The Ten Best Beer Selections in South Florida

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Beer -- in all its barley and hops glory -- is finally getting its time in the hot South Florida sun. Sure, Fort Liquordale and environs have always had a soft spot for (flavorless) spring break brews that go down nice and easy on the beach, but now that craft beer mania has hit our shores, real beer is easier than ever to find.

The challenge now is to choose where to enjoy that awesome triple IPA or pumpkin brew. Clean Plate Charlie sorted through the growing list of bars, restaurants, and specialty stores with great beer selections to narrow it down to the ten best in Broward and Palm Beach counties. This list represents a range of options, from small dives to trendy restaurants. Don't see your favorite spot on the list? Sound off in the comments.

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10. Tap 42 Something about the math doesn't exactly add up at this Fort Lauderdale bar, which boasts 32 crafts on tap, plus an additional 18 on a rotating basis and an ever-changing specialty cask (just for good measure). But don't get too hung up on the numbers; you'll need to focus all of your energies on the task of deciding whether to go local (the Tequesta Chancellor Kolsch, perhaps?) or to branch out (for instance, the Delirium Tremens). For those who aren't beer purists, consider having your favorite brew act as the foundation for one of the bar's new-fangled beer cocktails.
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9. Brother Tuckers This bar is a stone's throw from the beach, but rest assured, it's a beer geek's joint. Instead of buckets of weak-ass watery beers, you'll get hearty Belgian brews served in proper glassware by people who know and love beer. This Pompano Beach hole in the wall won New Times' award for Best Beer Selection in 2010, with special nods given to the obscure saisons and quadrupels that dot the menu. In addition to the plethora of imports -- including some that are otherwise damned-near impossible to find in Florida bars -- the bar shows a little love to local brewers.

Location Info

The Coffee District

325 Northeast Second Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: General

Laser Wolf

901 Progresso Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Riverside Market

608 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: General

Funky Buddha Lounge

2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL

Category: Music

Tryst

4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Music

World of Beer - Coconut Creek

4437 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL

Category: Music

Tap 42

1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

The Blind Monk

410 Evernia St., West Palm Beach, FL

Category: Music

PRL Euro Cafe

1904A Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL

Category: Music


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11 comments
jeff7686
jeff7686

How can you call this the ten best in South Florida and not include Miami-Dade County?

andreuladominick
andreuladominick

Coffee District is awesome. Definitely worthy of a top 2 position. Tell chong what type of beer you like and he will lead you right to some quality  beers that fit your taste..

MackityD
MackityD

How about your local brewery?  Due South baby!!!

jcb7472
jcb7472

I like the list, and I'm a Broward resident, but the title is a little misleading. "Best Beer Selections in South Florida?" I think you mean, "Best in Broward/Palm Beach", since you are not counting Miami-Dade County...

Michelle Gardner
Michelle Gardner

I've been to several of these places! Way to narrow it down to some of the best! Cheers!!

Michelle416
Michelle416

Way to narrow it down to some really great establishments!! Cheers!!

Tap42Bar
Tap42Bar

@Papapr @NewTimesBroward Thanks Jeff...Thanks New Times!

knmille7
knmille7

Wow you guys didn't even mention Tequesta Brewery company??? LAME!!!

triciawoolfenden
triciawoolfenden

 @knmille7 Wasn't an easy task to narrow the list down to ten -- Mellow Mushroom, American Social, Original Fat Cats, Yardhouse, etc. all also have great selections.  Rest assured, Clean Plate Charlie has love for Tequesta Brewing Co.! 

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