5 Of The Best Beers To Pair With Brunch


In a break from tradition, restaurant manager and beverage connoisseur, Jeff White pairs beer not mimosas with our award-winning brunch spread (Bradenton Herald Winner 2019)! Whether you're dining a la carte during our regular Sunday brunch 11-3 p.m. or joining us for a special holiday brunch buffet (served during Easter, Mother's Day or Father's Day), the following recommendations take everyone's favorite excuse for day drinking to the next level!


Cream & Sugar Please Porter Paired with Bananas Foster Stuffed French Toast

If brunch is a cross between lunch and dinner, this decadent dessert-like French toast stuffed with peanut butter, marshmallow fluff and powdered sugar and topped with bananas foster blurs the lines even further. Jeff pairs this dish with a light craft porter from the nitro tap. He says that the carbonation and hints of vanilla in the brew against the heaviness of the dish and the sweetness of the maples syrup really balance things out.


Motorworks Lemon Shandy Paired with Scallop Benedict

The citrus and sweetness in the beer let the sea diver scallops truly shine. Something of a seafood delicacy, it's essential to choose a beer that won't overpower the dish. The layers of tomato jam and the buttery, creamy goodness of the béarnaise sauce wash down brilliantly with bright and juicy flavors of the Motorworks beer cocktail.


Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale Paired with Eggs Benedict

For an indulgent and satisfying Sunday treat, try pairing our eggs benedict with a crisp and refreshing ale. The fruity aromatics and peppery dry finish of the Tank 7 stand up to the decadent hollandaise sauce and salty San Danielle ham which along with the poached egg are the stars of our take on the brunch classic.


Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with Wicked Weed Passionfruit Lychee Burst Sour

The assertive tartness of the Greek yogurt is toned down by the fruity sour flavor of the beer allowing the sweetness of the fresh fruit and berries to pop!


Omission Pale Ale with Shrimp and Grits
Possibly the Southerners ultimate comfort brunch food, our cajun style shrimp and grits with andouille sausage, tasso cream and smoked cheddar are a fan favorite and for good reason. The contrast of the slightly flowery sweetness of the Omission Pale Ale and the creaminess of the grits stand out in a very good way, while the hoppiness of the beer compliments the creole seasonings.

Now it's your turn. Mix and match your favorites and have fun flavor experimenting. If you're still in need of a good recommendation, ask your GROVE server for help or message us on socials! You can book your brunch party online at groveLWR.com/reservations or by calling 941.893.4321.

GROVE Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom is the newest offshoot of PIER 22, the award-winning waterfront destination headed by restaurateurs Hugh Miller and Greg Campbell. GROVE specializes in contemporary dining offerings and onsite event planning. The menu is elevated yet approachable and locally inspired. House-made dishes emphasize fresh seasonal ingredients as well as innovative cooking methods, and with 27,000 square feet of dining space including casual patio dining, private rooms, a relaxing lounge area and an elegant 350+ person ballroom there’s room for everyone at the table!


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