Brewing a Taste of Palm Beach County

Whether you’re new to the trend, a seasoned hop-head or you want ideas for what to serve guests, local breweries have an offering for you.

A lot of people aren’t aware how intricate, unique and delicious craft beers can be. They have become extremely popular over the past few years, with 11 breweries now in Palm Beach County. Want a taste of the latest must-have drink craze? Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite local craft beers.

A beer flight at Tequesta Brewing Company. (Meghan Faiella\/The Palm Beach Post)

A beer flight at Tequesta Brewing Company. (Meghan Faiella/The Palm Beach Post)

Der Chancellor
Tequesta Brewing Co.
Tequesta

A staple at TBC, they bottled it now sell it in six-packs at local supermarkets. This beer is for the lighter drinker, for those who like to keep their brews classic. It’s light and crisp, with little bitterness. Perfect for a hot day, or just a relaxing beer without any crazy flavors.

Hoppy Motherpucker
Tequesta Brewing Co.
Tequesta
Sour beers are becoming more and more popular. Unlike most sour beers that taste like the Warheads candy we remember from childhood, this one mixes perfectly the taste of alcohol, pear, apple and lemon-lime, with a slight puckering aftertaste. The aftertaste doesn’t linger, which is the way it should be in a sour beer.

Evan Miller, one of the co-owners of Civil Society Brewing Co., in Jupiter, stacks wheat that will be used to make beer. (Damon Higgins \/ The Palm Beach Post)

Evan Miller, one of the co-owners of Civil Society Brewing Co., in Jupiter, stacks wheat that will be used to make beer. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

Blondes Make Me Hoppy
Civil Society Brewing
Jupiter
If the clever name alone won’t get you to try it, not sure what else will. It is a starter beer, light on the hops, crisp and drinkable for all. Seems to be a staple, it’s the only Blonde Ale on the menu.

Sauvin Blanc
Civil Society Brewing
Jupiter
One of the more unique brews on the menu. It is Saison with Nelson Sauvin, meaning it is fruity with distinctive white wine characteristics. It is because the Nelson Sauvin hops are raised in the same region of New Zealand as white wine grapes. This beer seems to go in and out quickly. If this beer is gone, try New Light, as it is also a Saison with Nelson Sauvin, but stronger.

A detailed look at the beer taps in the Twisted Trunk craft beer brewery in Palm Beach Gardens.  (Thomas Cordy \/ The Palm Beach Post)

A detailed look at the beer taps in the Twisted Trunk craft beer brewery in Palm Beach Gardens.  (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

Serenity Saison
Twisted Trunk Brewing
Palm Beach Gardens
Fruity, crisp and hoppiness combined into exactly what it is called, serenity. It’s an easy beer, easy to drink over a period of time, such as over dinner or to go in a growler. It’s a good middle ground between a hoppy beer and sour beer.

Shot in the Dark
Twisted Trunk Brewing
Palm Beach Gardens
Could be called “Adult Chocolate Milk by the Campfire,” as that it is what it tastes like. Since it is made on Nitro, it has little bubbles which give it a smoother and creamier taste. It has tastes of coffee and chocolate, with a smoky, creamy finish, leaving just enough of an aftertaste to leave you wanting more.

Due South Brewing's Florida Blonde & Cat 5 IPA (Meghan Faiella\/The Palm Beach Post)

Due South Brewing's Florida Blonde & Cat 5 IPA (Meghan Faiella/The Palm Beach Post)

Florida Blonde
Due South Brewing Co.
Boynton Beach
Another easy to drink, light and refreshing beer, as Blonde Ales are. What is special about this one is that it is brewed specifically for the Florida climate. It is a beginner beer, with little to no hops. The perfect Florida beer for a day at the beach.

Oaked Category 5
Due South Brewing Co.
Boynton Beach
Warning: not for the faint of heart. This is one strong, bitter beer. No wonder it is called Category 5. It’s a strong beer, for strong drinkers. The oak it is aged in embraces the hops and infuses it with a rich texture, however, not overly hoppy tasting . Fun fact, it is an award-winning IPA and a beer they always have on tap.

Trula Saison
Copperpoint Brewing Co.
Boynton Beach
This ale stays true to Heirloom noble hops due to the fact that there are no spices added. Since it is a Saison, it has a hint of fruity taste, but keep in mind it is still a strong beer with a lingering taste. It is one of their staple beers.

B. Rabbit Espresso Cream Stout
Copperpoint Brewing Co.
Boynton Beach
An ideal coffee-type stout, with a smooth and creamy taste, balanced with roasted flavors. In fact, it is infused with Riviera Beach’s Rabbit Coffee and then made on Nitro, giving it a proper finish, making it a staple.

Devour Brewing Company in Boynton Beach. (Allen Eyestone \/ The Palm Beach Post)

Devour Brewing Company in Boynton Beach. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Sunday Afternoon Sasion
Devour Brewing Co.
Boynton Beach
This beer is brewed with tropical tea, 007 hops and different forms of lemon. It is a fruity, somewhat sour beer that is enjoyable and not too much of anything, just bitter.

Hefe on Vacation
Devour Brewing Co.
Boynton Beach
Similar to the Afternoon sasion, this beer is brewed with tropical tea. With this beer, you can taste a tropical hint of banana, cool and refreshing, much like its name. It’s crisp and easy for anyone (of age, of course) to drink.

Based in Delray Beach, SaltWater is one of the local breweries participating in the Brew at the Zoo. (Richard Graulich \/ The Palm Beach Post)

Based in Delray Beach, SaltWater is one of the local breweries participating in the Brew at the Zoo. 
(Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Wheat Wave
Saltwater Brewery
Delray Beach
One of their staples, this beer is crisp, clean and refreshing, perfect for a hot day. The kind of beer has a bite, but still simple of enough to have a few glasses while at the brewery or when at the beach.

Sea Cow Milk Stout
Saltwater Brewery
Delray Beach
Another regular pour, his beer is the perfect milk stout. It is creamy and smooth, with the smoky finish. It has hints of chocolate, but nothing too overpowering to make it a dessert beer. Have this beer last, as you will want to have the lingering aftertaste on your tongue when you leave.

Funky Buddha Brewery. (Thomas Cordy\/The Palm Beach Post) 

Funky Buddha Brewery. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post) 

Floridian
Funky Buddha
Boca Raton
One of Funky Buddha’s most popular beers, so much so, that you can also find it in your local supermarket. It’s a clean, crisp, light beer that’s easy to start off with. With a hint of a citrus flavor, this drink tastes like Florida sunshine. It has a refreshing, simple aftertaste that doesn’t linger. With little to no bitters, it’s a drink everyone can enjoy.