Raleigh, N.C. — Boasting 500 craft beers and 50 rotating taps, World of Beer has long been a beer lover’s destination. But for those of us craving more than a few pints, World of Beer didn’t have much to offer. That changed with the introduction of World of Beer’s Tavern Fare menu. Featuring appetizers, flatbreads, salads, sandwiches and desserts, World of Beer’s Tavern Fare dishes are designed to be ideal pairings with a cold glass of your favorite pour.
World of Beer’s colossal German soft pretzel was a sight to behold, tempting my appetite while dangling from a hook.
Looks were deceiving, however, as the pretzel’s lack of salt made for bland bread. The beer cheese dip served alongside didn’t make up for the boring pretzel - it resembled stadium nacho cheese and lacked any beer flavor.
The flavor absent from the pretzel and beer cheese dip showed up in World of Beer’s artisan sausage board, a delectable variety of bite size sausages waiting to be skewered by toothpicks.
The board was a perfect savory compliment to a craft brew. While the jalapeno cheddar sausage sounded the most intriguing, it was the cracked black pepper sausage that had the most depth of flavor.
Cheese, carbs and steak - if there was a holy trinity of bar food, that may be it. World of Beer’s black and blue flatbread unites the trio in one glorious bite.
Mushrooms and blue cheese give the flatbread some assertiveness and a balsamic glazed offers a tart balance.
Don’t let the sriracha lime aioli scare you, World of Beer’s shrimp tacos won't engulf your mouth in flames. An unexpected sweetness and fresh cilantro leave just enough spice for a cold drink to wash down right away.
With the State Fair still about a month out, the fried apple dessert at World of Beer is the closest you can get to a funnel cake until the fairground gates open. Softened rings of apples coated with a sweet crunchy batter, these warm sugar bombs are an excellent way to finish your night … if your beer hasn’t taken you out first.
Bar menus can often be heedless, but World of Beers' tavern menu was created with the beer drinker in mind, ensuring a quenched thirst and a full belly.
Elliott Acosta covers Triangle-area cuisine on his blog, Eat Raleigh.