National Beer Day: Best craft beers in Palm Beach County

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One of the many craft beers available at Copperpoint Brewing Company in Boynton Beach, FL. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

Beer drinkers rejoice! It’s National Beer Day! And we have some ideas on where to enjoy the best beers in Palm Beach County.

It’s almost impossible to have tasted every variety of every beer brewed at each of the county’s nine breweries — and that’s a good problem to have.

These Beers of the Year (2015)— and our choice for 2015 Brewery of the Year, which is Copperpoint Brewery in Boynton Beach — are a nod to the best locally brewed craft beers around. Cheers!

The best craft beers of Palm Beach County: 2015 Beers of the Year

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Palm Beach County is brewing too much good beer.

By that I mean it’s almost impossible to have tasted every variety of every beer brewed at each of the county’s nine breweries — and that’s a good problem to have.

These Beers of the Year — and my choice for Brewery of the Year, which is Copperpoint Brewery in Boynton Beach — are a nod to the best locally brewed craft beer I sipped this year. Cheers!

The best brewed craft beers of Palm Beach County: 2015 Beers of the Year

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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See which local craft beers now available at renovated Dolphins stadium

Due South's Caramel Cream Ale put the Boyton Beach brewery on the map. (Handout photo)
Due South’s Brewing’s (Boynton Beach) Caramel Cream Ale will be available at the renovated Dolphins Stadium. (Handout photo)

The Miami Dolphins clearly know how to draught.

The renovated Sun Life Stadium will toast the team’s home opener on Sept. 27 with two new taprooms, serving 16cq varieties of Florida craft beer on tap and 15 others in bottles and cans. There will be as many as 52 craft beers available — including national and local breweries, such as four from Palm Beach County.

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The Dolphins are emphasizing local beers. All of stadium’s draft craft beer will be from Florida.

“Our fans have told us that they want more variety and more local flavors, not only in the food they eat, but in what they drink,” said Ben Metzger, the Dolphins’ director of concessions. “We wanted great beers from great breweries that represented a wide range of tastes. Our hope is that fans will be able to come and get the beers that they already know and love, but also be able to try and discover new ones that will become new favorites.”

Due South Brewing’s Caramel Cream Ale and Saltwater Brewery’s Screamin’ Reels IPA — a Palm Beach Post Beer of the Week — will be available in cans. Tequesta Brewing Co.’s Der Chancellor golden ale is in bottles. Funky Buddha Brewing’s Floridian wheat ale, Hop Gun IPA and Crusher IPA will be on tap, alongside other South Florida craft breweries such as Miami’s Wynwood Brewing, Doral’s MIA Brewing, the Islamorada Beer Co. and Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing.

Metzger said the stadium wanted to serve beer that paired well with South Florida’s weather.

“Many of the breweries are developing beers that are tweaked to the local palette, or are perfecting beers that just taste great on a hot and humid Florida day,” He said. “This allows us to offer that breadth – so you’ll be able to enjoy a great pilsner, hefeweizen, or blonde ale; but then still be able to carry a couple fantastic IPAs for the people who are craving hops.”

(Hat tip to Palm Beach Post Dolphins beat writer Hal Habib for getting his hands on the beer list.)

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News and features from Palm Beach County's craft beer scene.
News and features from Palm Beach County’s craft beer scene.

It’s too bad killer whales don’t drink craft beer.

Last year alone, independently owned Florida breweries produced enough craft beer to fill Shamu’s tank at SeaWorld six-and-half times — nearly 35 million gallons — and have enough left over for the world’s greatest block party.

That ranks Florida as the country’s fifth-best producer of craft beer, contributing more than $875 million to the state’s economy in 2012.

Twisted Trunk Brewing in Palm Beach Gardens. (Joe Forzano/The Palm Beach Post)
Twisted Trunk Brewing in Palm Beach Gardens. (Joe Forzano/The Palm Beach Post)

Beer aficionados call rare craft beers “whalez.” How’s that for a whale, Florida?

And nowhere is the Florida craft beer trend more visible than in Palm Beach County, home to seven of Florida’s 111 breweries, four of which opened in the last year alone.

“Florida is finally recognizing … that there is a big difference between good beer and mediocre beer. And people are going to great lengths to get it,” said Dr. Bill McFee, co-founder of Barrel of Monks Brewing in Boca Raton.

Craft beer isn’t just the next big thing — it has arrived.

And starting today, so has The Palm Beach Post’s new craft beer section — TAPPED

TAPPED will plug you into the craft beer scene with:

A Video Craft Beer Tour of Palm Beach County’s breweries

5 Things To Know When Visiting A Brewery

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