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.
“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.
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.
Best Local Beer of the Week: Summer Wind Belgian ale
What it is
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.
Why wait for October when you can celebrate Septemberfest?
Palm Beach’s Cafe Boulud is getting a head start on Oktoberfest by partnering with several local breweries for a spectacularly paired biergarten on Sept. 25.
It’s a juxtaposition worth drinking to: Internationally renowned chef Daniel Boulud’s epitome of white-linen, fine dining on Palm Beach island hosting a beer garden with some of the best craft breweries in Florida, including three from Palm Beach County.
Executive chef Rick Mace will set up four dining stations around the courtyard of the historic home of Cafe Boulud, The Brazilian Court, where Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing, Tequesta Beer Co., Twisted Trunk Brewing, and Barrel of Monk’s Brewing will be serving a variety of their beers.
Mace’s offerings will include the following: a station dedicated to river oysters, clams, mussels, and marinated squid; a sausage station with Thai links, chorizo and boudin noir; one dedicated to three kinds of sliders; and a dessert station with French tarts and American pies.
Among the beers are several hard-to-find offerings, including Cigar City’s pumpkin beer, Good Gourd, which they produce just once a year, Barrel of Monks’ Three Fates Belgian tripel and Tequesta’s Der Chanellor pilsner.
Tickets to the event are limited and cost $75 a person, $65 for groups of four or more. They can be purchased by calling 561-655-6060.
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
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.
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.”
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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