Put together a beachfront resort and a local brewery, and you have 240 bottles of an Imperial Stout defying the South Florida beer palette.
Eau Palm Beach partnered with Boynton Beach’s Copperpoint Brewing Company to create an Imperial Stout, a full-bodied brew woven together with notes of over-roasted coffee, chocolate, fig and dried fruits.
“You need a beer that is subtle enough that can give the stage to those flavors but also bold enough that can stand up to those flavors,” says Pete Lopez, the brand director at Copperpoint Brewing. “It’s a performance that gets to exist once, and then is never repeated.”
Guests got to try the limited batch—about 240 bottles and one small keg was produced—with the resort’s Chef Matthew Gale’s creations: candied bacon, bourbon-caramel infused popcorn, and a remake of Bangers & Mash.
Although its output was small, the process was far from it. It all started with a bourbon barrel purchased by the resort, and staff was looking to partner with a brewery who could use it to create a one-of-a-kind beer. Copperpoint, known for its stouts, took the challenge and aged the beer for nine months. Then it was cold conditioned, bottled, and presented to hotel guests and the community.
“Stouts aren’t really designed for Florida weather but somehow the way that [master brewer] Matt Cox does it makes it work,” says Bryan Long, the assistant director of food and beverage at the Eau. “When you’re really good at something you need to do it. You need to own your craft. You don’t want to try to be something you’re not, and [Copperpoint brews] great stouts.”
For those who didn’t get to try the stout (check to see if there’s a bottle or two left!), have no fear. Eau Palm Beach is doing some experimenting with Mathews Brewing, and Long says a goal is to get their hands on a tequila barrel to try and make beer with that, too.
And the beer culture isn’t new at the Manalapan resort. All of the beers on draft come from Palm Beach County breweries, and the resort has beer floats, insulated growler service, and beer events such as National Beer Day and the Burger and Beer Bash.
“We’re always pushing the envelope, especially locally driven beers,” Long says.