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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.
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.
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.
901 Progresso Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL
608 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL
2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL
4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL
4437 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL
1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL
410 Evernia St., West Palm Beach, FL
1904A Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL