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International Tap House

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International Tap HouseInternational Tap House
BA SCORE
98
world-class

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: n/a
Taps: 40
Bottles: 480
Cask: N
[ Bar ]

161 Long Rd
Chesterfield, Missouri, 63005-1265
United States
phone: (636) 537-8787

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @itapbeer

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Photo of Vancer
4.94/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

500 Beers, 40 On Tap, 20 Countries, 1 Location.

Well, the STL beer scene has been growing exponentially in the last decade, and a new contender has arrived to fight for first place - not only in St. Louis, but I submit for the Midwest. If you are anywhere in the area - this is a HAVE-TO visit bar. Brad & Sean, and the most friendly staff, have done exceeding well.

This bar is all about the beer - and it has a mouth watering supple of it. Walking in, the bar to the right seats appx 20 people in a L shape - with the ever changing 40 taps right behind. A side cooler displays their seasonal bottle beers.

To the left, there is a middle long bar-type table seating appx 15. Then, to it's left, is the BA's beer porn display of appx 400 bottled beers, in stand-up coolers that stretch almost the entire wall.

They have beer menus, and check their web for the massive list 0'beers. The list, and a wall display, all includes abv for your information.

No food - but they have menus from area restaurants that will deliver for you.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BigBry
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

We stayed in Chesterfield, and knew we had to visit. Sat outside on the patio on a hot Sunday afternoon to enjoy a few beers.
One full wall of coolers with 500 bottled beers and another 40 beers on tap, there was lots of choice for eveyone. They had just recently hosted a beer tasting event, and as a result the printed beer menu was out of date with several of our picks sold out. Inside, there is a current beer list, so we did find some goodies. Although originally upset and frustrated that they were sold out of so much, I quickly reminded everyone that this is a good thing: kegs are always rotating and fresh, and nothing sits around getting stale.
Our waiter/server was helpful in providing suggestions and samples, and all beers were served in appropriate glassware (though not always with the correct logo).
No food service available, but you can bring your own (clearly explained on their website and in store signage), so you can't complain about that.
A great place focusing on beer only, lots of specialty and unique brews.
If I lived any where close, I would be getting an iTap Passport, and spend all my time here.

Photo of tripelhops
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

ITAP as it's known is a beer bar. Make no mistake about it, no food, just beer. Incredible selection of taps that change often and if I'm not mistaken just about every bottle of beer distributed in MO can be found in thier coolers, purchased and drank on premises. They allow food to be ordered or brought in from nearby restuarants, if your hungry. They play host to many cool beer events. The Chesterfield location is in a non-descript stip mall, not much character on the outside but the inside has plenty of beer stuff, and lots of flat screen TV for sports viewing. Many limited and special releases find thier way here.

Photo of bsuedekum
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I make it to iTap as often as I can which ends up being around once a week. I'll go there on a calm Friday night to sit and chill with some friends, or on a Saturday afternoon to bring a pizza with me (they don't serve food) and eat lunch and enjoy some new beer they probably have on draft. Or even a place to enjoy a game some night during the week. I think they have 40 rotating drafts and 500+ bottles to choose from. I've always had a great experience with the staff as well and the majority of the servers know a great deal about beer themselves so that's always a plus. If you're in the area I suggest making a stop in here, it's the biggest and typically best selection of micro brews in the area. If only 2 or 3 kegs of a specialty brew makes it to the city, most likely iTap is one of the bars that lands these kegs from distributors (i.e. BCSCS, BCSVS, FW14, Abacus, KBS, Stone '08 BBA IRS, etc.).

Photo of akantner
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I'm a big fan of iTap Soulard (admittedly I've never been out to the Chesterfield location), and am always impressed by their draft and bottle selection each time I go in. Looking through their beer list gives you the feeling of "being a kid in a candy store". The atmosphere is inviting and warm. It's really cool to see so many people embracing and enjoying craft beer. When they have music in it's not so loud that you have to shout to hear the person next to you, but loud enough to add the the ambiance. The service is usually good, but every so often the bartenders seem more wrapped up in something that's going on amongst themselves, than what's happening out on the floor. However, when this happens it doesn't last long. Most servers are knowledgeable on what iTap offers too. I highly suggest iTap to anyone - even if you're just discovering craft beer.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Was in town for a friends dad's funeral, and we all needed a little pick-me-up. Walked in, immediately knew this place would do the trick. Clean, modern, lots of cool stuff decorating the place (flags, taps, etc), a wall of beer fridges on one side, something like 20 taps on the other. A band was playing at the time, good music, not so loud as so you couldn't hear each other talking, but not too soft to be lame. Beer selection was vast, varied, all good. Considering the selection at the supermarket we found earlier in the day, was pleasantly surprised. Service was decent considering the crowd, but at times they seemed to be talking to themselves too much... was waiting for service a little too long. But, thats about my only knock on the place. Next time I come to St Louis, this place will be my first stop going into town.

