International Tap House — call it iTAP if you want to hang with the cool crowd — could win this honor solely on the basis of the draft selections at its locations in Chesterfield and Soulard. With 40 taps, this beer Valhalla offers revolving lineups of the best craft beers from our own back yard (Urban Chestnut, Civil Life, Schlafly and Perennial, among them) to such national big-timers as Stone, Bell's and Goose Island, with a few European brews for good measure. Then you look at the selection of bottled beers, and your jaw hits the floor. You could spend weeks (or one very long, possibly fatal, day) working your way through the several dozen Belgian beers, or you could jump on the opportunity to try a seasonal offering or a beer in very limited supply, like Perennial's clamor-inducing Abraxas imperial stout. Those looking to complete their beer atlas will find brews from Greece, Kenya and Norway, while those overwhelmed by so many choices can take comfort in the fact that good old Guinness is available on draft.
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