Barrel of Monks
The epitome of a hidden gem, this brewery is tucked away inside the Rogers Circle corporate park off of Clint Moore Road. But, you’ll forget that once you step inside, where there’s leather couches, red walls, chandeliers hanging overhead, and medals adorning the bottled and tapped beers. If you want to enhance the experience, buy a ticket for a tour of the brewery. 1141 S. Rogers Cir #5, Boca Raton; 561/510-1253; barrelofmonks.com
If you want creative beer names, this is where you go. Order a pint of Space Bunnies, Blondes Make Me Hoppy, Baby Giraffe, Social Lube, and other brews at the tasting room, perfectly positioned in front of the brewery for a front-row seat to how it’s all done. Plus, it’s perfectly positioned next to the ballpark for a weekend of baseball. 1200 Town Center Drive #101, Jupiter; 561/855-6680; civilsocietybrewing.com
Copperpoint Brewing Company
Whether you like a refreshing light ale or a creamy dark stout, beer drinkers of all stripes will be satisfied at this Boynton Beach outpost. Give the B. Rabbit Espresso Cream Stout a try, or go for the Copperpoint Blood Orange Wit, a Belgian wheat beer. As is typical with breweries, there are food trucks scheduled for every day of the week to pair with your pints. On the weekends, brew fans can take advantage of the Saturday brewery tours at 3 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes look at the process of what it takes to get that beer into your glass—for free! 151 Commerce Road, Boynton Beach; 561/508-7676; copperpointbrewingcompany.com
You’ve seen their beers at the store, now get it straight from the tap. Their latest release is the Coastline Lager, an all-American-style lager that will make your tastebuds happy on a hot summer day (basically, all year round down here). See how it all gets made with brewery tours on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 2900 High Ridge Road #3, Boynton Beach; 561/463-2337; duesouthbrewing.com
Health nuts flock to this certified organic brewery, which is touted as South Florida’s first microbrewery. On the menu are pints of Gnarly Barley, Tasty Waves, Slim Shady, Brave Tart, Terminally Ale, and other clever brews. 87 US-1, Tequesta; 561/745-5000; tequestabrewing.com
West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault
One of the trials and tribulations of getting a group of friends together is finding a place that everyone will like—so what if someone doesn’t like beer? This spot has the solution, with not only house and guest beers spanning light ales to heavy porters, but also a wine vault for your friends who aren’t so much into the suds. Plus, enjoy fire-roasted dishes from the brewery’s Intracoastal Kitchen. 332 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; 561/619-8813; westpalmbeer.com.
* The folks at National Beer Day have informed us that National Beer Day is, in fact, a holiday recognized by Congress.