Beers of the World
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3.72/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
I used to live in the Rochester area and while the selection has gone down and the price up I still patronize (and highly rate) these guys every time I am back in Monroe County simply because there is nothing like this where I live now, Syracuse, NY.
01-31-2014 00:42:06 | More by spokes100
3.88/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$$
Been going to BOTW for years now . I must say it has been awhile since I have been overwhelmed by something there.
Usually I hear from one of the sales people well we had such and such limited amount of the newest greatest thing.
Nothing is more disappointing than NOT getting that new killer beer you have been seeking than to hear well we HAD it yesterday. I live 45 mins away and cant just drop everything to haul ass there and spend my hard $$
I will say the growler line and most specifically the Capt. Lawrence offerings have been stellar as of the last 6 months.
All the other up and comers around I am sure are giving Beers a run for their money and I am happy to see it .
01-26-2014 14:03:35 | More by WassailWilly
3.49/5 rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Beers of the World. So much good mixed with so much bad.
The selection is one of the best you'll ever see for international and US. They have aisles dedicated to various countries, with all the typical good selections you'd expect. They have a decent growler station, about 10 lines, but nothing absolutely insane. There's a big cooler section to get cold 4/6 packs, and then 4-5 big aisles of US craft, with nearly an entire aisle of Sam Adams. Most beers can be bought in singles, bomber, 4/6 pks, or by the case. They have a couple of "vintage" areas, where you can usually find some pretty good stuff.
The prices are pretty atrocious. I felt stupid paying $25 for FW 17 when I saw it the next day at Nathaniel's for $18. 4/6 pks are all $1-$3 more than anywhere else. The various special releases that people go gaga for are all marked wayyy up, because they know people will buy it anyway. $8.50 for a single 12oz of BCBS is just not OK. They do have a "clearance" section, but the prices aren't even that reduced, and most beers in the clearance section are garbage at the age they are. I can't really comment on the service- because there is none. I have never been acknowledged, or asked if I've needed help, or anything. The cashiers aren't particularly friendly. When I went to check out one day, and saw FW 17 tucked away behind the register, I asked the price and if I could buy it. The guy gave me a look like I had asked to buy his first-born son. Beer is meant to be sold, not hidden. They also don't rotate old stock very well. Be sure to check the dates for any IPAs you're buying, they are most likely old.
All in all, still recommended based on the selection alone. It's an institution in this area, even though newer smaller places (Nathaniel's and AJ's) are showing it up.
01-24-2014 20:07:10 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.74/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Pretty big store, warehouse-style. Beers are separated in two, International and American. Most of the beer is at room temp but there is a smattering of beers in the cooler near the growler station in the back. The aforementioned growler station has about 5 or 6 taps. Real good service from the knowledgeable staff. Selection was pretty good with lots of each kind. Worth a stop for sure.
11-01-2013 16:31:28 | More by papat444
3.8/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Been to this place a few times. Located at the old Wegman's space on E. Henrietta Road
Atmosphere - looks like an old grocery store with aisles of beer instead of food. Aisles are delineated by geography, makes it fairly easy to navigate based on your tastes and preferences
Quality/selection - Selection here is vast, yet there is really nothing here out of the ordinary for the craft beer drinker. Good selection of domestics as well as British/German/Belgian imports. Seems like stock here is rotated very well, with a few exceptions, some out of date beer lingers on the shelves, so just beware of that. Another plus is that the shopper has the ability to buy singles out of 4/6 packs and the singles pricing is for the most part fair.
Service - when I'm at these places, I'm not in dire need of help and the guys who were working there were unobtrusive.
Value - there is a mix here, you can find some decent pricing on some beers and other beers are priced higher than the competition in the area. If you buy enough beer, it all averages out in the end, I guess.
Overall - worth stopping by if you happen to be in the area
10-24-2013 14:42:38 | More by keithmurray
4.21/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
It's a supermarket full of beer! Maybe 1/3 of the building is devoted to beers from outside of the US. The other 2/3 of the store is almost entirely devoted to US craft beers. There is a nice growler station, and a good sized section for home brewing supplies. If you buy the beers by the bottle (make your own 6 packs of individual bottles), they are definitely pricey, but if you know what you want, know what you like and can settle on 6 packs and cases of beers, it is reasonably priced. there are so many beers it is somewhat overwhelming. I was however disappointed in the lacking presence of some of the really sought after beers...
10-16-2013 18:55:19 | More by Wortman1998
4.51/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Selection: An incredible selection! It seems like if it’s available in NY, then it’s available in at BOTW. They often get rare bottles and much more of them than other stores I have visited in other states. Very rare/limited releases are held up at the front counter. I also appreciate that you can make mixed 6 packs from a single brewery. There is also a great growler filling station!
Service: The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, even about beers they do not sell at the store. I had great talks with Ryan and John who recommended some delicious brews.
Price: ALL selections are sold by the single bottle, 4 or 6 pack or by the case so one can mix and match at will. If you make a mixed 6 pack from a single brewery, then there is no mark up. However, individual bottles are marked up. I have a hard time gauging if a store is considered expensive as alcohol is always cheaper in the States compared to Ontario.
All in all, this is a fantastic store with a great selection and very helpful staff. Prost!
05-22-2013 16:07:01 | More by mtomlins
4.71/5 rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Fairly expensive but the staff are very knowledgeable and always willing to help you find something or to make a suggestion on something new to try. If they don't have what you'd like they are also willing to order anything you would like.
Beer that is on sale, in my experience, is usually expired or about to expire.
05-12-2013 16:39:14 | More by jmw4437
4.12/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Huge selection. Beers and ciders from all over the world. Prices are reasonable but sometimes a bit high. Any beer can be bought as a single. Employees are pretty knowledgeable. Sometimes has tasting as you walk in. Several beers on tap available for growlers.
03-03-2013 02:06:32 | More by VaporDome
2.94/5 rDev -27%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3 | $$$$
Good selection but they put off ordering many new brands put out by brew labels they
already get. I go out of state and find a much better selection.
Plus their prices are too high. Anything on sale has usually gone bad.
Also they never make any attempt at customer recognition. I've been going there for years and yet they never even nod hello.
01-13-2013 04:43:23 | More by zimbo211
Beers of the World in Rochester, NY
90 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.