Titusville’s Craft Beer Scene
Playalinda Brew Company - Brix Project
In the last decade, America has experienced growth in the craft beer industry, leading us beer lovers to venture from craft beer pubs to breweries in search of our favorite exotic beers. This movement has allowed microbreweries to challenge big brewing companies in flavor and creativity, as well as to enter into the culinary market.
Introducing, Playalinda Brew Company - Brix Project, Florida’s Space Coast’s newest microbrewery and restaurant in Titusville. The same owners of the original Playlinda Brewery - Downtown transformed the old Titusville lumberyard into a 16,000 square foot multiplex. The state-of-the-art facility features a 25-foot plus bar with 20 taps that overlooks the brewing equipment, an outdoor beer garden and restaurant. The clever use of remnants of the lumberyard’s supplies and repurposed wood provides for a modern industrial style feel with a laid back atmosphere.
The menu offers something for everyone to enjoy, including vegetarians. The menu changes every so often but comprises of food items such as:
- Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese and grain mustard
- Fresh pork rinds
- Charcuterie (an array of cold cut meats) with artisan cheese and house made pickles
- Flatbreads, sandwiches, and burgers
- Soup and salads
I started with a flight of beer, which contained five, 4 oz beers on tap of my choosing. My flight had four of the Brix’s own beers: Cask Cinnamon Bun Porter, Kitchen Sync, Pleasure Chest, Whoa and a guest beer, Dogfish Head Beer for Breakfast. My wife had the Surreptitious, a tasty Belgium style beer.
Our brews paired well with an artisan flatbread appetizer. The beer brat, wood-fired artisan flatbread is not your typical flatbread. The juicy bratwurst were soaked in the Brix’s Robonaut Red beer topped with mozzarella, provolone, sauerkraut, and house made, whole grain mustard. Tasty without being overpowering. Paired nicely with the beers, but then again sausage and kraut usually does!
When it was time to order my entrée, I ordered the pork belly. These tender, thick strips were covered in a tasty holiday spice and accompanied with creamed bacon Brussel sprouts and cranberry sauce. My wife enjoyed the portobello burger with homemade kettle chips. No meat on this burger, just a giant marinated and grilled mushroom layered with a feta garlic cream sauce, tomatoes and baby greens.
Overall, Playalinda Brewing Company – Brix Project was an enjoyable experience, but no dining experience is complete without dessert. I ordered the chocolate cake, which was moist and layered with fudge, white and chocolate chips. The Cask Cinnamon Bun Porter amped up this dreamy dessert to a whole different level.
This brewery and restaurant in Titusville is very popular, so expect to wait for a seat during peak hours. And if you have your furry friend with you, their outdoor beer garden can accommodate them. By far, my favorite part of the whole experience was being able to take home a growler of my favorite beer. Cheers!
5220 South Washington Avenue
Titusville, Florida 32780