Beers of the World

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Homebrew, Beer-to-go

3450 Winton Pl
Rochester, New York, 14623-2805
United States

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boulevard2 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Beers of the World is a huge warehouse located in Winton Plaza. When I first arrived I felt like a kid in a candy store. Each isle is decorated with a sign that displays each individual country they carry. From Europe to the USA there are hundreds of different beers. They even carry crappy regular beers in the back of the store. What I like aswell is you don't have to buy a whole six pack, you can pick an choose single 12 oz bottles if you like. Employees are kind and courtious and will help you if you need it. As you leave they even have a huge shelf displaying great glassware of different styles and sizes to pours that great beer you purchased. This is the best store in Rochester to buy great beer thanks Beers of The World!

Apr 26, 2006
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piakiev from New York

3.8/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Beers of the world winton place location is Closing at the End of the Month!!!

I love beers of the world henrieatta location. Winton place just isn't quite as nice. Not as clean, not as big, very cramped, just not as an inviting environment.
Staff are knowledgable and very nice. However it is very disappointing that this location is closing because it is in such a convient location.
There is a homebrewing section, a large selection of glass ware and beers are organized by country of origin then by brand.

Mar 20, 2012
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.39/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

The almighty Beers of the World. Ive been here a few times but most recently last week. The place on the interior looks like a huge department store with beer in every aisle. The beer is arranged by country, they have a cooler full of beers and they carry a lot of regional NYS breweries (brooklyn, saranac, 3 heads, middle ages, etc. The selection is solid but not spectacular, nothing too rare or mindblowing, but most everything you could want will be found here. The.prices are a bit.high here and the customer service is a bit lacking. There was a gentleman working there who looked like Pat O'Brien on crack, who saw me but never asked me if I needed help. When i did have questions for him, he acted like he didnt want to be bothered. For the rochester area, this is a good bet for your craft beer needs albeit the prices are a bit high and the customer service needs improving.

Jan 04, 2012
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codewarrior from New York

3.85/5  rDev -10.9%

I believe this is the original location for Beers of the World, and this bottle shop has aged well for me as I've grown in my love of this thing we call beer.

if you're going to call your store "beers of the world" you have are setting yourself up to fail, unless you're going to unload some serious fire-power on the shelves, and for the most-part, this place has got it.

1 part beer store, 1 part home-brew supply shop, beers of the world is both amazing and disappointing. The staff here is somewhat non-existant, and while their selection of beers is expansive, it is mostly 6-pack focused. Having said that, there are enough gems to make up for the store's lacking (no Black OPS 2010 yet, no GI BCS 2010 yet, extremely limited large format selection for a number of domestics, and they were completely sold out of almost their entire shelton brothers selection, including all Cantillon skus).

The gems include at least 6 vintages of Thomas Hardy, as old as 1996, an exhaustive collection of J.W. Lees vintages (best I've seen), 2006 and 2007 BFM Abbaye Du Bon Chien out on the shelves (as well as anything that BFM puts in a bottle), at least 4 paradox 1-offs, and a healthy if not overly impressive domestic offering (sly fox, and all the NY bottles you'd expect).

The biggest problem in this store is really that it's not either Finger Lakes Beverage Center or Spuyten Duyvil grocery. By which I mean that the selection is not as exhaustive as the Beverage Center, nor is it as refined as the Duyvil grocery. At the former, you can pretty much find anything, including filing growlers, at the later you can get any Cantillon bottle imaginable along with every other impossible to find belgian lambic.

Still, great shop, all in all.

Dec 24, 2010
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

This place was a bit hard to find in the middle of a snow blizzard in a cold December... it is in Rochester, but it feels like a suburb or beyond. Very much out there, way past the city and in a shopping mall with way too much parking.

Inside, the store is as big as a supermarket, only it is ALL beer! Sweet... :-) Start with beers from Europe... Austria, England, Germany. Then India, Africa, Greece and other "weird" countries and locales.. then American brews, with everything from the big names (Stone, Dogfish, Goose Island, Victory) and small regional breweries you never heard of (Rooster Fish, Horseheads).

