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Craft Beer Cartel Opens in Fort Lauderdale, New Home Of Native Brewing

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"Cartel just seemed like the right name," Lisa Siegel said, describing that everyone they work with in the beer community is a part of their extended family and their "beer famous" life.

"We will be offering everything one would need to brew beer and every beer one would want to buy," explained co-owner Julian Siegel. "Hard-to-find kegs will be common. An 8-line growler fill station, glassware, T-shirts, and advice will abound."

"It's the whole beer experience," Native Brewing's Adam Fine said during the ribbon cutting celebrations. "Everything you need to make beer, all the instruction... all the input... seeing what brewing is all about with Native Brewing... you've got every aspect of the brewing process right here. We'll be teaching homebrewing classes here... At the end of the day, we want to help people brew beer."

Until now, homebrewers in Broward had to travel north to Boca Raton to find the closest local homebrew shop, or down south to Biscayne Home Brew in Miami. If your smack pack of yeast went bust, or you needed to run out to replace a broken hydrometer, you'd have to drive 20 miles in some cases to get supplies. Not having a local homebrew store left many feeling like they were up shit creek without a mash paddle.

As for Native, the building will be housing their experimental 20 gallon pilot system. "We'll be working on new recipes here and developing them and hopefully we'll take those recipes and contract them until we get our own brewery," Fine said, adding that for the time being, there will just be some sampling events. "Once we get the manufacturing license, we'll be able to do growler fills, [and] sell to a distributor."

In addition to the homebrew shop and nanobrew system, Craft Beer Cartel features a massive art installation. Hand assembled by Riverside regulars, beer geeks, home brewers, friends, family, and beer reps over the last three months, the Cartel boasts a floor made up of approximately 300,000 bottlecaps in a glossy arrangement of craft beer brands, college logos, mantras, company tags, and abstract art.

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Doug Fairall
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