Photo of DCon
4.94/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

With 500 bottled beers and 40 beers on tap, how can't you like the place? I started coming to the iTap House since it opened off of Long Road. While working at The Racketman right next door, this was an easy spot to come in for a beer or two after work.
Their location hits the business crowd very well for this is the crowd from 2-6 and then a party crowd slowly begins to come in as there is live music weekly. I was very excited in trying all the beers over 10% ABV and now am focused on completing my iTAP Passport.
I do suggest buying an iTap Passport next time you come in to either location. For only $15 for the Passport, you get special discounts on Tuesday-Thursday Nights, get merchandise/items for beers stamped off on the Passport, and this helps you remember what beers you have, or have not tried at this House of Heaven.
Also, while they do not serve food (hence, Tap House) you can bring your own snacks or order from local pizza, chinese, or burger joints around Chesterfield Valley.
Great place, awesome service, and great for experimenting beers.
Eins.. Zwei.. Drei.. Suffa!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.94/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped by on a recent trip to St. Louis.

This place had probably the largest selection of quality bottles that I have ever seen - an entire wall of fridges! Along with the bottles there were probably 40-50 taps of various styles and breweries. I thought the selection of the taps could have been better. There were many beers that were either local or the standard craft stuff with very little that made my eyes bulge. I ordered a Bell's Two Hearted and was impressed to see Peche Mortel on tap, but aside from those there were only a handful of others that would make me go back if in the neighborhood again.

The place was also very big and not very full (although I visited on a Wednesday night so perhaps that had more to do with it than anything) so the atmosphere could have been better as well.

Service was very good and did not try the food...

Photo of birchstick
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

This is my first visit to the Chesterfield iTap location. I cam specifically for the Canadian Breakfast Stout.

I walked in and was immediately impressed. Large sign with what was on-tap greeted me immediately. I then noticed a cooler stocked with brews (500). I then noticed the 40 taps and felt at home (of the 40, Guiness was the most mainstream beer they had). The bartenders were a little stand offish, but that didn't deter me on my quest to the taps. As stated in many reviews below, you can bring your own food or order from near by restaurants. Cool atmosphere with a lot of cool beer stuff, including a wall made of bottle caps. If it was closer to the city I would come here more often, but it makes a lot more sense to go to the one in Soulard. Cool place, glad it is in St Louis.

Photo of bhalter8
3.88/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1

Stopped in here twice while visiting family. As noted, and especially in the 'burbs, a place with this type of selection is rare. Given its location, you can sort of understand the "commercial" feel of the place. As someone visiting, I was able to try a lot of great Midwest brews all in one spot, and in appropriate glassware. The tap list is impressive, I didn't even make it to bottles, as they seemed a bit pricey, anyway. Same bartender both times we visited, nice enough, but not overly friendly. He was reasonably attentive to us, even though we were at the bar. I feel bad for knocking ITAP for its food, as it is ordered in, but it is bad... I like a decent meal if I am drinking quality craft beer, and the bar food from some local place and Pizza Hut are about as poor of options as possible. It's St. Louis, I'd have been happy with Imo's even! I am not trying to be to negative in this review, just balanced to all the other places I have visited. ITAP is a great place to try beers if you are visiting, but it is lacking in both atmosphere and food, before it can take that next step as a beer bar.

Photo of hwwty4
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Decided to stop here on our way back to Kansas City from St Louis. This place is reasonably easy to find. Not knowing Chesterfield I was rather happy that it's just a zig and a zag off I-70. As you pull up to the place, its rather unassuming. A little patio off to the side and a couple of beer signs hanging in the window. The door was wide open, due to the fact it was a glorious Missouri fall day. We quickly found a table (due to the fact it was early on a Saturday, and besides a couple of bikers we were pretty much alone), and I decided to take a stroll over to the tap list, which was hanging on the wall. After deciding on a Moinette Brune, I then took a stroll over to the wall of coolers to look at their bottle selection. I was intercepted on my stroll by the waitress who took my order. I went back to my table, chatted about beer, and the waitress came back with my beer and to take the rest of the table's order. I guess she knew who was important. The place has a nice airy, modern look.

