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Brothers open NOBO Brewery in Boynton Beach

Jan Engoren
Contact ReporterSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel
New brewery features five-barrel system

Brothers Tim and Steve Dornblaser have opened NOBO Brewing in the up-and-coming craft beer district in the city of Boynton Beach at 2901 NW Commerce Park Drive.

Following in the footsteps of Due South Brewing Co., which is celebrating its fifth anniversary, Copperpoint Brewery and the most recent, Non-Prophet Brewery, NOBO's goal cements the area by Gateway Boulevard and High Ridge Road as a craft beer destination.

"We're trying to create Boynton Beach as a craft beer destination and we're joining others who have been there for some time," Steve Dornblaser said. "We're a neighborhood brewery focused on the NOBO district (north of Boynton) and want to ensure we can keep customers in the area for craft beer."

The two brothers had the idea back in 2015, when they called the business Driftwood Ales.

Steve Dornblaser said their brewery is unique in that it has a five-barrel system (31 gallons equals one barrel).

"We're in a unique position," he said. "We can produce enough to stay in stock and have enough for distribution. We are a neighborhood brewery focused on using local fresh products and using as many local businesses as we can.

"When you're passionate, you do what you can to make it work," he added.

NOBO's staples include a honey blonde ale (16-ounce draft for $5 and a 64-ounce growler for $17), an old school Hefeweizen, their signature basil IPA and a coffee porter (both for $2 for a 5- ounce draft).

Rather than seeing the new breweries as competition, Jodi Halker, of Due South Brewing Co., said, "the more the merrier."

"The craft beer culture in the area has certainly grown since we opened Due South Brewing Co. five years ago," she said. "The four independent craft breweries now open in Boynton offer something for everyone. Each one is unique, both with beer and atmosphere, and worth a visit."

Ruth Berman, CEO of Bon Beer Voyage, a beer tourism company, said, "I met Steve at the Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest recently and love that they chose Boynton for their home.

"Boynton - and a good part of South Florida - is on its way to becoming a serious beer destination," she added. "Pretty soon, instead of bringing folks from here over to Belgium for 'beercations,' I'll be bringing the Belgians over here to try some of the awesome craft beer made right here in Boynton Beach."

Tim Dornblaser, who owns a construction company in Boynton Beach, and his wife, Jessica, an architect, designed and built the brewery, which has a Prohibition theme with a concrete bar top and floor, subway tile and photos of the Prohibition era.

On its Facebook page, customer Jeff Noller writes, "From the first time I walked through the doors, NOBO has shown to be an amazing brewery. Stylish, clean taproom with a stellar bar area and a killer taplist."

Boynton Beach Mayor Steven Grant has developed a taste for the basil IPA.

"I'm happy that the city was able to accommodate these breweries in our industrial area," said Grant, adding the city is looking to have trolleys shuttle people to the different breweries.

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