Organic Brewery in Hollywood: 3-for-1 Beers and a Russian Hot Chick Bartender Exchange Program
|All photos by David Minsky|
Situated directly on the beach, this little hidden gem of a brewery is home for beer lovers and Euro-tourists alike who also happen to love good beer.
As you walk up the steps from the Broadwalk that runs along the sand on Hollywood Beach, you can see the brewing operation in full view through floor-to-ceiling plate-glass windows. Step inside and you get the feel of a German bierhaus with faux cracks in the walls and paintings of Old World buildings.
As the name implies, the beer must be organic, right? No, but yes. Bartender Chris Lazo says that all of the ingredients are organic but that not all are certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Another thing about the beer at Organic Brewery is that no hops are used in the brewing process. No bitterness, just a slightly sweet and refreshing mouthful of beer. No preservatives either (although hops is technically a preservative).
|The wheat, Belgian ale and Pilsner beers.|
Typically, there are four beers on tap, although sometimes they brew four extra specialty beers in limited quantity. Currently there is wheat (6 percent ABV), Belgian ale (7 percent ABV), pilsner (6 percent ABV), and the Russian stout (8 percent ABV). You can order them in three sizes: ten ounces for $5, 16 ounces for $6, or a massive, 34-ounce mug o' beer for $11 (by far the best value). Occasionally they have a rice beer for the gluten-intolerant.
The Russian connection is good because the Organic Brewery participates in some sort of Russian hot chick bartender exchange program in which it brings over a few Russian, or Latvian, bartenders over the course of a few months to give the place a real overseas feel.
A place like this must have a food menu, right? It sure does. It has appetizers, soups, side dishes, salads, sandwiches, entrées, desserts, and a kid's menu. Prices range from $4 to $18. The food is not certified organic, but the breakfast is, which is served from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Regular kitchen hours are noon to 10 p.m. Ten percent gratuity is automatically added to each check.
Drink specials are two-for-one every day from 10 p.m. till close on everything except top-shelf liquor and ten-ounce beers only. And then women get three-for-one drinks on Fridays and Saturdays.
The atmosphere is low-key and relaxing and definitely an age-26-and-over crowd: no drama, no fistfights. Organic Brewery has a porch for beachside dining and drinking with a great view of the ocean. A cold chalice of Russian stout and an ocean breeze to your face equals proper meditation. In football season, this place is great for catching the game with six big-screen TVs inside and a large projector screen on the patio.
If you dislike the whole snowbird thing, now is the time to check this place out before it gets too busy. Or if you like Canadians and Russians, then by all means come here after October 13 and stay awhile. The beer is fresh as can be and can't get any more local than the Organic Brewery (and it won't get you hung over).
|Two of these bad boys for $5 will make you feel like a czar.|
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