Come June it should be “Saltwater Time” in Delray Beach, when the much-anticipated Saltwater Brewery makes its debut on West Atlantic Avenue just off I-95.
The brewchild of a quartet of Delray Beach friends and natives and dedicated home-brewers—Chris Gove, Bo Eaton, Peter Agardy and Dustin Jeffers—Saltwater brings together its founders’ love of fine suds and good fishing. Brewmaster will be Bill Taylor, a 15-year vet of craft brewing.
The barn-like, 1952-vintage building, formerly the site of the Rustic Rooster furniture store, is in the process of being converted into an 8,000-square-foot brewery that will celebrate its Dade County pine construction and include a large tasting room, retail shop and outdoor tropical beer garden.
At first, Saltwater will be producing six beers—blond, American and India pale ales, milk stout, Scottish and session (generally defined as a lower-alcohol brew with a flavor that balances malt and hops). A few snacks might be available to sop up some of that alcohol, with heartier fare to be delivered from local restaurants. And in the future, look for Saltwater to team up with some of those restaurants for beer-food pairing dinners.
Truly, beer’s not just for breakfast anymore.