This past weekend, in celebration of a friend’s birthday, we went down to Mad Beach Brewing at Madiera Beach. I’ve been down to the area many times, but usually we end up at Hooters or Bubba Gump or one of the other chains down there so I was excited to try out this local spot.
Mad Beach fits in so well with the beachy atmosphere of the area. It feels a bit tucked away upstairs in this little plaza. Inside, it’s all just one big room. A large bar to the left, a stage all the way to the right, and in-between are all of the tables. The room is industrial and modern, with high ceilings and large metal tables. By the stage you’ll also find corn hole, air hockey, pool, and Jenga to give you plenty to do other than just eat. They also often have live music up on stage.
As busy as it was, our group got a table right away. Our waitress was so kind, funny and down to earth and handled our large group with ease. We started off by ordering flights – your choice of their beers, ciders, and sangria on tap. These are a fantastic deal and I love being able to try several different options. I’m not sure I could even pick a favorite, I loved everything that I tried. For those non-beer lovers, they also serve a large variety of wines that are made in the winery right downstairs! All the food on their menu also has a recommendation of what beer would pair best with it.
For dinner, we started off with Tots Poutine, seasoned tater tots topped with stout gravy, cheese curds and fried sage. The crispiness of the tater tots held up to the gravy, and the cheese curds added a nice third texture to the dish. Plus, who doesn’t love cheese? The gravy had a hint of a bbq type flavor to it, which almost made it like eating tots and ketchup. You definitely need a fork to enjoy but you can’t go wrong with this appetizer.
J. got their jerk chicken tacos, served with lightly dressed coleslaw, pico de gallo and cilantro crema. The jerk chicken wasn’t overly spicy, just enough to give it a little bite, and not be overpowered by the toppings. The coleslaw and pico added the fresh element any taco needs. A perfect summer beach dish.
I went for the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. The pork was marinated in beer, then roasted and tossed in mango-rum-scotch bonnet pepper bbq sauce. Its served on a pretzel roll with sharp cheddar, and slaw. This sandwich was massive! I loved the pretzel bread with this as it added a nice saltiness, and the outside of the bun was really nice and crisp, while still being very soft on the inside. The pork was super tender and the bbq sauce was delicious. Sweet and tangy with a bit of a heat from the scotch bonnet, but not overwhelming at all. It was mellowed out by the cheese and coleslaw on top. I absolutely could have shared this sandwich, but I ate as much as I could and enjoyed every bite.
If you’re looking for a cool, relaxed hang out spot on a Friday night, or the perfect place to hit after a day at the beach Mad Beach Brewing is the place to go!
Until next time!