“Eat local” is the new manta for food-loving diners. Why not “drink local” for fans of craft beer?

Why not, indeed? And the chance to imbibe ultra-fresh, locally produced artisan brews is getting is getting that much greater with the debut tomorrow of Due South Brewing Co. (2900 High Ridge Rd., 561/463-BEER) from the husband-and-wife team of Mike and Jodi Halker.

Brewmaster Mike is a former home brewer whose beers took so many local awards he turned pro, taking over 15,000 square feet of space just off I-95 in Boynton Beach to produce a dozen or so beers, from a trio of different IPAs to Caramel Cream Ale, Roasted Cocoa Stout and Honey Vanilla Wheat. Not all of those beers will be available immediately, however.

Due South is not just a production facility. The brewery’s Taproom will offer beers both for tasting and purchase, as well as just hanging out and watching sports on flat-screen TVs. No food service, but food trucks may show up on occasion, and you can also bring in or take delivery of your favorite munchies from nearby restaurants, many of which are listed on the brewery website (duesouthales.com).

As for Saturday’s grand opening bash, it runs from 3 to 11 p.m. and features plenty of fine suds and a passel of food trucks so there’s no reason to go home either hungry or thirsty.