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LauderAle Celebrates Second Anniversary With Limited Release Canning

LauderAle, South Florida's first nanobrewery, will throw a second-anniversary bash July 30. The party will not only celebrate the brewery's date of establishment but also the launch of two specialty release beers, each available to the public via the brewery's first onsite canning.

"We wanted to do something really special for our fans," said LauderAle cofounder Kyle Jones. "Last year, it was our first bottle release of our aged coconut porter. This year, we thought it would be exciting to try canning."

On July 30, LauderAle will work with Craft Beer Crew Mobile Canning Solutions to produce the one-day specialty release of both its C. Porter coconut porter and Heisenberg wheat ale. As many as 500 six-packs will be available. Each pack will sell for $15, and there is no limit.

During the festivities, the brewery will also be reopening its Mug Club for the day. A $75 membership fee gets you access to special events, limited release tappings, and, of course, a big ceramic mug that allows for larger pours in the tasting room.

During the anniversary bash, expect to find a number of rolling specialty releases on tap from noon to 8 p.m., when as many as ten limited release selections will flow. These include an all-new Berliner, a barrel-aged saison, and a barrel-aged version of the popular Smokestack stout (both aged in white oak chardonnay barrels).
LauderAle was established in January 2013 by brewers and business partners Kyle Jones and Joey Farrell, both home brewers who started in Jones' kitchen and later graduated to Farrell's garage before founding the small-batch brewery.

Today, despite its reputation for creating some of the best brews around, LauderAle remains a relatively small-scale operation. Only in the past year did the electric-fired facility, located just outside of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, expand to a three-barrel system, one that allows for production of up to 60 barrels each month.

In the tasting room patrons can find a total of 18 taps that rotate frequently through more than 40 recipes, from blonde ales to imperial stouts as well as seasonal or special releases. The most popular have also become flagship brews, including the C. Porter, Heisenberg, La Nina mango habanero blonde ale, and Gulfstream Cream cream ale.

Rather than increase production and expand distribution, Jones says the main focus at LauderAle is a continued effort to offer authentic, small-batch ales centered around local culture and influences. When asked what separates LauderAle from other big-name production brewers across South Florida, the brewer is quick to say: "Everything."

"We're small guys. We're not on tap at every beer bar in a 20-mile radius. We're hard to find and don't have AC [in our taproom]," says Jones. "But that's what makes us special."

The LauderAle two-year anniversary party will take place from noon to midnight Saturday, July 30. The brewery is located at 3305 SE 14th Ave., Fort Lauderdale ; 954-653-9711; lauderale.co.

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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