101 bottles of beer on the wall, 101 bottles of beer.

If one of those bottles should happen to fall,

Apologize for your clumsiness and ask one of the nice employees for a replacement bottle of beer from the wall.

Yes, it’s a song as old as time, or at least as old as beer, which is nearly as old as reasonably civilized humanity.

In Kent, a bit off the main drag in the Kinko’s parking lot, sits a beer and wine store called (wait for it) 101 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.

Ostensibly, 101 Bottles is a glorious place for adventurous imbibers to stare longingly and confusedly at the many wall-sized coolers filled to the top with domestic, craft, imported, exotic and unusual beers and wines. 101 Bottles boasts more than 700 different beers in every major style and more than 1,500 bottles of wine, including various kinds of sake and mead.

But head a little further in, past the coolers and the shelves stocked with wine from around the globe, and you’ll find a cozy little bar. At that short bar are some stools, surrounded by a few small tables and a couple of knowledgeable bartenders slinging beer fresh from the 24 rotating taps.

There’s not much room, so this might be a little small for your post-work group hang, but for folks who just enjoy sitting at a bar or a table while enjoying a beer you could do much worse. You can try a flight of four 4-ounce samples for $9.50.

In addition to the taps, 101 Bottles also has a small mixed-drink menu, several of which contain Fireball (cough! college town! cough!). But for drinkers who aren’t into swilling low-wattage fake whiskey with a handful of Hot Tamales dropped in it, there are seven varieties of flavored moonshine and an interesting array of drinks derived from them, including the Donkey Punch that features five flavors of moonshine and sour mix for $8.

For those who need a little bit more elbow room, out back is a lengthy but skinny patio with a picturesque view of the business and parking lot behind the store. Out there you and your dog (no pups inside, please) can hang out, chitchat and drink something from the bar.

101 Bottles offers no food, but it’s flanked by a pizza shop and a sandwich joint and they don’t mind if you bring food in (seriously, though, dogs on the patio only, thanks). On many Fridays, 101 Bottles welcomes an area food truck and pairs it with a specific brewery. On July 6, folks can enjoy North Carolina-based Hi Wire brews with The Cookery.

Caroline Franks, 21, Alec Rodak, 22, and Archie the husky, about 20 weeks, have become regular customers at 101 Bottles in their relatively short time as legal-aged drinkers. It was on Franks’ short list of places to go after her 21st birthday.

“I haven’t been 21 long, but not many places have this many different beers,” Franks said. While many newly legal drinkers will swallow anything that comes in a pitcher, Franks, a nursing student at Kent, developed more refined tastes from her craft beer connoisseur parents.

Rodak, a construction management major, appreciates being able to bring his furry friend along.

“There aren’t that many places that have a place for dogs. They even have treats and water,” Rodak said as Archie demanded some attention.

The two say that if they’re out with a bunch of friends, they’ll drink whatever’s on sale to help keep the celebration going, but coming to 101 Bottles is for chilling and savoring their chosen malt beverages — lagers and IPA for Franks, stouts and variety for Rodak. (“I like it all,” he said.)

For folks who live nearby, 101 Bottles of Beer On the Wall is worthy of becoming part of your cool-close-places-to-drink circuit. For others, the casual cozy bar and relaxed patio make a good start for your next Kent-based adventure.

Malcolm X Abram can be reached at mabram@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3758. Follow him on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1lNgxml or on Twitter @malcolmabramABJ.