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