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Deerfield Beach's first brewery The Cove will open this summer

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A new brewery is expected to open in Deerfield Beach this summer.

The Cove Brewery is planning a grand opening for July, marking a significant milestone as the city's first brewery. Located at the west end of the Cove Shopping Center, the brewery taproom and brewhouse hopes to bring a tidal wave of beach vibes to the beach culture locale.

The Cove Brewery is where Floridians can go to stay coastal and drink local, according to head brewer and partner Corey Wilson, who brings over a decade of experience within South Florida's craft beer industry. With an impressive brewing background that includes award-winning establishments such as Copper Kettle in Colorado, as well as Copper Point in Boynton Beach and Crazy Uncle Mike's in Boca Raton, Wilson stands as the driving force behind The Cove Brewery's beach-friendly brews. 

Embracing the laid-back flip-flops culture that defines the area, The Cove Brewery will craft a lineup of refreshing brews for those seeking a taste of the carefree spirit of Old Florida. Every corner of this breezy space pays homage to the sun-kissed Florida culture with an indoor-outdoor bar and pet-friendly patio where guests can enjoy 20 taps.

The focal point of the space is a commissioned photograph by Henry Bliss showcasing local surfer Keller Shogren. Inside, the brew house is equipped with a state-of-the-art brewing system capable of producing 620 gallons of beer per batch.

To that end, The Cove Brewery is committed to crafting a diverse range of flavors with the best ingredients, Wilson promises.

"While our beer selection covers a wide spectrum for every palate, we really want to focus on beers you would reach for at a pool party or at the beach," Wilson tells News Break. "When I’m out in the sun all day, I want a beer that’s going to cool me off. We even purchased a special tank just to make it easier to produce classic lagers that are crisper, cleaner and more refreshing than regular ales."
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Going the extra mile to ensure their beers provide the ultimate heat-beating refreshment, the brewery will open with five signature craft beers including its citrus-infused "Heat Wave" Florida wheat ale, the "Tan Man" amber lager, a crisp "Paddle Up Pilsener," "Left Break Hazy IPA" loaded with tropical citrusy hops, and a fruit-filled sour with a hint of salt called "Modern Gose" (named after neighboring coffee shop Modern Rose).

In addition to its core offerings, the brewery will roll out a selection of limited-edition seasonal beers and collaborations. The Cove Brewery also offers a curated selection of wines and non-alcoholic beverages.

When it comes to food, The Cove Brewery has announced that it will partner with various restaurant establishments including new arrival Won-Tom's, a pan-Asian-inspired takeout window located next door. Brought to life by Troy Ganter, chef Chad Lee, and co-creator Matthew Smith of Papa’s Raw Bar and the EDBL Family in Lighthouse’s Point, Won-Tom’s offers a range of dim sum and Asian street food including soup dumplings, bao buns, spring rolls, rice bowls, wings, pork-belly banh mis, Korean fried chicken sandwiches, drunken noodles, and more. Guests at The Cove Brewery can conveniently order from QR-coded menus and pop next door to pick up their food when it’s ready. 

“Our kitchen is built on fresh ingredients and taking umami to the next level,” said Ganter. “Much of the menu was designed to complement The Cove’s brews so we’ll be offering a draft pairing list for each dish.”

The Cove Brewery was founded by brother-sister locals Jay Whelchel and Kristy Whelchel-Hartofilis. The Whelchels trace the allure of The Cove back to their youth.

“We built a brewery that celebrates Deerfield Beach’s fun-in-the-sun attitude and a taproom that embodies everything that makes Florida great," said Whelchel-Hartofilis, who will house both venues within the 24,000-square-foot adaptive reuse project he owns that includes two additional retail shops and a second-floor space, which are still available for lease.

"We aspire to be more than just a brewery," Whelchel passionately expressed. "Our vision involves creating a gathering place within the Cove neighborhood, where the heartbeat of our community thrives.” 

The Cove Brewery. 1500 SE 3rd Ct., #100, Deerfield Beach; 954.531.245.

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