If there’s anything hotter than craft beer in South Florida these days it’s the summer sun.
More proof? Joining such beer-centric local hotspots as Sybarite Pig, Brass Tap, Yard House, TAP Global Beer and others is Beer Trade Co. (145 N.E. Fourth Ave., 561/808-7304), where some 400 different brews collide with an upscale bar menu and hip, casual, let it all hang out ambiance.
Co-owner Gene Playter previously ran the West Palm favorite Gratify gastropub. He teamed up with fellow restaurateur Chris Sanchez to take over the old Crepes by the Sea eatery, turning it into an artfully funky space with furniture made from recycled pallets, a wood mosaic feature wall, giant mural by Baltimore artist Paul Mericle, and high-top tables indoors and outdoors on a covered patio in front.
The suds-focused menu features everything from beer-marinated wings and six-cheese mac ‘n’ cheese to burgers and tacos to pulled pork sliders and buttermilk fried chicken wraps. There’s also a weekend “anti-brunch” offering dishes like white cheddar biscuits with sausage gravy and crabcake “Benedict” with brewski-spiked hollandaise.
Truly, beer is not just for breakfast any more.