By Peg San Felippo
City & Shore Magazine
A well-crafted beer may be the touchdown – but the food’s an extra point at these local breweries.
Due South Brewing Company
2900 High Ridge Road #3, Boynton Beach, 561-463-2337, firstname.lastname@example.org
The beers: 25, brewed annually.
Most popular: Caramel Cream Ale (think cream soda for grown-ups) and Category 3 IPA.
Perfect Super Bowl beer: Coastline Lager, a light and refreshing American style all-malt lager.
Best beer and food pairing here: Chimichurri Steak Frites (marinated Cuban steak served over duck-fat fries) with a Category 5 IPA.
The food: The Savoury Eats food truck sets up here Wednesday through Sunday. While the menu changes weekly, the Chimichurri Steak Frites is a permanent fixture.
Other alcohol: Over 20 different wines by the bottle, with many available by the glass.
Found at: ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Trader Joe’s and the Banana Boat Restaurant, Boynton Beach.
Ask about: The time police asked if they could use the brewery as a K-9 training facility.
Funky Buddha Brewery
1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park, 954-440-0046, Funkybuddabrewery.com.
The beers: 100, brewed yearly.
Most popular: Floridian, Hop Gun IPA and Last Snow, in that order. All three have predominantly tropical fruit notes.
Perfect Super Bowl beer: Vibin’ Groovable Lager and Floridian Hefeweizen.
Best beer and food pairing here: A Floridian with spent-grain pretzels. (The grains are left over from production of Floridian, boiled in Floridian and then paired perfectly with an ale mustard.)
The food: Their in-house Craft Food Counter and Kitchen uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to give bar food a twist. There’s also an extensive Sunday brunch menu.
Other alcohol: Wine, cider and hard seltzer.
Ask: Which movie the taproom quotation, “We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams,” comes from.
Found at: Publix, Lucky’s and the Hilton Fort Lauderdale.
LauderAle Brewery & Tap Room
3305 SE 14th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-653-9711, lauderale.co
The beers: 30 on tap, with 60+ kraft beers rotating annually.
Most popular: Lunch Money Pale Ale and Indigo Bastards.
Perfect Super Bowl beer: Gulf Stream Ale. It’s crisp with a little spice.
Best beer and food pairing here: A Heisenberg with a truffle, arugula and mushroom pizza from the Verace artisan pizza truck.
The food: A variety of food trucks, rotating daily.
Other alcohol: Served on their own or as cocktails: Wine (sangria), champagne (mimosas) and sake (bloody Mary’s).
Ask: How one of the beers, the Monkey Road Red, got its name.
Found at: Whole Foods, Total Wine and the Riverside Market, Fort Lauderdale.
Royal Palm Brewing Company
543 N. State Road 7, Suite 103, Royal Palm Beach, 561-792-5822, royalpalmbrewing.com
The beers: 12-15 beers on tap, rotating from over 100 beers produced.
Most popular: 1000 Thanks IPA and Half Moon Island Witbier.
Perfect Super Bowl beer: 63 Axe Handles Standard American Lager.
Best beer and food pairing here: A traditional Cuban Sandwich with a Half Moon Island.
The food: In addition to a wide variety of Cuban inspired pressed sandwiches, Royal Palm offers “Waffle Snackers” of savory foods wrapped in crescent roll dough and cooked in a Belgian waffle press. There are also pretzels, house-made 63 Axe Handles beer cheese, locally sourced fish dip and house-made hummus.
Other alcohol: Mead, ciders and wine.
Ask: On which particularly auspicious day did they open in March 2018?
Found at: Growlers and cans are available for carry out from Taproom.
1701 W. Atlantic Ave. #1566, Delray Beach, 561-865-5373, saltwaterbrewery.com
The beers: 18 beers on tap, with a new specialty beer every Thursday.
Most popular: Screamin’ Reels IPA and Passion Pit.
Perfect Super Bowl beer: LocAle is easy drinking and very food friendly.
Best beer and food pairing here: Sea Cow Milk Stout with pulled pork. The beer’s smoky, sweet character also goes great with briny oysters, too.
The food: Food trucks alternate frequently.
Other alcohol: Wine and hard seltzer.
Ask about: The eco-six pack rings, which, rumor has it, are edible. (Though we recommend sticking with the pretzels.)
Found at: Publix, Fresh Market and Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill.
Tarpon River Brewing Company
80 SW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-353-3193, tarponriverbrewing.com.
The beers: Six core beers, including a lager, IPA, coffee stout and an NEIPA; another 10 beers on tap that are constantly changing; and wild ales packaged in bottles, available to drink in the tap room or to go.
Most popular: Honey Love and Deflated NEIPA.
Perfect Super Bowl beer: Inzane Lager. (Although, if New England is in the Super Bowl, co-owner Lisa Siegel recommends the Deflated NEIPA.)
Best beer and food pairing here: Crispy Fried Chicken sandwich with Alabama BBQ and a Chopped and Hopped IPA. For vegans, the hummus veggie wrap pairs well with the Prickly Pear Zinger.
The food: Bar food with variety of healthy and vegan options. Breakfast is served as well.
Other alcohol: Cider on tap and wine.
Ask about: The circa 1929 building once served as a horse and carriage barn for George Snyder, who paved the streets of Fort Lauderdale.
Found at: Craft Beer Cartel, Fort Lauderdale and Union Beer in Miami and Township in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The Mack House
9118 W. State Road 84, Davie, 954-474-5040, themackhouse.com.
The beers: The brewery is currently producing 15 beers with, “No additives, no gimmicks and no attitude!”
Most popular: Pine Island Pale Ale and Daddy Mack Double IPA.
Perfect Super Bowl beer: The Pat Ryely (rye) IPA is a crowd pleaser.
Best beer and food pairing here: Big Mack grilled Cheese with a Nameless Stout.
The food: Grilled Cheese, hewing to the view here that it cheese is a fabulous base for myriad other ingredients. Try the numerous cheeses with various meats, pork, burgers, chicken, eggs, even lobster. The flavor profiles are unlimited.
Other alcohol: Wine and, just to change it up, Gambino Prosecco.
Ask about: The beer names based on local places and things, such as Flamingo Blonde, West Broward IPA and 954 IPA.
Found at: While they are working on distribution, growlers and cans are available for takeout.
3 Sons Brewing Co.
236 N. Federal Highway, Dania Beach, 954-601-3833, 3sonsbrewing co.com.
The Beers: 20 currently produced.
Most popular: Dopealicious IPA and Rice Krispie Bois Lager.
Perfect Super Bowl beer: Winter Lager.
Best beer and food pairing here: Pepperoni pizza with a Double Dopealicious.
The food: A fresh, upscale bar menu – designed by a chef formerly with Steak 954 and The Diplomat – including organic chicken wings and spicy yellow fin tuna tacos. A wood-burning oven, specially designed for the brewery, adds a refined touch to a variety of dishes, especially the pizzas (gluten free and vegan options available).
Other alcohol: 20-30 wines from a variety of regions, changed frequently, at $20-25 a bottle.
Ask about: The Best Brewery of the year for 2019 award, from Rate Beer.
Found at: Whole foods, Total Wine.
Peg San Felippo is a certified sommelier who has served as a judge on the annual American Fine Wine Competition, South Florida’s homegrown wine event; and THE Rosé Competition.