Happy National Cheeseburger Day! As national holidays go, this is a pretty yummy one. To help you celebrate, our Food Editor, Liz Balmaseda, has listed 15 of her favorite burgers in the county. Here is the full list:
Best Local Beer of the Week
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.
Copperpoint Brewing, 151 Commerce Rd., Boynton Beach. 561-508-7676
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The choices can be overwhelming.
Craft beer breweries are the hot, new hangout and you now have seven options in Palm Beach County. But each of these full-production breweries has its own distinct personality, so it can be hard to decide which to visit on your night out.
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Funky Buddha Brewery officially has one of the best beers in the world.
RateBeer.com named Funky Buddha’s sought-after Maple Bacon Coffee Porter — which, indeed tastes of all those things — as its 12th best beer in the world, on a recent list of its 20 best in the world. MBCP scored a perfect 100 rating from users of the website. (BusinessInsider.com printed the entire list.)
RateBeer.com named Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus as its top beer. Hill Farmstead in North Greensboro, Vermont, had three beers in the top 10. And Russian River’s Pliny the Elder rounded out the top 10.
Earlier this year, People magazine also named MBCP as one of its best. Funky Buddha brewed MBCP for just the second time this year. And when it held a release party on Jan. 10, it sold more than 6,900 tickets and 9,000 bottles of MBCP — in a single day.
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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.
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.
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Today is National Relaxation Day. When we think of relaxing, we think of sitting back at a waterfront destination and enjoying the view. So, for your enjoyment, we are re-posting our list of the best waterfront places in south Florida:
Motoring your boat down the Intracoastal Waterway to get a beer or a meal is a Florida tradition.
A few weeks ago, we wrote about 10 north Palm Beach County bars and restaurants you can visit by boat.
And now, we’re showing southern Palm Beach County some aquatic love.
From north to south, here are eight waterfront spots to have a drink or a meal, no car required.
Missing the Keys? For some salty charm, head to what its owners claim is the oldest waterfront restaurant in Florida, in an 1889 former pioneer home. Just west of the Lantana bridge, near headquarters for drift boats and charter fishermen, this Margaritaville melange of marine artifacts and University of Florida souvenirs (beware, anyone sporting garnet and gold,) has dock space, outdoor bars and indoor historic charm. 300 E Ocean Ave, Lantana; 561- 582-1889.
Take the boat out for a sunrise cruise and end up for breakfast at this spot near the Lantana bridge. You’ll join the local fishermen before they head out on the nearby drift fishing boat. If you come back lucky, Kona Bay will cook your catch, as long as you bring it in before they close at 2 p.m. 310 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana; 561-429-3606.
If you like your boat bar unsalted, Anchor Inn on freshwater Lake Osborne may be the only option east of Lake Okeechobee. Closed for about two years, the landmark steak and seafood joint re-opened in March with a large tiki bar, new menu and live music Friday and Saturday nights. Get there by following Lake Osborne south to its tail end, a bit north of Hypoluxo Rd. 2412 Floral Rd., Lantana; 561-868-5900.
Since 1957, this former fish shack, where patrons once sat outside on wooden cable spools, has been serving locally caught seafood. Expanded into a sprawling compound of restaurant, and tiki bars, it still has the salty tang of a fisherman’s hangout, with an air-conditioned dining room, if you must. 728 Casa Loma Blvd., Boynton Beach; 561-736-2717.
12 million. That’s how many people the Banana Boat estimates it has served since opening in 1978 in then-sleepy Boynton Beach. Today, this bustling spot next to Two Georges is boat bar central, with weekends seeing a steady stream of mariners tying up for a frosty few, peel ‘n eats or conch fritters. 739 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach; 561-732-9400.
Owned by the same family that owns the Banana Boat, this fine dining spot on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway, just south of the Woolbright Rd. bridge has dock space for plenty of boats, plus outdoor and indoor dining. 700 E. Woolbright Rd., Boynton Beach; 561-737-8822.
Cleat off on the 150-foot dock on the west side of the Intracoastal, just south of the Atlantic Avenue bridge, and you’ll usually find the party has already started on the big outside deck. Looking for quiet romance? Head inside to the dining room. And if you catch it, they’ll cook it. The Friday Night Fish Fry heats up to live music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 840 E. Atlantic, Delray Beach; 561-665-8484.
Where to eat at this spot on the southeast side of the Atlantic Avenue bridge? The outdoor Pier? The Bar? Or the Parlor? Small-batch liquors, craft beer and menus featuring seasonal ingredients and Florida seafood elevates the usual boat-in restaurant to Delray-style sophistication. Half-off drinks every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-303-1343.
National Oyster Day doesn’t arrive until Wednesday, but some south county eateries are kicking off their celebration today.
Restaurateur Gary Rack’s restaurants – Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern in Boca Raton and Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar in Delray Beach – are running buck-a-shuck deals through Thursday.
The deal: Blue Point oysters are $1 each from open to close. The oysters are sold by the half-dozen.
Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern: 402 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton; 561-395-1662
Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar: 5 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-450-6718