Not like I really need a reason or excuse for a "Beertrip," but, I thought it would be a cool little getaway thing to do on the last weekend in June. The criteria: there must be craft beer and beaches; also, for this short trip, somewhere not too far from the St. Augustine homebase. Actually, heading out to points south from here is pretty much a snap courtesy of I-95. Well, I already knew about three breweries in the Space Coast: Bugnutty Brewing, Cocoa Beach Brewing and Intracoastal Brewing, so this Mission Control set the destination and reserved an oceanview room at the Hilton Melbourne Beach on A1A (Florida resident rate, by the way). T-minus and counting.
This trip would also be a chance to meet up with some fellow beer-lovers from Melbourne whom I had met while working with Mile Marker Brewing. (Actually, I poured their last growlers of Mile Marker beer a few weeks ago when they visited the tap room). The craft beer community is comprised of a great bunch of beer-loving sorts, many of whom (like me) like to travel to various places in the quest for new and interesting beers as well as fun places to drink 'em and talk beer. I've met so many people in the tap room and at beer fests, who travel via plane, train or automobile (maybe some other ways) in search of great craft brew.
First Brew Stop: Bugnutty Brewing Company (it's called "Episode 1" for a reason)
|I should take up surfing|
Anyway, back to the beer. The surf shop was a diversion until around 4:30pm or so, and then it was time to backtrack just a bit back to Merritt Island to destination Bugnutty Brewing. Driving over the causeways is entertainment in itself, as I saw three dolphins skimming the surface.
Bugnutty Brewing Company is located at the end of a strip mall on SR3, aka Courtenay Pkwy. It has a nice welcoming storefront space. A good-size wraparound bar and tables and chairs make up the tap room, with a separate area for darts. The small brewhouse is visible through a window. Several TVs are up over the bar. Our bartender, Chris, was pretty knowledgeable about the beer, and it was fun talking beer with him. For such a small brewhouse (two barrel system), this place sure pumps out the beer variety. Apparently, they are looking to expand the brewhouse in the near future.
Just look at all those different Bugnutty beers on tap. They had some guest taps, too. Ok, the best way to do this was to get a flight of four, so I got the Camel Toad Pils, Sticky Foot Pale Ale, Red Falcon IPA, and Mike's Milf Stout. Each of these was quite good.
|Pils, Pale Ale, Red IPA, Stout|
|Damn, all gone!|
I love black IPAs, so I had to get a full pint of the Black Falcon IPA, which is made with a blend of the "C" hops. That was one awesome taste bud treat. The hops were just right. I also tried the Flakey Blonde, which is a Belgian style ale, with coriander and orange. The coriander isn't my thing, but it's a nice lighter-type beer, good for the climate.
|Take one or two back with ya|
The brewery and tap room is located at 715 N. Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island FL. Visit its website, and/or its Facebook and Twitter pages. And, expect to get "bugnutty" over these beers.
So, after this, it was a stop to a brewpub to get some food, and, a major storm that knocked out power in the hotel upon checkin, which created all kinds of havoc. Then, on to Day 2 of Spaced Out on the Space Coast......