I’m traveling a bit more recently, so I’ve learned to love the brewpub. Food trucks are nice and all, but how can I pass up great beer and great food, all in one place?
But for the brewpubs I’ve been to, I still can’t find one to beat Big Bear Brewing in Coral Springs. It’s pretty closeby, and has a fantastic selection of core beers. But I’ve done the core beers already. What about rotating taps?
Big Bear has you there, as well. There’s always three on tap, and here are the three I was able to sample when I took my beautiful wine and daughter there for brunch:
Huli Pau! (Cream Ale, 4.9% ABV, 10 IBU) – A pineapple cream ale. A yummy, fruity pineapple cream ale. Very light and incredibly sweet, almost like drinking a Fanta.
Angry Elf Belgian Quad (Quadrupel, 11.5% ABV, 15 IBU) – Their quad doesn’t have an overly strong Belgian aroma. But the beer is incredibly thick, aggressively malted and resplendent with big notes of plum, molasses, and raisin.
Doppel Gun Salute (Doppelbock, 7% ABV, 15 IBU) – This beer has a lot of names to it, most I can’t totally figure out. But at its heart it’s a doppelbock, strong and very flavorful with a dark biscuity flavor and heavy malt aroma. The coffee, cold brewed (of course), is big and very smooth, with almost no trace of bitterness.
That coffee was donated by Seattle-based Black Rifle Coffee Company, a veteran-owned artisan coffee roaster that ships their boxes of K-Cups in boxes that look like Ammo canisters that look really cool.
Plus, a portion of every pint of Doppelgun sold benefits Camp Hope (www.chrisnealfarms.com), a camp in Missouri that allows wounded veterans and their families the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of exciting outdoor activities.
Taking a look at their website, Huli Pau and Doppelgun are still on tap and both are definitely worth the drive to Coral Springs.
And, of course, a good meal as well.
Drink Florida Craft,