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New Maplewood self-pour bar offers chance to try craft beers

In the mood to try some craft beers but don’t know what you like?

Tapped, a new Maplewood bar, may be the place for you.

As you walk in, you get a wristband to scan with each drink you pour. That’s right — that you pour.

There aren’t any bartenders at this bar. The wristband keeps track of what you drink, according to KDSK, and once you’ve had your fill of beer, you go pay.

Tapped carries only local craft beers from the Midwest, according to its website, and its beer selection can change daily, depending on what’s available and is brewing. It offers 48 taps with a variety of beer, wine, cider and even coffee.

Here, you pay by the ounce, so you’re free to try as many small portions of beers as you want. That means no more ordering a full beer, deciding you hate it and having to drink it anyways.

“The craft beer world is growing so it’s a nice way to try a lot of beers,” owner Ryan Reel told KDSK. “Rather than, maybe, you only drink two to three if you go to a place that has some craft beers, this way you can get some small pours.”

Reel wanted a place that would stand out, so he thought Tapped would do just that. The bar has a full food menu as well, just in case trying all those beers makes you hungry. And, you know, beer goes great with pizza and soft pretzels.

Tapped is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays, 4-11 p.m. Monday through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. It’s located at 7278 Manchester Road, Maplewood, Mo.