Hundreds of brands of beer has arrived and the doors are open at World of Beer on Detroit Avenue.
The new, 3,800-square-foot bar marked its grand opening in the INA Building with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.
The highly anticipated bar will feature 500 different bottles of beer and offer 50 drafts that rotate every night.
But this bar chain will only serve fancy beers.
“Our focus is definitely on the beer,” said Mark Pottschmidt, a partner in the enterprise, adding that dozens of employees have already undergone a rigorous two-week “beer school.”
“Beer school definitely sets us apart,” said Darren Greene, a co-owner of World of Beer. “The educational component is definitely something that’s very important to us.”
Liquor won’t be served at World of Beer, but a few wines will be offered.
Instead of serving food, World of Beer will partner with area restaurants that will deliver the food to the table. Eddie ‘N Eddie's, located in the space next door, will even staff a server inside World of Beer.
“We were looking at the Cleveland market, and we fell in love with Lakewood,” said Pottschmidt. “We went to Melt, Deagan’s and Eddie ‘N Eddie and saw that they all had craft beer… Lakewood is already ahead of the craft beer movement.”