Laud­erdale gas­tropub sports pa­tri­otic theme

Amer­i­can Icon set for Jan­uary open­ing

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

Raise a pint for liberty at Amer­i­can Icon Brew­ery Kitchen and Tap­room, open­ing this win­ter in Fort Laud­erdale.

The 4,000-square-foot, pa­tri­otic gas­tropub, slated to de­but in Jan­uary along North­east Third Av­enue in Fla­gler Vil­lage, will be an off­shoot of Amer­i­can Icon’s flag­ship brew­ery in Vero Beach.

But this south­ern out­post won’t brew beer. The tap­room’s ales and lagers will in­stead be kegged at the Vero Beach fa­cil­ity, which opened last Oc­to­ber, and dis­trib­uted to Broward County as needed, owner Michael Rechter says.

“We’re able to brew all the beer we need in Vero Beach,” says Rechter, who plans to hire a lo­cal beer distrib­u­tor in the com­ing months. “The only thing peo­ple like more than drink­ing is eat­ing, which is why the new lo­ca­tion will also have a kitchen.”

Like the one in Vero Beach, Amer­i­can Icon’s Fort Laud­erdale kitchen will serve a menu of pub grub, in­clud­ing pork pot stick­ers, stone-fired piz­zas, beer-cheese soups, sal­ads and “pub­wiches” that range from ham­burg­ers to short-rib slid­ers.

But why open a bar com­bin­ing beer and pa­tri­o­tism, two things that are al­ready in­sep­a­ra­ble? Amer­i­can Icon is more in­ter­ested in sa­lut­ing the U.S.’s finest pop-cul­ture ex­ports, Rechter says. In Fort Lau- derdale, red-and-white mu­rals of rock gods Jim Mor­ri­son and Jimi Hen­drix are splashed across the brew­ery’s ex­te­rior, framed by a palm-cov­ered pa­tio.

The walls in­side will even­tu­ally carry pho­tos of Michael Jack­son, Muham­mad Ali, Mar­lon Brando and other home­grown icons, along with im­ages toast­ing its Vero Beach brew­ery, for­merly a diesel power plant built in 1926. As in Vero Beach, pints will be poured from liberty torch-shaped tap han­dles.

“You’ll see Jimi and Jim on the brew­ery’s out­side, but it’s more than rock ’n’ roll in­doors. Our beers will be named af­ter fa­mous Amer­i­cans,” Rechter says.

The start­ing lineup of seven core beers in­clude the Icon India Pale Ale, a 1926 He­feweizen and Free­dom Torch Milk Stout. Amer­i­can Icon’s 24 taps will no doubt fea­ture sea­sonal re­leases such as Big Daddy Voodoo brown ale and Hot­shot Lin­coln, a bour­bon bar­rel-aged im­pe­rial stout, says Robert Sweers, the brew­ery’s Vero Beach man­ager.

They’ll also boast a full liquor menu, a bour­bon-bar­rel ag­ing pro­gram and sev­eral smaller beer tanks for brew­ing ex­per­i­men­tal fla­vors, says Sweers, who will help man­age the Fort Laud­erdale lo­ca­tion next year.

Amer­i­can Icon Brew­ery Kitchen and Tap­room will open in Jan­uary at 913 NE Fourth Ave., in Fort Laud­erdale. pvalys@south­florida.com or 954-356-4364

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