Selection is exceptional, no doubt about it, including some breweries you wont' easily find around NY State like Lost Coast. I only wish they had some rare brews. Their stuff is amazing but nothing super rare or hard to find. An employee told me they got three cases of Vanilla Bourbon County and they never made it to the shelves. The most exceptional stuff you'll find is perhaps a bunch of 2009 Bourbon County, both in bombers, singles and four-packs.

I like that almost everything is available in single bottles, bombers, or packs. That kind of flexibility is very much appreciated.

Service is kind of invisible- nobody greeted me or guided me around, but after a couple of minutes in the store, an employee asked me if I needed anything and I asked him about the Vanilla Bourbon County Stout. Otherwise, service is just "there", tab out and go.

Prices are WAY HIGH. Remember when Stone bombers were five bucks? And then went up to $6 or $7? Well, here they are $8.29 plus tax and tip. Samichlaus singles are $6.25, as opposed to $5.50 in New York City. The Southern Tier Cuvee series were $12.99- I bought them for $8 in a Baltimore store, and for $5 at a new and cool beer bar in Baltimore again!

I bought six beers, some on them on sale, and my total was $36. Talk about pricey. This is then an amazing store, but more for browsing and taking notes than shopping. The Barnes&Noble of the beer world!

Dec 14, 2010
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psycle from New York

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Well this has to be the place to go for beer in the western half of New York State. Great selection from all over the world and the USA. Good organization for such a vast selection. Staff seems knowledgeable. Almost every brew is available as a single, even some macro-brewers and some splits. Large cooler along the side wall. Lots of beer-related items including books, glasses and homebrewing supplies. They have an updated website of their inventory as well as new releases.
Another location opened up down the road in Henrietta which is supposed to be even larger!
Slightly pricier than the stores around Buffalo but is still worth the trip.

Nov 29, 2010
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adrock7309 from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +15.7%

First off, wow. I was visiting Rochester, NY on business and unfortunately only had minimal suitcase room for the return trip with extra beer. That was a shame because i could have easlity filled an extra suitcase.

This store had an amazing, affordable selection. Everything was exceptionally organized both by region and style on the shelves as well as in their massive coolers.

Employees were helpful and extremely knowledgeable. What was really a treasure was finding several top notch beers that I absolutely couldnt find in Minnesota. Dogfish Head, Stone were only a couple. Ended up picking up a Mikkeller BG breakfast and a couple random bombers from Stone.

Thanks again and I cant wait to get back there. This time I will pack light in a big suitcase so I have some room for beer on the way home.


Oct 26, 2010
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georgcantstandya from New York

2.75/5  rDev -36.3%

I've been shopping here for years and if I had made a review in the past it would be higher, but I noticed recently that some of the staff I would chat with has not been around. Come to find out that there are three guys leaving and I personally say that is a major hit for this place since they seemed to be there every time I came in and were always on top of their beer knowledge.

Thought I'd just put that out there, if you're planning a trip out it is still sight to behold as far a selection goes but I think the quality and service will really take a downturn. Also as others have stated if possible I'd check out Hegadorns first since their stock is usually cheaper.

Sep 12, 2010
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dogfishandi from New York

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

while i was in rochester my one main goal was to visit this place. upon walking in, i was shocked by the endless rows of beers. truly has the beers of the world. the begining rows start with the imports from japan, africa, you name it, the country is prolly there. imports take up one half where american take up the other. they even have a big selection of macro beers if thats your thing. i was able to find a beer or two that i couldnt get in buffalo. prolly couldve found more, but it wouldve taken all day to see every beer. tons of kegs to choose from with a big display as soon as you walk in. amazing selection.

the staff was very knowledgeable both on there beer selection and there homebrew supplies. speaking of their homebrew supplies, they had a pretty decent selection. i picked up some hop bags while there. i wanted to pick up some liquid yeast, but they did not have any.

a great beer store. they have everything you need related to beer. beer books, beer glasses, etc. next time in town, ill be sure to visit again.

