913 NE Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-500-ICON or AmericanIconBrewery.com
Opening: 3 p.m. March 11. The brewery will give away one free pint of beer to anyone visiting during the first week (March 11-17).
What’s happening: With its walls adorned in patriotic murals of Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Muhammad Ali, owner Michael Rechter’s 4,000-square-foot brewery is the first outpost of American Icon’s flagship in Vero Beach. This location won’t brew beer; instead, its ales and lagers will be kegged in Vero Beach and shipped to Fort Lauderdale. Like its Indian River County counterpart, American Icon is a brewpub, and its menu includes comfort-food eats such as stone-fired pizzas, beer-cheese soups and short-rib sliders.
Brews you can use: There are 24 beers on tap, including Icon India Pale Ale, a 1926 Hefeweizen and Freedom Torch Milk Stout. Other seasonal brews: Big Daddy Voodoo brown ale and Hotshot Lincoln, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.
Hours: 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 3 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday
524 Kanuga Drive, West Palm Beach; 561-855-6680 or CivilSocietyBrewing.com
Opening: The West Palm Beach taproom opened to the public in late February.
What’s happening: Civil Society co-owners and childhood friends Karl Volstad and Evan Miller have grappled with the same problem ever since they opened their flagship Jupiter brewery in November 2015: too much foot traffic, not enough beer supply. The accolades didn’t help, either: By 2017, craft-beer website RateBeer.com ranked it No. 5 on its list of Top 10 Best New Brewers in the World, while Thrillist threw it a Best New Breweries in America nod. So it’s hardly surprising that a West Palm Beach outpost was necessary: At 5,200 square feet, Civil Society’s second taproom will feature 14 taps, with a 15-barrel brewing system that will handle new releases in beer cans.
Brews you can use: Volstad and Miller specialize in experimental treatments of IPAs and fruity New England-style brews, including Juice, a double IPA punched with juicy grapefruit and orange; J-Town Brown, an American brown ale; and Bulkshake, a milkshake IPA blended with blueberry, raspberry and strawberry.
Hours: 3-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-midnight Friday and Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday
7250 NW 11 St., Miami; 786-431-5413 or BeatCulture.com
Opening: The brewery will throw a grand-opening block party 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, with music by DJ Le Spam, local vendors, old-school video games and guest breweries. RSVP to Beat Culture’s Golden Ticket contest on Eventbrite.com for a chance to win free beer for a year.
What’s happening: Concocting good beer takes a smart brewer, so you can just imagine the quality of suds from the brain trust of Beat Culture co-founders Alan Espino (background: biochemistry), Dan Espino (attorney) and Erik Durr (head brewer). The trio’s five-barrel, 8,000-square-foot brewery specializes in beer, wine and mead (alcohol made with fermented honey), and their taproom is decorated in ’50s-era Americana. Chef and Jr’s Gourmet Burgers founder Jesus de la Torre Jr. will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in the kitchen.
Brews you can use: They’ll pour 15 beers, meads and ciders, including Clock Shadow, an imperial stout loaded with chocolate, marshmallow, molasses and fruit; and Air Quote, a golden double IPA infused with mandarin and cantaloupe.
Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 7 a.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday and 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
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