Florida Craft Brewery: Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Company
Established: July 22, 2015
Location: 3200 NW 23rd Avenue #500, Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Known For: The Cypress Creek Cream Ale and Hop of the Muffin IPA are the two most popular beers on the tap room menu. Both beers target the general drinking public by trying to pull in the non-craft beer drinkers with something a little different to tempt their palates.
Current Beer Menu: With eleven beers on tap ranging in styles from the Gosegetter Gose to their namesake The Bangin’ Banjo Black IPA, Bangin’ is sure to have something that will quench your thirst. The Gose, brewed with coriander and Florida orange zest, was my favorite of their offerings followed closely behind by Jodi’s Bananas Pale Ale, which is brewed with real bananas. I would have loved to drink Jodi’s alongside a nice hefty piece of banana bread. Sascha’s Belgian Wheat Ale, The Bangin’ Banjo Black IPA, and the Hop of the Muffin IPA were decent offerings while the remaining beers on the tap list were just okay.
Price Range: A flight consists of either four ($6.00), five ($7.00), or six ($8.00) 4oz pours. Pints and 12oz pours are available ranging in price from $6.00 to $9.00 depending on which beer you choose. Growlers in both the 32oz and 64oz sizes are available and range in price from $8.00 to $32.00. If you happen to leave your growler at home the new glass will cost you either $5.00 for the 32oz or $8.00 for the 64oz.
Wine Menu: Bangin’ offers wine for those of you not looking for a pint. You can choose between one red and three white wines. Pricing per glass will run you either $7.00 or $8.00.
Food Menu: Delivery menus are available behind the bar for the area’s eateries. Food trucks are available out front on the weekdays starting between 4:00 and 5:00pm. On the weekends, they are available starting anywhere from 12:00 to 4:00pm.
Bar Seating: The bar can seat ten comfortably. The rest of the seating consists of eleven four-seat high tops, four picnic tables, and two tables that each seat four.
Staff: I was lucky enough that one of the owners, Adam Feingold, was available to show me around and answer any questions I had. Adam started homebrewing with his childhood friend and co-founder Matthew Giani while they were attending the University of Florida. Today, Adam runs the business side of things while Matthew handles the brewing. Felix Pons was behind the bar and happens to be the Marketing Director of Descarga Brewing Company, which is slated to open in Hallandale Beach towards the end of 2017.
Ambiance: When I walked into Bangin’ Banjo I got the feeling that I may have just walked into a brewery in the Deep South of the good ol’ U.S. of A. The walls are painted dark brown and moss-green while portions are covered in wood from reclaimed pallets. Light bulbs in mason jars hanging from the ceiling give the taproom that extra little pop. You can tell that Adam and Matthew tried and accomplished bringing the feel of North-Central Florida back with them from the University of Florida.
Merch: T-shirts for men and women are available for $20.00. Glasses range from $4.00 to $5.00 and consist of a 4oz sampler glass, 13oz snifter, 16oz snifter, and a 16oz glass shaped like a beer can.
Membership offered: Bangin’ offers a VIP program for $100 per year. That single Benjamin gets you 10% of your check daily, 20% of your entire check on Mondays (which is VIP Night), you get to drink free on your birthday, first right of refusal for all bottle releases, and a t-shirt depicting a banjo picking Florida Panther. A pretty good deal if you ask me.
Best days or time of year to go: As with just about any drinking establishment in South Florida if you want to be able to relax at the bar without being elbow to elbow with other patrons then you have to arrive before 4:00pm on the weekdays. Saturdays are typically busy while Sunday can be either or.
Regular Hours: Monday – Thursday: 4:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday: 2:00pm – 12:00am, Saturday: 12:00pm – 12:00am, and Sunday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday: Open – 6:00pm. Happy hour will get you $1.00 of all drafts.
–The bar and beer tap housing are made out of Black Walnut from Upstate New York.
-The bottles that line the taproom were consumed prior to the brewery being opened. Not one new bottle has been added since.
-The name Bangin’ Banjo came from Matt and Adam’s homebrewing days at the University of Florida. A friend of theirs, who played the banjo in a band, had a birthday coming up so they brewed a black IPA for the occasion and called it Bangin’ Banjo. The beer is still brewed today and obviously, the name stuck.
-The Hop of the Muffin IPA got its name from an episode of Seinfeld.
Overall Rating (1-5): The taproom had a very relaxing feel and the staff was on point. The beers were across the rating board for me with a couple standouts shining through. I would like to visit again in a year or so, but for now, I am rating Bangin’ Bango a 3.75.
What was missing: For me the majority of the beer just didn’t have that extra something going for it.
In closing, if you are someone who is just starting to dip your toes into the craft beer pool then Bangin’ Banjo is a place for you to check out. The IPA’s won’t beat up your palate and their Gose is a fantastic representation of the style. Their motto is ‘any day beer for everyday people’ after all and they do just that.
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