According to Due South Brewing Co. in Boynton Beach, there's no better pairing than bacon and beer. To prove it, the brewery has enlisted the help of a local restaurant to bring the two together for an inaugural pairing event on May 13.
"For the past few months we've been tossing around the idea to have a bacon and beer pairing, because who doesn't love bacon and beer?" said Due South vice president Jodi Hawker. "We decided to reach out to Dixie Grill & Bar because they've always been such great supporters of Due South, and because they have such amazing taste in craft beer."
Next week, Due South Brewing Co. will be partnering with Dixie Grill & Bar in West Palm Beach to offer its first exclusive bacon and beer pairing on Wednesday, May 13. If successful, it could become an annual event, said Hawker.
Dixie Grill & Bar has a long history in Palm Beach County. The establishment was founded by brothers Richard and Jay Preefer — also behind places like A Bit of Nostalgia, The Bowery, Rod & Gun, The Hut, and The Palm Beach Ale House. Together, they adorn their establishments with antiques and collectibles they've personally collected throughout the years.
Today, Richard’s daughter, Rachel, and her husband Jason are the working owners of Dixie, where craft beer has become a focal point. The bar features a total of 28 craft brews on tap, which rotate weekly and often feature limited-run and special releases. For a current list of what's on draught, check out the bar's live beer menu online.
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Due South Brewing tap room manager Stephen Pipitone recently met with Dixie Grill & Bar for a preliminary bacon and beer tasting before arriving at a final three selections. The May 13 pairing will include curry and cumin bacon served with Due South's Cat 4 Red IPA; sriracha bacon and Due South's Cat 5 Double IPA; and candied maple pecan bacon with Due South's Mexican Standoff Porter.
The bacon and beer pairing will take place on May 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Due South Brewing (2900 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach) The cost is $20 per person. Tickets are on sale through May 6, and will cover food and 5-ounce servings of each brew. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time to participate, and will not be sold the day of the event. Ticket holders can arrive any time between 5 and 9 p.m. to participate in the pairing.
Tickets are only available online at BrownPaper Tickets, and must be purchased in advance to participate (there will be no ticket sales past May 6, or on the day of the event). Ticket holders can print their tickets at home, or show the ticket from a smartphone to gain entry. The brewery will be open to the general public all day.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.