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#1 craft brewery : 10 New Additions the West Palm Beach Brewery wants you to know about for 2019

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Well, the West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault just turned one in late December, 2018.  What’s in store for 2019? Here are 10 new additions or changes coming down the pike at the #1 craft brewery in South Florida.

  1. New Leader.  Chad Reeves joins the brewery & premier wine bar as the new leader, poised to take the #1 craft brewery into the future. “Im very pleased that Chad Reeves has joined the brewery.  Chad is directly involved in, and leads, every aspect of our company. Chad exhibits a wonderful, respectful passion for offering guests an exceptional experience.”  said Pankauski.  Indeed, Reeves sees amazing promise in this brewery/artisan food/wood oven kitchen/Napa wine bar concept.  “Chad’s leadership and laser-focus will be directed to improving service during the first 60 days” says Pankauski, who hints that there’s exciting additions slated for this #1 craft brewery in South Florida.  “As Chad says, we are ‘ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen’ ” 
  2. Raw Bar  “Chad has come up with a number of very exciting offerings for our fans.  And his concepts all build on what we already offer, along our three product lines: craft beer, premium wine and artisan food” starts Pankauski.  “Look for an exciting new raw bar, with oysters, jumbo shrimp, lobster claws and stone crabs boasts Pankauski.     “We have listened to our fans, who have requested more seafood and more food pairings with our craft beer and premium wine bar. You got it.” Look for a limited raw bar to be unveiled by February, 2019. “Our raw bar at our brewery restaurant will compliment the artisan hot food made in our hand made, Sonoma wood fire oven” says Pankauski. “But we will only be purchasing Grade A+, premium seafood.  To keep things fresh, we will have limited availability of these highest grade seafood and shellfish offerings.”  
  3. Champagne, Prosecco, Cava + Sparkling White Wine        The brewery is adding a limited portfolio of top notch sparkling wines, prosecco and Champagne–none of which were offered before Reeves took over.  One of the first observations that Reeves made when he began directing operations of the #1 craft brewery in Palm Beach was a need for a superior, premium raw bar and bubbles  As this goes to press, Pankauski, and Reeves, and a yet to be named Wine Ambassador are sampling bubbly and sparkling wines from a number of Champagne houses.  “As with all our offerings at the West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault, our sparkling wine selections will be of superior quality at fair prices.”  Look for two types of California sparkling wine from one of Pankauski’s favorite AVAs, the Anderson Valley,  http://roedererestate.com/index.html   plus a Cava, a Prosseco and a Champagne, including a Rose’. “The bubbly will match wonderfully with our new raw bar.Indeed, although Pankauski’s Drum Canyon Cellars Sauvignon Blanc (170 cases), is a big hit, as his Chardonnay from the Sta. Rita Hills, and limited Rose’       having a selection of 4 or 5 sparkling wines will go a long way.  But to be clear, Pankauski emphasizes that while mimosas or bellinis may be offered on weekends, there will be no “all you can drink” or “bottomless mimosas” at the #1 craft brewery in town.  “That’s not us, and not the experience nor product we offer at 332 Evernia Street” says Pankauski with a stern face.  
  4. Wine Dinners  Expect wine dinners in the VIP room with food pairings and craft beer pairings.   Wine Club members will get first dibs on events and wine specials.  And there is talk of constructing an offsite, wine cellar with a dining room for 50 at their warehouse location, which would be available for functions, private parties, VIP tastings and dinners. “We have the room and the space” starts Pankauski  “It’s just a question of do our fans want that.” 
  5. New Wine Bar  Be ready for an expansion of the Napa Valley like tasting room, wine bar and retail store on the street side with more seats at the bar. This limited construction project is expected to be completed over a four day schedule Q1 2019.  The focus on the wine at this #1 craft brewery will not only continue, but expand.  Pankauski hints at retaining a consulting sommelier to advise on wine dinners, tastings, and to help grow the case and bottle-to-go retail sales.  A new director of marketing is also being interviewed and will lead the Wine Club. 
  6. Upscale Menu at Brewery Restaurant   Reeves is excited to tweak the already, well received menu at the brewery restaurant  https://www.yelp.com/biz/west-palm-brewery-and-wine-vault-west-palm-beach?osq=brewery  with some upscale additions and much asked for food options. 
  7. More Live Music    Listen for regular live music on Sundays and Saturdays after football season, something that was a hit during the summer months.  Although the brewery has an inside stage, look for live performances outside.  The block party for local rocker Monty Warren was a big hit when he released his last record.  The brewery team is considering a country concert outdoor BBQ sometime after Easter and before the start of the summer. 
  8. Lobster   Look for New England lobster rolls, New England clam chowder from a –where else??– a New England lobster food truck.  Pankauski’s long time best friend and college buddy just happens to own a New England lobster food truck and is loaning it to Pankauski to test run the offering of big lobster rolls and clam chowder.  “The lobster roll and clam chowder play well to our many guests from New England.  And they pair well with our Hazy New England IPA, and Chardonnay” suggests Pankauski.     No surprise, right? After all Pankauski was born in Salem, Massachusetts and is a New Englander through and through.  This #1 craft brewery is actually a watch party for the New England Patriots.  http://fanclubs.patriots.com/bars/west-palm-beach-brewery-wine-vault#.XCucXVxKg3s
  9. Mac ‘n Cheese Bar   Reeves is having his chefs create and roll out the very first mac ‘n cheese bar, where patrons can “add up” with any number of premium ingredients or toppings including truffle oil, lobster, filet mignon, smoked brisket and more. 
  10. Smoked Brisket, Ribs + Sausage  Prepare for a BBQ smoker outside of the brewery premises on Saturdays and Sundays, and take in the sweet smell of smoked pork, ribs, brisket and sausage.  Pair those with the Palm Beach Porter, or the milk stout on nitro.  Pankauski promises a BBQ sauce made with his own beer that you can’t get anywhere else. 

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Jan 1, 2019