Mack House Brews New Times Beer; Get Your Taste Only at Beerfest This Saturday

Categories: Beer Beer Beer

Doug Fairall

Rye whiskey is a glorious thing. It's a spicy liquor produced with at least 51 percent of the mash containing rye (with the rest corn or malted barley). Imbibed neat, it has a drier character than bourbon and mimics the Scottish Islay whisky. Add some honey and the flavor is rounded out with a bit of sweetness. Make that whiskey a beer, though, and you've just made quite a tasty concoction.

For this year's Beerfest, the New Times teamed up with Davie's premiere brewing experience, the Mack House, to put together a unique beer that would be available only at Beerfest. That beer is the Moustache Rye'd, a honey rye brown ale made with pounds of locally harvested honey from Natural Chai Farms in Davie.

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Ten Best Pizza Restaurants in Palm Beach County

Nicole Danna
The Margherita at Mastino's Italian Kitchen in Delray Beach.
Looking for good pizza is never an easy task.

With so many styles to choose from and personal preferences to consider, it's hard to find a favorite that meets all the basic requirements: perfect crust, just the right amount of cheese, a tasty sauce, and all the right toppings.

More than any other food, pizza is perhaps the most subjective of fare. Some like it thin, others thick; then there's the crispy and burnt crowd; and still more prefer it thin and greasy, with long tethers of cheese running from mouth to slice.

In Palm Beach County, a handful of late-night spots off the downtown strips in cities like West Palm Beach and Lake Worth serve up standard slices; in Delray Beach and Boca Raton, specialty coal- and wood-fired restaurants dish out their version of the perfect pizza. A few follow the old-world techniques, delivering Neapolitan-style pies using imported flour and artisan ovens.

So what makes the Top Ten cut? No matter what style, shape, or size -- a good slice of pizza is still a good slice of pizza, no matter which way you, um, slice it. Here, our picks for the best pizzas in Palm Beach County.

See also: Ten Best Pizza Restaurants in Broward County

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NOLA Brewing Launches in Florida Next Month

Categories: Beer Beer Beer

Photo by David Minsky
NOLA Brewing hits the South Florida market next month.
NOLA Brewing Company is coming to Florida, according Brown Distributing, which signed a distribution agreement with the New Orleans-based brewery to push its beer across the entire state.

Brown will be in charge of distributing NOLA Brewing beyond the Florida panhandle, from Tallahassee to Key West, the West Palm Beach distribution company said in a press release yesterday.

See also: NOLA Brewing Company in New Orleans: A Photo Tour

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Order Your Thanksgiving Turkey at Boynton Beach's Heritage Hen Farm

Categories: Holidays

Crazy Hart Ranch
Crazy Hart Ranch sells pasture-raised Narragansett birds.
November isn't here yet, but that doesn't mean you can't start preparing for the country's most fabulous annual feast a little early.

Each Thanksgiving, the routine goes something like this: a few days before the big day you head to the nearest grocery store to stock up on things like stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, and pumpkin pie. If you planned ahead, maybe you already ordered the turkey. If you're feeling fancy, you might have even sprung for a free-range, organic bird.

But if a frozen bird is all that's on the menu, think again. Rather than subject your family to yet another dry and tasteless turkey, try cooking a pasture-raised heritage bird, instead.

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Six Vegan-Friendly Pumpkin Treats

Categories: Vegan

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With pumpkinpalooza in full swing (have you seen the shelves at Trader Joe's? HOLY GREAT PUMPKIN!), now's the time for putting maximum amounts of pumpkin in our pieholes.

Vegans, of course, have a more limited menu of options in this (and every) department. Pumpkin spice lattes are out -- so is pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin Pop Tarts. Bummer.

Luckily, there are some delicious pumpkin treats that are free of animal products -- you've just gotta know where to look. Check out five after the jump.

See also: Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts: Pumpkin "Cheezecake," Pecan Pie, Pecan Caramel Truffles (Recipes)

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Beerfest Is Saturday: Two Dozen Beers to Watch Out For (and Last Chance for Discount Tickets)

Categories: Beerfest

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Max Reed
Drink beer. Wear hats.
The 17th-annual New Times' Original Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, happens this Saturday, and it's going to be epic, people.

If you love beer, there's absolutely no better way to spend your day than sampling more than 100 different beers waterside at Fort Lauderdale's beautiful Esplanade Park.

See also: Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival Returns for Third Year

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Farmers' Market Season: What's Open in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Categories: Blog Watch

Courtesy of West Palm Beach Green Market
Fall is in full swing in South Florida, which can mean only one thing: farmers' markets. And lots of them.

The greenmarkets are back in business starting this month, and this year brings a few expansions and improvements to the outdoor market places we know and love. That includes everything from an unlimited Sunday-morning mimosa bar in West Palm Beach to dozens of new and specialty vendors at markets including Wellington and Royal Palm Beach.

If you're looking for the dates, times, addresses, and details on South Florida's most popular farmers' markets in Broward and Palm Beach counties, look no further.

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Valet Parking, Sushi-Grade Tuna, and Gourmet Cheese Only at Palm Beach Island Publix

Categories: Really?

Nicole Danna
The Palm Beach Island Publix offers valet parking, sushi-grade tuna, and specialty meats like ground buffalo.
South Florida has a love affair with food shopping. We wait in line during season at Whole Foods, not-so-patiently await the opening of each new Trader Joe's, and have enough upscale Fresh Markets to keep our pantries routinely stocked with specialty grocery items.

Which makes it easy to forget about Florida's favorite, longtime chain grocer: Publix.

Of the 753 Florida locations, Publix currently operates 73 grocery stores in Palm Beach County, including one very special store on the Island of Palm Beach that sells sushi-grade tuna and gourmet cheese and offers free delivery from its pharmacy -- there's even valet parking.

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Starts Next Week: Five Places to Watch the Action

Categories: Happening

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, yachts of all shapes and sizes will be descending upon the City of Fort Lauderdale like drunk dude-bros on Taco Bell at 4 a.m.

Tickets to the show range from about $22 to $42 per person. And while getting in will give you up-close and personal access to the boats, the crews, and the 1 percent owners and buyers, there's no need to fork out the cash -- or deal with the craziness -- if you're just looking to sneak a peek of the actual motor vessels themselves.

Starting now through after the show, the eateries lining the Intracoastal Waterway offer prime views of the yachts making their way to and from the annual party event. Here are the five best places to get in on the action, without actually attending the 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

See also: Foodies' Guide to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

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Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival Returns for Third Year

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Courtesy of the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority
Delray Beach is quickly becoming known as the foodie capital of Broward and Palm Beach counties. That's evidenced by a growing number of new establishments hitting Atlantic Avenue, as well as a growing number of tasty food affairs.

On Saturday, November 8, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, November 9, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Delray Beach will host its third-annual Wine and Seafood Festival, showcasing local restaurants and internationally renowned wineries.

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