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Beer Man Dan: What’s Tappening

February 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Dan "The Beer Man" Oliver

Dan

I’ve been tippin’ a few around the local beer scene lately (it’s my job, you know) and I’m here to tell you things are frothing up all around us. So here’s a quick look at new places you might want to check out, new beers either here or on the horizon and an upcoming event that may deserve your attention and participation.

Let’s do the Tryst

Shall we have a Tryst? Delray’s newest gastro pub at 4 E. Atlantic Avenue is recently opened with 10 beers on tap and a huge list of micros. They also have a great happy hour, I’m told, with half off brews. I haven’t been there yet but that will change shortly, I assure you.

Tryst in Delray Beach is the newest in an impressive array of restaurants starting to make that city a genuine beer destination. I recently visited the Coffee District on 325 N.E. Second Avenue there, and not only do they have great java but perhaps one of the best selection of micro and import bottles I have seen in the area. You can see them too, cause they’re all on display behind the bar. Of course there’s also the Mellow Mushroom on 25 S.E. Sixth Avenue with some fifty micros and imports on tap not to mention killer pie as well as the Blue Anchor Pub and Kevro’s Art Bar.

Clematis Street in West Palm Beach is welcoming the Grease Burger Bar (213 Clematis Street) into the fold. The name gives you a clue about the menu, but there is a great list of micro brews in the bottle written on a large chalk board, including a new beer to the area, Sprecher Brewery out of Glendale, Wisc., just outside of Milwaukee. I’m interested to go there and give them a sip. Grease Burger Bar is the newest brain child of Big Time Restaurant Group, the same folks who brought you Big City Tavern, City Oyster, City Cellar and Rocco’s Tacos.

Highland Ale now in stores

In the new brews department, Highland Brewery has charged into our midst from the mountains of…North Carolina. Their tasty Gaelic Ale, which I’ve had the please of trying several times, is now on tap in several locations, including Rooney’s Public House in Abacoa, Paddy Mac’s in Palm Beach Gardens and the Yard House in Downtown at the Gardens. The Yard House is also now pouring Stone Brewing’s Smoked Porter and Stone IPA will be on this week, joining the ever popular Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Stone’s limited release Old Guardian Barleywine should be hitting the shelves of major beer outlets in the coming weeks. Look for it at Whole Foods, Total Wine, BX Beer Depot in Lake Worth and other discriminating beverage outlets.

Festive brews

The Narragansett Brewery got started in 1890 and became New England’s largest Brewery by 1914. It weathered prohibition but ultimately went under in 1981 but was revived in ‘05 and is coming to you in March of 2009. It’s a simple beer, really, but a good one which I had the pleasure to try at the Jupiter Craft Brewer’s Festival last month.

And finally, speaking of fests, the Best Damn Beer Review is coming to Hollywood’s Gulfstream Park on February 20. It’s sponsored by Total Wine and 93 Rock of Ft. Lauderdale and Dade County, and I’m told there should be an impressive collection of brews to sample.

–Beer Man out

Tags: Sips: Drinkables

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jimmyb // Feb 15, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Can’t wait to visit the the Tryst, sounds like a cool place. I particularly enjoy visiting Paddy Mac’s so, next time I’ll try the Gaelic Ale. I enjoy pale ales and the last time in Total Wine I tried Dale’s Pale Ale. Nice, even though it was in a can, it didn’t affect the flavor. Dan I like your Beer Pimp t-shirt.

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