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Peanut Beer on Tap at West Palm Beach Brewery

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What is peanut beer?  Well, if you love craft beer, and enjoy trying new things, head on over to 332 Evernia Street in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida to see the amazing and innovative work they are doing in their craft beer lab.  Here’s all you need to know about the award winning beer they are making, including their brand new, just-tapped peanut beer.

  • Amazing Craft Beer.  So, this little brewery was actually the very first brewery to open in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida.  Prior to 2017, the city did not even have zoning for breweries.  But, that was like most cities.  Before December 20, 2017, the city had received notice from others that they should create rules and regulations for craft breweries. What timing !  After all, south Florida has become a hub of activity for craft beer.
  • West Palm Beach Brewery Craft Beer Lab.  When the West Palm Beach Brewery first opened up, they had a single goal in mind.  “To create artisan, great tasting craft beer!” says owner John Pankauski.  “Little did we realize the demand for our craft beer would exceed our expectations. We don’t distribute, so you can only get our craft beer here, in our tap room on the premises.  Luckily, when I designed the production facility and fermentation room, I had plenty of space, including for expansion.”
  • Peanut Beer. So, what about this peanut beer?   “We strive to create innovative craft beer and to challenge your palate” says Pankauski. “But, in the end, beer should taste like beer.  Not the ice cream aisle at a supermarket.  So, we create some very limited, reserve offerings in small quantities since our fan base and loyal customers want to try new and innovative craft beer.”  The West Palm Beach Brewery has offered a lot more than just, say, a Double IPA, although they have an amazing one which they call “Dr. K’s Double IPA“.  And they certainly do more than create “one-offs” like adding locally sourced raspberries to their blonde ale to create the “B4 Razz.”  
  • All Natural: No Extracts.  “We never, ever use extracts, flavor enhancers or artificial ingredients” says Pankauski.  “We are all natural.  Period.  Many larger breweries who distribute in cans and bottles need to produce large amounts of beer. To do that, they sometimes use extracts to enhance the flavor. We never do.  We literally take our time to make small batches of beer you won’t find anywhere else.  For our Dreamer’s Lager, for example, it took 2 months to make, compared to, say, 2-4 weeks for an ale.  Our brown ales, stouts and porters are never rushed since we don’t bottle or can or distribute.”  Indeed, their brewers, for their coffee porters and ales, for example, take their time to secure premium coffee beans from various regions around the globe.  They then select a grind and quantity to give their beers varying influences of coffee.  Some of their sought-after coffee brews can have just a hint of coffee, while others can be darker with more espresso-like nuances. 
  • Peanut Ale.  But, you can purchase the West Palm Beach Brewery’s limited and reserve craft beers to go in a 32 ounce crowler or a 64 ounce growler.  For their Peanut Ale, they simply took high grade peanuts and steeped them in an ale made especially for the Peanut Beer.  “The flavor is amazing.  You get a hint of solid, core peanut.  If you love a hint of peanut butter, you will really enjoy our limited reserve peanut beer. It is NOT overly sweet and we don’t add sugar.  The peanut flavor is not overly dominating, but rather is restrained.” Of course, Pankauski points out, you can try any of the brewery’s craft beers, including the limited and reserve craft beers, before you purchase.
  • If You Go:  West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault also has a brewery restaurant https://www.westpalmbeer.com/our-food/  with great reviews.  Their wine bar features limited production premium wine https://www.westpalmbeer.com/our-wines/  which is direct from some of the great vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Barbara and the Sta. Rita Hills.  They open at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays, for West Palm Beach’s Green Market https://www.visitwpb.com/west-palm-beach-greenmarket/  .    There is outside seating and table service, in the shade, indoor seating (air conditioning!) for 170 persons and well behaved pets are welcome outside.  The brewery is family friendly and pet friendly.   Parking is abundant in the city garage right across the street on Evernia and South Dixie.  Oh yes, they have 11 large screen, HD Smart TVs.   The West Palm Brewery shows all the college football games on Saturdays and all the NFL Games on Sundays with their Sunday Ticket from DirecTV. https://nflst.directv.com/

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Oct 6, 2018