HOPPY BREW YEAR 5 South Florida breweries ring in 2019
In the first half of 2019, five new breweries will rise across Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the surest sign that South Florida is officially a craft-beer oasis. By the end of 2019, South Florida is on track to exceed 50 breweries.
Here are South Florida’s newest class of beer-makers.
3 Sons Brewing Company
236 N. Federal Highway, Dania Beach; 954-601-3833 or 3SonsBrewingCo.com Opening: Late January Who they are: No South Florida brewery has arguably courted more pre-opening buzz in recent memory than 3 Sons Brewing, a 11,000-square-foot, 20-barrel brewhouse and kitchen from owner-brewmaster Corey Artanis. Artanis, whose outfit is named after his sons Tristan, Zander and Jaxson, has been building 3 Sons since 2014, and quit his job at Flagler Village Brewery in November to work full-time on finishing his brewery. He arrives with a mountain of gold medals from major beer festivals (Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu’s Day, for example). Much of 3 Sons’ fan base lives on the brewery’s Instagram account @3SonsBrewingCo, which, at 10,600 followers (as of publication-time) is no small feat for a taproom not yet open.
On tap: There will be six beers on the starting lineup, including Ocean Park Pilsner and Lumberjack Morning Break, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout infused with maple syrup and java from Switchbox Coffee Roasters. Artanis plans to age about 100 beers every year in 3 Son’s basement – “The previous owner used it to smoke fish,” he says – which he’s converted into a cellar for barrel-aging, storage and sour-beer experimentation.
Chef Nicolay Adinaguev (Di- plomat Resort and Spa Hollywood) will head 3 Sons’ kitchen, serving pizza and charcuterie from a wood-fired oven, along with paninis and beer-infused ice cream.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday
Where to find: In the taproom. Within weeks of opening, 3 Sons will toast the release of Lumberjack Morning Break at the Lumberjack Day Festival on Feb. 3, which will feature 20 guest breweries and food trucks.
American Icon Brewery Kitchen and Taproom
913 NE Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-500-ICON or AmericanIconBrewery.com/ Fort-Lauderdale/ Opening: Mid-February Who they are: Owner Michael Rechter’s 4,000-square-foot brewery is the first outpost of American Icon’s flagship in Vero Beach. Red-and-white murals of rock gods Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix adorn the outside. American Icon salutes more pop-culture stars inside with photos of Michael Jackson and Muhammad Ali.Even the tap handles are shaped like liberty torches. Its kitchen will offer a pub grub-style menu of comfort food, such as pork pot stickers, stone-fired pizzas, beer-cheese soups and “pubwiches” that range from hamburgers to shortrib sliders.
On tap: Unlike its Vero Beach mothership, this southern American Icon won’t brew beer. Instead, the taproom’s ales and lagers will be kegged in Vero Beach and distributed to Fort Lauderdale, Rechter says. Seven core beers will be served on American Icon’s 24-tap system, including Icon India Pale Ale, a 1926 Hefeweizen and Freedom Torch Milk Stout. Other seasonal brews will include Big Daddy Voodoo brown ale and Hotshot Lincoln, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.
Hours: Operating hours are still being finalized, but the brewery will be open daily.
Where to find: In American Icon’s Vero Beach and Fort Lauderdale taprooms, with future plans to distribute kegs to Broward beer retailers. Drinkers can sample American Icon’s brews during the 8th annual Riverwalk Stone Crab and Seafood Festival on Jan. 12 at Esplanade Park (400 SW Second St.) in Fort Lauderdale.
Sistrunk Marketplace and Brewery
115 NWSixth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-329-2551 or Society8.com/Sistrunk -Market-Brewery/ Opening: March Who they are: This two-story, 40,000-square-foot behemoth from Society 8 Hospitality Group project manager Steven Dapuzzo will house a chef-driven food hall, recording studio and a brewery specializing in German-style ales and lagers. Brewer Rauf Vagifoglu-Khoffner, who currently heads nearby Khoffner Brewing USA, plans to relocate the brew-
American Icon Brewery Kitchen and Taproom’s Fort Lauderdale location will boast 24 taps and is slated to open mid-February.