The selection was excellent. Probably the best bottle selection at a bar I've seen in Missouri. They had all the big locals from Schlafly and Boulevard, some great stuff by non local breweries like Bell's, Founders, Avery, Southern Tier, and even some locals I had never seen before at a bar, Crown Valley and Tin Mill. They had an excellent selection of foreign brews including a wide selection of German and Belgian beers (they had Monks Flemish Red, I didn't know it was available in MO). They had Avery DuganA on tap - which I had never seen before and Founders Breakfast Stout.

My biggest beef was, unbeknownst to me, they don't serve food. We were all pretty hungry. Luckily, since it was slow, they went and picked up our food from the neighboring restaurant.

Good prices, nothing really seemed out of line with how I see it in KC. If/when I'm back that way, I'll definitely stop there again.

Photo of wifehatesthebike
4.94/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is all about the beer. As mentioned, you can only order food from outside, or bring your own. I like to bring my own food from the strip mall down the street, and the bar owners have no problem with this practice.

Plenty of quality beer on tap and in bottles. It's reasonably priced, assuming you know what quality beer actually costs vs. Bud Light. They do have to make a profit afterall, and there is no food sales for revenue.

Lots of regular locals here, and a friendly atmosphere. When I travel alone to STL I feel welcome here, which is nice. Easier to get here (parking) than going downtown too. Just a real chill laid back place, at least during the week when I have visited.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Been to iTap several times now and I really enjoy it. Its about time there is a great beer bar out in the county. A great tap lineup of 40 constantly (with a few exceptions) rotating selections, so you never know what pleasant surprise you will find, including Founders Canandian Breakfast Stout today.

There are also 500 or so bottles available displayed in the back of the room. The bottled beer is also available to go at a very reasonable rate. The draught beers a little pricey compared to most places but not too bad.

Nice set up of flat screen tvs tuned to sports. I wish the place were a little bigger as it can get pretty crowded on the weekends. The also hve recently added some outdoor seating.

There is no food available on site but they will order from surrounding restaurants for you.

This is a great beer bar that was long overdue for the people that live away from the city.

Photo of Sean9689
4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've been to this place a few times, all good experiences.

A nice bar, very clean, couches, lots of flat-screen TVs, and a wonderful tap & bottle selection round this place out nicely.

Nothing mind-blowing, beer wise, but a lot of options. Never had anything I'd consider "rare" for the area here.

Usually good service, never had a bad experience, but sometimes slow when it gets crowded. I wish they had food at their location, but at least you can order out to nearby places if you get hungry (they deliver to the bar).

A bit expensive, but the area is expensive anyway, so it really didn't surprise me at all.

Photo of jim102864
4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Knowing the derth of options in the St Louis area since I was a former resident, I was pleased to find ITH while doing my usual search on Beerfly.

My visit was at the time of the NCAA basketball tournament last month. The first night I stopped in the place was moderately attended. The beer coolers were on the opposite wall from the bar and roped off so only employees could access it. Very respectable selection of regional beers like Boulevard, O'Fallon and Midwest brews like Bells and Founders. Nothing extraordinary mind you, but all worthy of respect from the beer enthusiest. The bar itself is rather stark and quite loud as there is nothing on the walls to mute the din. The bar seats about 20 or so and the wall behind it is lined with approximately 30 or so taps. I recall having Bells Hopslam and recall seeing Founders and Avery Maharaja on tap along with a few standard Belgians, ie Chimay, et al. Again, the lines were clean and the options were very respectable. I met a kooky couple from the bowels of MO who were seriously questioning their deeply ensconsed religious beliefs. The wife was a breast feeding consultant (heh?). The husband a long haired-dude who looked really tired. Fasinating people. The next night I stopped in after watching my UCONN Huskies win to advance to the elite eight. The place was packed with Mizzou fans cheering their team on. There was also a camera crew. Lot's of cute co-eds. But I digress. If I happen to be in the area again on business, I will stop in. I recommend others do the same. Congrats to folks in the St Louis area recognizing that the time is now to embrace quality beer.

Photo of CMW
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went a couple of weeks ago on a Friday night. The place was packed but after some standing were able to find two seats at the bar.