Aug 15, 2010
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DrewKid4 from New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

I researched this place before I visited friends at RIT for a friend's birthday. In buying alcohol and beer for the party, I told my friends to stop at this place (I knew more about these stores than my friends who were locals).

Walking in not only was I, an aspiring beer connoisseur, in heaven, but seeing my Coors Light drinking friends in awe was also inspiring. It took us 45 minutes just to walk down the aisles to just look at labels, and buying just one label from the hundreds of others hadn't crossed our minds yet. Yes, I agreed that their prices were a bit high and I wouldn't go there often if I were a local, but the Pick 6 packs helped some of our choices. I did not notice the old beers I had seen in other reviews, but I had not chosen rare beers (Dogfish Heads and Flying Dogs that I had not tried yet) that would have sat long. Overall an excellent place to check out even if you aren't buying much due to the prices.

Jun 17, 2010
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Lazerlobe from Washington

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

I visited BOTW for the first time yesterday and was blown away. Coming from Syracuse, which comparatively is a beer wasteland, I was relieved to find many of the bottles on my Must Drink Now and Must Cellar Now lists. I have been to supermarkets smaller than this place. The aisles were full of cases, six packs and bombers but all bottles are individually sold. It was nice to see the area blocked off by country/region as well as the small vintage ale section. The grin that stole over my face when I walked in was akin to that of the 7 year old me on my first trip to Disneyland. Definitely a new stopping point as I pass through Rochester.

Apr 11, 2010
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dxp1113 from New York

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

All I have to say is "I love this place!" Especially when some local breweries come by offering tastings. I enjoy walking into the place and seeing the rows and rows of beers from literaly all over the world. The emplyees there are very knowlegeable and even told me about Beer Advocate. I enjoy going here for fun. They pretty much have every beer you can imagine, the selection for grains for homebrewing are kinda weak, but they have a lot of essensial peices of equipment. If you ever are near the Western New York area I would def. recoment to stop by this place...Beer Heaven.

Mar 21, 2010
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josefnewsong from New York

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

Beers of the world is the best place to get beer in Rochester NY hands down. They have the largest selection of microbrews by far and staff are knowledgeable about beer and brewing. Some beers can get a bit pricey, but if you go for the sales it's always a great deal and overall I've never been disappointed. If you want great beers on tap, go to the Tap and Mallet, if you want great beers to take home, it's either here or wegmans (especially pittsford or penfield), but BOTW definitely has the most.

Feb 10, 2010
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number1bum from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

I've been to BOTW so many times I can't believe I haven't reviewed it. It's the best place to find beer in Rochester and miles around. Excellent selection of US micros that continues to grow. Last time I was there, around Thanksgiving, I was pleasantly surprised to see selections from The Bruery, tons of Goose Island stuff, etc. The other places I would say BOTW shines are with certain import countries like Germany and England. Selections are excellent for both. The one area I would say they are just a bit lacking is in their Belgian selection. There is really nothing at all out of the ordinary, nothing particularly rare. I rarely see anything from Fantome for instance, and that's too bad. If anything I would think that this would be THE place to go for Belgians in Rochester, but for some reason they can't seem to get stuff that other parts of the state do. Maybe it's a distrib problem, I don't know, but I can't quite give them a 5 for selection for that reason.

I've shopped at BOTW many times and one thing I've noticed is that service is pretty sparse. I don't know that I've ever once been offered help. If I walked up to the counter and asked they may well help me, but it'd be nice if someone were roaming to try to help customers. The only other thing to watch out for is beer past its best by date. They actually do a commendable job of keeping up on dates and marking stuff down that is approaching or past its best by date, but still, especially with the huge selection of imports, you have to watch out for yourself, as well. This place is also a bit on the pricey side, and I would say that if you can find the same thigns at Hegedorns in Webster (where you can find a lot, but not nearly all) it's likely to be 15-20% cheaper there. Nevertheless, this is a great stop to find excellent beer, and I always make a point to visit when I'm home to Webster.

