The gastropub, which first opened in Florida eight years ago, now boasts Fort Worth's biggest beer selection with 50 beers on draft and a whopping 500 bottled varieties. The West 7th St location (west of University Dr) faces Camp Bowie to the south. The interior is simple and spacious with dozens of hi-top tables covering the single, large eating area and booths lining one side. And there's a sizeable outdoor patio that should become more popular as things warm up.
We didn't come for dinner, but we couldn't pass up the chance to try a few appetizers. The tavern taters were a scrumptious pile of tots topped with tangy cheddar (they said it was house-made with beer), jalapeños, crispy bacon, scallions and sour cream. The steak frites centered around a marinated, grilled, and sliced flat-iron steak that was juicy and slightly pink in the middle. The beef came with crisp, lightly steamed broccoli, potato wedges and a rich garlic aioli for dipping.
World of Beer may be a Florida transplant, but the music is all local thanks to Aaron and Jamie Knight, who book local bands through their Fort Worth agency, Black Box Presents.
The service was top-notch our entire evening. Each table comes with a device that looks similar to an ipad that customers can use to peruse the large menu. I found the device distracting for the most part. If you aren't sure what beers to choose I recommend asking the wait staff. They seemed to have done their homework and can walk you navigate the maze of great beer options.
The craft beer movement is all about trying new brews and exploring new pubs that wouldn't have had the current selection even 10 years ago. World of Beer is just the newest part of that unfolding and excited movement.