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Beers Of The World (Winton Pl)
$$ - reasonable
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]
3450 Winton Place
phone: (585) 427-2852
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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 89
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Probably so stupidly easy to find because you really can't get lost. You take the road to the end and it dumps you into a large strip mall plaza and it's in there somewhere off to the left, it's really that simple. If you can't find it, you don't deserve to shop here, is all I'm saying. Anyway, doesn't really look like much from the outside, but then, your gem beer stores don't gots to be pretty...
Long narrow room, lots of beer. Euros running the far wall from front to back. The main gist of the rows running horizontally to the rear are the American micros. Nearly 5 dozen micro choices here from New York State (Middle Ages, Ithaca, Saranac, Cooperstown, Sackett's Harbor, Lake Placid, Southern Tier, Butternuts, High Falls, Brooklyn/Post Road, Blue Point, Southampton), regional (Weyerbacher, Victory, Stoudts, Erie, DogFishHead, Sam Adams, Harpoon, Wachusett, Endurance, Otter Creek, Magic Hat, Long Trail, Smutty, Allagash, Shipyard, Geary's, Stone Coast, Atlantic), and beyond (Lost Coast, Hair of the Dog, Stone, Rogue, Bear Republic, Great Divide, Boulder, Avery, Flying Dog, Oskar Blues, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Mendocino, Anderson Valley, North Coast/Acme, Green Valley). Just mini aisle after mini aisle of micros, yay!! Nearly a dozen and a half varieties of Rogue bombers, 4 ceramic 750's and a bunch of 12 ouncers, including the White Crane Bitter & Red Fox Amber.
The focus here is on the American micro although the Belgians, Germans & English selections were quite adequate. A handful of Cantillon offerings (Grand Cru, Fou Foune, Rose De Gambrinus and the lovely Iris). Hey, Unibroue Quelque Chose in 750's, are they doing that again? And isn't that the Fonteinen Kriek? Not the Schaerbeekse Kriek but the regular one? (Yeah, I like the regular one better). I pinched me a few Flemish Primitive "Pinhead" (number 4, I believe, I like this one). On the side wall, coolers hold Customer BrewCrafters, Rorhbach & Flying Bison growlers, and a case towards the front with vintage offerings (Thomas Hardy's, George Gales, J.W. Lees & Harvey's Elizabethan Ale).
Homebrew supplies, glassware and cigars.
Very good beer store at the other end of the state. Now I've really got to hit the road.
12-26-2006 00:55:27 |
More by slander
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Hundreds of beers. Never have I seen such a selection of beer. By far the biggest selection of Russian area and of German. Excellent Belgian and American. I was warned about expiry dates so was examining bottles. In retrospect, some retired ales out there for sure. Some a bit overpriced most fine but worthwhile for a thirsty Canadian with a rising loonie. Clerk seemed pretty knowledgeable, but also BSer. Singles mix-and-match unlimited a big selling feature. Not inconvenient location but watch for the hours as 7pm most days. A must-stop and must-return. Many unusual finds.
08-05-2004 04:20:54 |
More by Sammy
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
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!
12-14-2010 05:45:39 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Here in Rochester on business, went straight from the airport to Beers of the World.
What can I say that hasn't already been said. This place is a beer buyers heaven. Aisles of beers separated by country. Lots of coolers, homebrew supplies, glasses, openers, coozies etc...
I got a 4-pack of GLBC Nosferatu for $5.59 on sale and mixed a six pack. I love that option since its not always the case at beer stores.
Selection is uncanny. Tons of everything. Lots of bombers but nothing altogether unusual. They had Troegs but sadly no Nugget Nectar. I searched out some stuff i can't get back home (like Elysian and GLBC) and left feeling happy.
I didn't get asked about anything but it was mid-morning on a Thursday.
Great place, I may pop back in before I return home.
01-22-2009 18:01:00 |
More by indiapaleale
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I finally made it here after months of trying to plan a trip. As expected, the selection was incredible. Aisle after aisle of beer... it's actually a little intimidating. Fortunately I was on a tight schedule, otherwise I could have been here for hours. The selection of Belgian, English and Scottish brews was larger than anywhere else I've been and covered all the bases. The US micro selection was massive, with several beers from each brewer represented. As far as I could tell, pretty much the whole of the US of A was covered. The prices were a little bit steep, but I've come to expect that in NY state. My only other issue was that almost all the beer was kept at room temperature, with bottles on the tops of the shelves and cases below. Not an ideal temperature or lighting situation, particularly for more delicate German lagers, etc. Still, definitely worth a trip. You'll definitely find something interesting.
