*This post was written by Edgar Castillo and edited/formatted by The Lunch Belle. All photos were captured by Mr. Castillo.**
Restaurant: World of Beer
- Cuisine: Bar food/gastropub
- Pricing: $-$$
- What's delicious: 550 craft beers(!), Ahi Tuna Tacos, Chimay Burger, German Pretzel (+ beer cheese)
- Perfect for: Craft beer-aficionados, where to watch the game, bro date, casual - yet elevated - bar food and drink
From a solid array of tavern eats and craft beer menus that are printed daily (twenty-plus featured beers with thirty rotating options from all over the world) to 'Trivia Night Tuesday's' and 'Football Sunday's (during the season),' Chelsea's World of Beer is a casual destination for quality and fun. Quality fun!
Being that I was invited for a food/beer tasting, WOB (World of Beer) provided my guest and I with various offerings that are currently available on both the regular and seasonal menus.
I will review what we tasted and sipped in chronological order of what was served:
The Colorado Chili was intrepid, robust, and savory without being too spicy. For a Texan who holds this dish in high regard, it did not let me down. That was until I happened upon the spoonful containing a bean or two (Beans in chili are a cardinal sin in the Lone Star State - luckily, this version was named for Colorado, the Centennial State, so it got a free pass.).
To accompany the chili and the forthcoming appetizers, we were treated to three generous flights of craft beer. The first of which included:
- Lancaster Strawberry Wheat
- Dogfish Head Chocolate Lobster: A dark ale brewed with real lobster (allergy alert!) - my instant favorite because of its robust, dark notes and cocoa flavor
- Goose Island Sofie
- Kelso Nut Brown Lager
- Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale: Orange rind, wheat undertones
- Evil Twin Sour: Similar to Sorachi Ace, high notes of banana peel and airy herbs
- Gun Hill Void of Light
- Brooklyn Sorachi Ace: One of my recent favorites featuring a rare, Japanese-developed hop called Sorachi Ace, a varietal noted for its unique lemon zest/lemongrass aroma
The appetizers round continued with a German Pretzel, which was accompanied by a bowl of molten beer cheese (so good, in fact, that I’d order a side of that shit alone if they’d let me)! The pretzel, bigger than a sports car’s steering wheel, had great texture and made for the perfect treat to share!
Like a hobbit sitting down to a second breakfast, we were presented with yet another appetizer to sample. No complaints here! The Ahi Tuna Tacos were so delicious, in fact, that they made me question my hard and fast rule of only ordering tacos at trusted taquerias. The tuna, light and buttery with a tart-but-bold kick from the sriracha lime aioli, was enveloped by freshly-made roasted tomato and corn salsa and queso fresco.
Honestly, we could have ended the night with a refill (or two) of these bad boys!
The Black and Blue Flatbread was savory, filling, and the flavors of the blue cheese and juicy steak blended together very nicely. The balsamic reduction, while heavy-handed in its application, made for the perfect juxtaposition of sweet and savory.
The Chimay Burger was hands down, the most remarkable item of the night. From the onions caramelized to perfection and the elegantly-sauteed mushrooms, to the Chimay Classique Cheese, this sandwich stands alone in a class by itself! I don’t think I’ve ever said this about a burger, but it quite literally melted in my mouth! Here it is, almost a month later and I'm still dreaming about it...
*Order this burger 'medium rare' to capitalize on all of the textures, flavors, and juices.
After we enjoyed two more flights of craft beer, it was time for dessert!
The Kahlua Belgian Waffle S’mores were a fun, modern spin on the campfire classic (albeit super STICKY), and the Caramel Apple Rings were a pseudo twist on a traditional apple turnover, accompanied by a decadent salted caramel sauce.
The tasting menu that we were provided is only a sampling of what the restaurant and beer hall has to offer. With tantalizing selections such as Chimichurri meatballs, fried pickles, and artisan sausage boards - in addition to the numerous options on tap - there is surely something for everyone at WOB.
Until we eat again,
Edgar Castillo for The Lunch Belle