So there’s Downtown Orlando, then there’s the Parramore area of downtown-ish. It’s probably best known for being where Camping World Stadium is located, home of the interestingly popular Orlando City Major League Soccer team.
Just a little farther down Church St., easily within walking distance for soccer fans heading to or from a game, is Broken Cauldron Brewing. The only problem is Broken Cauldron Brewing isn’t actually Broken Cauldron Brewing.
The explanation begins a few years ago as Jeanna and Ken Malines attempted to find a home for their Black Cauldron Brewing. No such luck with the constant maze of permitting, failed promises, and any number of issues up-and-coming breweries have to deal with. The same went for their friends, Broken Strings Brewing’s Charles & Elyssa Frizzell and their friend Adam Peyrouse.
So they came up with the novel idea to share a space and 3 BBL system. Combining the names of their respective brewing outfits gave them Broken Cauldron, and they are now one of the hottest breweries in Central Florida.
The tap room is awash in musical icons, massive paintings of visionaries such as Prince and Johnny Cash taking up considerable space. There’s a touching tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, and the prerequisite Orlando City paraphernalia (all owners being big fans of the team.
Interestingly enough, the tap list is still split into their respective breweries’ labels. Wanting to try both sides, I got a flight with two from each brewery (Note – This article was written in January, so these beers are probably gone by now. It’s still well worth it to visit and see what they have on tap). The two on the left are from Black Cauldron Brewing:
Krampus (Porter, 7% ABV, 20 IBU) – A sugar plum porter, very much a lightly robust porter with a slight tartness. There’s just a touch of the dark fruit in the beer, enough to be a pleasant change from the ordinary.
Ancient Rites (Belgian Golden Ale, 6.5% ABV, 20 IBU) – A good, slightly soft-spoken Belgian. Moderate levels of clove give way to a buoyant and effervescent malt bill.
To be expected, the other two are from Broken Springs:
Lose Yourself (Stout, 6.9% ABV, 36 IBU) – Ah, yes. The classic chocolate milk stout, a standard of the properly outfitted brewery. This is a great one, nice and velvety smooth with just a hint of cocoa enjoyably intertwining with big, roasted notes.
Purple Mane (Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV, 40 IBU) – This is a fantastically true-to-style pale, just a touch of earthy hops and a light malt giving a beer that is pretty easy to drink but still nicely nuanced as well. The name is yet another reference to Orlando City, with their official purple color and their lion face logo.
I had been told several times by Orlando natives (Hello, Mike! Everyone listen to At The Bar Podcast) to head to Broken Cauldron as soon as I could. While it did take me a bit longer than I would have hoped, and a bit longer still to write it up, I am definitely glad to have gone and I understand why it is so well reviewed. I can only hope to get back there again soon.
Maybe I’d be back sooner if I liked soccer more.
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