It was different from other bars in that although the place was packed there was still plenty of personal space. I didn't feel packed into a sardine can. Bar is on your right as you enter and the coolers line the right hand wall. One huge positive is that ITap is non-smoking. They even pump in fresh air into the place that gave me a somewhat euphoric feeling.

Service was fast and knowlgeable,has zero complaints in this area. I even got a free beer when there was trouble with the lines.

Selection is top notch 40 taps 460 bottles and to-go service. Tap list is on a big board to the side of the bar. Plenty of Belgians and hoppy varieties alike. I had Chimay Tripel, North Coast Le Merle, and Kasteel Tripel. My wife had a Hoptamistic and Mothership Wit.

While they do not serve food, you can order from three nearby restaurants and have it delivered.

The overall value was decent with the beers just about average priced.

In conclusion, I would say that iTap is one of the top beer destinations in STL.

Photo of 86sportster883
4.6/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The ITAP sports 40 taps complimented by a massive bottle collection arranged by country in the coolers across from the bar. The beer menu provides a well thought out description of each draft, followed by the bottle selection which is arranged by style. From the selection of beers and the care that went into the beer menu, you can tell that the owners of this beer bar have a beer geek's devotion to good beer.

What's currently on tap is displayed on the wall at one end of the bar along with the abv of each. This list included Left Hand's Polestar, Sawtooth and Milkstout, local offerings from Schlafly and O'Fallon, Bell's Two Hearted, Southern Tier's Hoppe, Unibrou's Witbier, Ephemere and Chambly Noire, a good selection of Belgians (La Chouffe, Maredsous 10, Delirium Tremens, Chimay, Karmeliet, Lindemans) as well as a smattering of German, English, Irish and Scottish brews.

The ITAP is primarily one large room with a good sized bar and several small tables. Since I visited on a weekday night I didn't have a problem finding a seat at the bar. On a weekend night, however, I would imagine that this place would quickly reach standing room only. On my visit, four of five flat screens were broadcasting the Blues - Red Wings game with the audio clearly audible above the din of the crowd. The bartender was very friendly, attentive and willing to assist you in choosing a beer, while the crowd was mostly in their 20's and early 30's, as was the staff. Other than a basket of homemade chips ($2) the only food offered is take out delivered from a few nearby establishments.

I was excited to see that a new beer bar had opened up in the St. Louis area, and I wasn't disappointed. My only complaint, and it is a small one, is that my Polestar was not served in a pilsner glass. No big deal, but a bit of a surprise given the elsewise attention to (beer) detail. I came for one and wound up staying for a few. No doubt I'll be going back for more.

Photo of zeff80
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by on a Friday night. It was pretty crowded and the place isn't big. It is a narrow room with a nice bar around the taps and a standing only bar in front of about 10 coolers of bottled beers. The tap lineup was great. And the glasswear was too. I had a La Chouffe in a glass from the brewery and the same was true for my friend who order a Tucher. The beer tasted great. I was slightly disappointed with one aspect of the bottle service. I noticed that most people weren't getting glasses with their bottle beer. I asked for one with my Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast but my friends didn't. So he drank his 500ml Schneider Weisse from the bottle. I wonder what they would do if someone ordered a 750ml corked bottle. The selection was great, though. I'd like to try it out at a less crowded time.

Photo of dakid618
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Finally made a trip to iTAP Valentines day. Arrived around 5 in the afternoon and it's packed. No chairs to sit in but found a little spot along the wall with a ledge for drinks. Was quickly approached by a very polite waitress and ordered our drinks(Boulevard single wide IPA for me, Lindemanns Framboise for her). Drinks arrived within two minutes which surprised me as there was barely even room to walk and the bartenders were extremely busy. They had a happy hour from 4-7pm with $1 off drafts. Got a seat at a booth in the back within the next 20 minutes. I was a little scared as to how expensive it would be as the area is notoriously expensive. Got a bottle menu and was pleased to see prices were very reasonable for the most part. Most 12oz bottles being between 4-5 dollars. Very comfortable atmosphere and generally a good beer loving crowd. If it wasn't so far from home I'd prolly drink there often. Outstanding selection, good service, and fair prices. Overall a truly great beer bar.

