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ST THOMAS — With over 150 craft beers and seltzers, 20 beers on draft, and a well-stocked bar, you’d be hard-pressed not to find something to raise a glass with at Taphus Beer House. Located in downtown Charlotte Amalie, this historical bar gets its unique moniker from the original name of the island’s capital when it was founded in 1666. Taphus, which means tap house or beer hall in Danish, was later renamed to Charlotte Amalie after the Danish queen Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel.

Appropriately set in a 1600s Danish warehouse, Taphus Beer House is meticulously decorated in a steampunk style which pays homage to the days when pirates and privateers anchored in the harbor. The owner-designed lighting is made from upcycled brewing parts, and the cobblestone walls are made from authentic Danish brick. This iconic establishment is not just a place to grab a drink; it’s a living piece of history that embodies the spirit of the island and its people with its weekly game nights and live music on the weekends.

Of course, the main attraction here is its impressive selection of beers. From local brews to international favorites, there’s something for every beer enthusiast to enjoy. Whether you prefer a refreshing lager on a hot day, a rich stout to savor, or a delicious cocktail made with fresh ingredients, Taphus Beer House has you covered. Taphus Beer House has also found ways to give back to the St. Thomas community. Each month, they host First Fridays, which benefits a chosen nonprofit organization on the island. Starting at 5pm, they feature drink specials with a portion of the proceeds going to the organization. They also host an in-house raffle featuring fabulous prizes such as Virgin Islands sterling silver jewelry, Yeti Tumblers, and gift certificates.

Taphus Beer House is open six days a week from 11am to 7pm Monday through Thursday and Saturdays, 11am to 8pm on Fridays, and closed Sundays. Find them at 5120 Dronningens Gade, Suite 7, right off Main Street in downtown Charlotte Amalie. For more information, visit their Facebook page at taphusbeerhouse.

Written by Anquanette Gaspard