by Dan Gibson
Good news if you like beer (not so great news if you hate franchises, I suppose), as the nationwide chain World of Beer is opening a 3,150 square foot location in the Cadence property downtown. World of Beer already has a location on Mill Avenue in Tempe, which will inevitably lead to the "Downtown is turning in to Mill!" uproar that frequently pops up around here, for understandable reasons.
For what it's worth, the Tempe location has 50 beers on tap (and good ones), a ton of stuff in bottles, and you can buy a mixed six-pack to go, and it would stand to reason (although I haven't heard from the World of Beer marketing person yet) that those some qualities would be present at the new Tucson location, set to open in November. On the other hand, there are plenty of great beers on tap already at local establishments downtown and it would appear Tap & Bottle might actually be close to opening on the other end of the area soon.
Decide for yourself whether this is a good thing or not near the end of the year.