The Eight Bars With the Best Beer Selections in St. Louis: 2013

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International Tap House
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2012 wasn't easy. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. This week: The eight bars with the best beer selections in St. Louis.

See also:
- The Ten Best Dive Bars in St. Louis

- The Five Best Places for Karaoke in St. Louis

International Tap House
(1711 South Ninth Street, 314-621-4333)
International Tap House offers the most extensive beer selection in St. Louis, with 500 beers representing twenty countries. The 40 taps, and what iTap considers to be the "cooler spectacle" of bottled beers, spans everything from local brews to national front-runners like Great Divide and Bell's, not to mention the huge list of international heavy hitters and obscure collector's items. Keeping track of every drink consumed has never been easier than it is with the iTap Passport: Work your way through the categories (like drinking one beer from each of the twenty countries) in order to win prizes and personal beer prestige. Seriously, how many bars reward you for heavily drinking their entire selection?

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Iron Barley
(5510 Virginia Avenue, 314-351-4500)
This Food Network-featured St. Louis institution carefully authorizes its taps and bottles. Chef and owner Tom Coghill appropriately selects beer to complement his savory, sweet and salty menu of classic ingredients. Each specialty bottled beer is accompanied by an informative description. Oh, and no worries if you're not privy to beer lingo: The wait staff at this hidden south-side gem is sure to help you pair the perfect brew with your meal.

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Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
(900 Spruce Street; 314-932-1456)
New to St. Louis, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium stares directly at Stan the Man from the bottom floor of the Cupples 9 building across from Busch Stadium. It boasts 80 taps, a quarter of which are made here in Missouri, and approximately 150 bottles. But don't expect to find Budweiser here: This craft-brew-only pub doesn't carry standard A-B products, but that's OK. Beers from Avery to Green Flash to Sierra Nevada to Weihenstephaner are all available.

Location Info

The Fortune Teller Bar

2635 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

International Tap House-Soulard

1709 S. 9th St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Iron Barley

5510 Virginia Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

900 Spruce St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Baileys' Range

920 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar

1004 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Three Kings Public House

6307 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Music

The Fortune Teller Bar

2635 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


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42 comments
pctec100
pctec100

I would have included SOHA and Tripel

Jeff Diekemper
Jeff Diekemper

Yes they do. Especially when the fires are going.

Jeff Diekemper
Jeff Diekemper

Old Millstream in Old Town St. Charles has an amazing selection of beer. Mostly bottled beer.

Jennifer Ray
Jennifer Ray

iTap Soulard and Hair of The Dog downtown!

jzavist
jzavist

SoHa Pub, Hendrick's BBQ, the Royale and the Shack, to name a few . . .

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

St. Chuck is not in St. Louis... that is St. Charles County...

Ashley Hughes
Ashley Hughes

Someone said Morgan Street and Trailhead. They've obviously never heard of 4Hands, Civil Life, Ferguson or Urban Chestnut. Get a clue people.

Winston Freiberger
Winston Freiberger

Yes but try to find AB on tap at any of these places, or many many bars and establishments and it's like asking to have your hand cut off. I love all beers, and when I'm in a mood for AB I don't want the consolation prize bottle. I like my Bud on tap. Oh well I realize I'm in the minority. Just had to vent.

Chris Gold
Chris Gold

I tried that organic chocolate beer it was amazing.

Nicholas Sperandeo
Nicholas Sperandeo

might as well make it top 10 and add morgan street and trailhead

howobvious
howobvious

The Heavy Anchor on Gravois (in South City)  has like 60 bottles and lots of locals beers!

Wayne Cardosi
Wayne Cardosi

Great list. I would have had Hair of the Dog over Fortune Teller.

Amy Pennington
Amy Pennington

Nick's Pub also has a pretty amazing selection on tap - over 65.

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

Jason Bommarito here's some research

Otis Ryan
Otis Ryan

I am SO in the wrong line of business......

benmansfield73
benmansfield73

@Thee Lovingcup if you only focused on st Louis city, it would be a small list

Ned.
Ned.

@apenningster Nick's Pub is where you go when you want a late drink and to just get to the point where taste doesn't matter. It's a great bar, but not like people go for the selection. Better for the cheap hard stuff.

apenningster
apenningster

@Ned. Excuse me? Have you been to Nick's recently? They have an amazing beer selection - over 65 on tap. That's nothing to sneeze at, and a bigger selection than some of the places listed in this article. I've had some amazing things there I haven't seen anywhere else, and they have a lot of great local craft stuff: Schlafly, 2nd Shift, Urban Chestnut, 4 Hands, to name just a few. So, I very strongly disagree with your assessment. Their beer selection is one of the main reasons I (and many other beer geeks I know) go to Nick's. 

apenningster
apenningster

@Ned. Nope, don't own it or work there - just really, really like it :) And I wasn't offended, just wanted to set the record straight.

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