Here’s why your craft beer may taste different these days

With the air getting cool, it’s the perfect time of year to warm your body with a tall glass of beer. Even Pumpkin beer if you’d like.

Whether you’re a true fan with a sensitive palate or not, the current state-of-hop-emergency may affect your buzz.

But before we go there, you need to know what a hop is?

A hop is used to flavor a beer, and the flavor you get depends on when you add the hops. If you add them at the beginning, the beer will be bitter; if you add them toward the end of a boil, they will produce more of an aroma than a taste.

EVERCREECH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Jazz Tupman holds up some hops which are used to brew beer at the Wild Beer Co brewery at Lower Westcombe Farm on February 11, 2016 near Evercreech, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EVERCREECH, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: Jazz Tupman holds up some hops which are used to brew beer at the Wild Beer Co brewery at Lower Westcombe Farm on February 11, 2016 near Evercreech, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Hops sound pretty great, right? So why are we in a state-of-emergency? Well, the craft beer world is currently suffering from a major hop-shortage. Last year, Europe experienced a serious drought, which didn’t allow farmers to grow the hop-crop, causing this hop-tastrophe.

Our favorite beers all come from hops, even our famous, locally-brewed ‘Chancellor’ from Tequesta Brewing Company, who ironically, just celebrated its yearly, ‘Hop Week’. Tequesta Brewing Company (big sister to Palm Beach Garden’s Twisted Trunk), explains that Europe’s drought has not only made it hard to find European hops, but has also caused the price of American hops to rise.

Tequesta Brewing Company brewer and owner Matt Webster started home brewing at age 21. He has been brewing professionally since 2008, and keeps six to seven beers on tap at all times. TBC brewery and bar is located on U.S. Highway One in Tequesta. (Bill Ingram /The Palm Beach Post)
Tequesta Brewing Company brewer and owner Matt Webster started home brewing at age 21. He has been brewing professionally since 2008, and keeps six to seven beers on tap at all times. TBC brewery and bar is located on U.S. Highway One in Tequesta. (Bill Ingram /The Palm Beach Post)

TBC also says that it is much harder to acquire mosaic, citric and galaxia hops — three of the most popular varieties.

The brewery has a hop-purveyor who gets European hops for them, brew-master Matt Webster explained. The crop was so bad that the purveyor couldn’t complete the order, and the brewery had to turn to American hops.

Not that there is anything wrong with American hops. In fact, other Palm Beach County breweries like Due South in Boynton Beach aren’t affected at all by the hops shortage because they already brew with American hops from places like Yakima, Washington. For TBC, though, German hops is go-to source and they want to stay who they are.

Left to right: Ashley Doane, Delray Beach, Ashley Hayes, Laurie Schuster, Nancy Colman and Michelle Hershey, all of Boca Raton, gathered at the Saltwater Brewery bar following their yoga class at the Delray Beach craft brewery on Sunday, August 23, 2015. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)
Left to right: Ashley Doane, Delray Beach, Ashley Hayes, Laurie Schuster, Nancy Colman and Michelle Hershey, all of Boca Raton, gathered at the Saltwater Brewery bar following their yoga class at the Delray Beach craft brewery on Sunday, August 23, 2015. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

So are we in a hop shortage? Yes. Will our favorite local breweries still produce our favorite drinks? Yes. Is Tequesta Brewing Company still putting out great beers? A for sure, yes.

And finally, should we worry about the lack of hops? Not just yet, so head over to your favorite local craft brewery and grab a pint, especially while your favorites are still on tap.

Burgers and beer are besties, so don’t miss this exclusive dinner.

If you love a delicious hand-crafted burger and have got a thing for quality craft beer, the $55 you’d spend on this exclusive, four-course dinner will be worth it.

Burger Bar is holding its final Summer Tasting Dinner on Wednesday — an exclusive event limited to only 20 guests.

Expect a four-course tasting menu that features Twisted Trunk’s craft beers, which pair perfectly with what’s on the chef’s menu for the evening.

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Burger Bar is at Donald Ross Village, Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post file).

Want to know what’s on the menu? Here’s a preview:

Second Course: Twisted Trunk’s Watermelon Saison served with a chili-glazed pork belly slider, pickled watermelon, sea salt aioli and micro cilantro.

