Craft beer: Boynton’s Due South bottling exclusive brew on Saturday

Best Local Beer of the Week: barrel-aged Mariana Trench imperial stout by Due South

Due South will released it's bourbon-barrel-aged version of its Mariana Trench imperial stout on Saturday. (Photo contributed)
Due South will released its bourbon-barrel-aged version of its Mariana Trench imperial stout Saturday. (Photo contributed)

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

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.

Miami Dolphins Craft Beer
Courtesy of Miami Dolphins

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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What is the best local beer of the week?

Best Local Beer of the Week

Blood orange Belgian wheat ale from Copperpoint Brewery

The blood orange Belgian wit wheat ale from Copperpoint Brewery. (Contributed photo)
The blood orange Belgian wit wheat ale from Copperpoint Brewery. (Contributed photo)

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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This Palm Beach County beer was named among the world’s best

RateBeer.com named Funky Buddha's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter among its 20 best beers in the world. (Contributed photo)
RateBeer.com named Funky Buddha’s Maple Bacon Coffee Porter among its 20 best beers in the world. (Contributed photo)

 

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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