Florida Craft Brewery: Barrel of Monks Brewing (B.O.M.B.)
Established: March 28th, 2015
Location: 1141 S. Rogers Circle #5, Boca Raton, FL 33487
Known For: Barrel of Monks Brewing’s most popular offering is White Wizard, a Witbier, that will soon be coming to 12oz bottles. Once a year B.O.M.B. releases the eagerly awaited Pride of Souls, a Belgian-style imperial stout. This beer is currently resting in bourbon barrels. The bourbon barrel aged version of the Pride of Souls is known as the Den of Sins.
Current Beer Menu: B.O.M.B. carried eleven of their beers on tap during my visit. Sorry, no guest tap here. I started with a flight of their Abbey Series, which consisted of Single in Bruges (Enke/Singel), Abbey Terno (Dubbel), Three Fates (Trippel), and Quadraphonic (Quadrupel). All were on the scale of good to very good, but the Quad definitely stood out above all of the beers I tasted. It was so damn delicious and dangerously smooth for 10.5% abv. After the flight, I took the tour with a few other patrons. During the tour, I sipped on Passion of the Wizard, which is the passion fruit treated version of White Wizard. I enjoyed it quite a bit but would have liked a bit more passion fruit. I had small tasters of Nuance (saison), Grand Cru, S’tart (sour ale), Amarillo Dry-hopped Endless Enigma, and Amarillo Dry-hopped Peach Endless Enigma. Nuance was a very nice example of a saison. Grand Cru fell right behind Quadraphonic in my ratings. S’tart was a very lite sour meant to pull newcomers into the infected fold. Using Amarillo hops in both Endless Enigma’s made for interesting additions to the all Belgian lineup.
Price Range: A flight of four 4oz pours excluding the special releases will run you $10.00. A 12oz pour will cost anywhere between $6.50 and $9.50 while a 16oz pour ranges between $5.00 and $6.25. Growlers in both 32oz and 64oz are available. The glass for the 32oz will run you $5.00 and the pours range between $9.00 and $18.00. The glass of the 64oz growler will cost you $7.50 and the fill anywhere from $16.00 to $30.00. There are also a number of 750ml bottles available for purchase. Nuance ($9.99), Three Fates (12.99), Abbey Terno ($9.99), and Quadraphonic ($13.99) are available individually or you can purchase any two of them for $18.99. B.O.M.B. also carries bottles of the limited release Matize Salvaje. It is a tequila barrel aged wild saison and is $20.00 while supplies last.
Wine Menu: Small bottles (two glasses) of both red and white wines are available for between $10.00 and $25.00.
Food Menu/Food Trucks: B.O.M.B. allows for patrons to bring in food from home or have food delivered. Grace’s Sausages and Fine Foods are on site every Wednesday at 5:00pm. Tucker Duke’s food truck offers a $10.00 beer and burger combo on Thursdays starting at 5:30pm. Rotating food trucks start at 5:00pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Ambiance: Walking into Barrel of Monks felt like I had just gone back in time and strolled into the neighborhood speakeasy. It just has that vibe about it. The tap room is kept dark and the lights that hang from the ceiling are intentionally dim, which adds a certain mystique to the room. The mix of rockabilly and classic rock coming from overhead also helped to set the mood.
Bar Seating: The bar itself is not very large and only holds seven seats. There are six high tops with four seats each and a leisure section with two high back chairs and a couch. Seating along the window and wall encompasses the rest of the seats.
Staff: Tim tended to the bar while I was on site. He started with B.O.M.B. as apprentice cellarman and now holds the title of cellarman. He also helps with the brewing and leads the tours of the brewery. Tim was a wealth of information and you can really tell he loves what he does.
Brewing System: Barrel of Monks brews on an automated twenty barrel three vessel system.
Merch: The website is being revamped at the moment, so there isn’t an online store to visit just yet. In the taproom you can find 16oz snifters ($7.00), hats ($20.00), men’s and women’s t-shirts ($20.00), Polo’s ($30.00), and work shirts ($35.00).
Membership offered: The Brotherhood is limited to 103 members. Initially, the membership will run you $150.00 with annual renewal at only $99.00. You will receive a Brotherhood t-shirt, a personalized membership glass, two 32oz growlers, one of which is filled with an Abbey Series beer, a custom cooler bag, custom B.O.M.B. bottle opener, members-only party, first dibs on special releases, and 10% off of beer and merch. Renewals begin in August. There are also talks involving a bottle reserve membership, but right now it’s just talk.
Best days or time of year to go: Your best bet for a quiet bar would be during the weekday before 6:00pm. Tours are available every Tuesday at 7:00pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30m, 3:30pm, and 4:30pm.
Regular Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 4:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm – 11:00pm, Saturday: 2:00pm – 11:00pm, and Sunday: 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Happy Hour: Every Tuesday you get seriously hooked up with buy a one get one beer special. Students with college ID get 50% off on Wednesdays. *Special releases excluded.
-The spent grain from the brewing process goes to a local non-profit farmer who has a petting zoo and miniature pigs.
-Once a month B.O.M.B. invites a brewery (that has never participated) and a chef to their monthly Throwdown. You can enjoy a four-course meal and eight 4oz pours for $50.00. The interesting part is, no one knows what the chef is preparing or what either brewery has brought to pair with the food.
-The owners are three friends and homebrewers that spent ten years perfecting their beers before opening the brewery.
-B.O.M.B is Boca Raton’s first production Brewery.
Overall Rating (1-5): I am rating Barrel of Monks Brewing a 4.25. I enjoyed everything that I tried especially the Quadraphonic. The staff was great, the tap room was extremely nice, and the beer is definitely worth going back for.
What was missing: Being that B.O.M.B. is a Belgian-style brewery they don’t carry your typical IPA’s and stouts. This is to be expected though and didn’t decrease my rating of them.
In closing, if you’re a fan of Belgian-style beers Barrel of Monks is definitely the place for you. Personally, I enjoyed a getaway from the usual IPA’s and stouts, which I frequent so much. My visit was a welcomed change of pace from what has become the norm in craft brewing.
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