On Saturday, Jan. 13, at noon, downtown Lake Worth will provide yet another reason to visit — the city’s first brewery and taproom.
Located at 130 S. H St., just west of Dixie Highway/U.S. 1 in Lake Worth’s Artisanal Industrial District, Mathews Brewing Co. (MBC) also features a beer garden where customers can enjoy craft beers, food trucks and live music.
Two clearly marked, and fenced, parking lots — for Mathews Brewing patrons only — are located a bit to the north on H Street.
David Mathews, the owner, says “Being a small independent craft brewery allows for more hands-on brewing and greater control of the beer’s flavor, aroma and drinkability.”
The grand opening of the brewery will begin on Saturday at noon with a ribbon-cutting. The event also will feature free souvenir glasses, and specially timed releases of beer throughout the day.
At the grand opening, two food trucks — Silver Spork and Out of Many — will be on-site. Live music will be provided by Jason Green (2 to 5 p.m.) and The New Planets (7 to 10 p.m.). The event runs through 11 p.m.
The building once housed The Lake Worth Herald. It also has served as a bank, as evidenced by the large, standalone metal safe near the entrance.
The brewery has a three-vessel brewhouse. There also are six fermentation tanks: five 20-barrel tanks and one 10-barrel tank. (A barrel is equivalent to 31 gallons.) The brewhouse can produce 20 barrels — i.e., 620 gallons — of beer in a 10-hour shift.
Why did owner Mathews select a dog with two bones — they look like crossbones — in its mouth as his symbol?
“I love dogs. I have a Jack Russell terrier. And I’m from Tampa. We have lots of pirate fests in Tampa,” he explains.
(For a listing of Florida fairs and festivals in January, visit floridafoodandfarm.com/featured/florida-fairs-and-festivals-in-january.)
Mathews chose Lake Worth because of its character, diversity and his ability to work with city officials and staff. The Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency and Mathews share the same vision of redevelopment within the new Lake Worth Artisanal Industrial District, according to a press release the city’s CRA issued.
Mathews spent the past year fully renovating the building containing the brewery, as well as adjacent property.
For more information, call 561-812-3738 or visit mathewsbrewingcompany.com.