Thursday, January 8, 2015

East Coast Breweries


My cousin Fran and her now husband Jonathon had a beautiful wedding at Birdsong Barn.  There isn’t much else in the town of Titusville, but we heard they had just opened a new craft brewery (it’s so new it’s not even on our map).  We spent the Sunday after the wedding with the happy couple and friends celebrating at Playalinda Brewing Company.

Of course it has the same modern industrial design that all new buildings have – with wood, exposed brick, and Edison bulbs.  I loved that their name is stamped on their chairs.  We tried a flight (unfortunately they do not let you custom pick which beers you want to sample – but they picked a pretty good selection).  It included the Pritchard’s Pilsner, Florida Common, Rocket Man, Centennial IPA, and El Nunya IPA. 

My favorite was the Rocket Man (an American red ale), although everyone else unanimously liked the El Nunya.  Hoppy beers are still growing on me, so I’m not as big a fan of IPAs, but maybe I’ll eventually acquire the taste to appreciate them. 

They did serve food, but because of restaurant guidelines, as a brewery they can only offer pre-packaged items.  We shared some hummus, fish spread, and cheeses with crackers. 

Afterwards, Lance and I headed a half-hour south to Florida Beer Company in Cape Canaveral.  The interior is huge with a big round bar in the center.  They still had some Christmas decorations up (including the Abominable Snowman riding a swordfish), but the rest of the d├ęcor was nautical themed.  

We did another flight with their Key West Sunset Ale, Scottish Ale, Florida Stout, Gaspar’s Porter, Devil’s Triangle Southern IPA, and Smoked Swamp Ape Double IPA. 

I liked the Key West and the Porter best, but of course Lance loved the Devil’s Triangle.  The stout was described as having a sweet oatmeal flavor, but it was actually way too sweet for even me.  You can pick 4, 6, or 8 beers per flight, so it’s a nice way to sample their options. 

I would have loved to stop at Cocoa Beach Brewing as well while we were in the area, but we had to take it easy after the weekend festivities (plus we had to drive a few hours back to Tampa).  Instead, we spent the evening walking down the beach until the sun went down.

Playalinda Brewing Company is located at 305 South Washington Avenue, Titusville, FL 32796 and is open 5pm – 11pm Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4pm – 12am Friday, 12pm – 12am Saturday, and 12pm – 8pm Sundays (they are closed Tuesdays). 

Florida Beer Company is located at 200 Imperial Boulevard, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 and is open 1pm – 9pm Monday – Wednesday, 1pm – 10pm Thursday – Saturday, and 1pm – 6pm on Sunday. 

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