Is serving more than 500 beers excessive? Judging by the brimming crowd at World of Beer last Friday, the simple answer is hell no.

Is serving more than 500 beers excessive? Judging by the brimming crowd at World of Beer last Friday, the simple answer is hell no.

Hopheads are flocking to the Florida franchise's first location outside of the Sunshine State, and it has become the newest spot in the reinvigorated Brewery District. With 500 varieties of bottles and 50 drafts - all crafts and imports, no mass-produced domestics - the beer geek has a new home.

"We think it works really well … the Midwest drinks more beer per capita than anywhere else in the U.S," said franchise partner Darren Greene. "Specifically, we love the location, love the fact that it's the historic Brewery District. This building was owned by Hoster's brewery."

Multiple selections from well-known suppliers like Dogfish Head, Lagunitas, Founders, Stone and Bell's are always available in a bottle and are usually on draft.

"The craft beer movement is beginning to gain popularity. You can try a bunch of cool stuff, the entry level is affordable and people really get into it," said franchise partner Mark Pottschmidt.

If the beer you like isn't on draft, just wait a day or two. Each day new kegs are rotated in, and the menu lists beers that will be available in the near future. See an up-to-date draft list on the World of Beer's Facebook page.

My quick perusal of the bottles menu turned up names of a handful of breweries I wasn't familiar with, and I take pride in my beer snobbery.

If the long list seems overwhelming, just ask for help. The staff has gone through a rigorous training program, and they'll help novices find the right beer. Even the seasoned swiller could learn a thing or two from talking with them.

The Loyalty Card program rewards customers who like to branch out. The $15 card keeps track of the different beers you've ordered and doles out gifts (T-shirts, mugs, plaques) depending on your level. If you try 500 beers, you earn a party with a $250 tab. Liver, don't fail me now.

Nearby restaurants Plank's, Claddagh, T. Murray's Bar and Kitchen, and Backstage Bistro deliver food to the bar, because unfortunately you can't live on beer alone.