I never thought I liked beer until I began drinking craft beers – microbrews made in small batches typically by people who are passionate. These changed my mind about beer and all its subtlies. There are many more flavors going on on the palate with beers than in most wines.
I like the beers at Tequesta Brewing Company, brewed by Matt Webster, the former mortgage broker behind Der Chancellor Ale, Rye Dopplebock, Gnarly Barley and more. He’s been open since January, but brewing up a number of excellent beers and dispensing a vast knowledge of brews and their histories since 2008.
The brewpub on U.S. 1 at Tequesta Drive features a room-long bar and lounge with six fermenting tanks in the back workroom next door to the Corner Cafe. The decor is industrial-meets-Goth, with black walls, gray and stainless accents, blue and violet LEDs, and an antique frame from an old Pennsylvania bar repurposed here.
From the adjacent Cafe, you can order small plates and sandwiches, apps and the like from friendly servers who are remarkably quick with the foods.
The focus at the brewpub is clearly on the brew with Webster.
You can drink at the bar and chat with Matt – he’s there seemingly 24/7. There’s a row of high-tops along the wall with clear view of the TVs (he puts the games on), or you can sit in the back lounge area on low sofas and chairs in the brewroom, and chat with all the other brew lovers who gravitate here.
If you like what you drink – and we can guarantee you will, take home a “growler” – a specially sealed bottle of fresh beer (two sizes, 2- and 8-pint). Pay for the bottle and discounted beer, then take it back and get a refill when you’re done.
First bottled beer a Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
On Wednesday, Aug. 24, the brewmaster is introducing the TBC’s first bottled beer: Hop Scotch, an “Oak-aged Wee-Heavy Scotch Ale” (9 percent ABV, 32 IBUs). It’s described as “mahogany, full-bodied, sweet, malty, toasty and roasty with a hint of smoke, and a ton of American hops. The hint of smoke comes from the peated malt, while the American hops create citrus flavors and aromas. This brew is full of sense of smell.”
Webster writes an email newsletter (definitely worth signing up for – you learn a lot whether you drink or not). In it, he explains that “Scotch ales were ordered according to their strength. These strengths were expressed in shillings because the stronger the ale, the higher it was taxed. These ales originally ranged from 90 to 120 shillings, or 6 to 8 percent ABV. This is how Scotch ale also came to be known as Wee-Heavy.”
For the Hop Scotch launch party 6 p.m. Aug. 24, bagpipers will be piping, and Happy Hour prices are in effect from 6 p.m. till close. Wear a kilt and get a free pint.
Bottles of the Hop Scotch will be $6 (12 oz), with a 4-bottle limit per person.
Tequesta Brewing Company
- 287 S. US 1, Tequesta
- Open Tuesday-Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.
- Happy Hour, 3-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; pints are $3.25 and up.