287 S. U.S. 1, Tequesta; 561-745-5000 Open noon-11 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday Free tours available upon request; call for availability Matt Webster and Fran Andrewlevich opened the Tequesta Brewing Co. in January 2011, becoming the first to operate a craft brewery in South Florida. In Tequesta, north of Jupiter in Palm Beach County with a population just below 6,000, the brewery's tap room draws a large crowd. At the front of the brewery, the century-old bar that belonged to Andrewlevich's family in Pennsylvania is jammed with customers on a Friday night. Place mats around the hardwood counter describe the crafts on tap. Three are available year-round: the Der Chancellor German kolsch, Gnarly Barley American pale ale and Terminally Ale brown ale. Although owners say TBC beer is distributed from Jacksonville to Key West, the brewery's strong point is the bar-like feel that brings people in to drink. Aside from offering brewery tours, TBC staff sometimes display cupfuls of hops and grains on the bar for guests to learn about beer's ingredients. "We've got a relaxed atmosphere and a great staff," Webster said. "We also try to show people the art and science of brewing -- the care you put into it."
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