Tequesta Brewing Co.
287 S. U.S. 1, Tequesta;
Open noon-11 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
Free tours available upon request; call for availability
Matt Webster and Fran Andrewlevich opened the Tequesta Brewing Co. in January 2011, becoming the first to operate a craft brewery in South Florida. In Tequesta, north of Jupiter in Palm Beach County with a population just below 6,000, the brewery's tap room draws a large crowd.
At the front of the brewery, the century-old bar that belonged to Andrewlevich's family in Pennsylvania is jammed with customers on a Friday night. Place mats around the hardwood counter describe the crafts on tap. Three are available year-round: the Der Chancellor German kolsch, Gnarly Barley American pale ale and Terminally Ale brown ale.
Although owners say TBC beer is distributed from Jacksonville to Key West, the brewery's strong point is the bar-like feel that brings people in to drink.
Aside from offering brewery tours, TBC staff sometimes display cupfuls of hops and grains on the bar for guests to learn about beer's ingredients.
"We've got a relaxed atmosphere and a great staff," Webster said. "We also try to show people the art and science of brewing -- the care you put into it." (Courtesy/Tequesta Brewing Co.)
You can get a sneak peek at the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales, which will take part in the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Parade on Saturday, during a free public viewing on Wednesday until 6 p.m. at the stables at Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park (just east of Parker Playhouse). The event includes tours of the Fort Lauderdale Police Mounted Unit stables, a petting zoo and pony rides. Don’t be surprised if the Clydesdales are busy while you're there: Each horse, a minimum of 72 inches at the shoulder and between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds, typically consumes as much as 25 quarts of whole grains, minerals and vitamins, along with 50 to 60 pounds of hay, and 30 gallons of water per day.
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