I've noticed that not a lot of other beer bloggers write about the beer shopping experience. For me it is one of the best aspects but that's because I'm a hoarder and collector. I like hunting out a rare bottle in a favorite shop and I also like finding a great six pack in a gas station. I like beer shopping as much as going to a pub and enjoy gabbing with the people who run the places. I thought I had had good experiences of getting verklempt at the sight of 20,000 quarts of 1,157 types of beer... then I read this news today. Oh. Boy.:
Beers of the World, which has two other locations in the region, plans to open a store at the site, 2599 East Henrietta Road in Henrietta, by June... "There's going to be some renovation done inside, a new façade in the front," Angotti said, "and as soon as all that work is done, we'll be opening." Angotti, of Henrietta, added that the new store will feature a variety of beers from countries all over the globe. The new store will occupy about 32,000 square feet of the building.
I like Beers of the World but have only been there once as it isn't near my natural NY states travel routes. Yet the news got me thinking. Sure Garrett Oliver can say that brewing the hoppiest beer is like cooking the saltiest food... but biggest beer store? That's where quantity and quality merge, right?
As Troy once said of the current site "[t]o me it was heaven." But what is heaven like when it comes in a larger new and improved 32,000 square foot retail space? That is just under three-quarters of an acre! Is that the biggest shop out there or are there any larger ones you know of?
Update: Inspired by Steve from the comments, here is the comparison according to Google Maps. Rochester is on the left, DaveCo of Denver on the right: