Rauf Khoffner is a Floridian by way of his native Turkey, where he grew up in his family’s brewery. After opening up two breweries of his own there, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale and opened up his first stateside brewery, Khoffner Brewery USA.
It’s close to downtown FTL, in the same physical building as South Florida Distillers (makers of the supremely smooth and flavorful Fwaygo rum). Yes, collaborations are on their way.
Rauf has been asking me to come by, and i will shortly, but first, I managed to get my hands on a growler full of yummy goodness, namely a Reserve Raspberry Chocolate Stout (Stout, 5.8% ABV).
This is an expertly crafted stout, brimming with a big and rich roast quality. There’s lots of coffee and dark molasses flavors, and a very dark cocoa quality from both the malt and the cocoa used.
Both of those flavors tend to be a bit stronger than the raspberry used, but that deep meaty fruit flavor is still present. It’s evident more in the flavor than in the aroma, but it’s still present and brings a welcome tang to a heavy and flavorful beer.
There will be more coming from Rauf and his new brewery. Production is starting to ramp up, and the last of this batch of Reserve Raspberry Chocolate Stout is currently sitting in oak barrels and will be ready in about 5 months.
In the meantime, look forward to more from Khoffner. I sure am.
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