Jan 07, 2010
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TommyW from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

Beers of the world is a great place for finding beers in the area that you can't find anywhere else.

The guys who work there are very knowledgeable about their selection, brewing and beer in general. They're all pretty friendly as well.

The selection is without-a-doubt the best around. You can really find some rare stuff in here.

I have run into a few issue with some of the beer being a little old. Some of the stuff on their shelves is out-dated, but I've only encountered this a few times.

The prices are high, which is the biggest flaw of this place. Wegmans, although the selection isn't as big, is becoming a much more affordable place to go.

Dec 29, 2009
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

I stop here every time I visit Rochester (usually on business about 6-8 times/year). Beers Of The World has given me the opportunity to try ALOT of new beers I wouldn't have otherwise been able to try. (Especially considering I'm from PA where everything, until recently, had to be purchased by the case.) BOTW has an amazing selection and they have decent pricing on beers that are native to NY state. It's pretty cool to go to a place and have a world class selection that can be purchased as a single, sixer, or case...pretty darn cool. I've found their pricing to be all over the board, some things I find to be WAY expensive, other things are WAY cheap, you have to know what you're looking for. When I buy alot of singles here I'll walkl out paying an arm and a leg for a case and a half, but they're all high end beers and they're all brews I've never tried so it's safer in the long run as opposed to buying an entire case. I b*tch about the price every time I go in there but yet they are a regular stop on EVERY busines trip to Rochester. I would definitely recommend this establishment, it also scores brownie points with me because they know what they are selling and talking about. A side note - I was THRILLED to buy 3 bottles of the Brooklyn Black Ops from these guys, that's a hard one to find and was produced in extremely limited quantities. Speaking of that, I've found things in here before most other stores in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast even got for the first time!!!!

Dec 12, 2009
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deruiz10 from California

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

A great store, selection is about as good as they come. They don't have as much stuff from the West coast as I'd like to see. Some of the major breweries are missing, and others only have a limited selection which you'll pay quite a bit for. For example, a 6-pack of Stone Ruination will run you near $20. But at the same time, they carry a very good selection of microbrews from around the nation and internationally and are almost certainly the best beer store in the Rochester area. Some things are a bit overpriced, but I guess they have to take care of their overhead.

Dec 08, 2009
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reustyMMX from New York

3.45/5  rDev -20.1%

Beers of the World is a double edge sword, they have fantastic selection but a lot of the beer on the shelves is old.

They are helpful when looking for something new, but everything is VERY overpriced.

I'm actually quite shocked to see this place rated so highly on here, don't get me wrong is a fantastic place to find a fairly obscure beer, but the risk is that when you find it not only might it be old, but you will certainly overpay for it.

Pittsford Wegmans is becoming a very sensable alternative to BOTW when it comes to finding affordable craft beer in Rochester.

Beers of the World is an impressive place just based on selection alone, but be very careful to make sure your beer is fresh and be prepared to open up your wallet.

Nov 24, 2009
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MrHassellYaHurd from Louisiana

5/5  rDev +15.7%

This place was just wonderful. On a recent trip around the WNY area with my girlfriend (where she is from), she took me to this place so we could stock up on some beers for our night.

It had quite the selection and was organized in a very clear manner. The selection of both domestic and imported beer was amazing, one of the gentlemen took a break from moving beer with the hand-truck in order to give us a bit of friendly advice as well as some suggestions. Ended up with a beer called "Berliner style weisse", a Rochefort 10, DFH 120 min, a Rogue Chocolate Stout, and another German whose name I can't recall. But I digress....

If you are in the Rochester area, I really suggest you pay this place a visit; I will be back for sure when I'm back in NY.

