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.