They are one of South Florida's most anticipated breweries to open up in 2015, and have come to the end of the line. Barrel of Monks Brewing has just set their opening date: March 28th.
The brewery, located at 1141 South Rogers Circle in Boca Raton, will be a Belgian-style-centric brewhouse featuring an array of beers produced exclusively with the Belgian mentality at the forefront.
Buildout for Barrel of Monks began in August of last year, after securing the go-ahead with the city of Boca Raton, focusing efforts on a 9,136-square-foot brewery, including an 867-square-foot tasting room as well as barrel-aging and bottling areas.
The brewery is equipped with a state-of-the-art, 20-barrel Newlands brewing system, with plans to break free right out of the gate with commercial bottling in 750ml containers for several of its beers: expect to find the White Wizard witbier, Three Fates Belgian tripel, and Abbey Turno Belgian double as the first brands ready for taking home.
Beer fans have been able to sample some of the work that brewers Bill McFee and Kevin Abbot have been able to share at local beer festivals, including last year's Florida Brewer's Guild Festival and last month's Trench Day at Due South Brewing Company.
As for March 28th, sources share that the brewery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with over a dozen of Barrel of Monks' own beers available for purchase. Joining in the lineup will be a smattering of guest taps from local breweries, because, after all, what's a party if your friends don't show up?
For the super-in-depth must-sample-it-all beer geek, starting
Friday Monday the brewery will be sharing a link to allow purchase of a $30 all-you-can-sample VIP ticket of sorts.
With food trucks and every craft beer aficionado bound to be in attendance, it's lining up to be a good day in Boca.
Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.