To reserve your seat at the table, purchase a ticket here or call 561-630-4545.


Twisted Trunk will provide the locally brewed suds. (Palm Beach Post file)
Twisted Trunk will provide the locally brewed suds. (Palm Beach Post file)

The Deets:

What: Burger Bar and Twisted Trunk Brewing Co. Craft Beer & Food Pairing

When: Wednesday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Burger Bar, Donald Ross Village, 4650 Donald Ross Rd, Palm Beach Gardens

Cost: $55 gets you a seat at a table for 20, and a four-course meal.

Sample great food, beer this weekend at Palm Beach Zoo’s Food Truck Safari

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Food Truck Safari is at the Palm Beach Zoo July 16.

Food Truck Safari will be at the Palm Beach Zoo Saturday, July 16. The trucks scheduled to appear include CheeseZilla, CrayZlicious, Karate’s Kitchen, Tacos Veracruz, PS561 and The Waffle Wagon.

Beer and wine will be available, featuring a Copperpoint Brewing Company tap takeover.

Related: Food Truck Guide of Palm Beach County

The gates open at 4:30 p.m., truck windows open at 5 p.m. Admission starts at $10 for adult non-members, $9 for adult members, $7 for child non-members, and $6 for children members, under 3 free. Carousel rides are free for members.

Four free beers for leap year: This brewery is giving them away

Matt Cox of Copperpoint Brewing Company is giving away four free beers today to leap-year babies. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Copperpoint Brewing owner and head brewer Matt Cox is giving away four free beers today to leap-year babies. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

You know what rhymes with leap year? Free beer.

Copperpoint Brewing is helping those born on Feb. 29 make up for lost time by offering them four free beers today in their taproom. Leap-year babies need only show valid identification for the promotion, according to Copperpoint’s Instagram page.

There are plenty of beers to chose from at the brewery the Palm Beach Post named its 2015 Brewery of the Year in December. Regularly on tap is the B. Rabbit Stout, a lighter, more porter-like dark beer brewed with specially roasted local Rabbit Coffee beans. Their blood-orange wheat beer was a Post Beer of the Week last year.

IF YOU GO

Copperpoint Brewing Co.

151 Commerce Drive, Boynton Beach

561-510-1253

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Who won the chef battle at Palm Beach Food & Wine fest finale?

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Some of South Florida’s best restaurants put forth stellar dishes at the Grand Tasting of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. Coolinary Cafe’s bacon rillete and Meat Market’s prime rib bite were among the favorites at the Biergarten section of the festival, held at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. (Carlos Frías/The Palm Beach Post)

 

Better for the 2015 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival to go out in a blaze of glorious grilling.

The four-day festival capped its final event, the Grand Tasting at The Gardens Mall — outgrowing  the island for the first time in its 9-year history — with an ultimate chefs battle.

Chefs from Cafe Boulud, EmKo Palm Beach and Buccan tested their skills with Creekstone Farms organic Angus beef and Duroc pork in 30 minutes. And they knew they were cooking for discerning palates, with judges that included celebrity chefs Marc Murphy and Robert Irvine.

In the end, EmKo’s Nick Martinkovic won the crown and $10,000 for his charity, No Kid Hungry, with his grilled skirt steak, pork jowel, broccoli stem and cured egg yolk. He edged out Café Boulud’s Jimmy Strine and Buccan’s Taylor Balderson.

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This local brewery just opened a sleek new restaurant inside

Beer pairings are offered with every dish at the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha. (Contributed photo)
Beer pairings are offered with every dish at the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha. (Contributed photo)

Dinner is served.

Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park debuts its in-house, fast-casual restaurant, the Craft Food Counter & Kitchen, beginning today. The brewery, founded in Boca Raton in 2012, is the only brewery in South Florida to offer a full-service restaurant.

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There's a gastropub feel to the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha Brewery. (Contributed)
There’s a gastropub feel to the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha Brewery. (Contributed)

The brewery that uses culinary flavors in their beer — Hello, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and Blueberry Cobbler Ale — naturally has returned the favor to the food. Beer and spent grains used in brewing is used in nearly every dish, from the beer-buttered challah grilled cheese to beer-braised pork shoulder sandwiches. All of the dishes offer a suggested beer pairing. Click here for  sample of the menu: Craft food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha.

