Good crowds: Craft beer lovers are often music fans, too, and the vibe in taprooms is usually mellower and more attentive than in bars.

(Usually) decent pay: With the main product made in house, and sometimes food sales to boot, the revenue on tap in most taprooms is high enough to pay at least moderate talent fees.

They're everywhere now: "There's a whole new wave of breweries all over the state," raved Dollys bassist Nick Salisbury.


Lack of performance amenities: Taprooms don't often have stages and are usually housed in large, high-ceilinged spaces with industrial gear — making acoustics problematic.

Loud bands need not apply: Many taprooms prefer to keep the volume to a minimum to avoid driving out customers.

The obvious: Drinking is still the main activity of choice at these venues, and sometimes with higher-than-average alcohol content. "It can get kind of ugly, especially at a distillery," said one taproom-seasoned musician.