South Florida will soon be home to a second ciderworks.
Broski Ciderworks Cidery & Winery, located in Pompano Beach Florida, will be the first production ciderworks to open in Broward County, one its founders hope is positioned for rapid expansion in the coming years.
Established in 2015, Broski Ciderworks - slang for brother - was founded by real life brothers David and Daniel Verdugo — one with a PhD in engineering and the other a certified beer cicerone.
"It's our way of saying we want all our fans to feel like they are part of the Broski family," says David.
A newcomer to the South Florida craft cider scene, which currently includes Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks in West Palm Beach, David told New Times his goal is to push the boundaries of traditional cider brewing practices with a number of original recipes he's been developing over the past six years using cider apple juice sourced from across the US.
"We want this to be an American product," says David. "Most importantly, we want to make cider that everyone can enjoy."
The brotherly duo say they hope to begin local distribution immediately, with plans to launch an in-house bottling line within the first year that will allow them to sell their ciders further north.
Come December, expect to find Broski's four core ciders — a crisp, dry, passion fruit, and sweet cider — for sampling at the ciderworks' 1,200-square-foot tasting room decorated with the brand's steampunk theme. Here, with a view of the production floor, over a half-dozen taps will pour seasonal, signature, and specialty release ciders alongside locally-sourced craft beer.
"Our plan is to focus on quality over quantity, producing small-batch ciders that we ferment and age right here," says David.
Broski Ciderworks & Winery. 1465 SW 6th Court, Pompano Beach; broskiciderworks.com.
Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.