Located on a two acre site right in the heart of downtown Vero Beach, American Icon Brewery is one of the most unique breweries you will find on the Treasure Coast. In operation now for almost 3 years (opened fall of 2017), this place definitely has atmosphere to spare. The owner, Michael Rechter, is a real estate developer, investor, and entrepreneur from South Florida and spared no expense when renovating this building. Rumor has it that he invested close to 6 – 7 million dollars into this project. From the expansive industrial designed interior, the old 750-kilowatt diesel engine generator being transformed into where the beer taps are located, and a gastropub style menu, how does this place stack up to the rest? Is there even anything we can compare it to? Keep reading to find out!
The building where American Icon Brewery now resides is Vero’s oldest municipal building. It was the former diesel power plant that was erected back in the late 1920’s. The inside of the building is open, floor to ceiling and has a very industrial vibe. A large bar surrounds the old diesel engine with a mix of booths and tables across the rest of the first floor. If you would like a better view of the place, and to see an overview of the brew room, then I suggest you head upstairs to the loft. There are lots of tables up there with a great view of the brewery below. There is also a private room you can rent for parties or business meetings. They also offer a nice outdoor patio if you prefer to sit outside. A new restaurant management group from South Florida took over the brewery and kitchen operations in October of 2019 and have been making improvements to the food and brews. A new menu was just recently released and I was there for a preview of it. Take a look below at all the pictures I took during my visit, then jump right in to see all of all the beers I tasted along with a few dishes from the new menu.
Now let’s dive right in and see what this place has to offer and what I had to eat drink!
#1 – Icon Haze – ABV 6.2% – IBU – 30
Tasting Notes: Bready wheat malt provides the light flavor to balance subtle white pepper and clove from Belgian yeast.
#2 – Icon IPA – ABV 6.8% – IBU – 65
Tasting Notes: Mosaic and Citra hops followed by a medium honey malt character to balance the smooth piney bitterness of Chinook hops.
#3 – The Factory Pilsner – ABV 5.2% – IBU – 32
Tasting Notes: A crisp malt backbone is the foundation for the loads of earthy Czech hops to shine through with a slightly spicy, mineral character.
#4 – Peach Bum Berliner Weisse – ABV 5.2% – IBU – 6
Tasting Notes: Very peachy in both flavor and aroma. Easy to drink with a slight kick on the finish. Wonderful on a hot day!
#5 – Freedom Torch Milk Stout – ABV 6% – IBU – 40
Tasting Notes: Chocolate and dark fruit come together in balance with a creamy mouthfeel and sweet finish balanced by a slight roast.
#6 – Hot Shot Lincoln – ABV 10% – IBU – 70
Tasting Notes: Minimal aroma, fairly sweet with chocolate and coffee notes, not as bitter tasting as you would think with an IBU of 70.
American Icon Brewery
Address: 1133 19th Pl, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 934-4266
Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday, 12:00pm – 9:00pm
American Icon is one of our newest Savor Club partner restaurants and they are offering an incredible deal off their beers for our members! Click Here to learn more about the discount they offer!