Photo of Brewzenol
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Wow. I'm in shock. Next to the world's largest strip mall and countless sports bars in the area, I NEVER thought I'd see this here. It does have many TVs but does not feel like a sports bar.
There really is nothing like it in this area. It's only 10 minutes from my house. I only heard about it today from a coworker and I headed straight there after work. Wife had a Paulaner Hefeweizen, followed by a Karmeliet Tripel.
They were out of the St. Bernardus Abt 12, so I started with a Chambly Noire. Afterward, I ordered an Anderson Hop Ottin IPA, but that, too, was tapped out, so I ordered an Arcadia Imperial Stout.
All four beers were very enjoyable.

They have no kitchen -- there's no room, what with all that beer! ;) The food is brought in from two nearby restaurants -- a hot dog / sandwich joint, and a pizza place. Between the two, they have a standard assortment of appetizers, salads, pizzas, sandwiches (including cheesesteaks and a burger or two), etc.

Understand that the food is not theirs, but they serve it (You order it from the waitstaff at ITH.) so I'll review it.
We had a philly cheesesteak and a pepperoni/mushroom/black-olive calzone from the pizza place. I've heard their pizzas are good, but the cheesesteak was uninteresting, and had various hard unidentifiable bits in it. The calzone was quite cheesy and exteremely greasy. The fries were OK and were server with ketchup but had no salt, and, since ITH has no kitchen, there were no condiments.
Based on another's recommendation, I would still try out their pizza, and/or their various salads.
The total for the cheesesteak, calzone, and fries was $17. The fries were $2 so the sandwiches were aroudn $7 each.

But who cares? We were there for beer.

The beers were very reasonably priced. I believe we paid $5 each for them, although the belgians may have been $6.

I really was in shock. I didn't bother to find out if you could take bottles to go, although another viewer says you can. I don't know how the to-go prices are, but I probably would be hard pressed to pay $5 per beer if I'm taking them home to drink. Lucas Liquors is another 6 miles away, but has most of the same beers at very reasonable prices. I'm very curious to know what the price of ITH's mix-a-six would be.

Ok, the shock has worn off. I'm going to try to go by there this weekend or next week and get a few more details.

edit:
FYI, on a Wednesday night, the place was full but not packed around 6:30-7:30pm. The room is not very large, and there is not a large quantity of seats.

Photo of Illinijs
4.94/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The prior 3 posters have provided a very detailed description of this great place. I was also at the soft opening. They had their grand opening 2/1/09.

I will only add that I am a beer snob (and proud of it) and also a hop head loving ipas, They had a great selection on tap including a few that I had never heard of including a few imperial ipas.

Their extensive 20 page bottle listing is by style and includes a description of each style. The owners state that they love hops and they have no fewer than 42 ipas in bottles.

I love this place

Photo of Tone
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I just went to the soft opening yesterday. This place is more than just a beer bar, but also a beer store. You can mix-a-six pack and go (up to 3 six packs worth). That fact right there is amazing to me! There were currently 486 different beer in the large coolers and 40 beers on tap (14 of which were only on tap and not in the coolers as well). The place isn't real big maybe enough seating for 35-45 people. Large bar on the right big enough for 20 people easaly. The two owners were there and were very friendly and knowledgable. They have plans to start beer tasting groups and New Belgium and Bell's tasting sessions as well. They are more than willing to talk about any of the beer they have on hand and give you tastings of any beer you want to take home (if they have it on tap). This is that largest selection of cooled beers I've seen in any store, and by far the largest selection at a bar. A couple tv's, but mostly an open beer tasting bar. They have beers that I haven't found in Missouri before (Coopers Vintage Ale, Goudon Carlous's, J. W. Lee's Harvest, and Samichlaus Ale, etc.) I can't wait to go back to this place, it really is amazing. On a personal note - because I happened to go in on the soft opening that was supposed to be just for family and friends I became the first person to make a purchase as the establishment - I thought that was kind of cool.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

attended the soft first opening. very cozy set up, flat screen tv's, bar with 40 taps, and beer case with 460 beers or so. this bar boosts that it has 500 beers to choose from, 40 on tap. the beer cooler looks like what you would choose from in a liquor store and it just so happens, you can buy any of them to go! seats and stools all around although i can see these filling fast so the rest will stand. the service was good for a first night and THAT many people. the prices were great however i am not sure if those will be the current prices or if there was a mistake. they do not offer food but you can order food from neighboring restaurants and it will be delivered for you.

this is a MUST go to if you really want to experience a REAL beer bar. no bud drinkers here, this is the real deal.

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98 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.