Relatively new to downtown Traverse City is the unique experience of Taproom, a beer bar that boasts tons of beer on tap, rotating selections of bottles, awesome food, and a knowledgeable, friendly staff. The owners and managers all worked at similar ventures in places like California and Colorado, but saw a real opportunity in Northern Michigan with the influx of craft beer popularity in the area. The plans took about five years to come to fruition, but the original concept was to have a welcoming establishment that would highlight Michigan, domestic, and Belgian craft beers.
The name, 7 Monks, is a tribute to the 7 Trappist monasteries in Belgium and the Netherlands. A beer has to be made by monks, created within the walls of the monastery, and the profits must be put towards philanthropic uses to be considered a Trappist beer. The owner, Matt Cozzens, and General Manager, Jason Kasdorf, are very excited about the tradition and history of beer—and how their name suits that legacy.
There is so much to choose from, like 46 beers on tap that are constantly changing, rotating bottled beer, wine on tap, gluten free beers, hard ciders, etc. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and Jason explains, “Hopefully customers will learn something about beer in a unique atmosphere.” 7 Monks definitely is unique in its architecture and mixed clientele; anyone is welcome to learn more about craft beer and their premium ingredients. Matt laughs, “Beer is pretty diverse.”
7 Monks is still pretty new, but they are trying more and more to have events and be a part of the Northern Michigan community. They have sponsored a Tap Takeover with Short’s Brewery, highlighting tons of the brewery’s beers on tap to pay tribute to the Northern Michigan craft. They are looking forward to being a location for Founder’s Brewery release of the New All Day IPA, holding a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s where participants may shave their heads, or having the unofficial all Michigan tap wall the night before the Winter Microbrew and Music Festival.
Jason believes that, “the people—those that come to 7 Monks, as well as the staff,” make the experience awesome. Matt adds that, “all spectrums come, it is a nice melting pot.” And, it certainly is. The Taproom has tons of options in craft beers with premium ingredients. The menu is an assortment of farm to table foods that really showcase what Northern Michigan has to offer. The bartenders have to be Cicerone Certified Beer Servers to better help customers, and the staff is ready to talk beer with any customer. Really, how can you go wrong with 46 beers on tap? Jason laughs about the awesome selection of beers; “Breweries do a great job of keeping things interesting.”
So, check out 7 Monks. The Taproom is an awesome place to learn about beer, experience something new or sip on your old favorite, with some really excellent people. The staff is doing great things in downtown Traverse City. Visit 7 Monks online, “like” them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter! ~Joanna Dueweke, Regional Director