The latest Brass Tap location in Fort Lauderdale is poised to showcase something beyond a plethora of on-tap beer offerings: onsite brewed beer.
Yes, the tanks are in, the system is up and running, and they'll begin brewing shortly. This is a new kind of undertaking for the brew-pub chain with more than 30 locations stretching as far as Texas.
The location at 551 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale opened to the public last week. The "American modern" sports bar-like atmosphere will still follow the traditional format of other Brass Taps, with more than 300 beers available and small bites to fill the belly. But soon, patrons will be able to sample beers brewed on the premises by one of the area's most recent sought-after brewers, Corey Artanis.
Artanis is the creator of 3 Sons Brewing Co., which had the distinction of winning Best Brewery and Best Beer at the 2015 Hunahpu's Day festival at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa. Artanis has been previously linked to starting his own operation from scratch in Dania Beach.
"I'm brewing in Fort Lauderdale as well as the Brass Tap in Naples," Artanis said. The commercial experience is bound to boost the already knowledgeable homebrewer's capacity to create beers the public is clamoring for.
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It will still be a short while before the beers become available to the general public. Though the specifics aren't nailed down yet, Brass Tap should be bringing to Fort Lauderdale a couple of kegs down from Naples that Artanis previously brewed.
"I think they should be on soon," he says. "Otherwise, I'll probably brew sometime this coming week, and the beers will be ready two weeks from then."
The newest Brass Tap is at 551 N. Federal Highway, Suite 600, in Fort Lauderdale. Call 754-200-8648, or visit brasstapbeerbar.com.
Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.