Brew Review – Mal De Ojo by MIA Brewing

If you’ve ever been to a Catholic Church (or the hispanic section of any Florida grocery store), you’ll notice really tall glass-enclosed candles, possibly with some sort of saint on it. That is known as a veladora.

Predictably, these veladoras are a fixture in South Florida. And it’s the inspiration for Doral’s MIA Brewing’s Veladora series of Berliner Weisse sour beers.

Of the series, I managed to get my hands on one of them, Mal De Ojo (Berliner Weisse, 4% ABV), at Ft. Lauderdale’s Riverside Market.

Mal De Ojo by MIA Brewing

Mal De Ojo by MIA Brewing

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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.

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Riverside Market

There are times in my life that I don’t understand how I did without Google Maps.

And I mean that when I need to try to find places that aren’t exactly easy to find. Sure, finding a strip mall off a major 6-lane artery is easy. Finding a place like Riverside Market in Ft. Lauderdale isn’t. It’s hidden in Riverside Park, an absolutely charming little neighborhood near downtown Ft. Lauderdale. It’s close to one of the many, many canals that exist in Ft. Lauderdale, but it takes tome driving around to find the place.

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Riverside Market exterior.

It’s not much to look at on the outside, and I’m pretty sure it was a gas station in a former life. On the inside, however, it’s a craft beer lover’s dream.

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Inside the Riverside Market.

The walls are covered in beer posters, beer flags, and (best of all) beer fridges. There are a LOT of them. And they have quite the impressive lineup of bottles. Local, domestic, imported, porter, IPA, pumpkin, fruit, sour, anything you want they have.

They also have about 12-15 taps, too. They pride themselves on having a good amount of local beers, and I had the Wynwood Brewing/Funky Buddha collaboration Right on 95 while I was there.

It’s self service, which blows my mind. Basically, grab whatever bottles you want, find one of the ubiquitous bottle openers from around the store, crack it open, and enjoy. There are tons of tables, couches, and benches all over the place, with the prerequisite board games all over the place.

What makes me happy is the beer cooler devoted exclusively to Florida beers. It’s nice to see businesses that focus on good quality Florida craft beers.

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Riverside Market’s Florida beer cooler.

It’s not just beer. The back of the facility is devoted to an impressive kitchen, which has a pretty nice lineup of food, including pizza (a good handcrafted pizza with a craft beer is one of my favorite things in the world).

There’s a lot to drink there, and they have a good amount of rotation with their beers, especially taps. If you are anywhere near Ft. Lauderdale, you definitely owe it to yourself to come down.

Put it in your GPS, first.

Drink Florida Craft,