El Paso-based The Hoppy Monk opened the doors to its San Antonio location last week.

The bar at 1010 N. Loop 1604 East makes craft beer a priority, boasting 99 brews on tap. In the coming weeks, there are plans to add another 120 beers available in bottles, said manager Ricardo Ruiz.

Aside from the beer, the spot has a full liquor license. Thereís roughly 100 various spirits, with an emphasis on American craft whiskey and single-malt scotch. The cocktail program will put its spin on classic drinks and will offer seasonal mixed drinks and beer cocktails.

The kitchen, which is expected to launch Dec. 16, takes an artisanal approach to pub fare, using local ingredients. The menu is being finalized but food served includes wings, salads and burgers such as an aged cheddar cheese burger with house-made onion jam and aoli and burger with cider-poached pears, blue cheese sauce and walnut aoli.

There are TVs that will televise games but Ruiz said they donít plan to market the spot as a sports bar. Live music shows will get booked throughout the year during holidays.

The Hoppy Monk is still working out the kinks in its soft-opening phase. The craft beer joint will be open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and closed Monday.

- Valentino Lucio