The World of Beer
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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev -18.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in on a recent trip to Florida. After reading good reviews on the BA website, I made a special trip from Brandon to check this place out. I found the selection decent, but not overly impressive. I was able to pick up some items I have not yet found in my home state of New Jersey, including selections from Abita, Terrapin, and local Florida brews. There were beers from all corners of the globe.
The employee was friendly and asked if I needed help locating anything partiulcar. I was able to fill a mixed 6 pack for about $20.00.
I was disappointd that a majority of there beer was refrigerated. While it would be good for locals or someone buying beer they are drinking in the near future, I couldn't stock up with stuff for the trip home.
Overall I would say I had a good experience with World of Beer and would return If I were in the area, but not sure I'd make another special trip to get there.
11-14-2007 22:45:43 | More by Jerzdevil1116
3.65/5 rDev -14.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
08-20-2011 00:29:23 | More by olimpia84
3.78/5 rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
(Visited 06/2011): World of Beer in Clearwater is located on Gulf To Bay (Rte 60) not too far from where the bridge begins. The plaza has plentiful parking.
Not much to look at from the outside. The interior is small with the beer selection primarily on the right side in coolers.
Pretty fair selection including Florida breweries like Ybor City and Dunedin. Other domestic craft breweries like Rogue, Dogfish Head, and Ommegang are present too. As for imports there are options from Belgium, Germany, the UK etc. Customers can also purchase singles.
Service was knowledgeable and friendly on my quick visit. There were a couple gents behind the counter and they were both clearly beer fans.
Overall this is a good spot to check out not too far from the airport.
12-06-2011 02:04:23 | More by Dogbrick
3.8/5 rDev -11.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
11-26-2008 07:08:52 | More by nick76
3.85/5 rDev -10.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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.
01-18-2008 21:50:16 | More by DrummerDan
4/5 rDev -6.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
A solid selection for the Tampa Bay area, but you pay for what you get. Local FL brews well represented and a nice array of imports. Service is good, but they do not sem *too* well versed in what they are selling and new releases, etc. It's a pretty solid spot for shopping in the Tampa Bay Area, but watch outbecause the church of scientologys' headquarters looms over you as you shop, which is certainly harrowing for many people including myself! I wonder if L. ron hubbard liked imperial stouts or witbeers. The world may never now.
04-03-2008 21:06:13 | More by francisweizen
4/5 rDev -6.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
01-18-2006 11:45:44 | More by Jredner
The World of Beer in Clearwater, FL
94 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.