Palm Beach County Breweries
Tequesta Brewing Co.
287 U.S. 1, Tequesta; 561-745-5000; tequestabrewing.com.
Signature beer: Der Chancellor (Kölsch)
Tequesta Brewing Co. is run by a man with his feet firmly planted in the foundation of brewing in South Florida: Fran Andrewlevich. After working at multiple local breweries, Andrewlevich and friend Matt Webster opened Tequesta in 2011. It's a cozy spot, narrow with cool blue light. A massive dark-brown bar is the main attraction, highlighting a suspended tap line. The brewery does beer to the style of its choosing, often mixing some seasonal or creative recipes in with the standards. Of those core beers, Der Chancellor pushes its way forward, claiming its right to the throne of "ultimate warm-weather beer." A clean crisp Kölsch is just what the beachgoers ordered.
Due South Brewing Co.
2900 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach; 561-463-2337; duesouthbrewing.com.
Signature beer: Caramel Cream Ale (Flavored Ale)
Opening in 2012, Due South Brewing Co. has gone from a fairly small Boynton Beach brewhouse to a regional powerhouse serving customers all the way into Central Florida. As a primarily manufacturing-oriented brewery, it may not look like much, but it has it where it counts. New fermenters seem to pop up monthly, and the taproom is nearly always abuzz with tour groups and returning tourists coming to check out the Florida brewing scene. The Caramel Cream Ale is a lesson in perseverance: It took almost 100 batches to perfect the recipe, which has now become one of the most popular offerings, highlighting a slightly malty beer with the joys of the vanilla bean.
1701 W Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-865-5373; saltwaterbrewery.com.
Signature beer: Sea Cow (Milk Stout)
This Delray Beach brewery puts a western end cap on the downtown section of Atlantic Avenue, providing a gorgeous venue for beer enthusiasts to enjoy themselves. A large beer garden with big tables lets people take in the outdoors, while Dade County pine adorns the interior. The building itself is unmistakable, a large repurposed barn with red walls and a white roof, and is run by locals who like the finer things in life: fishing and brewing. From West Coast-style IPAs to English pale ales to Belgian tripels to barrel-aged sours, Saltwater Brewery is making a name for itself with the beer crowd and beyond. On any given day, you can find businessmen, trendsetters, fishermen, and college kids all in the same place.
Brewzzi Boca Raton
2222 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 561-392-2739; brewzzi.com.
Signature beer: City Fest (Marzen)
Boca Raton is getting its first production brewery this year, but it's had a beer producer for quite a few years in Brewzzi. The brewpub just west of I-95 on Glades Road has been a beacon of locally produced beer for more than a decade, serving the house-made brews alongside Italian-inspired fare like pastas and pizzas. Many of its beers have won awards, including the malty and balanced City Fest Vienna lager, which won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011.
The Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery
2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561-368-4643; thefunkybuddha.com.
Signature beer: Maple Bacon Coffee Porter (Flavored Porter)
Eastern Boca Raton is where it all began for Ryan Sentz and his Funky Buddha team in 2010, when they decided to open the brewery portion of what was then simply a beer lounge. A funky vibe exudes throughout, from the wall art to the rugs, from the sofas galore to the prolific use of hookahs. It's no wonder, then, that this is the birthplace of so many odd recipes, such as Last Snow, a white chocolate and coconut coffee porter; Muy Bonita brown ale, chock-full of cinnamon, vanilla, and apples; or any number of sour and tart Berliner Weisses. As a beacon of the culinary brew world, Funky Buddha made headlines with the success of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, but you wouldn't know it from the lounge. It's still a small, beer-centered music venue.
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 Clean Plate's Instagram.