Escaping Captivity at The Lodge Beer & Grill
|The Lodge's draft beer board dominates a whole wall.|
My favorite thing about The Lodge, a bar that serves a wide selection of craft beer in Boca Raton, is watching people get converted. On a recent visit, a pack of college kids from up the block at FAU swarmed in and grabbed seats next to us at the bar. As they looked over the menu, one of the guys wearing a backwards baseball cap turned to his friend and asked, "What's an IPA?"
His curly-haired friend in a white T-shirt and shorts answered with a slight pause, "It's a beer with a lot of hops in it." I got the impression that he may not have known exactly what hops were, besides that they're good things to put in beer. (For the record, hops are a budded cousin to marijuana that gives beer its bitter, sometimes floral flavor.)
The little scene was proof you don't have to be an exclusive craft beer drinker to appreciate real flavor - the kind that isn't magicked through marketing.