Florida Craft Brewery: Devour Brewing Co.
Established: June 6th, 2015
Location: 1500 SW 30th Ave. #4, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
Known For: The Fruity Loops Blonde Ale, which is brewed with Fruits of the Forest Tea, and the Mosaic to My Ears IPA are two of Devour’s most popular offerings. Unfortunately, the Mosaic wasn’t on tap while I was there. I had heard that Devour liked to brew with different types of tea and was afraid I would taste a distinct herbal flavor coming through. Thankfully that was not the case. Fruity Loops was my first introduction to a beer brewed with tea and I was actually amazed at how good it was. The Mango Juice IPA is brewed with Mango tea and was pretty damn delicious with the mango coming through very clean.
Current Beer Menu: Being a smaller capacity brewery Devour only offers 6 beers on tap. The Mango Juice IPA, Vanilla Chamomile Agave Wheat, Fruity Loops Blonde Ale, Just Porter, Just Porter Dry-Hopped with Chinook Hops, and the Kick Start My Morning Double Brown Ale. All six were solid offerings, but for me, the Mango, Kick Start, and dry-hopped Just Porter really stood out. The Mango IPA was like biting into a juicy Mango, Kick Start My Morning may be the best coffee infused brown ale I’ve ever had, and I’m a sucker for a dry-hopped dark beer so the hopped up Just Porter really won me over. Devour also offers a number of guest taps. The local brewers were represented well with Funky Buddha’s Iron and Barleywine, Saltwater’s Mayday, and Due South’s Mariana Trench. For those not looking for a beer Devour also offers two ciders on tap Accomplice Strawberry Cider and Woodchuck Gumption.
Price Range: Pricing for Devour’s offerings ranges between $5.50 and $6.50 per glass. Depending on the beer your serving size will be 10oz, 12oz, or 16oz. Flights are not necessarily offered, but you can order 5oz pours for between $2.50 and $3.50 depending on the beer. Growlers are offered but only in the 32oz size. A growler fill with the purchase of the growler glass will run between $12.00 and $15.00. If you provide your own glass the price ranges from $8.00 and $12.00.
Wine Menu: If a glass of wine is more to your liking, it either means you’ve been kidnapped or you really love to spend time with your significant other. Devour offers a choice between two white and four red wines. Pricing per glass is $5.50.
Food Menu: On most days you can find a food truck in the parking lot. Devour keeps an updated list of which food truck will be available on their website. If you’re new to food trucks, these are not your construction job site roach coaches. We are talking delicious meals on wheels here people!
Ambiance: When you walk into Devour you find yourself in a small room with two big screen tvs. One gives you the option of playing an assortment of games on a Wii while the other has an Atari Flashback connected and ready for old-school gaming fun. The taproom and brewery encompass two air-conditioned warehouse bays totaling 2,600 sqft and are partially separated by an interior wall. Spent beer bottles line the brewery portion of the space, which is something many of us have done. The entire area seems to be a work in progress. From the partially completed mural on the wall to the 3 barrel system that Chip, the owner and brewmaster, upgraded to back in February. He opened the brewery with only the one barrel system that he built. I imagine by the end of this year Chip will be upgrading to a larger system once again. He explained the space as if you were going over to a buddies house to have a beer and watch the game in the garage turned man cave, which is pretty much how the space feels. Devour is definitely a brewery on a budget with every dollar made going back into the business for its betterment. I am certainly excited to see where the beer takes them.
Bar Seating: For now the brewery only has the capacity for 50 craft beer loving souls. The bar itself has seating for five while there are two picnic tables, three high tops, and two couches to cover the arses of everyone else.
Staff: The staff consisted of Chip, Trish, & Coy. Chip and Trish are the husband and wife duo that make Devour run. Coy helps brew and seems to be a sort of sounding board to bounce brewing ideas off of. All I know is whatever they are doing, they are doing it right.
Merch: Shirts run from $20.00 for men’s sizes to $25.00 for women. Hats are also offered for in a number of colors for $20.00.
Membership offered: There is nothing available right now and nothing planned for the immediate future.
Best days or time of year to go: Wednesday through Friday before 4:30, when everyone’s getting out of work, are your best chances to have a seat at the bar and shoot the shit with Trish and Chip. Friday and Saturday night are typically packed while Sunday is hit or miss.
Regular Hours: Wednesday – Thursday: 3:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday: 2:00pm – 11:00pm, Saturday 1:00pm – 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm.
Happy Hour: Wednesday – Friday: 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Devour Hour, as Chip calls it, takes $1.00 off most pint and 12oz beers.
-Chip built out the warehouse space on his own with the only help coming from his family. Not only did he draw and submit drawings to the building department, but he also got down and dirty when the job called for it like in the case of digging the trench drain.
-Devour has a pay it forward promotion where you can buy a beer for the next person that comes in the door or for the next time your buddy pays the brewery a visit. As you’re leaving just pay for the extra beer and your name will go up on the ‘Pay it Forward’ board. The lucky beneficiary’s name is then written on the board as well.
-In the near future, Devour will be releasing a Bourbon barrel aged version of Kick Start My Morning. It is currently aging on bourbon oak spirals and Chip was nice enough to let me have a pour. I am here to tell you it tasted damn good. One more round of aging with vanilla beans and Subculture Coffee will turn this beer into a delicacy. I can’t wait to try the final product.
-Devour’s one-year anniversary is tentatively scheduled for June 25th. Chip says you can expect a number of treatments to your favorites. Keep watching their Facebook page for updated info.
Overall Rating (1-5): I’m giving Devour a 4.25. All of their beers were solid with the stars being Kick Start My Morning, Mango Juice IPA, and the dry hopped Just Porter. They would have garnered a bit higher of a rating if it wasn’t for the garage man cave motif.
What was missing: The ambiance was lacking a bit with the warehouse feel, but at least they have air conditioning, unlike Due South Brewing down the street.
In closing, don’t expect to come to this brewery and be wowed by your surroundings, but you can certainly expect to leave impressed with the beer you have just devoured and that’s what you are really there for in the first place, isn’t it?
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