TRAVERSE CITY — Bacon-wrapped dates, an amazing burger and beers that range from PBR to specialty trappist beers.

Welcome to 7 Monks Taproom in downtown Traverse City. Opened in 2011, 7 Monks provides an atmosphere unlike any other brewery or taproom. With 46 taps, 7 Monks offers a wide selection of rotating beers.

There is a lot of buzz in the area surrounding the opening of new breweries. However, 7 Monks is not a brewery. Instead, its mission is to bring quality beer from around the world to the Traverse City area.

“There is a lot of great craft beer around the world, not just in this country,” said Jason Kasdorf, General Manager.

We like to think of the craft beer movement as something unique to the United States, as it is an industry that is booming. However, founders Matt Cozzens and Jim Smolak have found the allure of trappist beers. Trappist beers are brewed by Trappist monks in Belgium and the Netherlands. There are 174 Trappist monasteries throughout the world, but only seven produce beer.

This is where the name 7 Monks comes from.

“We love the history and the culture that surrounds those monasteries,” explained Kasdorf.

7 Monks pays tribute to all that Michigan has to offer as well. The bar regularly features various local craft brews, and holds many tap takeovers throughout the year. The takeovers are a result of having so many breweries to choose from; they serve as a great way to highlight different breweries for a night.

One of 7 Monks’ biggest tap takeovers has been for Short’s Brewing Company. In fact, it’s been so successful, the Short’s takeover has become an annual event, held between Christmas and New Year’s.

Last year, 7 Monks featured 43 different Short’s tap and the bar expects the event to continue to grow.

In the two years 7 Monks has been open, it has quickly become the place to go get quality food and quality beer. It’s a great place to unwind after work, start the weekend or celebrate something special.

Watch the 7 Monks Facebook page for updates on their events and tap selection.