If you’re a fan of local craft beer (and if you drink beer, you should be!), you’ll recognize Fran Andrewlevich and Matt Webster from the popular Twisted Trunk Brewing and Tequesta Brewing Company brews they’ve turned out in recent years.
Now they’re opening Steam Horse Brewing Company this week, on Aug. 15, in West Palm Beach’s warehouse district, where the Grandview Market sits a half-block down the train tracks. There’s a defunct railroad spur that runs between the buildings in the middle of this formerly total industrial area, and that’s where Steam Horse gets its name.
The rail bed has been fixed to allow folks to walk between the 6,000-square-foot brewery and the market, or for market food vendors to bring their dishes to the brewery, which will not have food, just a tap room and bar. But that should be enough.
There will be everything from Imperial Reds to sours, porters, and New England-style double IPAs, and lagers. The namesake Steam Horse is a European style lager, described as medium-bodied, crisp, clean and balanced, with 5.3 percent alcohol in 16 ounces.
Then on Aug. 18, The District (as the area is officially called) will host a block party, starting at 6 p.m., to welcome the brewery and you’ll find music, food and more beer on tap.
Before Tequesta, Andrewlevich worked as brewmaster at Brewzzi in both CityPlace and then in Boca Raton before both locations closed. He’s using cypress in some of the brews at Steam Horse, in a nod to the railroad background of the place. It adds a cedar-like note to an Imperial Red, he says.
But stop by and check that out for yourself. It’s about five minutes east of I-95, where now food and beer are much easier to find than parking. There’s a rum distillery planned for The District, too, and I hope more parking plans are in the works before that opens!
Steam Horse Brewery, 1500 Elizabeth Ave., West Palm Beach; facebook.com/Steam-Horse-Brewing-1266068623417088/