UPDATE #2: A search of the Web site for Weingarten Realty, owners of the Clermont Landing property, reveals a site map that has World of Beer in one of the retail spaces. I’ll drive by there tomorrow to see if there are any signs up or any construction action going down. Still have not received a reply from WoB headquarters.
UPDATE: A World of Beer – Clermont Facebook page has been created. It’s only a place holder for now, but does confirm the address and is formatted similarly to other WoB Facebook pages, indicating that it is genuine.
I still haven’t received a response to my inquiry seeking more details from the World of Beer corporate office, but I will update this post if I do.
(Original post) Living so close to Disney World, I’m constantly reminded that sometimes wishes come true.
In perusing a business column in the Orlando Sentinel today, I came across this little tidbit down in the copy that could mean one of my wishes may be coming true.
“World of Beer leased 2,209 square feet of retail space in Clermont Landing.”
I live in Clermont, and often lament to other Florida beer geeks that it’s still as much of a craft beer wasteland as the entire state used to be. Sure, there’s a decent tap here and there, and a couple of liquor stores have some craft beer on the shelves, but finding a wide selection requires a road trip into Orlando or Tampa. I’ve often wished that my little city would become home to a nice craft beer bar.
The Clermont Landing shopping center is only about 10 minutes from my house, and World of Beer bars boast a few dozen taps and hundreds of bottles.
World of Beer is the chain of craft beer bars that started in Tampa in 2007 and now has nearly 20 stores across the state and beyond – new WoB franchises recently opened in Arlington, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio
Clermont is not listed in the “Coming Soon” section of the WoB website, but I’ve sent an email to the corporate office seeking clarification. There are four pubs scheduled to open in Florida next year – Altamonte Springs, Pensacola and two in Miami – and four more coming to other states: Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Savannah, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Columbia, South Carolina.
Clermont Landing currently has a movie theater, retail stores and several restaurants, and it’s on heavily traveled U.S. 27, just south of Highway 50. Clermont itself is in South Lake County, about 30 minutes from Disney World and a just a little more than that from downtown Orlando.
If I get more information, it will be shared here.