Many of the new locations for Tampa Bay-based pub chain The Brass Tap are starting to have small brewhouses attached to them. They’re not entirely big enough for a full scale operation, but have enough heft to brew a wide variety of beers for tapping on-site, plus some to distribute to other sister pubs.
In Ft. Lauderdale, one of those breweries occupies the top floor of the new Brass Tap in Flagler Village (an upscale area on North Federal Highway just north of downtown’s famed Las Olas area). Between that and a Mellow Mushroom just across the esplanade, it makes for quite a heady mix of craft beer options.
They’ve christened their brewing system Flagler Village Brewing and you can see the artwork at regular places around the building. But what’s most interesting about the brewery is their brewmaster, namely Corey Artanis from the award-winning 3 Sons Brewing.
While Artanis and Co. finalize their future Dania Beach location, Corey is brewing a considerable lineup of beers for patrons along with a lengthy menu of food and the draft & bottle list common to Brass Tap locations. While I could only grab a few, I was able to sample:
Flagler Red (Red Ale, 6% ABV) – A refreshing red, good notes of caramel and slight raisin in the malt bill, bolstered with an undercurrent of earthy hops.
Riley’s Milk Stout (Stout, 6.5% ABV) – Corey is a master of the dark beer, and this easy drinking, creamy and refreshing brew is a good example of why. Modest notes of coffee and a light chicory blend with the lactose to make a beer with a notieable flavor and aroms, but isn’t aggressive at all.
It’s worth a trip there, since they had quite the selection from around the state. We weren’t wild about the food, and it is easily worth the $5 for valet parking, especially during peak hours. While Corey’s there, it’s definitely necessary to go and see what he’s up to.
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