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It's an ale, ale world

World of Beer tapped its first keg early last week, and the Broughton Street watering hole is already beer nirvana.
Hopheads and lager lovers nearly levitate on the bar stools as they single–mindedly scour the massive beer selection — 62 beers on draft and another 500–plus in bottles and cans.

It’s a place where a beer lover can be lost in their fantasies and beer–loathers can probably find a beer they can tolerate. From the low alcohol session beers like pilsners to big, brain-numbing tripels and imperials, this list has it all.

Three of us stopped in last Thursday afternoon and didn’t take long to find some favorites. Kipp chose the original Innis and Gunn, an English ale aged in American whiskey casks. It’s malty and slightly sweet with plenty of bite. Innis and Gunn Rum Cask is the same brew, but aged in Navy rum barrels. It’s my favorite from the I&G range.

Robert went all dark with a 21st Amendment Back in Black India Pale Ale. This is a fooler beer: It pours dark as night (or a stout) in the glass but is an IPA through and through — hoppy, citrusy and refreshing on a hot Savannah day.

I went Old World and soon found myself staring down a tall pilsner glass of Ayinger Weizen Bock, a wheat beer adorned with a big wheel of orange. Think Blue Moon but with far more character. It was refreshing, drank easily and paired nicely with the pair of spicy chorizo tacos I had brought with me.

Wait? What?

Surprise! World of Beer is about beer, watching sports on one of its more than 40 flat screens or listening to live music late night. There is no food service.

Instead, World of Beer allows you bring your own — or order in carryout from any one of a number of partner restaurants. The bar arranges carryout menus in a binder so you can choose your favorite and order from your phone.
Some eateries in the neighborhood plan to send a server through periodically to take orders from hungry, beer–drinking guests.

The beautiful remodel features plenty of seating and a bar downstairs and a great upstairs space with more wide open seating overlooking Broughton Street, more TVs and another bar with different taps than are offered downstairs.

The long staircase (no elevator) could be daunting – or the stairway to a beer lover’s heaven.

112 W. Broughton St. (Next to The Gap)/443–1515

Carnivore retreat

Try to slide into Maxwell’s just off of Broughton Street, south at 109 Jefferson St., while the chef still has his big one–and–a–half pound Wagyu bone–in ribeye steak on the menu. It’s accompanied by roasted potatoes and veggies – if you need anything else. The little menu has taken some changes as well, with nary an item scooting past the $11 mark.