Homebrewing Supplies at Craft Beer Cartel

And we now have homebrewing supplies in Broward County. Finally.

Craft Beer Cartel

Craft Beer Cartel

By now I am sure many of you have heard me talk about Ft. Lauderdale’s iconic Riverside Market. I’ve written about them, and even done a few beer reviews from drafts I’ve gotten there.

Well, they purchased another building that’s sort of catty-corner from them and opened up Craft Beer Cartel. And this place has a lot going for it.

Like I said, Broward County finally has their own homebrewing supply store. Sure, the selection isn’t as grandiose as something you’d find online, but they’ve got a good selection of all the basics you need. Plus they store a lot of their malts in a giant boat. Seriously.

The malt boat. Not pictured: the hand drill-powered mill off to the side.

The malt boat. Not pictured: the hand drill-powered mill off to the side.

With the picture above, you need to take a close look at the floor. Yep, those are all bottle caps. The floor was hand assembled by scores of volunteers that came in to drink beer and lay the floor out cap by cap. By cap. And yes, there are a few notable designs there, but I’ll let you find them.

More malts. Just not in the boat.

More malts. Just not in the boat.

As for beer, their selection is just as extensive and just as awe-inspiring as Riverside’s, with two notable differences. One, they don’t allow on-premise consumption. Translated: You can’t drink the beer there. And I don’t know if you can buy it there and take it to Riverside to drink. Two, they do growler fills. There are a few handles in the back with a good rotating list of taps, especially my all important Florida beers.

They still had a few J Wakefield brews on tap.

They still had a few J Wakefield brews on tap.

Funky Buddha and Native Brewing beers on tap.

Funky Buddha and Native Brewing beers on tap.

Craft Beer Cartel is actually a joint venture between Riverside Market’s Julian and Lisa Siegel and Adam Fine, from Ft. Lauderdale’s Native Brewing. And Craft Beer Cartel is actually pulling double duty as the nanobrewing laboratory for Fine and his beers.

Craft Beer Cartel 3

Part of the Native Brewing nanobrew pilot system.

They’ve got a good-sized pilot system where Native Brewing will be creating and perfecting new beers, hopefully for production and distribution. Fine himself also teaches homebrewing classes at the store.

Craft Beer Cartel is a welcome addition to the Ft. Lauderdale craft beer scene, and I’m really happy I don’t have to drive to another county to get my homebrewing supplies now.

Drink Florida Craft,

Dave

@floridabeerblog

floridabeerblog@gmail.com

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