The Chesterfield location of iTap is way, way out there for a city dweller like me. Itís easily a half hour from downtown St. Louis, down in the strip mall-infested flood plain of the Chesterfield Valley, and not far from Spirit of St. Louis Airport. As with the Soulard location, there are 40+ taps that rotate frequently and 500 or so bottles, so the selection is killer. Also like the Soulard location, there is no kitchen but you can bring in whatever food you want. The service is solid and the waitresses are hot. There isnít much to say about the atmosphere except that itís in a newish building near the end of what has to be the worldís longest strip mall. Inside, itís a beer oasis, though. I had a great time here but unfortunately wonít be making it back much, save for the occasional special event, because itís so freaking far away from the city.
Ok so my moto has always been quality over quantity-well this place has quality and quantity. however, it becomes overkill after a while. Everytime i have been here, the place is packed, which is a good thing for the fact that people in STL are enjoying good beer on a regular basis. However, it gets to be a bit much sometimes-have to wait a long time to get served. Worth a visit if your in the area for sure, but i guess im biased towards The Stable.
One of the best places around to find a wide variety of taps and bottled beers. We tried a few and decided to take some others with us. No food at this time, although they will order from local establishments for you. They serve the brew in the correct glassware, quite impressive. Will visit again and hope to try some other taps.
Stopped in for the GI Tap Takeover during STL Craft Beer Week. Considering BCS was on tap, I was going to be there. Best part is that it was on for the full two hours I was there. It was more of a sports bar type feel in a strip mall. The service was excellent, very friendly and prompt service. No food as with the Soulard location, but I saw people bringing food in and one group even had Dominoís delivered. Prices seemed reasonable $4-5 for a pint and $8 for 10 ounces of BCS, plus free GI glassware with purchase. The customers at the bar were also really cool. Overall, I had a blast here and would come back.
Strebs (213) St. Louis, Missouri | March 28, 2010| Updated September 19, 2011
The best feature of the iTAP is that they rotate the draught selection on a regular basis, so you always have new beers to try. The worst feature is the location is in the middle of nowhere, which will be remedied shortly, as they are currently building out a second location on 9th St. in Soulard, just south of downtown. I also really like that they sell the bottled beer to go at great retail prices.
Quite a hall from downtown but a pretty cool place. They have a whole wall of coolers and about 30-40 taps, including Mikkeller. Pour a huge variety and seem to always be fresh. Iíll have to check out the new location downtown. This had a very suburban feel to it and it didnít help that it was in the middle of nowhere.
Visited at the end of April 2015. Nice enough place but in a horrible location - hidden back in a strip mall. Selection was decent with a good mix of MO beers, some harder to find, and other things that are readily available in most places. Place was almost empty. Bartender seemed to know his beer, but was more interested in telling a few customers about a novel he just wrote than in attending to his customers. Nice enough guy, though, but just somewhat distracted. Lots to TVs. Fairly sterile atmosphere. I got two flights of five beers which were $15 per flight. Seems a bit steep, though most were high end beers. Overall worth a visit and you might find a few new beers.
The only thing that brought this place down for me was how packed it was and the noise level. The atmosphere was very go-go-go and the patrons did not appear to be the type you would see at a typical beer bar. That said they had a great selection of beers and provided flights at a good price. The bartenders were very knowledgable and helpful. I would definitely go back to this place again.
Forty taps, all high-end. About a million bottles from everywhere. Dizzying diversity, probably the largest Iíve ever seen at a bar. Bartenders were attentive, friendly, and very knowledgeable. Not just knowledgeable about the current offerings and prices, but what is coming up, beer styles, breweries, ingredients, etc. Cool concepts for daily specials: local night, half-off half the taps, kill the keg, etc. Dim, casual, non-intimidating. I too wish they offered a little something to eat, but as long as they allow you to bring your own in and/or allow local deliveries, I can live with it. The only problem, the thing which keeps this from being true beer nirvana, is that iTap feels very expensive. Except for the aforementioned specials, pints were mostly 6 or 7 dollars and way upwards in some cases, and a sampler is over $15, Iím scared to ask how much a growler would cost! I get it: these are super-premium luxury items, so they are priced accordingly, and most of the clientel had a real "if you have to ask you canít afford it" look to them. It would obviously be cheaper to buy these beers at a liquor store if you can find them--but you canít in many cases--so the main iTap attraction for me is the possibility of finding extremely obscure beers for the first time.