Saturday, February 21, 2009

Beer Club visits iTAP

The Beer Club held its February meeting at the International Tap House (iTAP). Prior to the meeting I had hyped this place up big time thinking that with 40 nectars on tap, 500+ in bottles, no AB products, 20 different countries this would be a dream come true. I checked out the menu online before heading to iTAP. I knew exactly what I wanted, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Ft. Collins IPA, and I can't remember the 3rd. Baker and Rx of Hops already had a list in mind too.

Walking up, I felt our club owned the place. Walking in, I sensed trouble in the air.
Very few IPAs on tap. 40 beers were not ready to be served. Those that I wanted to try were gone. The online menu was not in sync with what was posted on the menu board. iTAPs store menu/description page was not accurate with what was on tap.

The price of beer varied, there was not a flat draft rate. Minimum of $5.25 a draft. I found this out the hard way, one beer cost $5.25, the other $9. The cheapest bottled beer was $4. C'mon, seriously? Really? $4 for a bottle of Guinness?

No food. nuff said

ATMOSPHERE - what atmosphere? There was no anchor. What is iTAP going for? A cool place to hang out or a place for beer geeks to gather for beertalk?
Plus, the place was like 40 min from my house. No thanks.

The barmaids at a place like this should be knowledgeable about what BEER is first off. Second they should know what they are serving. Third they should be able to give descriptions and make recommendations.

That's my review of iTAP. Next I'll review the beers I had at iTAP.

1 comment:

  1. Sure, we went on a Sunday night, but I was dissapointed in the selection and the service. This bar is a great idea, but grossly overpriced. I know, I know, it's in Chesterfield...but I can go down the street to the liquor store and buy probably 200 different types of beers for a dollar a bottle, instead of 4 bucks! All the beers I wanted to try, that I had picked out from the internet menu, were not an option...thus leaving me to swig some Belgian nastiness. Sorry iTAP, send Beer Club some coupons, and we might be back.