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Tap It to celebrate a year of tap takeovers with food trucks, plus Terrapin, Southern beers
Event set for Friday night
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Tap Takeover Year Anniversary

When: 4 p.m. Friday, with food trucks arriving at 2:30 p.m.

Where: 1850 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

More info: https://www.tapitgrowler.com

This time last year, a law passed that meant a new way to drink beer in Gainesville.

Tap It Gainesville Growlers wants to celebrate the last year with a Tap Takeover Year Anniversary from 4-10 p.m. Friday.

“It’s the anniversary of our tap takeover events,” said co-owner Patrick McCormac. “This time last year, in February, the laws were changed to where we could start doing bi-monthly pint nights. This is a celebration of a whole year of that.”

McCormac said Tap It has been able to flourish in the last year, offering more to the community over time.

“The past year at Tap It has been great,” he said. “We’ve been able to continue growing and try different events, including our tap takeovers. We cater beer as well, so we’ve done a good amount of pouring for different places around Hall County, including Elachee Nature Center. We’re actually pouring for a bike race that will be here next weekend as well.

“We’ve loved getting to know the community better and become more a part of Gainesville. When you think of Gainesville and craft beer, you know you can come to Tap It and always find something different.”

Friday night’s celebration will be a dual tap takeover, with beer from Terrapin Beer Co. and the Southern Brewing Company.

Unlimited pints and flights will be offered from 4-10 p.m., and food trucks will be on site starting at 2:30 p.m.

“We’re going to be having two different food trucks,” McCormac said. “One is called Cousins Maine Lobster, and we’ll also have a hot dog truck called Hot Dog Ninja.”

Cousins Maine Lobster has a fleet of trucks in 11 different cities, including Atlanta, selling lobster rolls. The truck, ranked No. 1 in Atlanta, is returning to Tap It after a successful visit last year.

Meanwhile, Hot Dog Ninja is a local truck selling dressed up “street food” and specialty dogs, including a “pimento cheese dream” and a “Super Mario” pizza-inspired hot dog.

Live music will also be provided Friday by Brandon Reeves to round out the event.

“We encourage people to come out Friday because we’ll be featuring special beers from both breweries that are new releases and special limited editions,” he said. “The food will be awesome, and music will be playing as well. It’s a great place to hang out on a Friday afternoon and Friday night, to drink some good craft beer and eat some good food.”

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