Beers Of The World (Winton Pl)
Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 89 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rarevos:
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is Mecca for me. The store is organized by country, and it's just ridiculous the amount the have to represent each country. US Microbrews are toward the back, and they have maybe eight rows of those. I primarily frequent the Belgian section, which regularly has Westmalle, Orval, Rochefort, Corsendonk, Chimay, Cantillon, Lindeman's, Leifman's, and more. Lots of local NY microbrews as well (Ithaca, Southern Tier, Custom Brewcrafters, Ommegang, Rohrbach, etc). Good selection of Rogue and Weyerbacher, and the wall of German beer is almost store-length.
There are two wonderful things about this place. 1.) the majority of their beer is not refrigerated, and 2.) you can buy single bottles of most beers. Any place that does both of those things will get my business for a long time.
They have a few specials going on all the time, so you can pick up a sixer of something nice for $5.99 or so. I got a six-pack of Pierre Celis Grand Cru that was on sale, which was great.
They sell homebrewing supplies, too. Not being a homebrewer (yet), I can't speak to the quality or selection of what they have. They also have a nice selection of glassware. Staff may not be terribly outgoing, but once you engage one, he'll walk around the store with you and talk beer. Very helpful.
08-19-2006 20:46:02 | More by rarevos
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Beers of the world winton place location is Closing at the End of the Month!!!
I love beers of the world henrieatta location. Winton place just isn't quite as nice. Not as clean, not as big, very cramped, just not as an inviting environment.
Staff are knowledgable and very nice. However it is very disappointing that this location is closing because it is in such a convient location.
There is a homebrewing section, a large selection of glass ware and beers are organized by country of origin then by brand.
03-20-2012 01:23:41 | More by piakiev
3.39/5 rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
The almighty Beers of the World. Ive been here a few times but most recently last week. The place on the interior looks like a huge department store with beer in every aisle. The beer is arranged by country, they have a cooler full of beers and they carry a lot of regional NYS breweries (brooklyn, saranac, 3 heads, middle ages, etc. The selection is solid but not spectacular, nothing too rare or mindblowing, but most everything you could want will be found here. The.prices are a bit.high here and the customer service is a bit lacking. There was a gentleman working there who looked like Pat O'Brien on crack, who saw me but never asked me if I needed help. When i did have questions for him, he acted like he didnt want to be bothered. For the rochester area, this is a good bet for your craft beer needs albeit the prices are a bit high and the customer service needs improving.
01-04-2012 18:50:28 | More by keithmurray
3.85/5 rDev -10.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I believe this is the original location for Beers of the World, and this bottle shop has aged well for me as I've grown in my love of this thing we call beer.
if you're going to call your store "beers of the world" you have are setting yourself up to fail, unless you're going to unload some serious fire-power on the shelves, and for the most-part, this place has got it.
1 part beer store, 1 part home-brew supply shop, beers of the world is both amazing and disappointing. The staff here is somewhat non-existant, and while their selection of beers is expansive, it is mostly 6-pack focused. Having said that, there are enough gems to make up for the store's lacking (no Black OPS 2010 yet, no GI BCS 2010 yet, extremely limited large format selection for a number of domestics, and they were completely sold out of almost their entire shelton brothers selection, including all Cantillon skus).
The gems include at least 6 vintages of Thomas Hardy, as old as 1996, an exhaustive collection of J.W. Lees vintages (best I've seen), 2006 and 2007 BFM Abbaye Du Bon Chien out on the shelves (as well as anything that BFM puts in a bottle), at least 4 paradox 1-offs, and a healthy if not overly impressive domestic offering (sly fox, and all the NY bottles you'd expect).
The biggest problem in this store is really that it's not either Finger Lakes Beverage Center or Spuyten Duyvil grocery. By which I mean that the selection is not as exhaustive as the Beverage Center, nor is it as refined as the Duyvil grocery. At the former, you can pretty much find anything, including filing growlers, at the later you can get any Cantillon bottle imaginable along with every other impossible to find belgian lambic.
Still, great shop, all in all.
12-24-2010 06:39:03 | More by codewarrior
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
This place was a bit hard to find in the middle of a snow blizzard in a cold December... it is in Rochester, but it feels like a suburb or beyond. Very much out there, way past the city and in a shopping mall with way too much parking.
Inside, the store is as big as a supermarket, only it is ALL beer! Sweet... :-) Start with beers from Europe... Austria, England, Germany. Then India, Africa, Greece and other "weird" countries and locales.. then American brews, with everything from the big names (Stone, Dogfish, Goose Island, Victory) and small regional breweries you never heard of (Rooster Fish, Horseheads).
Selection is exceptional, no doubt about it, including some breweries you wont' easily find around NY State like Lost Coast. I only wish they had some rare brews. Their stuff is amazing but nothing super rare or hard to find. An employee told me they got three cases of Vanilla Bourbon County and they never made it to the shelves. The most exceptional stuff you'll find is perhaps a bunch of 2009 Bourbon County, both in bombers, singles and four-packs.
