By: Natalya Jones Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
With the recent emergence of even more breweries on the South Florida scene, it should come as no surprise that a new one has popped up in Boca Raton.
American Craft Kitchen & Brewery offers fun, eclectic beer paired with a cozy, intimate vibe. As for the cuisine, think traditional bar food with a unique twist. Menu items range from hand breaded bacon mozzarella sticks to buffalo bison sliders to beeramisu (tiramisu created with coffee stout). For the health conscious, there is lighter fare and signature salads.
As brewmaster/partner Cesar Padron said, “No shortcuts, just fresh food prepared right!”
When asked what prompted him to open up a brewery, Padron said, “The desire to make good beer and share it with the locals. I was constantly trying new beers with promising labels and flavor descriptions, only to be let down with the first sip. This is what drove me to want to know everything about how beer is made. With that knowledge, I’m able to create exciting flavor profiles without limitation!”
Beer styles are diverse, including pale ales, amber ales, red ales, IPA’s, pastry stouts, saisons, fruited berliners, goses, hefeweizen and more.
More specifically, there’s the Passion Fruit Deco (Berliner Weisse deferments with passion fruit), Notoriously Hazy IPA (Northeast style IPA double dry hopped with Citra/Galaxy), Key lime Custard Gose (Tart German ale brewed with Florida key limes, graham crackers and vanilla beans), Empire Stout (American double milk stout) and Pink (Berliner Weisse refermented with strawberry fruit chews).
Inspiration for these flavors, according to Padron, derive from a desire to mix ingredients that normally wouldn’t be associated together.
“It’s exciting to produce deliciously unique-flavored beers,” he said. “I’m always thinking about different combinations and how to push the envelope!”
Events at the brewery include weekly trivia, Paint and Drink (attendees paint a picture and take it home), live music on Fridays, and brunch on Sundays. Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.