November 2, 2016

What A Wonderful WORLD!

I see taps with beers, inside coolers too. I see them getting cold - for me and you. I’m seeing food that looks yummy, a team of great cooks prepping for entry into my tummy and I think to myself… What a wonderful world! We truly are blessed to live in a world with delicious food and creative craft beers to enjoy from all over the world. This particular world I want to talk about happens to be a brick and mortar, not the mass floating through space Louie Armstrong was singing about.

That world I want to share with you is, World of Beer which sits in the lowertown neighborhood of downtown St. Paul. Before I begin, I absolutely understand that this happens to be a national chain, but I couldn’t say no! My wife and I, with some friends of ours were out on the town a few months ago when we came across World of Beer for the first time. Even though we were able to walk right in, it was only open for a private “soft opening” event. My eyes lit up when I saw all the beer, from all over the world and it was a must that we return.

Fast forward to October, tickets to NEEDTOBREATHE, Mat Kearney and Parachute at the Roy and a stop at World of Beer. It was time to check out the menu and check out some beers. It happened to be Happy Hour when we stopped in (3-7pm is pretty awesome) with $4 draughts and $5 Tavern Shares. Perfect!

My wife and I went for a local Tin Whiskers Wheat Stone Bridge to start and ordered 4 items from the Tavern Shares. We went for the Beef Barbacoa Tacos (described as street tacos), Chimichurri Meatballs, Southern Fried Pickles and a Margherita Flatbread. Let’s break these courses down for you.

The Tin Whiskers is an awesome wheat creation and a little later I had a Rogue Nectar which was oh so yummy. Definitely more to go back for to enjoy! As for the food, we’ll start with my least favorite item of the four… Who am I kidding, I didn’t really have one, but I will start with the tacos, not exactly as described. Ok, so the tacos aren’t exactly authentic street tacos, but damn were they good. Beef was very tender and juicy and the Sriracha Lime Aioli was outstanding.
Next up, the Southern Fired Pickles. An assortment of dill pickle chips, pickled peppadews, and spicy pickled green beans that are all hand battered and served with a local IPA dipping sauce that was also outstanding. I ‘m not a huge fan of fried pickles, but this was an awesome selection by my wife (who loves fried pickles).
Moving on to the Chimichurri Meatballs. A Latin-inspired beef and pork meatball (good size too) topped with fresh garlic and herb sauce and an exceptional chimichurri. Served with an arugula salad that I also, actually ate! Seriously, this is a must get! Anything that is meat related and served with chimichurri (quality chimichurri) sauce should never be overlooked and always consumed!
And finally, my wife’s other selection, the Margherita Pizza. Those who know me best, know I am not at all a big fan of this style of pizza, but always willing to try. To my surprise, I wanted to order another one. It even shocked my wife! Fresh tomatoes & mozz over a basil & pine nut pesto, drizzled with a sweet balsamic glaze & topped with fresh arugula. Seriously, It’s another must get!
Something I find fun about the cuisine at World of Beer is the beer pairing. Instead of a fine wine you should select, it’s a finely crafted brew which is a much better selection for us beer lovers. I didn’t see any rainbows so pretty in the sky, but plenty of friends shaking hands saying hi. World of Beers should be on your list to visit if you love unique food and beers.

World of Beer
356 Sibley Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

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