This fall, beer lovers no longer have to leave Palm Beach County to enjoy small-batch brews. Florida’s craft suds contribute nearly $1 billion to the state’s economy each year, and a number of the best breweries are local. We tapped five leaders whose brews are rising to the top.
At Due South Brewing Company (561-463-2337) in Boynton Beach, owner Mike Halker turns out a half-dozen core brews including Caramel Cream Ale, Legendairy Milk Stout, and Café Old Espresso Porter, augmented by seasonal specialties. Enjoy the fruits of his labor in the taproom or purchase them at hundreds of local restaurants, bars, and retail stores.
Tequesta Brewing Co.
Matt Webster started as a home brewer and opened TBC (561-745-5000) with partner Fran Andrewlevich in January 2011. Webster produces a range of delights, such as Der Chancellor (a German-style kolsch), Loxahatchee Lager, and Gnarly Barley, an American pale ale. Hungry customers can have food delivered from the Corner Café next door, where Webster got his professional brewing start.
Brew Call: Copperpoint Brewing Company
Boynton Beach’s newest craft brewery, Copperpoint Brewing Company, is helping create a craft beer destination.
Located immediately off I-95, Delray’s first microbrewery, Saltwater Brewery (561-865-5373), urges customers to “explore the depths of beer” and pairs its tasting room with live music and food trucks. Saltwater produces more than 24 variations, and its Screamin’ Reels IPA is now available in cans on retail shelves.
Webster and Andrewlevich opened a second location for the best of reasons. “Demand was outstripping supply, and we needed to increase our output,” Webster says. For the spiritually minded, the Palm Beach Gardens’ Twisted Trunk brewery (561-671-2337) offers Detox Yoga every Sunday morning—one hour of hot Vinyasa yoga with a pint of cold beer.
The Boca Raton branch (561-368-4643) of Oakland Park’s hugely successful Funky Buddha brewery features a taproom with 110 beers (including its own), a full menu, music, art shows, and comedy. Want to make the beer yourself? Visit its homebrew store and stock up on grains, yeast, hops, and equipment.