The Hop Shop, located in Spokane’s South Hill neighborhood, describes itself as a small, neighborhood-friendly Craft Beer Dispensary that also offers wine, champagne, and port in an atmosphere as comfy as home. Now, it’s taking the show on the road. The company recently introduced a mobile tap station. Imagine a food truck serving a selection of eight craft beers instead of tacos and sandwiches.
The Tap Mobile represents an idea whose time has come. Mel Wood, the owner of the Hop Shop explained the concept to the Inlander recently (read the article), “Last summer I was sitting on the front patio doing some paperwork and a food truck drove by. I was thinking of how it’s such a shame that we can’t make the Hop Shop go mobile. But then I thought, why not?”
Affectionately known as Black Betty, the Tap Mobile is a re-purposed Bluebird short bus. As far as I know, this is the first mobile beer unit of its kind in Washington. Woods says she imagines Black Betty getting hired for weddings and other private parties. The liquor license allows it to serve beer at up to 12 events each year. Mel Wood says she dreams of being able to pour beer at the Gorge amphitheater, but no word on that yet. Most of the time, Black Betty will live and work in the parking lot at the Hop Shop (3803 S. Grand Blvd, Spokane). Follow the Hop Shop on Facebook.