Gulf Stream Brewing opens doors Saturday
Brew house will become Lauderdale’s 6th brewery
After permitting issues delayed its debut for more than a year, Gulf Stream Brewing Company will finally open in beer-saturated Fort Lauderdale.
The 5,300-square-foot brew house will become Fort Lauderdale’s sixth brewery when the beer starts flowing Saturday. Gulf Stream occupies a squat, gray warehouse along a lively stretch of Northeast 13th Street near Warsaw Coffee Company, and was originally slated to open in August 2017 (and again in February).
The crew behind Gulf Stream are Pacific Northwest natives Ty Eriks and McKay Ferrell, who planned to open a brewery in Vancouver until they discovered South Florida’s smaller, craft beer-thirsty market. In June, Eriks and Ferrell hired brewmaster Mike Demetrus, formerly of M.I.A. Beer Company in Doral, who has won 30 beer-industry medals for his lager and ale recipes.
Gulf Stream adds one more bar to Fort Lauderdale’s growing nightlife scene north of downtown, seeing a renaissance of late with new bars and breweries popping up in gentrifying Flagler Village and the Northeast Thirteenth Street drag.
Here’s what else you need to know about Gulf Stream Brewing Company.
Which beers are on tap?
There will be 20 mostly low alcohol-byvolume beers on tap, including flagships such as Mo Betta, a pilsner; What the Hef?, a Bavarian-style hefeweizen; Sub-Hop, a pale ale; and Marley IPA, an India Pale Ale. Other limited-run brews include Botonka Tonk, an ale aged with tonka beans and oak chips; Vlad the Impaler, an aged Russian imperial stout; RoBoPo, a robust porter; and Oatalicious, a hazy India Pale Ale.
What other breweries are nearby?
Khoffner Brewery is a half-mile drive to the southwest, while four more breweries — LauderAle, Invasive Species, Tarpon River and Flagler Village Brewery — can be found in Flagler Village, downtown and near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
What else should I know?
On Saturday, Gulf Stream will offer two food trucks and serve small-batch beers inside its industrial-chic taproom, decorated with Edison bulbs and brick walls.
Gulf Stream Brewing Company will open to the public 4 p.m. Saturday at 1105 NE13th St., in Fort Lauderdale. Hours of operation are 4-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m.midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Call 206-794-2212 or go to GulfStreamBeer.com