Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saltwater Brewery, Delray Beach, Fla.

Delray Beach, Fla.—Saltwater Brewery really embraces local in its brew. They have a Belgian-style beer called Wild Seas made with wild caught Florida yeast. They caught the yeast by exposing their brew to the elements so the yeast from Florida air could settle in the liquid. 

Inside Saltwater Brewery, Delray Beach, Fla
Copyright 2015 by R.T. James
Last month I visited Saltwater Brewing Company with some friends to purchase a Flight (four 4 oz. glasses) of beer. The business is located in a giant red barn-like building that is visible from the southbound lanes of I-95.

Inside the wood continues from floor to ceiling ending with a large bar featuring many taps and a window at the back overlooking the brewery.

Saltwater Brewery, a microbrewery that makes hand crafted beers opened its doors several years ago to a thirsty public. Today its beers can be found on guest taps at many South Florida restaurants and bars.

Flight of Saltwater Brewery Beer, Delray Beach, Fla.
Copyright 2015 by R. T. James
The Flight (pictured above) contained the following

From left to right
Captain Tyler Desyumo (3.8% ABV), Session beer made with Maple Syrup and Jalepeno. It had a surprising butterscotch flavor.

Wild Seas (6% ABV), Blended wild Ale made with wild caught yeast infused barrel, making it a Belgian style sour. It was mouth watering with low bubbles and went well with my burger.

Sea Cow (6%), Milk Stout had a smoky caramel flavor to it with just the right amount of bitter.

Screamin’ Reels (7% ABV), Indian Pale Ale (IPA) with the proper amount of bitterness expected from an IPA.

If you go, they are located at: 1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444
Their phone number is (561) 865-5373

Saltwater Brewery is open from 12 noon to 11 pm Sun. to Thurs. and an hour later on Fri. and Sat.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ellie's Downtown Deli & Catering, Stuart, Fla. Serves Locals

Stuart, Fla.—Ellie’s Downtown Deli serves delicious food that supports Florida farmers. They buy Ingredients from several South Florida based farms like Osceola Organics and Ground Floor Farm.

Polenta with Florida sourced strawberries and Swiss chard,
Ellie's Downtown Deli & Catering, Stuart, Fla.
Copyright 2015 by Helen A Lockey

They make everything fresh each day said Chef/Owner Mark Muller during an interview earlier this year.

During my visit with them I ordered a delicious Florida sourced strawberry polenta dish.

Spicy Florida sourced Swiss chard soup from Ellie's
Downtown Deli & Catering, Stuart, Fla.
Copyright 2015 by Helen A Lockey
I also tried a soup made with Stuart, Florida, sourced Swiss chard and carrots. It was very spicy, silky and slightly saltier than I take my food but still delicious.

Ellie's Downtown Deli & Catering is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
They are located at 18 SE 6th Street, Stuart, FL 34994

Their phone number is (772) 781-6605

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Florida Gin, St. Augustine Distillery Style

St. Augustine, Fla.—St. Augustine Distillery puts 26 botanical ingredients in their small batch gin. Some of these ingredients are Florida grown like sugar cane molasses and orange peel.

Benjamin Tier, tour guide and bartender at St. Augustine Distillery,
preparing cocktail with small batch botanical gin,
Copyright 2015 by Helen A Lockey
They also put in juniper, coriander, Cassia bark, lemon & lime peels, angelica, and other proprietary ingredients. The end result is a slightly sweet, floral gin that’s almost good enough to drink straight, which is saying something from me, a person who doesn’t like gin.

To try their gin for free, make your way to their distillery located at 112 Riberia Street, just a few steps away from San Sebastian Winery, and take a walking tour. At the end of the tour you’ll be served drinks made with whatever they are currently bottling (the alcohols change every few months or so).

If you’re lucky you’ll get tour guide Benjamin Tier, a former stand-up comedian and St. Augustine historic city walking tour guide. He makes the touring and tasting funny.

Tours run between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday, every half hour at the beginning and middle of the hour. The only difference on Sunday is that the first tour is at 11:30 a.m. Call (904) 825-4963 for more information.

St. Augustine Distillery staff advise arriving 10-15 minutes before the time you want to tour because they do not take reservations.

The next alcohol on the horizon is silver rum, estimated to be ready sometime in September 2015.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Local Juice Press Shop, Palm City, Fla. Vegan

Palm City, Fla.—Local Juice Press Shop uses local Florida ingredients. They source produce from ShadowoodFarm, Global Organics and Ground Floor Farm to make cold-pressed, vegan, juices, smoothies and cleanses.

Heather Holt, co-owner Local Juice Press Shop, Palm City, Fla.
Copyright 2015 by Helen A Lockey
Co-owner Heather Holt said, during a recent interview, the thing that makes her company different from other juicing companies is that they can deliver fresh cold-pressed, nutrient-rich juice to customers, on a daily basis, in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

The juice combos at Local Juice Press Shop are deliciously inventive like Orange Crush made with carrot, orange, ginger and turmeric. They make sprouted almond milk and other juices with seasonal fruit & vegetables, Gogi berries, Maca and more.

To find out more about them or to get some juice delivered, you can go to their Facebook Page or email