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Can a brewery be both a beacon of culture and a regional captain of industry? Surely. Funky Buddha continues to be a craft beer powerhouse, bringing bold and bombastic flavors all the time. An imperial barrel-aged Maple Bacon Coffee Porter? Yes. Red ales with raspberries and just enough habanero peppers to make your tongue sizzle? Hell yes. Buddha's beers make headlines across the country and throughout the world, and its beer festivals have gotten so big they've had to move to Jaco Pistorius Park. Being so busy, it's amazing that they were able to install a kitchen this year... meaning that there's never really a reason to leave the brewery anymore.

Copperpoint has only been open for a few months, but the experience of owner and head brewer Matthew Cox spans over 15 years. Since its inception, the brewing company has created clean and balanced beers but also flirted with sometimes exotic ingredients. It's created a foundation of beers like the Copperpoint Lager, a crisp and bready amber beer that takes six weeks to mature—an investment that pays off in taste. But it's not afraid to get inventive: the brewery has a surprise hit with the creamy and chocolatey B Rabbit Espresso Stout, a beer that South Floridians can't seem to get enough of, even during the height of summer.

Murals of hand-painted ocean scenes wrap Saltwater's taproom, which is built out of an old feed store west of downtown Delray Beach. The bar, made of reclaimed Dade County Pine, stuns with its rich color and warm embrace. Huge stainless steel fermenters tower behind the bar in a space that lets the scents of mash waft throughout. Dark couches in one corner allow comfortable conversation to occur, while a table shuffleboard lets competition fly. Let's not forget the outdoor space, an open-air extension of the taproom with huge tables, a grass lawn, and a drink rail all its own. When the weather's nice, it's not surprising to find the outside more crowded than the inside. The beer being made here doesn't hurt either.

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When drinking American craft beer gets boring, Specialty Beer Cellar in Jupiter is the place to go for the best that Europe has to offer. They don't carry every mass-market beer pumped out of a Heineken factory, but they do boast an amazing lineup from across Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, and beyond. From beers like St. Feuillien Tripet to WychCraft English Bitter to Schlenkerla Urbock Rauchbier, there's always a unique and interesting beer to be had. The location is a cross between a beer store and a bar, carrying a wide variety of packaged beers and a strong inventory across 16 draft handles. Dark wood furniture, poured concrete, and bricked walls complete the illusion that you might be in a small beermonger's shop down a cobbled street in Antwerp.

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Ahhh, yes. The craft beer conundrum. We love the fact that we don't have to drink Budweiser anymore, but we hate that it costs an arm and a leg. The Brass Tap must be aware of this problem, because it's fixing it for us. Chances are, while you're reading this, the Brass Tap is running a drink special — and not some crusty-old Ice House bucket deal, but actual specials on beers you want to drink: $5 local pints, half-off growler fills, all-you-can-drink blowouts... A scroll down the beer bar's Instagram page will result in all the information you need to know. If you're pinching pennies but don't want to sacrifice that coffee porter you enjoy so much, hit the Brass Tap.

Delray Beach has no dearth of spots for hanging out, having a few drinks, and enjoying all South Florida has to offer—with one glaring exception. There's nowhere you can sit on the beach. Boston's on the Beach in particular has tried to address this by offering not only a large, slightly raised outdoor patio but by adding a second, less casual restaurant upstairs, 50 Ocean, with an excellent vantage for ocean viewing. Still, though, it's not quite the laid-back SoFla feel you were going for. You want to sit in the sun sipping on frozen bevvies—and that's why they opened Sandbar. Boston's attempt to bring the beach to you, Sandbar is a large tiki bar complete with sand on the ground, water fountains to frolic in, umbrella-covered tables, and cornhole. The 21-and-over spot is completely outdoors and serves all the frosty, keep-cool-like-a-grownup drinks you love, including one of the best piña coladas you'll find in these parts—complete with a rum floater, of course. In addition to daiquiris and frozen margaritas, there are also plenty of well drinks, beers, finger foods, and sandwiches to soak it all up. But honestly, the urge to toss off your beach cover is strong here, so stick with the frozen drinks—all the vacation vibe, no bloated stomach.

The Bloody Mary options are infinite at the Downtowner's "Make Your Own Bloody Mary" bar. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the staff lays out a long buffet table. They set out pitchers of tomato juice and Clamato. They place bottles of sauces like tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, and Zin Zang mix. Little dishes hold garnishes like horseradish, salts, stuffed olives, pickles, and celery. For $3, you get a glass and a splash of the house vodka. (For a dollar more, you can opt for something higher shelf.) Pour and dunk and scoop at your own discretion... but this is your moment. You can either create the best alcoholic concoction to accompany your brunch—or the worst. If you have performance anxiety, note that a bartender stands nearby for advice and moral support. When you're done, carry your drink away to your table either outside along the river or inside beside the large flat screens. It might not look as put-together as something created by a professional, but you made it with your own two hands. Don't forget to tip yourself.

Lots of people serve martinis, but all are not created equally. Proper martinis are little treasures. Timpano Italian Chophouse does martinis right—maybe due to its inviting setting and friendly staff, or maybe because of quality ingredients. The Lemon-Drop Martini is a crowd favorite, as is the Three Olives Martini that includes olive juice, three stuffed olives (blue cheese, prosciutto, pickle), and handmade vodka. Whatever flavor you like to mix with your sauce, Timpano's probably can hook that up (raspberry, cranberry, and peach being the most popular). Having a great dinner to go with your drink doesn't hurt, and Timpano's amazing selection of Italian fare pairs well with any martini.

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