On the Ale Trail: NOBO Brewing Company

February 5, 2020

In this series, we’ll be chatting with local brewmasters about their beers, the local craft brewing scene, and what every visitor should do while they’re here.

Part of the newly minted Boynton Beach Brewery District, NOBO Brewing Company is a popular stop on the Ale Trail of The Palm Beaches. Clean white subway tile, gunmetal-gray barstools and vintage black-and-white photos lining the walls give the industrial space a Prohibition-era vibe, but one look at the lengthy tap system running behind the bar will make you glad it isn’t.
NOBO was started in 2017 by brothers Tim and Steve Dornblaser. Tim, who heads up brewing, worked as a commercial contractor before making his way into craft beer. After a decade of homebrewing with his brother, they partnered up to start brewing commercially. 
These days, the 12-strong tap list includes heavy hitters like the Blackstrap American Imperial / Double at 12% ABV and easy drinkers like the Boynton Blonde, a 5.5% ABV blonde ale with a touch of citrus. But NOBO really gets creative on Experimental Fridays, which offer up limited, small-batch brews until the keg is kicked. You might find a Basil Hazy Triple IPA, a Carrot Cake Barleywine or a Banana Cream Pie Hefeweizen with banana, lactose and graham cracker; there seems to be no limit to the flavor profiles the Dornblasers dream up.
We chatted with Tim about NOBO, the perfect beer to drink on a sunny day, and some of his favorite spots in The Palm Beaches:

1. Describe your brewery in five words. 

1. Neighborhood
2. Selection
3. Experimental
4. Consistent quality
5. Experience

2. Tell us about your signature beer (or beers). 

Jalapeño Honey Blonde, a refreshing honey blonde with fresh jalapeño pepper flavor. (5.5% ABV). French Vanilla Coffee Porter, a dark porter with heavy coffee flavor and fresh vanilla (6% ABV). Old School Hefeweizen, brewed by the rules of the German Reinheitsgebot as a classic wheat beer with banana and clove notes (5.5% ABV).
Glass of Beer on NOBO Bar
Photo by Cristyle Egitto

3. What should people know about the craft beer scene in The Palm Beaches?

There is a diverse selection of breweries of all different sizes.

4. What is the perfect beer to drink on a sunny day?

Jalapeño Honey Blonde, with over 3 pounds per barrel of local orange-blossom honey and an addition of jalapeños. It is very drinkable, with a nose of jalapeño without the heat. It pairs great with food, especially Mexican.

5. Say you need a break from beer; where do you go for a drink, and what do you get?

I head to Crazy Uncle Mike’s on Federal Highway in Boca Raton for a dirty martini.

6. Where was the last great local meal you had (and what was it)?

The Carnitas Burrito from Las Fajitas on N. Dixie Highway in Boca Raton.

7. Describe your perfect day in The Palm Beaches. 

A drink and lunch at Eau Palm Beach in Manalapan, then dinner and drinks at Rebel House in Boca Raton.

8. What are the three things you’d tell a first-time visitor to Palm Beach County to do while they’re here?

1. Boynton Beach Brewery District
2. “The Ave” – Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach

Ready to Visit?

NOBO Brewing Company is open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m.–10 p.m. , Friday 3 p.m.–11 p.m., Saturday noon–11 p.m. and Sunday noon-8 p.m. The taproom features a menu of regular offerings alongside seasonal and special-release beers. Non-beer drinkers can enjoy guest taps of cider and kombucha. 
Bartender handing bar to Camera at NOBO
Photo by Cristyle Egitto

Located just off I-95, NOBO is easy to reach by car, and the Boynton Beach Tri-Rail station is less than a mile away. The taproom is family-friendly, with games and TVs. While the brewery doesn’t have a kitchen, it does feature a rotating lineup of food trucks, and guests are free to order delivery or bring their own food. Those looking to imbibe at home can choose from a selection of crowlers and bottles or opt for a growler to go.  
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Cristyle Egitto
Cristyle Egitto is a South Florida native, born in Miami, raised in Palm Beach and educated at the University of Florida. She founded the food blog EatPalmBeach in 2013 as a way to discover restaurants and culinary talents in the area while supporting local businesses. Her writing has appeared in various publications, and she has been featured on local TV and in multiple magazines.