Even during the darkness of the Middle Ages, the art of brewing still flourished at Trappist monasteries that dotted the landscape of what's now Belgium. Those monks are still at it today, as are many of their disciples; although the three brewers behind Barrel of Monks Brewing aren't actually men of the cloth, their dedication to crafting authentic Belgian beers rivals that of a true believer. They import European hops and malt into their Boca Raton brewery, turning these raw materials into the complex, aromatic beers available in their Abbey Series.
Not sure where to start? No worries. At Barrel of Monks's tasting room, Cicerone–trained servers use their expertise to recommend beers based on guests' likes and dislikes. But before you head over, check out a few of the brewery's favorites:
White Wizard Wit: The brewery's take on a Belgian Style White Ale. This beer is light and easy to drink. (5.5% ABV)
Single in Bruges: Although it's light in color and in alcohol content, this traditional patersbier features a hint of malt in each refreshing sip. (4.5% ABV)
Three Fates: You'll find notes of flowers, cloves, and other spices in this rich tripel made with yeast imported from Belgium. (9% ABV)
Endless Enigma: This Belgian–style IPA balances light malts with a blend of European hops, resulting in a brew that's bitter without being overbearing. (6% ABV)
It's hard to imagine that there's a libation out there that Crown doesn't carry. With a selection that spans vineyards, distilleries, and breweries from around the world, the bottles lining each location come from both small, artisan makers and those universally famed for their grapes or techniques. Home mixologists can cull inspiration for cocktails from a selection of top-shelf-brand mixers or pair their tipple of choice with gourmet snacks, from bush-pepper macadamia nuts to dirty martini party dip. But tastings may be the most distinctive thing about Crown Wine & Spirits. Whether customers stop in to try each location's daily offerings of wine or spirits—or for special tastings that cover dozens of wines, bourbons or beers—Crown's staff makes it easy to find a new favorite or to make up to your tongue for forgetting so many of its birthdays.
Having arrived in southern Florida by way of southern Philadelphia, Merlino's Boca Raton fuses the flair of Philly with the flavors of centuries–old Italian recipes. Diners can find both qualities in dishes such as The Boss, a 14-ounce grilled veal chop served with roasted rosemary potatoes and peppers. The menu's also populated by more than a dozen pastas including linguine with blue crab gravy, sautéed onions, and fresh herbs. Beyond the entrees, Merlino's boasts a lengthy selection of wines and inventive cocktails, as well as numerous signature desserts. These include tiramisu and homemade cannoli, so diners should be sure to save room or bring their backup stomach just in case.
Allow yourself the pleasure of an amazing bottle of wine from the stores of Stacole Fine Wines in Boca Raton.
You don't have to go to a winery to enjoy a wine tasting. Pick up an assortment of wines from Stacole Fine Wines and have a home tasting.
You can find parking easily in the surrounding area.
Next time you're passing through the area, you'd be crazy to not stop by Stacole Fine Wines to find which wines to add to your life.
For a variety of soda options, Boca Raton's Mr Beverage has got you covered.
Get acquainted with the ins and outs of bartending when you create cocktails with the liquor and spirit options from Mr Beverage.
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
At Mr Beverage, you can find ample parking that is readily available any time of day.