Need to drink and chill? Check out Accomplice Brewery
You might think you don’t like the taste of alcohol, but that’s because you haven’t tried a cider yet. And no, I’m not talking about an Angry Orchard (no offense).
I’m talking about Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks, a one year old tasting room that specializes in fruit-infused hard (like very hard) ciders.
The tasting room, located at 1023 N Florida Mango Rd, West Palm Beach, is in a warehouse district. But don’t be fooled by the bleak exterior. It’s such a cool place to hang out.
There’s life-size Connect Four, Jenga and even Beer Pong (5 gallon utility buckets with a nerf ball). Plus, they occasionally host art classes, yoga classes, open mic nights and food trucks. And even more fun than that would be spending your time at “Bigger Black Friday” drinking and playing Cards Against Humanity (4 p.m. -11 p.m.) instead of shopping.
Let me put you in check: This isn’t the kind of place for a little black dress and heels. “Come as you are,” co-owners Matt Stetson and Felonice Merriman both insist. They want patrons to be relaxed, even if that means coming straight from the beach and donning a bathing suit and cover-up.
This laissez-faire demeanor carries over in to the interior’s raw and industrial look. Grey concrete walls meet mismatched wooden tables — intentional simplicity.
Stetson said the tasting room’s look will develop over time, however.
“We take every penny we make and put it back in to improve the facility,” he said. “I haven’t made a paycheck yet.”
But with a chalkboard menu full of unique drinks, it’s only a matter of time.
The flavor list, which includes Blackberry Jam, Mango Madness and Bone Dry Apple, is never ending. I think my favorite has got to be Mark’s Bangin Jackfruit because it’s just so darn unique.
According to Merriman and Stetson, this flavor was inspired by their next door neighbor Mark, who “brought a couple jack fruit over one day and said ‘What can you do with these?'” Stetson explained.
Perhaps Mark also inspired an interesting program Accomplice has called “Pints for Pounds.” Stetson, a sixth generation cider maker, offers customers the opportunity to bring in fresh produce from their yards in exchange for a complimentary drink.
Their ciders use no artificial flavoring or preservatives and taste just like fresh juice. But be careful, because they pack a serious punch. Ciders, a fermented beverage produced from apples, typically have an alcohol content between 6.5 and 10 percent. Believe it or not, Accomplice’s strongest flavor carries a whopping 16.5 percent.
And it’s easy to get carried away at Accomplice because their drinks are so affordable. A 12 ounce glass of one of their rotating ciders is typically $5, but if you’re lucky, sometimes they discount a flavor (or two) of the day for only $3.
“We appreciate every glass sold because there are thousands of drinks on the market,” Stetson said. “So we appreciate our ‘accomplices.’”
When you go there for the first time, I suggest ordering one of their flights.
Here’s how it works: The base price for a flight is $2. Every flavor you order, which will be served in 3 ounce cups, cost $1. Therefore, you can technically taste eight of their flavors for only $10.
At first, I was nervous about pitching a date night to Accomplice to my boyfriend because some guys tend to think ciders are too sweet — a “girl’s drink.” Fortunately, their concoctions have a very clean, fresh taste. But if you still can’t convince your boo thang to give it a try, trust that Accomplice has thought of everything.
They serve a plethora of Florida craft beers from breweries such as Due South, Funky Buddah and Wynwood Brewing. Better yet, they also have “cheap beer” options like Rolling Rock and Busch for $2.