Eydie and Paul Hammaker had a couple of thoughts whenever they visited the happy and happening self-pour taprooms in places like Charlotte, where their daughters Elise, 24, and Katie, 21, live.
Why couldn’t Fayetteville have a place like this?
And why couldn’t they themselves be the ones who opened one?
The crowds that have given a resounding thumbs-up to the Hammakers’ brand new District House of Taps in Haymount have so far agreed: Why not indeed?
The compliments have been flowing as freely as the brews since the District House of Taps opened on Sept. 14,
“Great beer selection, great vibe and wonderful staff!” one customer posted on the District House of Taps Facebook page. “We are so happy to have you in the community!”
The indisputable stars of the show in the renovated 1908 Hilltop House in Haymount are the 40 shiny pour-your-own taps of premium craft beer, wines, ciders and sours all from North Carolina breweries. But the friendly owners, both ready to explain how the process works, are high on the list as well.
The Hammakers, who will celebrate their 27th anniversary on Oct. 16, are longtime Fayetteville residents. Eydie’s father, Eddie Monsour, was the founder of Eddie’s Music Center on Hay Street. He is remembered in a framed photo hanging on one of the taproom walls. And his entrepreneurial spirit lives on in his daughter’s friendly brand of customer service.
Paul Hammaker, meanwhile, grew up in Pittsburgh, but met his wife while both were working at a resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. His family ties are represented, as well. His father Richard handmade the wooded trays that have slots for beer flights. He also made the wooden coffee table in the front lounge area. There is seating as well at tables and also on a back deck and front patio.
The restaurant also offers a pub-style menu consisting of the kind of food that lends itself to watching football on one of the taprooms six wide-screen TVs or sitting around and having fun with friends. The menu will change a bit with the seasons.
“I’m excited,” Eydie said. “Life is short; I think we’ve all learned that from this pandemic. So we don’t want to have any regrets. We want to let the good times roll.”