Fans of craft beer in downtown Delray Beach already know of the Mellow Mushroom, a psychedelic pizza joint that boasts 100 on site beers; 50 on draft and 50 in bottles. Now, the restaurant will be making 30% of their draft selection purely Florida-based.
With the growth of Florida breweries, and their South Florida distribution, drinkers tastes are changing to embrace the domestic producers which help fuel the local economy. It helps that they're making pretty tasting beer as well.
The list of Florida beers available will include Due South Caramel Cream Ale and Category 3 IPA, Funky Buddha Hop Gun IPA and Floridian Hefeweizen, Hollywood Organic Pilsner, Miami Brewing Big Rod Coconut Ale and Gator Tail Brown Ale, Wynwood Brewing Company's La Rubia Blonde, Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai, Florida Beer Company's Sunset Ale and Swamp Ape DIPA, Orange Blossom Pilsner, Big Storm Arcus IPA, and Orlando Brewing's I-4 Organic IPA.
Pair this with the early week specials (Monday nights from 7 to 10 p.m., guests receive 50% off all 50 Draft beers; and Tuesday nights from 7 to 10 p.m., guests receive 50% off all 50 Bottle beers), and you've got a recipe for a great night out.
I have fond memories of stopping in on Monday and Tuesday nights to work on my list for the Beer Club, which is a rewards program that aims to get you to try 100 different beers. The selection is pretty wide, and with the food focus, craft drinkers can think of it as a mini World of Beer -- with pizza.
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 Instagram.