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The World of Beer

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 17.46%
[ Store ]

2809 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, Florida, 33759-4014
United States
phone: (727) 797-6905

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(Place added by: StevieW)
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Photo of DieselSnorter
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

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
Photo of Derek
4.85/5  rDev +16%

Almost everything is refridgerated, which is a huge plus. There was some stuff on a couple of shelves, but most of it could also be found in the fridge. I was on my way to the airport, so this ensured my yeasty friends didn't get too warm on the flight home.

The owner is enthusiastic and eager to help. Very knowledgable as well.

Great selection. I've only been to a couple of places with more stuff... but they hardly refridgerated any of it.

There aren't any prices on anything, which I find kind of irritating, but everything seemed to be reasonably priced. He warned me on the price of the Allagash Musette before he rung it in.

Highly recommend it!

Derek, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

*Easy to find straight across from Hooters*

World of Beer appears to be "just another store" in the small strip mall, but once inside, grab a six pack holder or two and fill 'er up! All of the beers are inside a ~50' or so wall of cold boxes containg the darn neatest selection that I have ever seen. All beers are pulled to the front and all of the beers are organized by countries of origin. This makes it quite easy to navigate.

A few tall shelves do contain some other beers, but the cold boxes are where it's at! Domestic offering standouts: DogFish Head, Great Divide, ShipYard, Avery big bottles.

World of Beer is big with the Belgians: Konings Hoeven, Chimay, jeepers, I can't ven remember the selection.

Also there us a decent selection of glassware. Prices are reasonable, too. A 6 pack of Tommy Knocker DoppelBock and a 6 pack of top-tier singles was $28. Thant's pretty reasonable!

If you are going here, try to squeeze Dunedin brewery/brewpub in you travels. It's only 15-20 minutes away and also easy to find!

blitheringidiot, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Ok they have a fantastic selection and I visit often, but they tend to not carry some of the more expensive oddities that I know become availible from time to time and they never special order some things they could if they wanted to. I understand they have a fine line to walk with inventory/profit, but I'd like to see more new stuff when I visit. As big as the selection is there is precious little they stock, except crappy import lagers, I haven't had.

That is why I sometimes prefer Beer World of Largo and Beverage Castle because while you might get a skunky bottle you also might find some hidden gem rarity!

Still WoB is the gold standard of beer stores in the Bay Area and worth a trip.

Jredner, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of surfadelic23
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

Wow, what a shop! I just discovered I work about 10 minutes from here thanks to BA!! I stopped by and picked up some of the wonderful brews I've been reading about here and they had nearly everything on my list. The staff was incredible and helped me find exactly what I wanted, and seeing what I had bought made addl. suggestions. I ended up walking out with about $150 worth of BEER! What a fun b-day weekend this will be. To sum up, great selection, great staff, and a fun experience. Heck, they even hooked me up w/a glass.(had a lot of them too)

surfadelic23, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of scooter231
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Flew in from NY to visit home for a while, and thought I'd check this place out while I was there. It's a lovely hidden gem in an otherwise beer-lacking area.

The store itself is small, but they pack hundreds of beer goodies- that is, big bottles, small bottles, 6 packs, and an impressive selection of glassware. While the selection is vast and I was in complete awe and it took me a long while to feel finished perusing... there were several things that annoyed me and frustrated me.

First, lack of organization. I was searching for a 4 pack of an Ommegang Brewery beer, and it was way up on a high shelf. However, another Ommegang 4 pack was on the bottom shelf. What's going on here?! When things are not grouped properly, they are difficult to find. This was frustrating. And while we're on that note, some beers are soooo high up it's impossible to reach. I know there's a lack of space in here, but come on- expand, or stick all the extra stuff on top, so people can get to what they need without a ladder.

Second, no prices. Anywhere. Now, I wish this weren't a factor in my beer buying decision, because I want to try everything, but it is. I'm not made of money. And I feel really silly continually asking the owner how much something is. LABEL PRICES.

Overall, I enjoyed the place. Tons of stuff to choose from, many things already nice and cold. A bit on the pricey side- compared to NY, at least- but not horrible. And the owner suggested a few things I really liked. A good place.

scooter231, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
4.85/5  rDev +16%

Amazing selection-they must have practically everything sold in Florida. Narrow store but the presentation is much better then the other 2 stores nearby. Service was very knowledgeable and left me alone while shopping. It seemed as if he had tried most of what I was buying. Everything looked fresh and within the sell by dates. A lot of beers from the former Soviet states as well as Asia. Killer Belgian selection. Get here when in the area. Between this store and the 2 in the Largo area you could do some serious damage to your wallet. I need to drive to Florida next time so I can get more home with me.

lackenhauser, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of poundboy
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Without a doubt my favorite store period. For me and my fiance, a trip to World of Beers is always a special treat. Even though Beverage Castle down the Street actually has a better selection, we always make the half hour trip across the bay to visit World of beers. Why? several reasons:
1. They have over 600 beers. All the trappists, plus an amazing selection of quality imports, american micros and crafts, and even what I term "ethnic beers"-beers that aren't necessarily that great but may be the most popular beer in the domican republic, India, etc.
2. No expired/skunked/otherwise bad beer. They sell alot of beer here, so you are pretty much guaranteed than anything you buy will be of good quality. Not so at Beverage Castle or some of the other beer destinations around the bay.
3. Excellent friendly service. Everybody that works there knows beer. And if you lucky, you might get a sample or two. The male owner of the store will talk your ear off, and has a bit of an ego problem IMHO, but he and everybody else there knows their beer.
4. Price. Better than Beverage Castle, Grand Cru or Dunderbak's. Might not be better than the place just down the road, I haven't been there. but here your beer is unlikely to be turned.

