Happy Hour: Big Bear Brewing Co. in Coral Springs
Beware of bears... making beer that you're going to love!
Big Bear Brewing Co. in Coral Springs is the brewery you imagine tucked away deep in the mountains making small batches of witches' brew in ceramic drums. Okay, not really... but after a couple 7.5% alcohol Kodiac Belgian Dubbels it's fun to pretend.
In the area for over fifteen years, it's home to locals when they're looking for a pint of something crafted with kick, taste and "two more of these," because it's damn good beer. And going by the number of personal mugs hanging above the bar, it's apparent there's a parade of regulars making this their after-work hideaway. And why wouldn't they? Of what I saw, the staff came across as fun and friendly, the brewmaster was willing to give tours to anyone ambitious enough to ask, and I even spotted the GM running plates and serving tables. I was impressed... and this was before I had anything to drink.
Though tempting to dive into everything on draft, I ordered the small sampler of all eight home-brewed beers. It was like looking into eight parties at once and knowing each one offers the possibility to make you dance like you never knew you could. I two-stepped my way into the first one, their Brown Bear Ale. It was all you deem a good brown to be; medium bodied, deep-amber color, a hint of nut and a full malt flavor. Pair that with some manchego cheese or The Bear Burger ($12) and you might melt away into a craft-brewed coma. "Can I order one of these to-go?" I thought to myself. If you were wondering... no, you cannot take beer to-go. I asked, twice.
From there I hopped around hops, taking bites of the other two notables, Grizzle Bear Red and Seasonal Ale (currently peach) all while wondering how I'd eventually pry myself away from the bar. I assumed if I drank everything real quick and just ran away I might be free, but then my wood fire pizza arrived ($10) and I wasn't moving. The mix of meats in The Big Bear Pizza were chunky and cooked just right and the crust had a perfect amount of crisp. It was a tad over-oiled for me, but in reality that just helped me eat it quicker (the $10 lunch version is on the smaller side. My advice: go for the $13, bigger one).
Undoubtedly beer is the staple of this restaurant, but the well managed service and good food also play their part in holding together a great atmosphere. If I'm ever in the Coral Springs area this is without a doubt the place I want to
Who: You and your taste buds.
What: $1 off all beer and 2-4-1 wines and well drinks. Half off pizzas for beer club members.
Where: 1800 University Drive Coral Springs, FL 33065
When: Mon-Fri 11:30am-7pm
How: With a ROARRRRRR.
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