Beers of the World

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2599 E Henrietta Rd
Rochester, New York, 14623-4525
United States

(585) 334-0034 | map

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 62
Photo of SLeffler27
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25

Just a big store. BOTW has a huge selection, probably too big for the regional market. This shows in how often I have purchased spoiled beer. I learned early to check bottle dates, and occasionally forget, or risk a bottle without a clear date. This was the case today, when I learned how to decipher the Weihenstephaner encrypted date. My bottle is nine months old, and pure garbage. In the past I have brought such issues to BOTW’s attention, but they have never made me feel like a valued customer. Not rude, but seem to have no concern for the customer experience. They do have a huge selection, and some great beers, but one needs to be vigilant. Other stores are now open, within five miles, with excellent selection and service, so I only go to BOTW when looking for something the other stores don’t have in stock.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Stopped here to check it out, I had heard good things so I wanted to see what the hype was about. The place is pretty big, like a converted grocery store into just a beer store with some home brewing equipment they sell as well. The service was decent. The selection is massive, If there is a country you need a beer from, this is probably the place to look.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Great world wide selection. Prices are decent. The beer may not be the freshest (problem for IPAs, not so much for high gravity beers) but there certainly is a lot to choose from.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Amazing place if you are looking for a supermarket of beer. Honestly the best selection of beers I have seen. I was hoping for more diamonds but they had all basic craft beers with a cabinet of vintage beers that are very old. The price could have been a little cheaper but ah well. As for the look of the building, it could us a face lift on the inside. Some one before me said it looks like a warehouse and that is the vide you get from it. It just needs some new flooring and better lighting. Overall, it was a great place to spend 2.5 hours.

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Photo of Tred420
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Selection is unbelievable. We have a really good time seeing all of the different beers. The atmosphere was not really desirable. I think it be cool if they added a tap room for tastings and some updates to the decor. The place is basically just a warehouse with lots of beer!!

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Photo of Jae9979
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Cheaper and more friendly at AJs. Hard to imagine that the massive inventory is kept fresh. On a positive note, definitely the place to go for a beer from Japan, China, Poland, etc.

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Photo of spokes100
3.72/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of WassailWilly
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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 .

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
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 good:
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 bad:
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.

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Photo of papat444
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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

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Photo of Wortman1998
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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...

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Photo of mtomlins
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Photo of jmw4437
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of VaporDome
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of zimbo211
2.94/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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Photo of aranheaney
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Been here several times, now it's in an old Wegmans and branching out. Awesome selection, very knowlegable staff, but the downside of this place is always price. They are nicely divided by region, country and style. They also will order specific hard to find stuff and they are very customer-friendly. On one trip I had a personal shopper....They kind of have the market cornered and are not afraid to take advantage of it. Wegmans and other grocery stores are now catching up, maybe that will help to drive down some of their outrageous mark-ups...

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

visited this and the other BOTW with some fellow BA's on a mission to land some bottles we couldnt get in buffalo. our mission was quite a success.

approaching the store by car i was amazed by the size of this place. seems to have been an old wegmans grocery store. walk in and the pretty much the entire store filled with rows of beer. about half the store devoted to micros and half imported/ foreign beer. coolers on one whole wall that seemed to stock nothing but micros. maybe 12 or so taps, if i remember correctly, for growler fills. a big sign showing size and selections of kegs. also had a whole section devoted to homebrewing and winemaking.

very nice overall selection, including the likes of firestone walker, goose island, pretty things, sixpoint, dogfishead, ithaca, uinta, south hampton and tons of nice locals. also a decent selection of nice belgians.

they seemed to have an abundance of 2009 GI- bourbon county which I gladly took advantage of, but absolutly no 2010. i asked the guy cashing me out and he said the distributer made a mistake.

all in all, a worthy stop if your around. about as good as the other BOTW. imo, worth the trip, ill definatly be back.

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Photo of coopbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Living in a small town I'm always looking for beer stores that carry brands I can't get locally. BOTW fits the bill nicely. The place is very spacious with the shelves clearly marked with the regions of the beers. Nice selection of micro and craft breweries. Brands like DFH, Stone, Lagunitas, Ommegang, Great Divide, Great Lakes, Rogue, Troegs, and many more. Unbelievable selection of imports. Individual bottle prices tend to be a bit on the high end but it is a small issue as the convenience of mixing outways the higher single bottle price. My only moderate criticism is that the shelves on occasion are incorrectly labelled with either price or description. Beyond that it is a great store and well worth a stop if you are in the area.

