The 2017 Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival

January is one of my favorite times of the year for a few reasons. The holiday madness is over, the Christmas decorations are down (hopefully), and the Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival is back once again. The Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival is held at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL. Roger Dean is the Spring Training home of both the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins and the festival is held on the outskirts of the stadium itself. This year there were 85 breweries, cideries, and meaderies on hand to help tickle your taste buds. I arrived around 11:30 and quickly headed over to the cash line because in typical fashion I procrastinated just long enough and missed the chance to buy a ticket online. The festival, which is in its 11th year, releases 1,500 tickets online and 1,200 tickets in person at the gate. As luck would have it, I got a call after waiting for a grueling 5 minutes in line, which was just long enough to have my ID checked and bracelet received. The call was from my buddies who had located a ticket while they waited in the pre-purchase line. For those planning to attend in the future, buy your ticket online. It saves you the hassle of watching everyone else visit tent after tent while you’re still waiting to pay your $35.00 entry fee. After joining my friends in the pre-purchase line and exchanging cash for a ticket, I was handed a cup from my buddy and told to dig into the bottles that were already popped. The first beer, of four, that I sampled in our mini beer share was the 2016 version of Wicked Weed Brewing’s ‘Angel of Darkness’. I always forget how damn good that beer is! The next offering was ‘JDawg Porter’ brewed with pecan and vanilla from Fat Point Brewing in Punta Gorda, FL. It wasn’t a bad beer, but it was overshadowed by the other three we sampled. Next was an Imperial Stout with coffee that was brewed in a collaboration between Trillium and Evil Twin Brewing called ‘Dusk Trill Dawn’. If you can get your hands on this beer, you should! It was fantastic! Funky Buddha Breweries ‘Last Buffalo in the Park’ was the final beer poured just a few minutes before the gates were opened. That was my first opportunity to try the Buffalo and it did not disappoint.

2017 Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival

I always tell my wife I’m a champion in the art of multi-tasking and I proved that by finishing my beer while getting my ticket scanned AND explaining to the volunteer at the gate that we were indeed allowed to bring backpacks into the festival. I guess I was pretty convincing because that’s all it took for her to let us through. I mean, where am I supposed to put all of the festival schwag that I collect throughout the day without a bag? Once through the ticketing portion, we gathered in the stadium concourse like cattle ready to begin our afternoon grazing session. A salivating mass waiting in anticipation of the brews that lay ahead.

2017 Jupiter Craft Beer Festival

A few minutes pass and the countdown to 1:00 pm begins. The gates are opened and it’s Black Friday at the neighborhood box store all over again with people heading in different directions to gain their first taste of the beautiful nectar that we so affectionately call craft beer. My first stop was Proof Brewing. I’m a big fan of pretty much everything I have tried from them, plus the only time they are available in South Florida is at a festival. They brought ‘Tropical Uprising Ipa’, a Belgian Strong Ale called ‘Peach Tea Litany of Angels’, and their ‘Coffee Creatures in the Dark’ Milk Stout. All three were certainly worth the wait in line, but I was a bit disappointed that they didn’t bring one of their Berliner Weisse down this time since it’s one of the samples I look forward to every year.

2017 Jupiter Craft Beer Festival

Next, I hit Copperpoint Brewing for their B. Rabbit Espresso Cream Stout and the Walking Tree Brewery for their ‘Limey Sailor’ Berliner Weisse and ‘Duke Sniders’ Imperial Stout. At that point, one of my buddies got my attention and said I needed to head over to the Finback Brewery tent because they were pouring an amazing black Gose. Finback Brewery is out of Queens, NY and has become friends with Civil Society Brewing so they were not only in town for the festival, but also to brew a chocolate IPA with the Civil boys. Back to the Gose. ‘The Sun is Too Bright Black Gose’ aged in red wine barrels was absolutely mind-blowing. The red wine wasn’t overpowering and everything seemed to meld together so very well. They were also pouring their Double IPA ‘MK Ultra’ which was delicious. I noticed a few cold cans behind the table and asked for a pour. I was delighted to receive a taste of ‘Red Shift’, which is a sour brewed with cranberries and the Japanese fruit Yuzu.

2017 Jupiter Craft Beer Festival
Source: The Japanese Yuzu fruit.

Tampa Bay Brewing had their golden ale named ‘Quat’, which is brewed with Kumquat and is very citrus forward. I stopped at Coppertail Brewing to try their ‘Guava Pastelitos’ Berliner Weisse and was once again blown away by it. Brewzzi was next on the list. Matt Manthe, who will be opening Odd Breed Wild Ales early this year, was representing Brewzzi with a barrel aged sour Porter called ‘Adjunct Fever’. It was brewed with cherry vanilla and cacao nibs. I was already eager for his brewery to open, but this beer just added to that excitement. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with for his new brewery.

