I’m usually the first person to admit when I’m wrong. Nothing wrong with making a mistake, that’s how we all learn. I will fully admit I was wrong way back in 2009 when the International Tap House in Chesterfield opened.
I thought to myself, “No way this works.” It’s not that I didn’t trust what co-owners Brad Lobdell and Sean Conroy were doing. It’s not that I didn’t think they could run a bar. I honestly didn’t trust the St. Louis drinking public to embrace this new kind of bar.
In hindsight, it’s all rather genius. A beer focused solely on craft beer. No food, no brewery-on-premise, no gimmicks; just a bar serving awesome craft beer.
Brad and Sean will be the first to admit the concept of a craft-focused bar wasn’t a unique idea. But opening this kind of bar right on the cusp of a beer Renaissance in St. Louis forever changed how craft beer was viewed in St. Louis.
Five years later, Brad and Sean proved a lot of people wrong. And now it’s time to celebrate how wrong many of us were. To celebrate five years, iTAP Chesterfield will be throwing a week-long celebration. Here’s the line-up of events:
Sunday February 2nd Super Bowl – Super Share 3PM
- Bottle Share
- Homebrew Share
- Pot Luck
The event will last throughout the Super Bowl and we encourage everyone to bring in a rare/special bottle or even a homebrew for a “kick-off” toast to our 5 years of being open! We’ll also be having a pot luck, so if you’re a good cook, bring plenty to share!
Monday February 3rd – “Memory Monday” 6pm
- 1/2 off all the taps
- Original beer lineup (or close as we can)
- DJ Randall at 8pm
We’ll be bringing back our very first draft lineup we had back in 2009, or as close as we can get to it! You’ll be surprised by how far we’ve come in our beer choices in St. Louis! ALL taps will be ½ off.
Tuesday February 4th -Bell’s Takeover 6pm
- Cherry Stout
- Expedition Stout
- Java Stout
- Black Note
Bell’s Trip Giveaway*:
-One night stay at a hotel
-$100 gift certificate
-$100 gas card
*winner for trip will be chosen at 8pm – enter by buying a bell’s beer
We’re giving away a trip for two to Bell’s Brewery in Michigan! All you have to do is drink Bell’s beer at our Chesterfield or Soulard location now until 2/3/14 to be entered. Winner will be chosen at 8pm on 2/4 and you must be present to win! Also enjoy some of Bell’s special release beers.
Wednesday February 5th –Perennial/Abraxas Night 6pm
- Abraxas 2013
- Abraxas Vanilla
- Abraxas Coffee
- Peach Berliner Wiesse
- MAYBE Fantastic Voyage –(have to wait to see if Cory thinks it is good)
The Perennial team will be celebrating with us on Wednesday by sharing some of their most sought after Abraxas variants: including the 2013 release, Abraxas Vanilla, and Abraxas Coffee. Other special release offerings by Perennial will also be on draft.
Thursday February 6th – Boulevard & Passport Appreciation 6pm
- Saison Bret3
- Chocolate Ale (stl launch party)
- Foeder Projekt
Brewer Jeremy Danner will be traveling to St. Louis to party with us at iTap. We’ll be featuring some awesome special releases including 2013 Saison Brett, the release of 2014 Chocolate Ale, and an exclusive Keg of Foeder Projekt (very rare wood barrel-aged series). We’ll also be showing our Passport Members some love with a limited edition iTap 5-year t-shirt.
Friday February 7th – Firkin Friday 4pm
- 4 Hands – making us a special IPA Variation
- New Holland Dragon’s Milk
- 2nd Shift LSD with Blue Print Coffee
- Left Hand Milk Stout
Some of our favorite breweries are kind enough to give us super fresh Casks of their beer. What better way to celebrate the Friday of our 5 year anniversary?
Saturday February 8th –Celebrity Bartender 12pm
- 12pm – Brad, Sean, & Greg
- 1:30pm – Cory and Karen King
- 3pm – Tracy, Jon, & Lisa
- 4:30pm – Jason & Caitlin
- Music by Adam Stanley at 3pm
To bring an end to the week of iTap beer drinking, we are throwing some familiar faces back behind the bar. There will also be some free food at 1pm for all to enjoy. Bartenders will pick the beer special during their shift. This gang is sure to not disappoint!