When we made our way in the brewery the first thing we noticed was there was a house inside the warehouse! It had a very old Florida feel and we loved every bit of it. This brewery is the epitome of South Florida and as Fort Lauderdale as you are going to get. The owners are a joint venture between The Native Brewing Company, Riverside Market and The Restaurant People (who own YOLO, Boatyard and Tarpon Bend to name a few) so you know it was going to be good before even arriving.
It was insanely busy! I’m glad we were smart enough to take the motorcycle there because I don’t think we would have found parking. The front of the “house” had a porch with little garden tables full of guests eating. To the right of the “house” was the front yard with artificial grass and all, where a one man band was playing. Further down to the right were all the tanks. If you walk through the front door you will find the tap room. It took forever to make it to the bar and be able to order a beer. Despite the craziness of a grand opening, a majority of the bartenders still managed to keep smiles on their faces when they finally were able to take your order.
We tried the Hop Stache IPA. It was light for IPA’s but still a nice one. They had another IPA on the tap but it was already sold out by the time we heard it was a good one. The menu looked nice and to at least try something we just shared the mac n cheese. Maybe another night we will go back and try the burgers because they looked good. We had dinner somewhere else.
I love grand openings. I have done a few in my career as a chef. It is such a great learning experience for everyone involved. Over all I think they did a great job and I can’t wait to go back and try the rest of the beers and food. Maybe during the week when it isn’t so crazy. I just read on their Facebook that they do brunch! YUM
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