IF YOU GO

What: The Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha Brewery opens today.

Where: 1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park.

Hours: Noon to Midnight every day.

More info: 954-440-0046, http://www.funkybuddhabrewery.com

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Beer from this local brewery will soon be available throughout South Florida

The Copperpoint Brewing Company logo is prominently displayed on the brick wall in the Copperpoint craft beer brewery in Boynton Beach. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)
Boynton Beach’s Copperpoint Brewing will begin distributing its beers locally, beginning in Palm Beach County. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

 

Make some room on the local tap list.

Palm Beach County’s newest craft beer brand, the five-month-old Copperpoint Brewing in Boynton Beach, will be available on draft outside the brewery for the first time this month. A dozen local bars and restaurants, to begin with, will carry beer by the brewer who won one of Florida’s first gold medals from the highly regarded Great American Beer Festival.

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“Brew 2 At The Zoo” welcomes beer drinkers and designated drivers alike

One of the breweries involved is Due South.
One of the breweries involved is Due South.

“Brew 2 At The Zoo,” the Palm Beach Zoo’s gift to fans of local craft beers, takes place on Saturday from 5:30-9 and offers more than 25 brews from Florida, about half of them from within a 50-mile radius. Not only does the event offer a $35 barrell-full of goodies for the drinking, including a collectible sampling mug and lanyard, but for $15, the responsible non-drinkers in your party can come in for free water and soft drinks while they enjoy live music and the knowledge that their drinking friends totally owe them.

Featured breweries includ Due South, Saltwater, Twisted Trunk, Accomplice, Barrel of Monks, Native, Inlet, Tequesta Brewing, Funky Buddha, Wynwood, Cigar City and more.

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Local Funky Buddha Brewery to collaborate on beer for national distribution

Funky Buddha Brewery co-owner KC Sentz, left, is in North Carolina with his brother, partner and brewmaster Ryan Sentz to collaborate on a beer with Sierra Nevada Brewing that will be distributed nationally. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Funky Buddha Brewery co-owner KC Sentz, left, is in North Carolina with his brother, partner and brewmaster Ryan Sentz to collaborate on a beer with Sierra Nevada Brewing that will be distributed nationally. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Ryan Sentz (Libby Volgyes/The Palm Beach Post)
Ryan Sentz (Libby Volgyes/The Palm Beach Post)

Funky Buddha Brewery, founded in Boca Raton and based in Oakland Park, was  asked by one of the country’s largest brewers, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., to collaborate on a special six-pack that will be distributed across the country next year.

For this Beer Camp Across America 2016, Sierra Nevada asked six breweries to each choose four other breweries to join them in Asheville, N.C., to create six different beers in collaboration with Sierra, the United States’ seventh largest brewer. Thirty breweries, plus Sierra, will be involved.

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Local Beer of the Week: Belgian blonde aged in massive oak cask

Best Local Beer of the Week: Summer Wind Belgian ale

What it is

Summer Wind blonde ale was aged 3 1/2 months in foudre, a massive oak container used to age wine or beer. (Contributed photo)
Summer Wind blonde ale was aged 3 1/2 months in foudre, a massive oak container used to age wine or beer. (Contributed photo)

Take note when lifelong brewmaster Fran Andrewlevich, co-founder of Twisted Trunk Brewing and Tequesta Brewing Co., says he has finally created a beer he has spent his entire career trying to brew. Twisted Trunk aged a Belgian blonde ale in a foudre, a large wooden cask that holds up to 600 gallons of beer. After brewing the beer with Belgian malted barley and German yeasts, the beer spent 3 ½ months in the foudre with Belgian sour yeasts to give Summer Wind a singular, distinctive flavor. Expect notes of apples, pears and spice from the Minnesota white oak. Several kegs of this beer will be treated with other flavors (such as an upcoming peach-lemongrass concoction) to add even more depth. And expect a unique batch of beer every time it comes out of Twisted’s foudre. “The barrel has a mind of its own, and that’s the beauty of it,” Andrewlevich said.

Where to get it

The foudre will be tapped for the first time Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Twisted Trunk’s brewery in Palm Beach Gardens. Cost: $5 pints at the brewery taproom, $4 during happy hour, Tuesday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Twisted Trunk Brewing Co., 2000 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. 561-671-2337

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