Nov 14, 2009
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MrDanno96 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.7%

I don't give out perfect scores lightly, but BOTW definitely deserves it. Picture the biggest liquor store you can think of and then fill it with nothing but beers from all over the world and you've got this place. The selection from all over the world is incredible. The staff is also very knowledgeable and helpful - they've turned me on to several beers I had never heard of before. BOTW also has a decent selection of glassware and home brewing supplies. If you're in the Rochester area definitely check this place out. My only complaint is that some of their prices are a bit much (Rochefort 10 = $10/11.2 oz bottle). Keep in mind, however, that they're the only beer store in the area. I guess you can't blame them for being good businessmen.

Oct 18, 2009
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cupcakequeenie from Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%

Having gone to college in Rochester, it was the immediate store of choice to hit up once you were of age. When I first drove up to BotW I was a little skeptical as it does look like an average liquor store from the outside. I don't know what I was expecting, it's not like you need a valet or anything to by beer! Exterior aside, I walked in and knew that everyone was right all along. The selection is enormous and completely reasonably priced.

More so, I recently located their Google website and was able to see their almost daily updates of what the get in stock. I contacted them to pick their brains a bit and they have been overwhelmingly helpful. I can't wait to take a trip back home to visit and stock up.

Aug 31, 2009
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%

I stopped in here a few weeks back while on vacation with the family.
All i can say is WOW!
This store is huge, I spent over an hour just walking up and down the isles before looking for a cart to haul some things back to the car.
The store is divided into many isles which in the front of the store are separated by country. The entire left wall of the store is beer from Germany. Deeper into the store are the brews from the USA. Deep left there is a huge cooler, front left is an isle devoted to glassware and a homebrew supply section.
I'm sot sure if this is the case, but I would say that if you can buy it in NY you can get it here.
I wasn't hassled by any employees while I was looking, but some other people had some questions which were handled well by the staff. Everything is priced, you can mix a six pack or buy singles.
I never made it to Wegmans, but some of the prices did seem a little high, but I don't shop in NY often so its hard for me to tell.
Great beer store, one of the best I've been to!

Aug 30, 2009
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WalrusJockey from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

I read about this place, but when I got there, I was sure I was at the wrong place. I went inside anyway, not expecting much. "A beer store is a beer store," I thought to myself, "I hope it's good, but it'll be pretty much the same."

I was wrong. The selection was absolutely fantastic. The staff wasn't bubbly, or constantly with the 'can I help you,' but the guys I saw knew what they were talking about and were easy to find and happy to help. The shelf price lists every beer at it's price per bottle, per 4/6 pack and per case, which was fantastic. The selection, well, it was as good as you have heard, it really was.

That said, the prices were high. 10% to 20% higher than Wegman's. I might not buy easy to find beer there, for that reason, but I was thrilled to stock up while I was in NY.

Aug 15, 2009
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mbialek from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

I had heard many great things about beers of the world. I finally got a chance to check out their massive selection. I was very impressed. As you walk in you feel a joy at the massive selection of beer from all different countries.You could spend a hour just wandering the aisles deciding what you want, and even then you could have second thoughts. In addition to beers from other countries there is a large american craft beer section. A little bit of a price mark up, but the selection is amazing. This will be a staple of mine when i head back up to school.

Jul 21, 2009
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Reiksguard from Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Visiting my old home town for the holiday, and just like every other time we come to visit family, we hit BotW at least once. But more oftern twice - once to load up on beers to drink which in NY, and then another run fill the car to take back to New England with us.

An entire wall of Germany beers. Two aisles of Belgians. The whole back half of the store for domestic craft brews. Wow!

Great selection - you can't run out of new beers to find. The only potential issue is how long these beers have been sitting on the shelve. But hey, I'll take that over not bing able to find them.

Definately recommended.

Jul 05, 2009
Beers of the World in Rochester, NY
Place rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 89 ratings