Michele Eve Sandberg

There's no place so quintessentially Broward as LauderAle Brewery. This warehouse-centered brewery took all the things Browardites love about South Florida and combined them in a location that's all the things we hate about it and came up with a winning combination. Natives Kyle Jones and Joey Farrell built the brewery in July 2014, putting together a collection of do-it-yourself-style fermentation chambers to whip up 20 barrels of beer per month for the thirsty public. From the robust English-styled Port Everglades Porter to the citrus-dominated Detour Double IPA and all styles in between, LauderAle is letting two Floridians live their dream of selling beer to an eager crowd. Of course, it's a bitch to get to, as the brewery lies at the easternmost terminus of 595, just as it transitions into a confusing spaghetti bowl of roads, detours, and ramps by Port Everglades. No matter, because when the people need beer, the people seek it out.

Fran Andrewlevich and Matt Webster built out Twisted Trunk Brewing in Palm Beach Gardens, a large-and-in-charge brewery nestled in the corner of an unassuming and generic strip mall on PGA Boulevard. Luckily, since almost everything is in a strip mall down here, we've realized that it's the inside that counts, and the inside is simply gorgeous. Dark wood covers the floors, metal and leather adorn the walls and chairs, and a floating bar tap system supplies beer from the cool rooms in the back to the tap handles up-front. It's not just aesthetically pleasing. Open since February, the brewery cranks out numerous styles of beers, each a remarkable take on the style in which it was crafted. Seemingly every beer that has come out exalts the virtues of its style. It's enjoyable to find an Irish red taste like it should and an English stout taste like it should. It is also enjoyable to find beers like the watermelon saison, which ends up being a solid saison with that balanced character of watermelon to it. This is what superior craftsmanship tastes like.

The South Florida craft-beer industry boomed in 2014, and Due South Brewing was a tremendous part of that growth. The brand skyrocketed this past year; its beer hit more and more shelves and taps around the state. From signature grapefruit-tinted IPAs to the famous Caramel Cream Ale, Due South is constantly kicking out quality beers that go head-to-head with any brewery in the country. The brewery — which you can visit and taste the beer straight from the barrel — offers a setting more like a family reunion than a traditional bar. The atmosphere and food trucks make for a festival-like feel. Whenever the brewery announces it's making a batch of Mariana Trench Imperial Stout, craft-beer experts flock to find it.

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