Beverage World

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Beverage WorldBeverage World
BA SCORE
100
world-class

39 Ratings
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.77
pDev: n/a
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]

1840 Lafayette Rd
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, 30742-3110
United States
phone: (706) 866-5644

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @newbeers

Notes:
20-tap growler station at this store.

(Place added by: Bavaria1516 on 06-29-2008)
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Reviews by dawgontap:
Photo of dawgontap
5/5  rDev +4.8%

A...as in awesome.

This is a destination type beer store, especially for the part of Georgia it's in (non-metropolitan...nothing against the big F.O. I'm from that area).

These guys have done a great job of having the selection that makes it worth a drive down from Chattanooga. The area should really support guys that will put this much of their inventory into world class beer.

The store has all the bigger well known brands and some of the smaller regional brands as well. Like an earlier reviewer said....for the amount of space they have to work with, they have a really good selection.

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5/5  rDev +4.8%

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5/5  rDev +4.8%

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5/5  rDev +4.8%

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5/5  rDev +4.8%

GREAT PLACE!!! I feel like a kid in an adult beverage store... BEWARE: It's easy to drop a ton of money quickly if you're not careful. Not because they are overly priced, but because everywhere you turn there is something worth giving the ole "college try!" They handle everything from beer, the proper glass for it, and all the way to getting into brewing your favorite style yourself (my next big adventure). They even have a section for wine... just in case anyone riding with you doesn't understand BEERY GOODNESS! They thought of EVERYTHING!!!!

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4.4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +4.8%

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5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of khargro2
4.1/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I can imagine this is the go to place in the Chattanooga area, especially since Georgia has much better distribution than Tennessee. I was skeptical when I pulled up to the store because the location is not great, but the inside of the store is clean and well-organized, while the staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. They also have about 8-10 beers on tap with some great options such as Founders and Terrapin. I have made repeat visits to this store looking for beers that may no longer be available in the Atlanta market and will continue to track their business when I travel between Atlanta, Knoxville, and Nashville.

Photo of mecmd
4.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Hoptopher
4.58/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This is the best place in the Chatt. area to get some great beers. Service is good and they are always more than willing to help you out with any questions you might have. They are also very friendly. I try to make a monthly trip to stock up on some good stuff.

Photo of jrkenn
4.73/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great place to go. I am wanting to try some of the different styles of beers and I know this place will help me out. I have always wanted to try the home brewing also so I will work toward getting the stuff for that and they have all that here. Mitul does a great job at this store and I wish him all the luck with the mess in Fort O right now. If you want good service and good prices go here. Its worth the trip. He will do you right!!

Photo of Veristic
4.5/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

If you live in the Chattanooga/NW Georgia area and haven't been to Beverage World, you've slept on this place long enough. Stop what you're doing right now and get there as fast as you can. By far the biggest & highest quality selection in the area. The store being in GA gives them a HUGE advantage over the Chattanooga stores.

Everything is arranged mostly by style. They also have two big coolers. One is full of standard domestic & imports. The other is full of all craft beer including a door full of IPAs which is HUGE for me. I love being able to grab a chilled IPA vs one that could've been sitting on the shelf unchilled for months. They also have a cellar with a glass door displaying a few shelves of vintages which are pretty regularly rotating, awesome! They have a mix-a-six rack of singles and you get a 10% discount on a mixed sixer. They have a 20-tap growler station and will soon be allowed to start offering up to three 1 oz. samples per day to each customer. In the back corner they have a small homebrew section which they are building up. They have a nice selection of glassware and give a free glass with a $100 craft beer purchase. Last time I got one the free glass was the etched DFH glass, very nice. They also carry a decent amount of Champagne and wine.

The staff is very friendly and the main dude Sam is very knowledgeable. They update their facebook more often than their website. They post all their new arrivals and every new keg they tap on their facebook page. They also do a good job of rationing out low volume shipments to allow as many people as possible to get some.

They typically have everyone in the area beat on price. I've only noticed them get beat on price a couple times.

Go there! But beware no alcohol sales on Sunday. You can still buy homebrew supplies on Sunday though.

Photo of david370
4.8/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Beverage World is a really,really nice store in Fort O,Ga.Im about 35 minutes away so i dont get there as often as i would like to,but with daily facebook and twitter updates from Sam I always know about new arrivals and whats on tap at the 20 tap growler station.Sam and the guys there always make you feel welcome and willing to help and steering you to new arrivals,etc.The selection in the store is amazing with something for just about every craft beer lover.And for the home brewers they have home brewing supplies now as well.If you havent tried Beverage World yet and are in the area do yourself a favor and head on over

Photo of Nuke77
4.94/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I made my first trip yesterday to Beverage World to seek out some great beers. I had read other reports on this store and decided to make the approximately 1 hour drive to stock up. What I found was an incredible selection, an extremely helpful staff, great beer knowledge and service beyond expectations. They even threw in 3 specialty glasses. The on tap selections to fill my growlers were just superb. Prices are reasonable. I normally drive about 35 minutes to Chattanooga to buy my beer and fill my growlers but now that I have visited Beverage world I will drive the extra 25 minutes or so to get the most amazing selection of World Class beer. Simply exceptional.

