UPDATE Mar. 31, 4:23 p.m.: Check the end of the story for size, number of taps, and a nice quote from founder Joe Manzella.
Good news, Irvine: TAPS Fish House and Brewery will be expanding to the Irvine half of the Market Place next February (sorry Tustin).
While the new location will be without an actual brewery, it's okay. TAPS numero tres will still be serving up all their award-winning beer, including their Belgian White, Cream Ale, Schwarzbier, and Irish Red, to name a few.
TAPS, as you may know, operates at two other locations in Brea and Corona, and, as mysterious Edwin Goei put it, is "the restaurant that single-handedly made Brea a destination." Those locations have offered some fine food and have brewed up some of the country's most renowned ales and lagers.
For those of you who have never been, their beer is nationally renowned, people line up for hours at their releases, and they made our list of 10 Great Seafood Restaurants in Orange County.
We know it's a long time until the grand opening, but we'll be here along the way. In the mean time, don't hesitate to take a little trip every once in awhile.
UPDATE Mar. 31, 4:23 p.m.:
Some new details following TAPS' official press release: The restaurant will be 10,000 square feet with an additional patio and a 150-seat private dining room. Like we said, there's no brewery, but the bar will feature 25 taps, six of which will pour TAPS beer.
"We have a big following from down south who has been making the drive to Brea for years," TAPS Founder Joe Manzella said. "We're pleased to finally grant our South County fans their own TAPS Fish House."