The owners of Tom & Jerry’s Sports Bar
are adding a microbrewery onto the neighborhood restaurant. Tap and Screw Brewery
will take over the restaurant’s dance floor and stage area, and will be open by September.
The name Tap and Screw pays homage to three Cincinnati industries: Cincinnati Screw and Tap Company is the original name of Cincinnati Milacron
; “Tap” refers to Cincinnati’s brewing industry before Prohibition; and “Screw,” which is short for corkscrew, pays tribute to Ohio’s place as the country’s largest wine producer before the California wine industry started.
“There aren’t a lot of options for breweries on the West Side, and we hope to bring that,” says Tom Lorenz, owner of Tom & Jerry’s.
Tom and his son, Adam, along with Chuck Frisch, are the masterminds behind Tap and Screw. Adam has been brewing beer at home for about eight years, and will be the head brewer, with Tom as his assistant and Frisch as the general manager.
Tap and Screw will start with four of its own beers on tap, including a Belgian, an Oktoberfest and a coffee stout. Eventually, its 12-tap system will have six Tap and Screw beers and six from other local breweries. Tom & Jerry’s currently has a full liquor license, and the Lorenz’s are working on adding a microbrewing license. They will also also offer 8-12 local wines.
“We want Tap and Screw to be a unique place where people can get food that they know who made it, and pair it with good beer,” Tom says.
The Lorenzs overhauled the menu when they took ownership, and all of the restaurant’s food is now fresh and homemade.
The restaurant side of Tap and Screw will continue to serve Tom & Jerry’s goetta balls, which are stuffed with feta cheese, bell peppers, jalapenos and onions, then fried and served with ranch dip. Tom & Jerry’s burgers, salads and wings are also menu staples.
Keep tabs on Tap and Screw’s website
for updates, and the exact opening date.