I like that almost everything is available in single bottles, bombers, or packs. That kind of flexibility is very much appreciated.
Service is kind of invisible- nobody greeted me or guided me around, but after a couple of minutes in the store, an employee asked me if I needed anything and I asked him about the Vanilla Bourbon County Stout. Otherwise, service is just "there", tab out and go.
Prices are WAY HIGH. Remember when Stone bombers were five bucks? And then went up to $6 or $7? Well, here they are $8.29 plus tax and tip. Samichlaus singles are $6.25, as opposed to $5.50 in New York City. The Southern Tier Cuvee series were $12.99- I bought them for $8 in a Baltimore store, and for $5 at a new and cool beer bar in Baltimore again!
I bought six beers, some on them on sale, and my total was $36. Talk about pricey. This is then an amazing store, but more for browsing and taking notes than shopping. The Barnes&Noble of the beer world!
12-14-2010 05:45:39 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Well this has to be the place to go for beer in the western half of New York State. Great selection from all over the world and the USA. Good organization for such a vast selection. Staff seems knowledgeable. Almost every brew is available as a single, even some macro-brewers and some splits. Large cooler along the side wall. Lots of beer-related items including books, glasses and homebrewing supplies. They have an updated website of their inventory as well as new releases.
Another location opened up down the road in Henrietta which is supposed to be even larger!
Slightly pricier than the stores around Buffalo but is still worth the trip.
11-29-2010 05:28:48 | More by psycle
5/5 rDev +15.7%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
First off, wow. I was visiting Rochester, NY on business and unfortunately only had minimal suitcase room for the return trip with extra beer. That was a shame because i could have easlity filled an extra suitcase.
This store had an amazing, affordable selection. Everything was exceptionally organized both by region and style on the shelves as well as in their massive coolers.
Employees were helpful and extremely knowledgeable. What was really a treasure was finding several top notch beers that I absolutely couldnt find in Minnesota. Dogfish Head, Stone were only a couple. Ended up picking up a Mikkeller BG breakfast and a couple random bombers from Stone.
Thanks again and I cant wait to get back there. This time I will pack light in a big suitcase so I have some room for beer on the way home.
10-26-2010 13:28:59 | More by adrock7309
2.75/5 rDev -36.3%
quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I've been shopping here for years and if I had made a review in the past it would be higher, but I noticed recently that some of the staff I would chat with has not been around. Come to find out that there are three guys leaving and I personally say that is a major hit for this place since they seemed to be there every time I came in and were always on top of their beer knowledge.
Thought I'd just put that out there, if you're planning a trip out it is still sight to behold as far a selection goes but I think the quality and service will really take a downturn. Also as others have stated if possible I'd check out Hegadorns first since their stock is usually cheaper.
09-12-2010 22:22:56 | More by georgcantstandya
4.85/5 rDev +12.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
while i was in rochester my one main goal was to visit this place. upon walking in, i was shocked by the endless rows of beers. truly has the beers of the world. the begining rows start with the imports from japan, africa, you name it, the country is prolly there. imports take up one half where american take up the other. they even have a big selection of macro beers if thats your thing. i was able to find a beer or two that i couldnt get in buffalo. prolly couldve found more, but it wouldve taken all day to see every beer. tons of kegs to choose from with a big display as soon as you walk in. amazing selection.
the staff was very knowledgeable both on there beer selection and there homebrew supplies. speaking of their homebrew supplies, they had a pretty decent selection. i picked up some hop bags while there. i wanted to pick up some liquid yeast, but they did not have any.
a great beer store. they have everything you need related to beer. beer books, beer glasses, etc. next time in town, ill be sure to visit again.
08-15-2010 21:44:11 | More by dogfishandi
4.6/5 rDev +6.5%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I researched this place before I visited friends at RIT for a friend's birthday. In buying alcohol and beer for the party, I told my friends to stop at this place (I knew more about these stores than my friends who were locals).
Walking in not only was I, an aspiring beer connoisseur, in heaven, but seeing my Coors Light drinking friends in awe was also inspiring. It took us 45 minutes just to walk down the aisles to just look at labels, and buying just one label from the hundreds of others hadn't crossed our minds yet. Yes, I agreed that their prices were a bit high and I wouldn't go there often if I were a local, but the Pick 6 packs helped some of our choices. I did not notice the old beers I had seen in other reviews, but I had not chosen rare beers (Dogfish Heads and Flying Dogs that I had not tried yet) that would have sat long. Overall an excellent place to check out even if you aren't buying much due to the prices.
06-17-2010 04:05:08 | More by DrewKid4
Beers Of The World (Winton Pl) in Rochester, NY
95 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.