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New nitro brew

Business partners Kevin Kilgore and Nic Syzdek began serving up small batch non-alcoholic craft beverages and food four years ago from their six-tap beverage cart at private events, music festivals, pop up shops and local farmers markets. They opened Tapped Coffee + Eats in Canton in 2019 and now, they have added a second location in downtown Royal Oak. Tapped Coffee + Eats specializes in nitro cold brews. Kilgore explains that nitro brewing is a process that takes 24 hours. “The beverages are steeped at room temperature. The oxygen is diffused and then infused with nitrogen gas. The end result is less acidic with about double the caffeine,” he said. Along with a variety of classic cold brew coffees, Tapped also offers other nitro brew varieties, including teas, energy drinks, lemonades, as well as root beer and cream orange soda. Kilgore, who by trade, is a full-time fire fighter and paramedic, has a love for cooking and created the eatery’s menu. In addition to a variety of 15 doughnuts baked in-house, signature breakfast sandwiches include such options as “The Diablo” – an onion roll with pork sausage, egg, pepper jack cheese, sliced jalapeños, onion and chipotle sauce. The “Detroit Maple Dough” is a doughnut sliced in half with pork sausage, egg, cheddar cheese and maple syrup dipping sauce.

304 N. Main Street, Royal Oak


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