06-20-2006 01:44:56 |
More by DrJay
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
I visited this spot on a return trip from Canada. Very easy to find. The store is set up with aisle after aisle of beer. Groupd by country and for US, by brewer. Think of a large grocery store but replace everything with beer bottles, cans, homebrew equipment, glassware, books, openers, etc. There are some coolers and one is full of growlers from local brewpubs. The selection is a little overwhelming I basically went to the back and worked forward till I hit everything.
Great US micro selection and very diverse group of countries represented. You will easily find beers to buy when you visit this store. I agree with others that the service certainly doesnt go out of its way to help you or see if you need help but they were courteous when interacted with. I would return, although some of the prices were a little higher than I am used to, the selection makes up for that. Definitely worth a stop.
08-24-2007 20:19:41 |
More by sulldaddy
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
The first time that I walked into this place I had a slight sensory overload much like the kids in the willy wonka movie I was a kid in a candy shop. However they clearly mark the asiles by country so you at least have some sort of starting point to spend your couple hour journey shoping for the perfect brew. They have shopping carts for you when you enter, do yourself a favor and get one you cant carry that much beer on your own. When you get to the american section they even break it down by the region of the beer yes they truely have thought of everything. They even have ingrediants and supplys to brew your own beer. My weakness of beer glasses was also fulfilled here. Basically if it relates to beer this place has it. A word of caution it is very easy to spend an assload of money here in one visit so be carefull.
10-04-2007 06:42:10 |
More by armock
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This place is like a huge candy store. The selection is extensive, if a little weighted towards American micros, however there is still a pretty good selection of imports. The price was a little high and the other reviews were pretty accurate in recognizing some of the museum pieces. The service, however, is not so bad only if you don't ask for any because you certainly won't be met kindly. But for Rochester, it is one of a kind. Sadly I don't live in the ROC anymore, but if I did I would probably make this my number 2 or 3 place to go. South Town and Hegedorns might be a bit better...
01-26-2003 00:04:20 |
More by GreatPondBrewer
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I stopped in here a few weeks back while on vacation with the family.
All i can say is WOW!
This store is huge, I spent over an hour just walking up and down the isles before looking for a cart to haul some things back to the car.
The store is divided into many isles which in the front of the store are separated by country. The entire left wall of the store is beer from Germany. Deeper into the store are the brews from the USA. Deep left there is a huge cooler, front left is an isle devoted to glassware and a homebrew supply section.
I'm sot sure if this is the case, but I would say that if you can buy it in NY you can get it here.
I wasn't hassled by any employees while I was looking, but some other people had some questions which were handled well by the staff. Everything is priced, you can mix a six pack or buy singles.
I never made it to Wegmans, but some of the prices did seem a little high, but I don't shop in NY often so its hard for me to tell.
Great beer store, one of the best I've been to!
08-29-2009 23:16:28 |
More by johnnnniee
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Wow! I learned of Beers of the World here on Beer Advocate and I am glad that I did (thanks to all of you for recommending it!). I just went about 4 hours ago.
The selection is staggering! There have got to be about 2,000 beers here. As stated in other reviews they are divided by country and then alphabetized within the country. What I did not see in other reviews is the care with which they are displayed. They are all clean, placed on shelves with care and a wide variety of sizes, bottles of the different beers. A huge plus is that a strong majority of the beers can be purchased one bottle at a time. Most times there is a mark up for this privalege but for me all that I want is one of each. Typical single bottles (among the Belgians that I was shopping among) were about $5.
Quality. Just fine in that there is such a huge selection but it is kind of like a warehouse of beer. I do like how the beers are divided into country of origin..it made looking for my favorites...and finding some others nearby... easy.
Service. Just fine. I only asked one question and it was courteously handled but everyone there gave an air of availability demonstrating the potential of good service.
Selection. Could really not be improved upon. They did not have Westy but then who does? Really, there were so many beers represented there that I had read about (here) but had never seen in bottles.
Value. I bought 18 singles mostly centered on Belgians and my bill was $85. One of my beers was $10.25 for Dogfish Raison D'extra, 12 oz. I found several beers for less elsewhere. It was possibly 5% more paid here than elsewhere.
Notes: Any Beer Advocate would love to have this selection at his/her disposal. I am even considering a road trip some weekend with friends (I live 4 hours away) just to see that many great beers in one place.
10-24-2008 02:03:53 |
More by adamette
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