I’ve never seen so many Quonset huts in Florida as I have in Lake Worth. It’s the first thing I noticed. Drive on South H Street; you’ll see what I mean.
The second thing I noticed was how many of them were auto body shops and repair places.
Finally, having a brewery and its valet parking booth in the middle of all of this is a bit of a shock, and it just sort of sneaks up on you. But there it is, Mathews Brewing, finally opened just a few weeks ago.
After looking in West Palm, brewery owner and brewmaster David Mathews decided on Lake Worth’s burgeoning Arts district as the home of his 10 BBL brewhouse and tap room. There’s definitely a lot of love and sweat that went into the facility, as the giant rows of 10 and 20 BBL fermenters can attest to.
There’s also a gorgeous stone patio, dog and kid friendly, but still under construction when we went. It’s finished now and looks absolutely stunning.
Inside, Mathews and his team have been brewing for a few years now. Even though they just got started, they have impressive tap list of classic styles, everything he enjoys brewing (and drinking). He even has a cask ale program, with three traditional hand-pulled cask pumps installed and ready to go with a rotating list of beers brewed especially for those taps.
Like I said, there’s plenty of beers to try:
Sweet Emotion (Cream Ale, 4.7% ABV) – A solid, standard cream ale with a nice, light touch of sweetness. Incredibly refreshing and smooth.
Black Metallic (Irish Dry Stout, 3.8% ABV, 38 IBU) – A classic and immensely satisfying Irish stout, lightly sweet and hopped with low bitterness Noble hops. Served on nitro for that extra amount of deliciousness.
Cask English Dark (English Mild Ale, 3.8% ABV, 23 IBU) – Classic dark ale, moderate body with a great English earthy hop bite.
L-Dub Tropical Ale (Pale Ale, 4.5% ABV, 40 IBU) – Nice and light, but with a great, fruity, hoppy punch from liberal amounts of El Dorado, Mosaic, and Citra hops.
Junk Yard Dog (English Brown Ale, 4.6% ABV, 25 IBU) – Very smooth and wonderfully nutty. The flvor comes from a blend of three malts, flaked oats for smoothness, and East Kent Golding hops for a velvety and clean finish.
Peanut Butter and Jealous (Stout, 5.2% ABV, 50 IBU) – Loaded with an insane and very fresh peanut flavor, with a great jelly aftertaste. A little too good.
Mathews Brewing just getting started, having only recently celebrated their grand opening. They’ve even started doing a significant number of events already, so their social media channels are worth a follow. The best, or course, would be to visit. They have plenty of beers and plenty of space to have a good time.
They’re in between the Quonset huts.
Drink Florida Craft,