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Tap at Humboldt Beer Depot in Hazle Township will celebrate grand opening this weekend

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Scott Gottstein, owner of the Tap at Humboldt in Hazle Township, stands in front of his tap board.
Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Scott Gottstein pours one of the 20 beers on tap at the Tap at Humboldt.
Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
The Tap at Humboldt Taproom can accommodate 100 patrons for music, brews and food.
Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

HAZLE TWP. — A project four years in the making is finally celebrating a grand opening this weekend.

Located on the CAN DO Expressway in lower Luzerne County, Scott Gottstein’s 1,000-square-foot Tap at Humboldt Beer Depot taproom has been open since the middle of December. The taproom has 20 rotating taps with four dedicated taps, along with bottled beer.

“Over 120 choices in total,” Gottstein said.

After living in San Francisco for two years, Gottstein brought the “first of its kind (in the Hazleton area)” taproom idea home.

The taproom currently has a panini menu, which features items made by Gottstein himself. He hopes to expand into cheese plates and other foods as the business grows.

“Why pay $9 for something in New York when you can get it here?” he asked.

“It’s a good location,” Gottstein said, noting the taproom is accessible for people from Luzerne, Schuylkill and Carbon counties. The building on the expressway where the taproom is located is owned by Gottestin’s family and also houses System One and Humboldt Industrial Supply.

According to Gottstein, the taproom will “have no macrobeers (Coors or Miller Lite)” and will also sell a “mead (honey-wine) and wine.” Those who want their regular, run-of-the-mill beer fix can carry out from the beer store next door “when they’re ready to leave.”

“I’m very staunch about that (keeping only micro/craft beers in the taproom),” he admitted.

Gottstein uses a “mental bank” and “Beer Advocate (a magazine and cell phone application)” for beer ideas.

For the grand opening weekend, the taproom will have a tap takeover, where Victory Brewing Co. of Downingtown will have “swag and a representative on hand to talk to people.”

The taproom has a “bluegrass or blues vibe” and will host the Back Home Acoustic Duo Friday night — the first day of the grand opening weekend — and Coal Town Rounders Saturday.

The Tap at Humboldt is open seven days a week; 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. No reservations are needed.

For more information, call the taproom at 570-497-4140.

If you go…

What: The Tap at Humboldt

Where: 573 Can Do Expressway, Hazle Township

Phone: 570-497-4140

Reach Melanie Mizenko at 570-991-6116 or on Twitter @TL_MMizenko

By Melanie Mizenko

[email protected]

Scott Gottstein, owner of the Tap at Humboldt in Hazle Township, stands in front of his tap board.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_TTL020916humbolt1.jpgScott Gottstein, owner of the Tap at Humboldt in Hazle Township, stands in front of his tap board. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Scott Gottstein pours one of the 20 beers on tap at the Tap at Humboldt.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_TTL020916humbolt2.jpgScott Gottstein pours one of the 20 beers on tap at the Tap at Humboldt. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

The Tap at Humboldt Taproom can accommodate 100 patrons for music, brews and food.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_TTL020916humbolt3.jpgThe Tap at Humboldt Taproom can accommodate 100 patrons for music, brews and food. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
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Reach Melanie Mizenko at 570-991-6116 or on Twitter @TL_MMizenko

If you go…

What: The Tap at Humboldt

Where: 573 Can Do Expressway, Hazle Township

Phone: 570-497-4140