The War on Terrible

If there are two things that the rest of the free world unanimously disdains about America, the first would be, of course, our foreign policy, followed close behind by our beer. Not that you can equate shoot-first-ask-no-questions-later statesmanship to insipid, ultra-mass produced toilet water, but, come on now… it takes the same kind of hubris to insist America is winning the war on terror as it does to assert that Budweiser is the King of Beers.

Luckily, we as Americans don’t have to drink that load of crap (either load, mind you), and that’s why this country is so grand, ΄innit? The ability to choose, freely, to forgo errant commercialism, and embrace the truly unique – say, a place like Big Bear Brewing Company (1800 University Drive, Coral Springs). In case you haven’t heard, this is a brewpub that for 10 years now has been hand-producing the freshest, strongest, tastiest beer you can get in Broward. That’s no small feat for an independent brewery stuck in corporate suburbia. A celebration is in order! And here’s what’s going down: Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. till 10:30 p.m., Big Bear will be celebrating its Tenth Anniversary German-style. Chef Peter Riechelt – a guest chef BBBC brings in to facilitate its yearly Oktoberfest and St. Patrick’s Day parties – will be cooking up traditional German food, like his famous sauerbraten and sausages, knockwursts, bratwursts, red stewed cabbage, and corned beef. Then brew master Matt Cox will be crafting a batch of his Bourbon Double Barrel IPA. And this stuff, my friends, is no frickin’ joke. We’re talking a pint of beer with such a pungent jolt of deliciously heady hops that you’re likely to swear off anything from a bottle after just one sip. Best of all, it’s happy hour all day – which means 2-4-1 well drinks and $3 pints. Call 954-341-5545, or visit

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John Linn