Yes, its true that you will sometimes find something in the other stores around the bay that is not availble here. And the constant smoking on the nights that either of the owners is working probably bugs some people. But this is a store run by beer lovers for beer lovers. They stock budwieser (Their distributor makes them in order to get some other products they want to stock) but they put it the cooler next to the water and soda. That about sums the place up to me.
p.s visit around christmas time. They stock up on glassware, christmas brews and gift packs.

poundboy, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

I finally made the trip out SR 60 to Clearwater to check this place out, and it was well worth the 20 minute drive. As others have said, the store is narrow, but it's clean and very well organized, making scanning the hundreds of single bottles quite easy.

The staff is helpful (if a touch beer snob-ish) and good for conversation, and the selection is among the best I've ever seen, with everything offered as a single bottle.

I only have one more week down in Tampa this summer, but a return trip is pretty high on the priority list. Maybe the best beer selection per square inch I've seen.

Bonus points for being across the street from the original Hooter's restaurant.

RockyTopHeel, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of SigEp
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%

This place is small--real small. But it makes up for it in an awesome selection. You can buy singles or mixed six packs (which recieve a deduction in price). The staff is cool, and knowledgable, always willing to shoot the shit about beer. The guy told me that they rotate their stock constantly, call distributors, and respond to customer complaints if ever an old one gets past them. Highly responsible about keeping their stock new. Also, told me that they are venturing out to get Victory down in Florida, that would be a welcome first!

Just to give a brief listing of the difficult to find brews they have there on my last trip (last weekend) I got: Westverlvern (yellow and blus) Trappistes Rochefert (both of the popular ones) Celebrator Dopplebach and a rogue Imperial Pilsner! Their import selection is the best (I've seen) in Florida and their American Micros are limited only by those stubborn companies that won'd ship to South Florida (Stone, Victory, Bells, to name a few. The only reason this didn't get a perfect 5 is because it is a little small; certainly, however, a don't miss if you're in the area. Probably the only Westy in florida.

SigEp, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
5/5  rDev +19.6%

I rarely give fives in any category and especially to beer stores. Everybody can improve. I'm sure there are things that this store can do better. Here's the difference: I'm sure if they think of something that they can do better, they will.

From the huge selection, to the helpful and knowledgeable staff, to the quality of the offerings, this small, but impressive store, does it right. Upon entering I overheard the owner explaing some choices to two young women. The advice was good and delivered in an unassuming and courteous manner. I was on my way to the Dunedin Brewery. Not only did I get great driving directions, I was treated to some insights as to food and beer at that great brewpub. Again, it was right on.

I remarked about the smell of ionization when I couldn't place the location of the cleanser. The owner pointed out the filter location and spoke of how he uses it because customers ocassionally drop beers while making their selections and he doesn't want others bothered by the smell of stale beer from the spill.

This place has a huge selection of singles. The quality of the selection is outstanding on both imports and American microbrews. Easy parking in a strip shopping center. Incredible cooler wall and shelf storage wall. This would be my top choice in the Tampa Bay area. Possibly Florida and the region.

AtLagerHeads, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of dpend
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Florida is a difficult state to get beer, but this place is great. They say that they have over 600 beers and they aren't lying.I live 45 minutes away and it's worth every minute of the drive.Very friendly owners and knowledgeable as well.Wall to wall beers and an impressive amount of glassware and gift sets available as well. It's a very small store but it's packed with beer and can be pretty overwhelming. I will frequent this place as much as I'm able.Directly across the street from Hooters, so it's not hard to miss.Say hello to Bill.

dpend, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of BierReise
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%

This store has become a regular trek for me because of the 600+ different beers available. The store is small and doesn't look like much from the outside but once inside-nothing but beer. Great selection of imports and domestics. The staff and owner are quite knowledgeble on products and very helpful. I bought some Berliner Weisse for my wife recently and although they didn't have the syrup to go with it, they got it for me no charge and even shipped it to me for free. It can't get any better.

BierReise, May 04, 2003
Photo of StevieW
5/5  rDev +19.6%

This is a tiny little place full of wonderful beers. It's on the way to Clearwater, FL from Tampa. It's right across the causeway, in a strip mall across the street from Hooters. The beer selection was great for Florida or the Southeast for that matter. Lot's a hard to find imports, chilled or celler temp. Also lots of American products, Rogue, Hennepin, Ommegang. Only thing lacking was maybe some NE or western micros. I got 48 different bottles in one trip. Look for the local Dunedin brewery while their. If in Tampa it's definetly worth the trip. The owner was there that day, and talked about the work he does for the Beer Hunter books, trips to Belgium, and even sampled a few with us. Top Notch place, compared to other places in Florida.

StevieW, Aug 20, 2002
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The World of Beer in Clearwater, FL
93 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.