World of Beer Coming to Ballston This Summer

The “craft beer sports bar” will stock 500 bottles and rotate kegs through 50 taps.

A World of Beer sign goes up at the chain bar’s Raleigh, North Carolina location. Photograph courtesy World of Beer via Facebook

NoVa soccer fans, you should soon have a new place to view those early morning matches. World of Beer franchisee Evan Matz says he will open the region’s first location of the Florida-based beer chain in Ballston this June or July, depending on the permitting process. (The ArlNow blog first noticed this morning that the company had applied for an ABC permit at 901 North Glebe Road.)

Matz says the chain bills itself as a “craft beer sports bar,” with more than 500 bottles and 50 rotating taps. “We don’t have the Buds or the Millers,” he explains. Instead, staffers are trained to guide people toward beers from an ever-changing collection of brewskies hailing from Germany, Belgium, Israel, Japan, and Australia, among other places. Selection changes depending on what’s available locally.

A limited menu of “brats, sausages, and dogs, plus jalapeño-and-cheese-stuffed pretzels and meat and cheese platters” will be on offer at World of Beers, and Matz says he plans to partner with other local restaurants, arranging a delivery deal so customers can order their food to the bar. Guests will even be allowed to bring in food from home, should they so desire.

The bar will open early for special sports events such as soccer matches, and will host live music acts four to five nights a week. An industry night with drink deals happens Mondays; on Wednesdays, there will be special beer-education classes and discounts for students and teachers. Thursday will be ladies’ night.