Brews and fresh pizza made onsite — a First Coaster’s dream come true
This brewery keeps its eye on the prize—not a lengthy labyrinthine list of libations here. Reve concocts an elite selection of tasty brews, in IPAs, stouts and sours, with great names, grouped in clever categories. Hazy Things lists Complete Unknown, Peaked in High School (how did they know that?), Patterns in Time and Feed Your Head. Most of these are concocted in collaboration with other local brewspots, including Aardwolf in San Marco, Southern Swells in Jacksonville Beach and Riverside’s King Maker Brewery. Community cooperation, man, is the key to success at Reve Brewing Company.
Other categories are divvied up into Sour Things (Ain’t Wasting Time, which seems like a nod to Gregg and them, we guess; and Satellite of Love and Distortion in Reality); Slow Things (Conejo Especial, a nice Mexican lager); Imperial Things includes all the Barrel-Aged brews, which at this point are running from Volume 115 to Volume 121; Slushee Things features Coco Mango and Raspberry Lemonade, made with a sour beer. And Soft Serve Things, which means Watermelon, served in a cup or cone, also made with a sour beer. It’s a copywriter’s dream: No thesaurus to consult to differentiate among the kinds of brews and foods Reve serves. They offer Things of every stripe and flavor. So it’s also a hungry and/or thirsty customer’s dream made real, too. The choices are few, sure, but that means there’s so much more time and effort put into the creation of those choices, which makes ordering and enjoying a no-brainer. These are unusual menu items, sure, but we’re certain that’s the point. Try something new. Grow up.
The libations made here are available in cans, bottles, crowlers and by the glass. Don’t forget to check out the merch: hats and T-shirts — and the glasses: for stouts, sours, IPAs, tasters, slushees and tikis, plus a Swamp Monster mug and new lager glasses. Then there’s Croozies for your crowlers, Reve logo’d Mountainsmith coolers and various stickers to show your loyalty.
And the pizza? It stands on its own under the separate heading of Bones Pizza, and it’s apparently “available until we run out.” Perhaps that’s a subtle alert to get there early enough to score a delicious fresh pizza. In keeping with the Reve style of menu, the wood-fired pies also sport catchy titles, like Friend of the Devil (get home before daylight), Mayporita and Prosciutto Fig. Yeah, sounds good to us, too! Bones Pizza also offers bread, salad and roasted garlic and brie. You absolutely must leave enough room somewhere between your throat and your knees for the novel dessert served with ceremony and care, the guava crème brûlée. Yum!
Writer Marlene Dryden
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