Photo of gordonbeersch
5/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the best place to find craft beer in and around the chattanooga area. Hands Down. Its in a small little shopping center, and with the recent expansion, its become a great beer market.

The service is great, the guys there really know their beer, and are always bringing in new stuff and working hard to try and get rare finds.

The selection is definitely the best I have seen at a store since I moved to chattanooga 5 years ago. Founders readily available, port brewing/lost abbey, and good import selection as well. 20 taps for growler fills with new kegs constantly rotating in. And they are doing some aging now as well.

Prices are fine, I have seen alot of good deals there for some normally more expensive stuff. Like founders six packs for 10 bucks, and there growlers are generally pretty afordable as well.

Overall, this is one of my favorite stores that I have been to, and am constantly impressed by what they are bringing in.

Photo of doopydoogle
5/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Beverage World is the beer geeks mecca! They have up to 20 taps for growler fills, and offer both full and half growlers. Many of these taps are rare, hard to find items on draught. Today I got 1/2 growlers of Port Older Viscosity and Mikkeller 1000IBUs. Pretty awesome! The staff is kind, helpful, and really shared my passion for excellent brews. They fill their growlers with a device that removes residual air and then seal it with a heat seal to keep it nice and fresh. Their non-growler selection is impeccable, with beers from all over the world, and TONS OF THEM! They have a bunch of singles as well of more obscure beers so you can mix and match a six of stellar beers from all over. I really felt like a kid in a candy store. I haven't been this excited about buying things in a long time. A MUST SEE FOR ANY BEER GEEKS!!!

Photo of Jenkster4
4.86/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

YES!! This place is a diamond in the rough. Down on a little country road where you want to drive about 55 down, but DON'T because I passed to cops just posted on the side of the road "chillin". Yea the speed limit is 40, and if you are an out of stater like me it will catch you off guard if you don't watch it. That's because it's nestled inside a shopping center.

When I pulled up I knew I was going to be in heaven because I've been following them on twitter and whatnot. So I grabbed my shopping cart, and began my quest with a very limited amount of time. First went to the Belgian section and holy cow did they have a nice selection there. Tons and tons of very nice Belgium brews. Lots of Mikkeller, and plenty of sours which I shouldn't but didn't snatch any. Then I noticed some of the Cali brews,Bruery, Lagunitas, etc . Really nice east coast selection, from: Allagash, Clipper City, Great Divide, Bells, Founders, Weyerbacher, Hoppin Frog, and obviously I could go on and on but I don't feel like it.

All and all this place was awesome, and I will be back for sure, even though its over 2 hours away. Great prices, great selection, nice glasses, tons of good beers on draft, and mix yo six fool. Shit I miss this place already =(

Photo of hippityhophead24
5/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I discovered Beverage World a few years ago through a fellow friend. I went with her one day, my jar dropped and I was drooling. I live right over the state line in Tennessee so we do not get most of the stuff they do. Needless to say, I was very excited. I dropped WAY too much money that day (my fault) and go back usually every week or two. Sam is a very nice guy. Very knowledgable of his products and always on the up and up on releases and news. I have literally never been let down by a recommendation from him. They have recently expanded with a growler station...with TWENTY taps. From day one that I heard the news of the expansion, it seemed like it would never happen...but it did and it is great. So far they have a had a nice wide selection of brews which are reasonably priced. I look forward to what they will have in the future. They also now have a cellar and are going to be carrying home brew supplies, which is great. All in all Beverage world is my home away from home when I can make the short trip. If it was not for them, a lot of brews would have never made it into my hands. Thanks guys!!!

Photo of ectomorph
5/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I deleted my review from 3 or so years ago in order to re-review this store. For the record my old review gave them an A - , but with all the changes as of late, it needed to be re-done.

What was once a just a tobacco mart that was making an effort to carry craft beers, is now a must stop place for any craft beer enthusiast. They have added many changes:

1. They hired Sam. A fellow BA (elgiacomo), this guy really knows his stuff. He started a facebook page for Bev World (https://www.facebook.com/newbeers) and updates it almost daily with any new arrivals, brews on sale, etc. He does a better job of this than any other store I know of. He makes an effort to get to know every customer that comes in and the styles they prefer. A true beer advocate.