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Photo of thelarplarplarp
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Selection - These stores both have an incredible selection of both domestic and imported brews. One can find almost anything they could ever want and more here. By far the best place to find rare brews in and around Rochester. Their keg list is also unreal, if you are looking for quality kegs look no further. I am however quite dissapointed in their homebrew supplies selection. They don't carry a ton of stuff and are often out of different strands of yeast and hops.

Service - I have had mixed results with how Knowledgeable the staff is. I think it depends on who is working on any particular day. I have had better results asking about selection and what beers are like etc. than about homebrewing. I would reccommend doing any advanced homebrewing research online at home. The staff seems to have a basic understanding of homebrewing techniques, however anything beyond basic questions they seem to struggle with.

Price - This is the biggest set back of the establishment. Everything is overpriced, especially if you buy beer by the bottle. Homebrew supplies are also conciderably more than if ordered online. I understand that this is a specialty store with quality beers and the best selection around however I find many of their prices to be unfair.

All in all, awesome place to check out if you're in Rochester. Cheers.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.13/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

This place is awesome - the best selection I've seen anywhere. I have one gripe:

The prices are often labeled incorrectly, or sometimes not labeled at all.

SEVERAL times now (this store has not been open long mind you) I've had beers ring up higher at the register than they were labeled on the shelf. Sometimes it's ended up working in my favor, as they've discovered the shelf price was the incorrect of the two but still gave me the cheaper price...but even in those times one would have to be as diligent as I am (now) about looking at the receipt, unless one was adding up numbers while picking up brews throughout the store (which I do). In my most recent visit my total was a good 20% higher than it should have been until I went back and pointed it out.
Then there are times when I see a beer that interests me, and there is no price tag. Call me crazy, but if I owned a beer store, when I put a beer on the shelf, I'd put a price tag to go with it. This has cost them at least a few purchases by me.

Kudos to BotW for the new customer appreciation cards - $30 in one trip for just one stamp is a bit ridic but I'll take what I can get. (Spending $150 to get a 15% discount isn't much of a deal, esp when you need to spend at least $30 each time). Makes me feel like they appreciate customers with more money than me (which I'm sure they do, I would too).

Overall this place is awesome, but seems like it could benefit from some beeradvocate management, i.e. someone who REALLY cares about all that great beer they have in there, or at least understands how much we all care about it.

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Photo of ChrisBakken
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

best place in the area, my only gripes are the lack of home-brew supplies and the glitches with the new system they have. i know its a new system so i wont degrade the store. the reason i like the new store more is the draft setup by the cooler, it has got me to buy some stuff. if you have questions, the staff knows what they are talking about. the layout (country / region) is the same as the other stores which is easy to navigate. the store is huge i am looking forward to see what they are going to do with the extra space.

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Photo of e11iott
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%

I hold a beer tasting night on a weekly basis, with about 5-10 guys. Beers range from local to all the way accross the world. Happened to be in the area and dropped in. I like the fact you can buy singles, six packs or cases. I dont like getting stuck with a full case of beer that I find out I dont like. They have over 1200 different beers in stock, orginized by country, very easy to find waht you are looking for. I will be going back to this place. And if you can't find it they can order it, more than awesome. Also got a free glass with my purchase, nice touch.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%

This is by far the best place in New York State to get beer. Something like 1,200 beers to choose from. Anything you can think of can be found here. If you cant find your desire ask one of the staff, they will find out if they have it, what it costs and when they may have it if they don't currently. Great beers, either as singles or packaged. Everything, yes EVERYTHING can be bought as singles. Never found a distributor this large that also keeps things this fresh. You don't have to worry about getting a old bottle, things are circulated very well! A must visit!

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Photo of hotmanflab666
1.95/5  rDev -52.3%

I went to the new store recently and was not impressed or even mildly satisfied. All the employees that were knowledgeable were no longer working there and when so many people leave in a such a short amount of time in brings management techniques into question. I went there looking for homebrew equipment and saw half empty shelves in an area off to the side with no lights on. After I walked around in the dark I grabbed a 6.5 gallon bottling bucket and couldn't even get cashed out properly. The girl standing at the counter tried telling me that it was a 5 gallon bucket that wasn't in the system. After she went to get help that actually delayed the process I was so fed up with everything I eventually said "look, just charge me for anything so I can leave". All in all it was the service that definitely put me off the most. Plus the horrible decor of fake dummies propped up around the store was a complete turnoff as well. Decent selection though, but not enough to keep me going back.

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