2017 Jupiter Craft Beer Festival

I tried a Serrano Pepper Amber Ale called ‘Son of Sea Biscuit’ from Barley Mow Brewing, which was very well done. Just enough heat to keep you interested, but not enough to set your face on fire. I also tried their ‘Maven Chocolate Milk Stout’, which was a nice calming beer to follow the peppers. Devour Brewing brought a Mango Tea IPA and their Blizzard of Darkness Milk Stout aged on toasted coconut and Madagascar vanilla beans amongst others. I had tried both beers before and rated them a tick higher this time than I had the first time. Chip is definitely stepping up his game.

2017 Jupiter Craft Beer Festival

The Native Brewing Company brought a Scotch Ale aged in rye whiskey barrels called ‘Beam Me Up Scotchy’ that was marvelous. The Scotch Ale is a favorite style of mine, so I tend to be a tad picky and this one did not disappoint. The Brooklyn Brewery was only pouring from bottles, but I did stop to try their newest addition, the ‘Bel Air Sour’, which is a nice crisp dry-hopped sour. I happened upon the 26 Degree Brewing tent at the just right moment because they were having a timed release of their ‘Bourbon Barrel aged Scotch Ness Monster’. Talk about the beer gods being on my side! It was what Scotch Ales and bourbon barrel aging were meant to be. I really need to make it down to Pompano Beach to review these guys.

2017 Jupiter Craft Beer Festival

I stopped into the Civil Society Brewing tent for a bit to try their mouth-watering Double IPA, ‘Seventh Wonder’, and hang out for a bit. The craft beer community is filled with some really fantastic people and the folks at Civil run at the top of that list for me. After a bit, I headed to the Orchid Island Brewery tent where head brewer and co-owners Alden and Valerie Bing were pouring ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi Saison’ and a Berliner Weisse called ‘Beachside’. For the Berliner, you had the option to add one of two house-made syrups using either locally farmed Honeybell oranges or locally farmed key limes. All three were absolutely amazing! I shot the breeze with Alden for a while until we were joined by Civil Society’s Evan Miller for a bit of craft beer shenanigans. It was the perfect way to end yet another successful Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival. Once the festival started to shut down at 5:00 pm I visited with a few friends before walking over to Civil Society to close out the day.

2017 Jupiter Craft Beer Festival
Source: Orchid Island Brewery. Evan Taylor (left) of Civil Society & Alden Bing (right) of Orchid Island.

If you haven’t been to this festival yet, I would highly suggest planning for it next year. It makes for a really entertaining day between all the beers and the continuous live music flowing through the crowd. Just make sure to have a plan for getting home after this drinking session as you probably won’t want to drive. If you’re coming from out-of-town there is a hotel within walking distance. If possible, try to get your hands on tickets to the exclusive event the night before, which is called the Field of Beers. Tickets are $100 apiece and there are only 300 available. Fifteen teams of brewers and Palm Beach area chefs are paired up for a beer and food pairing unlike any other. It was named the USA Today Readers’ Choice 4th best craft beer festival in the nation in 2016. Plus in all seriousness, there isn’t a better part of the country to be in during this time of year. It’s hard to beat a sunny 70-degree day in late January while sipping on some of the finest craft brews.

I’m already looking forward to next year.

Cheers

 

Devour Brewing Co.

Florida Craft Brewery: Devour Brewing Co. boynton beach, craftdaddyblog.com, Craft beer, Devour Brewing Co, Florida Craft Beer

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 boynton beach, craftdaddyblog.com, Craft beer, Devour Brewing Co, Florida Craft BeerJuice 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, orDevour 11 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.

boynton beach, craftdaddyblog.com, Craft beer, Devour Brewing Co, Florida Craft BeerWine 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.Craft beer, florida craft beer, devour brewing co, craft daddy blog 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 boynton beach, craftdaddyblog.com, Craft beer, Devour Brewing Co, Florida Craft Beeryear 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.boynton beach, craftdaddyblog.com, Craft beer, Devour Brewing Co, Florida Craft Beer

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.

boynton beach, craftdaddyblog.com, Craft beer, Devour Brewing Co, Florida Craft BeerStaff: 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.boynton beach, craftdaddyblog.com, Craft beer, Devour Brewing Co, Florida Craft Beer

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.

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Fun Fact:

-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.

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Oak spirals resting in rum.

-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 Kickboynton beach, craftdaddyblog.com, Craft beer, Devour Brewing Co, Florida Craft Beer 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?Devour 15

Did I leave anything out or is there something else you would like to know about Devour Brewing Company? Please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below.

Cheers!