Gulf Stream Brew­ing opens doors Satur­day

Brew house will be­come Laud­erdale’s 6th brew­ery

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - DIN­ING - By Phillip Valys

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

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