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Get Pink Beer and Bottomless Beermosas at American Craft Aleworks, Launching Brewery in West Palm Beach

American Craft Aleworks' Starburst Berliner.
American Craft Aleworks' Starburst Berliner. Photo by Nicole Danna
Everyone loves a good bottomless brunch deal, but if you're over the usual bloody marys and mimosas, it might be time to try something new.

American Craft Aleworks, currently with two locations in Coral Springs and Boca Raton, will begin offering a new type of bottomless drink option with a selection of beer-based libations that give new meaning to your average Sunday imbibing.

For American Craft Aleworks partner and head brewer Cesar Padron, that means brewing a variety of unique beers that pay homage to brunch. These cocktail-inspired brews will be available starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 8, at the Boca Raton restaurant where a one-barrel brewing system is used to produce a rotating selection of in-house offerings served from the bar's 54 tap lines.

Starting this weekend, options include $10 bottomless beermosas, a Berliner-style beer re-fermented with champagne yeast and blood orange, and a saketini saison, a French-style saison re-fermented with sake yeast and lychee.


Pair them with dishes like the avocado waffle Benedict ($12), two mini Belgian waffles topped with poached egg, avocado, and sriracha hollandaise or banana foster French toast ($12), French baguette bread topped with bananas, a flambé brandy caramel sauce, and toasted pecans. There's even faux gras ($13), a walnut lentil pâté that offers a vegan take on foie gras, here served with toasted pita bread.
click to enlarge The brunch burger - COURTESY OF AMERICAN CRAFT ALEWORKS
The brunch burger
Courtesy of American Craft Aleworks
The brand's second establishment in Coral Springs (9651 Westview Dr., Coral Springs) will begin offering the same brunch drink options following the opening of a third West Palm Beach location that will function as the brand's production brewery.

Slated to open later this summer, the 10,000-square-foot space is currently under construction and located at 200 Clematis St. in the two-story building formerly occupied by Bar Louie. When it opens, American Craft Alework's flagship location will house a ten-barrel brewhouse and full-service restaurant that will produce beer for on-site consumption at all three locations, says Padron, as well as for local area distribution.

All three locations will be defined by their rotating selection of beer served alongside shareable plates, much of it offered as unique beer-and-food flight pairings.

Padron graduated from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Miramar in 2011 and has since worked as executive chef for several South Florida establishments, including the Marriott in Hollywood and Harbor Beach. He began brewing five years ago as a way to express his culinary creativity, and today is responsible for the beer and food menu served in Boca Raton and Coral Springs.

That includes Padron's popular pink Berliner originally brewed for Breast Cancer Awareness month — a tart sour beer that gets its color from the Starburst candy used to flavor the beer. When the West Palm Beach location launches, additional offerings will include a wide range of beer styles with a focus on fruited Berliners, spontaneously fermented wild sours, and IPAs, says Padron, as well as a barrel-aging program.

"I want to be known for brewing every single style possible," Padron says. "I want to be all over the spectrum with flavors."

American Craft Kitchen & Brewery. 1198 N. Dixie Hwy., Boca Raton; 561-717-8570; americancraftaleworks.com.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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