At times it feels like every new Twin Cities bar is a craft beer bar. Even if it isn't, there's a high probability the C-word will find inclusion somewhere in its branding material.
Lest there be any confusion about the newest pub in Lowertown's commitment to the nectar of guys with outsized facial hair, it planted “beer” in its name. Following the great naming tradition of A World of Fish, World of Wireless, and Camping World, World of Beer is the newest national beer bar chain to come to Minnesota. Four years ago the Florida-based company announced it was scouting locations in downtown Minneapolis. But ultimately the franchise landed in a 4,800-square-foot space across the street from Mears Park in St. Paul.
The new bar, which held its grand opening Monday, reportedly boasts a welterweight 50 taps, but a Vitali Klitschko-sized bottle list more than 500 strong. According to the PiPress, it sounds like WoB is also doing in-house, HopRocket-style infusions. Menu gazing, the beer bar is seemingly aiming for souped-up bar food: flat-iron steak sandwich with goat cheese, pork schnitzel, the requisite burgers on brioche buns, to name a few items.
Despite the focus on beer, a party shot section on the drink menu caters to the get-wrecked crowd. Will a Cinnamon Toast Crunch shot pair well with an “artisanal” cheese and sausage board? Probably not! But there's no reason one can't get a solid drinking base with food that aspires to be less trashy than a Fireball and RumChata combo.
According to its website, WoB hosts live bands on Friday and Saturday nights and peddles $5 burgers and brats on Mondays.
Could World of Beer be the east metro's answer to fellow beer-bar chain the Yardhouse? Either way, it could be a hit with pre- or post-game partying Saints fans.
World of Beer
356 Sibley St., St. Paul