The Burgers & Brew event takes place Sunday at Eau’s stunning new oceanfront lounge, Breeze Ocean Kitchen, from 1 to 5 p.m.
An entry fee of $35 per person buys you all-you-can-eat, customizable burgers, plus pours of locally brewed beers. Add to that some live music and free valet parking and you’ve got a Sunday bargain.
DIY burger toppings include bacon, prosciutto, chili, a range of grilled, roasted and pickled veggies, kimchi, pesto, truffle mayo, house-made “Eau-1 Sauce” and various cheeses. (After all, Sunday is National Cheeseburger Day.)
For the pairing, there will be beer tents dispensing plenty of samples from Due South, Funky Buddha, Twisted Trunk, Saltwater and Barrel of Monks.
Bonus: Each guest gets a swag bag of brew-branded items. Also, Eau beer growlers will be on sale for an additional $30.
Breeze Ocean Kitchen: at the Eau Palm Beach Resort, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan; 561-533-6000; EauPalmBeach.com
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