There’s no doubt that cider is on a serious upswing, especially considering the recent launch of Wassail, which is dedicated to the fermented apple beverage. But that doesn’t mean that beer is losing any ground as an increasingly respected wine alternative, and World of Beer — an upcoming, 5,000-square foot temple of suds in Chelsea — only cements its supremacy.
Located in Chelsea, the sprawling tavern will offer over 500 bottles and 50 rotating taps from around the globe, with a particular emphasis on New York’s own burgeoning brew scene. That means, they’ll frequently partner with area establishments such as Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint, Kelso, Gun Hill Brewing Co., Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, and Singlecut Beersmiths, to offer tap takeovers, rare brews and beer education classes. For a truly hyper-local option, you can also opt for one of WOB’s house-infused libations, made by using a special “tower” to integrate fruits, herbs, coffee or extra hops into a base beer.
And with all that space, you can bet that World of Beer is a lot more than just your average suds-soaked dive. A 1,200-square foot patio will allow patrons to enjoy a pint in the sun while listening to live music and grazing on pub grub, including Giant Bavarian Pretzels, Black and Tan Onion Rings, Guinness “Brat” Sliders and Burgers topped with melted Chimay cheese (specially trained servers will help guide you towards ideal beverage pairings). So why waste time with pedestrian Sam Adams and watery Coronas this season? Because in just a couple of weeks (May 11th, to be precise), World of Beer will bring a wealth of delightfully boozy options to the heart of Chelsea.