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.
Best Local Beer of the Week: barrel-aged Mariana Trench imperial stout by Due South
What it is
Take Due South Brewing Co.’s most complex beer, Mariana Trench — deep and dark in color like the eponymous Atlantic Ocean trench — which they make only once a year and which won a gold medal at the Best Florida Beer Championship; and now age it for almost a year in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. That’s how you make a beer that puts you — and keeps you — on the map locally, regionally and nationally. (It’s no surprise there’s an appetite for Due South’s brews in beer-crazy Philadelphia.) It’s a high-alcohol beer (about 10 percent alcohol by volume) brewed with cocoa and vanilla to give it intense and complex flavors, aged in one of 17 premium barrels that some adventurous Due South employee trucked down in an old pickup from Kentucky. This is Due South’s third year brewing and aging this beer, and they will continue to age nine barrels’ worth for future experimentation.
Where to get it
Due South will bottle only 1,300 22-ounce bottles of barrel-aged Mariana Trench, which it will sell exclusively at its brewery Saturday at noon. And when they’re gone, they’re gone — until next year’s batch. There will be a limit of four bottles per person. The beer will go on sale at exactly noon, though a line will be forming, guaranteed, hours before. For those who would rather not wait in line, the beer will also be on tap at the brewery and later at select bars in South Florida in limited quantities. Two of those are The Brass Tap in Boynton Beach and Tap 42 in Boca Raton.
Due South Brewing, 2900 High Ridge Rd. #3 Boynton Beach, 561-463-2337
Blood orange Belgian wheat ale from Copperpoint Brewery
What it is
One of the summer favorites at the three-month old Coppperpoint Brewery in Boytnon Beach has been its Belgian wit wheat ale (also known as a witbier), the Witness. But one particular variant of that carefully crafted beer is a blood-orange variety. To the standard Witness, which is brewed with Florida oranges and coriander to give it a citrusy, peppery flavor, brewmaster/owner Matt Cox adds hard-to-source blood oranges (peels, juice, everything). This treatment gives an already flavorful beer a tart bite and a fragrant citrus scent. The beer takes extra long to make, costs more, but as Cox said, “we do it because it’s good. And good things never come easy.” Except drinking this finely crafted beer; that comes very easily. It’s the perfect goodbye to summer.
Where to get it
Copperpoint won’t begin distributing its beer to local bars and restaurants for at least another 30 days. Until then, its beers are available only in its taproom. The blood orange wit is a limited beer, so get it while it’s available. It costs $5.50 for a 13-ounce pour in a snifter. But during happy hour Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., all beers are $4.