Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Downtown World of Beer Opens

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Downtown World of Beer Opens

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I visited a new bar in the Westchase neighborhood of Tampa called "World of Beer" in early 2007. The craft beer boom had just begun, at least in these parts, and soon came the World of Beer franchise. I enjoyed my experience at the World of Beer in Westchase and have enjoyed experiences at several more World of Beers, from South Tampa to St. Petersburg to University Park in Sarasota. But the World of Beer on Main Street in downtown Sarasota, the one that opened today in the handsome two-story building that previously housed Eat Here, is my favorite; and not just because it's practically across the street from my office space at Herald-Tribune Media Group headquarters. Unlike the original World of Beer in Westchase and others, this World of Beer serves a full menu and liquor libations. I stopped in for lunch this afternoon.

DRINKS: The 50 or so beers on tap and hundreds of bottles including myriad local and global standouts, should keep even the most hardcore beer snob satisfied. Even better? An impressive liquor supply to go with a decent wine selection. I went with the Maple Manhattan ($10). It's an intelligent upgrade on a classic with a fine pour of Maker's Mark bourbon augmented by sweet vermouth combined with maple syrup and a dash of bitters and garnished with fresh green apple slices. Interesting variations on other classic cocktails like the Dark and Stormy ('The Perfect Stormy"), Moscow Mule ("Irish Mule"), and Margarita ("Smoked Margarita") also piqued my interest. Another plus? Sarasota's very own Drum Circle Distilling's award-winning Siesta Key Gold Rum prominently displayed behind the upstairs bar. Suggestion? Add the "Spiced Siesta Sunset" to the cocktail section of the menu. The ingredients are on the back of the bottle.

EATS: Here's a combo that will likely never let you down. …

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