Riverside Tap

We are delighted to have opened our first taproom in Dumfries in May 2020 despite the challenges posed by the nation wide lockdown. We are now up and running with indoor and outdoor seating, 10 beers on tap and a large range of bottles and cans. 

We are located on the ground floor of an old listed building located at the bottom of Friar's Vennel, owned by the founder's family since 1958.    Riverside Tap has been designed in combined steampunk industrial and rustic styles with some added up to date technology!  We have 10 taps offering craft beers expertly brewed by established Scottish breweries and a range of exciting brews from our partners across Europe.

Most beers will be on rotation, sometimes in themes such as Spanish & Portuguese, Scandinavian and Eastern European and we hope to offer authentic light meals & tapas in the national style of the beers on tap.   In addition to draught craft beers, we will have artisan ciders plus selected bottled beers and ciders either to consume in the taproom or take home.

When Covid 19 permits we hope to host themed evenings including live music/jam sessions, jazz & blues, and your other suggestions for such evenings will be warmly welcomed.

Current opening times during Covid 19 restrictions:

 

THE CURRENT SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT COVID RESTRICTIONS FOR TIER 2 AREAS REQUIRE THAT WE CLOSE COMPLETELY FOR BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SERVICE.   THERE IS AN ANOMALY WHICH WOULD ALLOW US TO CONTINUE TO SERVE BEER OUTDOORS IF WE HAD A FACILITY LICENCED TO SERVE FOOD, EVEN IF THE KITCHEN WAS CLOSED.   IT IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND WHY SUCH A SCENARIO WOULD MAKE OUTDOOR DRINKING SAFER, AND I HAVE SOUGHT CLARIFICATION OF THIS WITH PUBLIC HEALTH SCOTLAND.   HOWEVER, WE WILL RESPECT THE ORDER TO CLOSE UNTIL THERE IS A CHANGE TO THE RESTRICTIONS.   

Further updates and discussion of this can be seen on our Facebook feed.

We are also busy creating a temporary covered beer garden at the rear in response to Covid restrictions.   During the hard winter months we will close this in order to complete work on the permanent beer garden, which we hope to plan to open in the Spring.

Beer Without Borders also has 10 mobile chilled taps available for festivals, gatherings, village hall events and private bookings for parties and other occasions.   In house catering is also available.

We're now at an advanced stage in setting up software to keep you up to date with all the beers we have on tap and in bottles/cans, with lots of other information and links to Twitter, Facebook and UnTappd.  This will be on screens around the Taproom and there will also be an app for your phones/tablets etc....  We expect to be going live in Mid October. 

We intend to make the taproom available for private bookings any day of the week including:

  • Work nights out

  • Celebrations

  • Birthday parties

  • Family gatherings

  • Dinner parties

  • Clubs and associations

  • Daytime professional meetings

  • Exhibitions

  • etc...

 

Give us a call or email to chat about organising such events. 

Delicious meals will be available by arrangement, prepared by our in house expert, Vanessa Beeson-Main

On the two floors above the Taproom we will have a hub for visiting brewers, volunteers and guests, providing meeting space, a rest area and guest accommodation.

Riverside Tap has no wish to compete with other bars and hostelries in town and we would very much like to work together in a spirit of collaboration.   What we plan to offer is an alternative way to enjoy special craft beers & ciders and to make our facility available for other community events.  We will be very happy to discuss your suggestions.

If you feel that you have skills or services you would like to share with us, we would be delighted to hear from you.  Please give us a shout!

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