For those looking for a new favorite craft beer bar and eatery – and even for those who aren’t – I serve up American Craft Aleworks. It’s the newest addition to the Clematis Street dining and drinking scene – and a terrific – brewing 16 of its own craft beers, along with “guest’’ beers from around South Florida, as well as an fun food menu that includes appetizers such as Beet Pickled Deviled Eggs (my favorite), Smoked Chicken Wings, and signature dishes that include a Carolina-style Pulled Pork Sandwich and a Smoked Half Chicken.
“We’re not really a barbeque place, but we do have a smoker,’’ owner Rich Simon said.
That’s generally good enough for me, but American Craft Aleworks is all about what its name implies – craft beer. The best example might be Brewmaster Erik Miller’s 1925 Lager, that Simon said is by far the eatery’s best seller.
“It’s your “easy’ drinker,’’ said Simon, who has owned and managed restaurants in the area for more than 20 years. “Nothing crazy – just very straight forward beer.’’
Indeed, the 1925 Lager is crisp, clean and has a fresh finish. Even non-beer lovers should like this brew.
Looking for some more unique beers? Try the Notoriously Hazy – a mild New England IPA – or the Guinness-esque Snowbird Stout.
American Craft Aleworks is located in the historic Citizen’s Building. It’s interior went through a complete overhaul before it opened this May, including a new upstairs bar; brick and iron works interior; and Prohibition-era artwork, including a wall-sized image of Clematis Street from the early 1920s.
You can check it all out daily and for a Sunday Prohibition brunch. On Father’s Day (June 16), American Craft Aleworks will host a bottomless Bloody Mary and mimosa brunch, along with a trove of menu options, including chicken and cinnamon spiced stout waffles, beer battered fish and chips, pulled pork Benedict, and the Brunch Burger – topped with smoked cheddar cheese, bacon, arugula and a sunny side up egg.
Dinner, which includes a complimentary pint of beer for dad, will feature items such as a half smoked chicken, steak frites, seared scallops, or the fork-tender bone in pork chop served with sweet potatoes, collard greens and smoked apple butter.
Note to dads and other foodies. Don’t pass up the pecan pie cheesecake for dessert.