‘Decent People’ coming soon

Published 9:50 pm Friday, December 1, 2017

A new destination for craft beer enthusiasts in North Suffolk is expected to have its grand opening around the beginning of 2018.

“It’s starting to snowball a little bit, rolling right along,” said Eric Langhorst, co-owner of Decent People Tap Room. “It’s still a moving target, but I still think we could hit that.”

Decent People Tap Room at 5140 River Club Drive in Harbour View is an enterprise of Langhorst and co-owners Todd Walsh and Wesley McCullough. The name began as a joke for the trio before morphing into a message of giving back to the community.


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The 3,400-square-foot tap room and kitchen will have a wall of at least 44 beer taps at opening, with local craft brewers making up the majority of the selection, Langhorst said.

“We’ve talked to a number of distributors,” he said. “Our goal is to find the right balance of keeping the beers local as possible, but also operating what we think is a good selection of beers.”

The establishment will use PourMyBeer company technology to allow patrons to set up a tab with a credit or debit card, then go to one of the craft beer taps to pour their own drinks, with limits based on Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations.

The open floor plan will accommodate group diners, along with high tops and casual seating for just “beer and a little bite,” Langhorst said. The look of the space will feature wild aesthetics that speak to the exploration of flavors, he added.

“Our branding and culture is decent people, but the theme we want to go with self-serve is exploration, and to kind of explore the different beers on your own,” Langhorst said.

Patrons will pair their craft beer choices with menu options featuring local ingredients for house-ground burgers, steak and more like Italian, Asian and other regional dishes, chef Peter Fisher said.

“I’m looking for the best local ingredients from farmers that we can put on our plates,” Fisher said.

He said Farmers’ Market Saturdays are being planned for him and other staff to buy fresh ingredients. Kitchen staff will also butcher their own meat in-house, he added.

“We know what quality what we’re putting into it, and what kind of quality we’re giving to our customers,” he said.

Go online at www.facebook.com/decentpeopletaproom for more information, including kitchen and dish staff applicants.