South Florida came late to the microbrewery trend, but we've got a fine array of local brewpubs. Skip the commercial brew and hit one of these local restaurants that feature taps of house-made beers.
With two locations in West Palm Beach County, Brewzzi is the spot to watch sports, dish on Italian-American grub, and sip homebrews. The restaurants' Boca Blonde and City Fest are among the most popular and have snagged national beer awards. Lunch and dinner feature huge portions, and
happy hour offers discounted drinks.
Not all bars offer native brews on tap. At this locally owned
restaurant and brewpub, patrons can find seven house-brewed beers on
draft, such as the Grizzly Red Ale and the Kodiac Belgian Dubbel. The
award-winning brewmasters change the rotation frequently, keeping the
microbatches fresh and intense with flavor. Opened in 1997 and known for
its generous portions of comfort food, Big Bear offers tours of the
brewery by reservation.
It's hard to find a more eclectic and exciting joint
with its own homebrew. On any given night, you might find a comedy show,
a touring band onstage, or a tap takeover by another brewery. The
Buddha sells 110 different beers from everywhere. But there's little
reason to order those shipped-in beers when the place brews up the likes
of the Floridian Hefeweizen, Passionfruit Wheat, and the Don't Tell
Reese chocolate/peanut butter brown ale.
Last year, the Hollywood Broadwalk became home to this
German-inspired eatery, which boasts organic beer brewing on-site. The
recipes follow the traditional German and Austrian way of stouts, pale
ales, lagers, and bocks. For optimal taste, the microbrews are served in
serious glassware that's associated with each beer style. Aside from
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the crafted seasonal brews and German fare, there's also ample
people-watching on the beachside terrace.