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The World of Beer

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33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
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2809 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, Florida, 33759-4014
United States
phone: (727) 797-6905

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Photo of olimpia84
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%

Not to be confused with the chain beer place "WOB". This is a small store that specializes in selling beer. It's located right across the original Hooters on Gulf to Bay in Clearwater.
The place doesn't really have a great atmosphere, it pretty much looks like a regular liquor store.

The guy that works there (could be the owner, I'm not sure, but he's always there) is very knowledgeable and can give recommendations and discuss beer at any time. You can request beers that are not available in the store and they'll do the effort of ordering them which is a good thing because the selection is not great, at least compared to the bigger stores like Total Wine.

olimpia84, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

This place should be called "the Original World of Beer" because it long pre-dates the eponymous corporate-jock-ish bar.

Incidentally, it is located directly across the street from the world's first-ever Hooters restaurant. It is a shame that you can't bring beers from WOB into Hooters, or that over the decades they haven't found some way to work together. It would be nice to kill two fowls with one projectile.

The place used to be unrivaled in selection, but intervening years have seen many good venues pop up, and tastes have evolved, etc. But the original beer shop is still good; it doesn't have the glut of exotic beers that it once did, it has been pared down to high quality stuff at reasonable prices.

It is a small place, with nothing but beer, and the guys that work there are old school, for real.

Check it out if you are passing by. And if you are in Clearwater, chances are you'll be passing by, as it is very centrally located.

ktrillionaire, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of nick76
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%

This was the first real "beer" store I discovered in the Tampa Bay area years ago and had what I thought of as a world class selection. This place has reduced the exotic nature of there beer inventory as of late but they have fresher stock now so it's really a good thing. It's not that they have fewer beers they just don't have the off the wall never seen it before stuff like they used to have. If your traveling in the area I suggest you make a trip here to fond some good stuff as it's still one of the best beer selections around. The pries range from very reasonable to pushing pricey.

nick76, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

A smallish looking place from the outside but they pack quite a collection into what space they have.

Certainly the best selection I saw in Clearwater. Lots of Mikkeller and I found the Saint Somewhere I was looking for. A lot of their stock in refrigerated which didn't work well for me since I was just passing through. The clerk got up on his ladder and found me all the room temp bottles I needed though.

The guy seemed pretty knowledgeable about his beer. All stock seemed fresh and he seems to get a good turnover. The prices were a bit high but that would be my only significant complaint. Worth the drive.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -6.8%

A solid selection for the Tampa Bay area, but you pay for what you get. Local FL brews well represented and a nice array of imports. Service is good, but they do not sem *too* well versed in what they are selling and new releases, etc. It's a pretty solid spot for shopping in the Tampa Bay Area, but watch outbecause the church of scientologys' headquarters looms over you as you shop, which is certainly harrowing for many people including myself! I wonder if L. ron hubbard liked imperial stouts or witbeers. The world may never now.

francisweizen, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of DrummerDan
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%

Okay selection of beer at good prices. Not worth my trip compared to what I could find at Total Wine and Beverage Castle. I did not see anything that I haven't seen before. There are a lot of regular beers right up front. They probably keep them there to keep the bus station visitors from walking all the way to the back of the store. Nice selection of glassware available for purchase. They do know their beers and are willing to talk beer. I'm hunting vintage stuff and they either keep if for themselves, which is not a bad thing or don't stock it. I'll stick with Total Wine at this point.

DrummerDan, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Stopped in on a recent trip to Florida. After reading good reviews on the BA website, I made a special trip from Brandon to check this place out. I found the selection decent, but not overly impressive. I was able to pick up some items I have not yet found in my home state of New Jersey, including selections from Abita, Terrapin, and local Florida brews. There were beers from all corners of the globe.

The employee was friendly and asked if I needed help locating anything partiulcar. I was able to fill a mixed 6 pack for about $20.00.

I was disappointd that a majority of there beer was refrigerated. While it would be good for locals or someone buying beer they are drinking in the near future, I couldn't stock up with stuff for the trip home.

Overall I would say I had a good experience with World of Beer and would return If I were in the area, but not sure I'd make another special trip to get there.

Jerzdevil1116, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of kwakwhore
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%

I visit this place whenever I go to Florida and the least I've ever spent is about sixty dollars. They have beers I am almost never able to find anywhere in NC and some beers that I have never seen anyplace else. A great selection of Belgian beers. They know their products and they are helpful when you need help, otherwise they leave you alone. A great selection of glassware too. They even gave me a couple of glasses once because I spent so much money, but only once. While they have an amazing amount of cooler space, what impresses me is how much of their beer is not chilled, a real plus when you have to drive back to North Carolina with it. All of this next door to a bus station and across from the original Hooters. What more could you ask for?

kwakwhore, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Byeast
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%

I was recently in Dunedin , Fl ( very near clearwater) for their " Walk the Line on Barleywine" festival ; the largest b-wine fest in the world! A couple of participants , and a fellow BA told me to check this place out , so i did. Im glad i did because as far as florida goes , this guy has the best selection iv'e seen so far. The store is tucked away in a regular old, small strip mall location. Some neon signs in the window and their sign don't look impressive- but enter and you'll find a treat. When you walk in, there is a bunch of empty six packs for your use , all refridgerated beers on the right , room temp on the left , and a bunch of 750s ,more belgians , and others in the back of the store. They had a very nice selection of gift packs and packs that include glassware. They also had a fair amount of glassware up above the coolers , and some in a case. Standard price for a glass is 5$ , specialties are 8$. I picked up a Sam Smith Impy Stout snifter , and a Reissdorf Kolsch glass. If you live in a more southern Fl location, you will appreciate the beers that they get, that don't make it further down south. Prices for beer are standard , if a tad bit high here and there , but who cares! Very knowledgable and freindly staff as well. Check it out! P.S. I was told they are opening up a beer bar in the very near future , and they mentioned all approriate glassware. These guys know and love beer.

Byeast, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of DieselSnorter
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%

I've seen this place every day for 6 years and never gave it a 2nd thought until I read some of the reviews on Beer Advocate. Then a few buddies and I made a lunch time trip from work to do some shopping.

It was exactly as advertisted, it's basically a large hallway with a counter on one side and a cooler on the left. The selection was amazing, but keep in mind that beer selection in this area pretty much sucks. They had a lot of stuff though.

I asked the guy working there if they had anything from New Belgium Brewery and he said that they couldnt' get them to distribute here, which is what I expected (I came here from out west), and my buddy asked if they had any Alaskan Amber. This brought a laugh from the guy at the counter followed by a "no". I found this to be hilarious.

The service was exceptional. The guy had answers to all our questions and was very professional. When I asked where something was, he knew exactly where it was, without even looking. He was able to make some recommendations for me that were spot on.

The selection was good, but again, most stores around here only carry beers that you find advertisted during NASCAR events. It was a treat to see some things there that I've never heard of. One thing of note, their website listed Guinness Export Stout, which they didn't have in stock.

the value wasn't bad, you get a discount if you build your own 6 pack. I still managed to put together a 6 pack that was 27 bucks...which was less than I thought it would be, but about floored my wife.

All in all, I will be back to World of Beer, probably about every payday.

DieselSnorter, Oct 15, 2006
The World of Beer in Clearwater, FL
94 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.