2. They recently expanded into the attached space next door to include 20 TAPS FOR GROWLER FILLS - YES 20!!!1 They also have something like 10 dedicated coolers for the craft brews now, so almost if not all of it stays cold constantly. Nice. They are going to be selling homebrewing supplies there as well, which is huge as there are zero HBS shops in Chattanooga, Ft. O, or anywhere close by. As a homebrewer I'm really stoked about this.

3. Build a craft beer 6 pack. Ok, other stores do this as well, but they don't have the choices Bev World has (not even close) and BW gives you an additional 10% off the singles price when you buy 6. I can't think of anyone else that does that.

4. It's a small family owned business and it shows. You will no doubt meet the owner and his family at some point and they are always happy to help and very polite. I prefer places like this over chain stores every time.

So from an A- to an A+ and for good reason. I pass up numerous beer/liquor stores in Chattanooga/Hixson to make the quick trip to Ft. O to go to Beverage World and you should too.

Photo of dsauter
4.88/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The best bottle shop anywhere near Chattanooga. Period. I've been here a dozen or more times, and it's been a great experience each time. Sam clearly takes a lot of pride in what he does, and shows. The selection is outstanding: Founders, Bell's, Port, Great Divide, Terrapin, DFH, Smuttynose, Avery... the list goes on and on. All the big Belgians are here too.Quality is never an issue because any beers getting a little long in the tooth get placed on a well-marked discount rack. Prices seem reasonable, and there's a discount for mixed sixes.

What really sets Beverage World apart is Sam. Incredibly knowledgable, always willing to talk, and very good at making recommendations. Unlike the big box stores (Total Wine), Sam keeps the low-end crap off the shelf. They've even got ratings below most of the beers.

The store is a little cramped, but their expansion is almost complete and is looking great. This morning they told me that it would be about another week. The star of the expansion is the growler fill - 20 taps!

I've run into regular customers coming from as far away as Huntsville. It's definitely worth seeking out. Highly recommended!

Photo of Wulfkvlt
4.86/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Knowing I was going to be headed to the Chattanooga area this past weekend for a wedding, I did some homework months before regarding good craft-selling stores in the area. Beverage world seemed like the consensus among those familiar with the area, so I set my sights on it, and I am very glad I did.

Beverage World is housed in an unassuming shopping center/strip mall type place. From the outside, it looks a little smaller than it actually is, although it is still on the smaller side (they are actually in the midst of more than doubling their size due to the renovation next door). The selection is VERY pleasing however. I won't get into it here - you can follow them on Facebook and see pretty much their entire selection. The owner and employees know their beer. They are also on top of the freshness-awareness-when-needed game. This really impressed me, as the places here in Louisville will let IPA sit for many years, for example. You won't find that here. As soon as things get near a best-before date, they move them to a shelf of discounted beer that needs to go soon. Good stuff.

I entered the store and started filling boxes with bottles, and the 2 Indian gentleman were quick to help me get things boxed up much better than I was doing. One even gave me a little tour of the renovation/expansion they are doing.
I then met the guy I believe was the owner - he was wearing a BA shirt. Cool. I can't remember his name, though. He was also very knowledgeable and friendly. So friendly, in fact, that he gave me a 5$ discount for buying so much, AND threw in a free Dogfish Head glass. He then proceeded to help carry the boxes out to my cousin's truck.

Great selection + great staff + reasonable prices + great business practices = great store. Don't pass this place up if you're in the area.

Photo of ncfranklin
4.75/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place, is an absolute gem. A real diamond in the rough.

The town of Ft. Oglethorpe is not beer central. I couldn't even tell you the closest production brewery (Terrapin maybe?). It looks very much like a small country city where the economy has taken a hard dump.

And then, there's Beverage World.

Tucked beside a Food Lion and a Big Lot's, on the outside Beverage World looks like a slightly junky lotto ticket, tobacco and cheap beer store. Even once you step inside, the first impression will be slightly dim as the front of the store is mostly crap.

Take 8 steps though, and you walk into Beervana. Everything imaginable that you can get in the area: Stone, Great Divide, Founders, Port/LostAbbey, Smuttynose, Duck Rabbit, the list goes on and on. The place appears to be organized by brand. They have a great mix six shelf, as well as some coolers filled with things.

And most of all, fantastic help. I spotted a worker there sporting a BeerAdvocate shirt and knew who to talk too immediately. His name was Sam, and not only was he willing to show me some rarities and pull some things from the back stash for me, he was extremely knowledgeable about beer and could talk about the culture.

Honestly, My expectations were low. But even knowing of the A+ rating this place had here on BA, I was blown away. Incredible service, value, and selection. Can't say enough about Beverage World besides I wish it was closer!

Some good news is they are soon expanding to a much larger and re-innovated area beside them. This place may soon be the absolute best beer store in the SouthEast, and competitive across the globe.

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Beverage World in Fort Oglethorpe, GA
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