Downtown Whistle & Keg Self-Service Craft Beer Bar Opens This Week

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Update: Whistle & Keg, a self-service craft beer bar, will open this Thursday in the spot most recently occupied by Prospect Music, which closed last year. (Next to AJ Rocco's and the Huron Point Tavern, if you were curious.)

The cashless operation lets patrons check in with their driver's license and credit card upon entering. An RFID wristband is then handed over and you pour your own beers, as much or as little as desired, selected from the 50 available taps.

This is Whistle & Keg's second outpost. The original is located in Youngstown.


(Original story 8/9/18): The Nine-Twelve/Gateway District slice of downtown will welcome its second self-service craft beer bar come this winter.

Whistle & Keg, which is based out of Youngstown, will take over the spot in the Caxton Building currently occupied by Prospect Music, which will close in early September.

Once open sometime later this year, it won't serve any food but will offer 44 self-service taps.

“It’s a true tasting room, where people have the freedom to pour wine and mead and beer and cider, and you pay for what you pour,” co-owner Joe Thomas told the Plain Dealer. “You can have one ounce and you pay as little as 15-30 cents and then you can move along and try other beers. When you have to buy an entire pint you often end up going with a beer you’re already familiar with. Our approach encourages people to sample more beers until they find what they like.”
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