The World of Beer in Renton is a bar, but one designed to look more like a repository, should anyone doubt the boast inherent in its name — which it turns out is warranted.
There are 500 beers, from local brews to those of Kenya and Spain, stored in coolers lined up against the wall like bookcases. Fifty rotating imports and local brews on tap make up a beer menu that has to be updated every morning, since the bar goes through so many kegs each night.
Located at the Landing shopping mall in Renton, World of Beer features a rotating tap list of the expected Belgian-style beers and West Coast and regional favorites like Deschutes Brewery and Stone Brewing Co.
The main draw, though, is the chance to sip beers you wouldn’t find on tap at your tavern — a roasted malt Troubadour Imperial Stout or the cherry-tart Rodenback Grand Cru, for instance. Or dig into this beer library for a pilsner from the Czech Republic that might jog your memory of some watering hole you discovered on that post-college trip of yesteryear.
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The list of imports is reasonably priced, with lots of rare Asian, African and European bottles and cans for around $5, and not many more than $10.
When there’s a big game on television, though, World of Bar feels like just another sports bar, with folks crammed around the tables and up at the bar, usually eyeing the cheapest beers on tap.
Like a large Vegas bar, World of Beer is sensory overload, with wall-to-wall flat screens and neon beer signs.
It has a more relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere to sip a good brew when there isn’t a big game showing.
Since the bar doesn’t serve cocktails or food yet, patrons get pizzas and sandwiches delivered from nearby restaurants.
If you’ve never heard of this Florida-based chain, you will soon. World of Beer plans to open 10 more megabars in Washington state. On deck is a location at the corner of East Pine and Summit Avenue, scheduled for late November.
That Capitol Hill spot will mirror Renton’s from the layout down to the beer menu, but will also have a cocktail and “tavern fare” menu when it debuts in the fall, a spokeswoman said.
World of Beer is the latest mega beer chain to hit Seattle, following Henry’s Tavern in SoDo, The Yard House downtown and The Lodge in Pioneer Square. They all cater to sports fans, though World of Beer is different in that live music — ’80s and ’90s rock from Thursday through Saturday — will also be a central part of its concept.
World of Beer, 822 N. 10th Place, No. 305C, in Renton at the Landing shopping center, offers happy hour weekdays from 1-7 p.m. with $1 off draft. Beer on tap ranges from $5-$11 (425-255-0714 or http://wobusa.com/Locations/Renton.aspx).
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