable thing I haven't seen before - every one of the 50-80+ drafts has it's own glass from the brewery - very cool. Even had a North Coast Red Seal, and Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale.

Food was solid - we just went nuts on their appetizer menu, so didn't really try entrees other than fish tacos, but all was above average for bar fare.

Found the pricing to be particularly good - maybe it's just b/c I'm in NC, but to get top notch pints for all around $4-7, and good apps in the $7-10 range was solid.

Hit this place up if you're anywhere near Raleigh/ Cary.
Mar 25, 2009
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Reviewed by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Tyler's is the best tap room I've every had the privilege of enjoying. My friend and I counted over 80 different beers on tap as well as probably 30+ others in bottles. We had several different drafts and everything tasted fresh and crisp. The beer prices are a little bit higher than what you'd pay at your local bar but it's well worth it for the selection. You'll definitely find something worth drinking here. The food was casual dining fare but was excellent. I would highly recommend Tyler's Taproom and look forward to going back there soon!
Aug 25, 2008
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Reviewed by warriorsoul from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Visited for the 1st time yesterday with my bro, who lives conveniently, 2 minutes down the road.
Not your typical location for a beer bar of this magnitude.
A restaurant w/ decent size capacity, a bar on one side w/ 3-4 flat screen tv's, a few bar tables and a nice back room with a pair of pool tables and another lengthy bar to seat 18-20 people.
Living in Boston, I still struggle w/ the smoking atmosphere, so they must lose a little here. In addition, the feel loses a bit due to the clientele choosing mostly country music, which was not a surprise, but not something I can live with for more than a couple hours.
Anyway...back to the reason we are here....the beers, and I must say, their selection is fantastic and their beer menu is top notch...broken down by style and a description of the style and a full paragraph on the individual beers themselves.
Most of the locals are represented here; Duck Rabbit, CBC, Foothills, Highland, Big Boss and many of the beers you want from out of state; Dogfish, Bell's, Green Flash, Brooklyn, Terrapin.
Belgian beers too with many to choose from, covering hoppy offerings, plus light and dark styles, and even ciders and meads on draft too.
I opted for a Green Flash IPA, the Terrapin India Brown Ale, and the Brooklyn Extra Brune.
All served in proper glassware and extremely affordable. Actually, the high gravity brews were served in pint glasses at the back bar....dangerous. The bottled beers were much more pricey...Allagash at $30 and Weyerbacher Double Simcoe at $15...ouch.
No sample trays just yet, but they will fill their own growlers, although expensive.
Roughly $33 for the empty and fill...$16 fills after your intial purchase.
About 15 or so to choose from in the growler options.
Service was super friendly and the appetizers we had were served very fast and did not disappoint....garlic fries were incredible.
With the convenient location, this will be my choice of place to visit over the lengthier drive to the Flying Saucer...very pleased with the setup.
Jun 15, 2008
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Reviewed by GJ40 from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
I was very excited when I heard that Tyler's was opening a location in my town. I love the Carrboro and Durham locations so I knew to expect good things and I wasn't disappointed.

Tyler's main selling point to me is the quality of the beer on tap. They must have 50+ taps and have a truly discerning selection process. While most places seem to let a distributor chose their selections, they seek out the best from all over the world. Just about every beer on tap deserves to be there. Every time I have to choose, it's a tough decision. They've got Rogue, Dogfish Head, Victory, Green Flash, Sierra Nevada and loads of Belgians all on tap.

Despite being in a commercial shopping area, Tyler's Apex offers something for everyone. The front area has a good sized bar and restaurant. It's ideal for shoppers and families. Tyler's Apex would be a good place if it ended there (upon my first few visits, I thought it did) but it gets better. The back area, almost a separate place, has a more bar-oriented adult feel to it. It has another bar, two pool tables and a juke box with a huge selection of music (which I verified has plenty of Elvis Costello and the Clash for my next visit). It lacks the natural charm of an older building but it's not bad for new construction.

The staff is nice enough but they don't strike me as beer people. So you aren't likely to get a great recommendation from someone who shares your passion for beer but with their selection, you can't go wrong. They are attentive and will get you what you ask for.

The food is pretty good. I like the Buffalo wings a lot. The burgers are OK. They have some decent homemade potato chips and fried olives as well. I had the fish and chips once and wasn't a big fan. It was too greasy and had too much batter.

Tyler's does good things for beer. Check it out.
Jun 05, 2008
Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC
Place rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 23 ratings