get a flight of beer (sample sizes of several types of beer the
pub serves). Riders will be taken to three breweries. Some
routes will include Indian River County craft brew pubs and
some St. Lucie ones. Private tours can be arranged for Ocean
Republic in Martin County.
Reservations can be made to rent the bus for special events
such as birthday parties.
For more information and reservations go to the Indian
River Brew Bus website www.irtours.life
Here is a rundown of the breweries, winery and cider
maker on the Treasure Coast Wine & Ale Trail. They are
listed from north to south.
MASH MONKEYS BREWING CO., 920 U.S. 1, Sebastian.
Opened March 2018. Taps: 15, of which 12 are of original
brews. Can flex to more than 20 original brews. No kitchen
on site. BYO Food or have it delivered. Phone: 772.571.6283.
Two friends who met at Sebastian’s home brewing club,
called the Boil Over Boys, turned their shared passion into
Mash Monkeys Brewing Co., near what can be considered
They spent all their money, got some financial help from
relatives and at times spent 22 hours a day not only brewing
beer, but overhauling their leased space and dealing with the
multiple surprise problems that crop up when a new business
opens to the public.
So far, so good, says co-owner Patrick Kirchner. Before
opening the brewery and pub, Kirchner was a boat mechanic,
and called himself a “grease monkey.” His business partner
Patrick Kirchner, co-founder of Mash Monkeys Brewing Co., sits beneath a
sign with the company logo, as well as one promoting the Sebastian home
brew club where it all began.
and friend, Derek Gerry, cooked professionally for 20 years
when he called himself a “stove monkey.” After shifting to
professional brewing, which includes a mashing process of
mixing grains, they became “mash monkeys.”
Gerry said he learned where to get the best fruit in the area
while cooking professionally for 20 years, which is used to
flavor many Mash Monkey brews.
Locally produced blood oranges, peaches and strawberries >>
Customers enjoy the offerings in the brew pub at Pareidolia Brewing Co., one of a few pubs with a kitchen on site.