South Beach Brew­ing Co. pair­ing beer with brunch

Ex-‘Bach­e­lor’ star open­ing brew­ery, eatery

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - DINING - By Phillip Valys

Bel­gian waf­fles and mi­mosas make a fine brunch pair­ing, but what about eggs Bene­dict and beer?

When South Beach Brew­ing Com­pany de­buts this fall in Mi­ami Beach, beers that taste like brunch cock­tails will dom­i­nate the brew­pub’s menu, which touts fla­vors such as Straw­berry Or­ange Mi­mosa, South Peach Shandy and Blood Or­ange Sun­set IPA.

The idea to pair ales with an af­ter­noon plate of eggs comes from South Beach Brew­ing Com­pany founder Lorenzo Borgh­ese, who’s no stranger to the touristy vibes along the city’s Collins Av­enue drag. A cos­met­ics and dog-groom­ing en­tre­pre­neur and scion of a wealthy fam­ily from Mi­lan, Italy, Borgh­ese in 2006 starred in the ninth sea­son of ABC’s “The Bach­e­lor,” which was partly filmed in Mi­ami Beach.

But Borgh­ese says he in­tends to down­play his reput ation at his 2,200-square-foot brew­pub, which will fea­ture a nanobrew­ery and din­ing area. The lo­ca­tion, which he says is still be­ing fi­nal­ized, will be south of Fifth Street in Mi­ami Beach.

“I didn’t want peo­ple to think I’m just some trust­fund kid who likes to party and wanted to open a brew­ery in South Beach,” Borgh­ese, 45, said by phone . “I want this to be about pos­i­tiv­ity, not about my fam­ily. I want this to be about beer and hang­ing out with your friends.”

Still, the brew­pub, along with its brunch-in­spired brews, has at­tracted one blue-chip in­vestor. South Beach Brew­ing Com­pany came to­gether through a part­ner­ship with Mainebased Ship­yard Brew­ing Com­pany, one of the big­gest in­de­pen­dent brew­eries in the coun­try, and Mi­ami Beach artist David “LEBO” Le Batard, who de­signed the brew­pub’s logo and la­bels

Most of South Beach Brew­ing’s fla­vors will be brewed at Clear­wa­ter’s Sea Dog Brew­ing Com­pany, which Ship­yard owns, while t he t wo- bar­rel nanobrew­ery in Mi­ami Beach will fo­cus on ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ments. Borgh­ese says Sea Dog head brewer Bobby Baker helped to cre­ate the brunch-beer recipes, while for­mer Boca Ra­ton-based restau­ra­teur Karl Al­ter­man (Big City Tav­ern in Boca, Fal­con House in Del­ray Beach) cre­ated the beach-bar fare, which will in­clude ham­burg­ers, hot dogs and week­end brunch.

South Beach Brew­ing Com­pany’s start­ing beer lineup — Straw­berry Or­ange Mi­mosa, South Peach Shandy and Blood Or­ange Sun­set IPA — will all be fla­vored with Florida or­ange juice and punched with elec­trolytes. The ex­tra jolt of elec­trolytes will help pre­vent de­hy­dra­tion, a “com­mon prob­lem” among beer drinkers, Borgh­ese says.

“De­hy­dra­tion is one of the main draw­backs of al­co­hol, but I’ve never had a hang­over when I’m drink­ing th­ese [beers],” Borgh­ese says.

Ahead of South Beach Brew­ing Com­pany’s open­ing, the brew­pub will host a pop-up pool party on Oct. 14 at Kimp­ton Sur­f­comber Ho­tel that will fea­ture sam­ples of Borgh­ese’s brunch beers.

Mi­ami Beach is hardly hurt­ing for lav­ish brunch bars, but Borgh­ese says he chose the city for its en­dur­ing cool.

“When you t hink of South Beach, you think of the white beaches, the beau­ti­ful va­ca­tion­ers,” Borgh­ese, says. “I just loved the idea of turn­ing our brew­ery into a per­ma­nent va­ca­tion.”

The brew­pub is still firm­ing up its op­er­at­ing hours and tour sched­ule.


Lorenzo Borgh­ese

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