The Signal - - Front page - By Crys­tal Duan Sig­nal Staff Writer cd­[email protected]­ 661-287-5525

At first men­tion, you may as­sume the new Tomato Joe's Pizza & Taps in Canyon Coun­try is just an­other branch off the Va­len­cia lo­ca­tion that al­ready ex­ists.

But it doesn’t just of­fer the pizza — look at the drinks for a key dif­fer­ence be­tween these lo­ca­tions.

Or more pre­cisely, look at the en­tire wall of drinks.

There is a wide va­ri­ety of brews up for sam­pling, and you can serve your­self at this es­tab­lish­ment and drink as much or lit­tle to your heart’s con­tent with wider se­lec­tion for your palette.

On the restau­rant’s sec­ond day of op­er­a­tions, cus­tomers like Gary Cuesta sat back and or­dered pizza, and many were also in­ter­ested in start­ing a tab for the new drink­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The tab gets cus­tomers a wrist­band with a small Tomato Joe sym­bol and a glass.

“Wow,” Cuesta said as he held his glass and stared at all the pos­si­bil­i­ties. “This is re­ally some­thing quite dif­fer­ent.”

The first self-serve bar in Santa Clarita gave Cuesta a whole new world to pon­der. Should he de­cide on a beer, per­haps the Two Hearted Ale, the We Got a Bo­gey or any of the other se­lec­tions. Per­haps a cider or even a wine?

It didn’t mat­ter, be­cause he could try a lit­tle of each with a re­duced price.

Cus­tomers can go up to each of the spouts, tap the wrist­band to the cor­ner, and be­gin fill­ing their beer glasses. In­stead of charg­ing by the glass, the beers here are priced by ounce.

A dou­ble tap on the screen that shows the beer name above the spout brings up a de­scrip­tion of the beer you’re about to en­joy.

The new Tomato Joe’s opened on Wed­nes­day and al­ready has cus­tomers mix­ing and match­ing, said Daisy Mi­randa, the restau­rant’s front of house lead.

“Some­one yes­ter­day took the (vanilla cream ale) Cali Creamin’ and paired it with the Smog City cof­fee porter,” she said. “And they loved the re­sult. You can do that with any of the drinks here, be­cause it’s so easy to use. You just pay for what you pour, and the wrist­band keeps track of it elec­tron­i­cally for your tab.”

Cuesta noted he liked that for­mat quite a bit, ul­ti­mately set­tling on a few ounces of a pale ale.

“This is the first time I’ve seen this with beer,” he said, sit­ting back with the beer while wait­ing for a sand­wich. “There is a re­ally great se­lec­tion here, and I like the va­ri­ety and that you can have half a beer, or an itty bitty bit, and then move on to some­thing else.”

The new Tomato Joe’s — and its beer wall — can be found at 19167 Golden Val­ley Road.

Dan Wat­son/The Sig­nal

Cus­tomer Gary Questa of Canyon Coun­try sam­ples one of the nu­mer­ous va­ri­eties of beer avail­able at the self-serve beer bar at Tomato Joe’s Pizza & Taps in Canyon Coun­try on Thurs­day.

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