I swear the Starks have it all wrong.
Winter isn’t coming.
Winter is never leaving.
Or at least it feels that way.
That’s why Blondie and I decided to hop a flight to Ft. Lauderdale for some warm sunshine and cold drinks. We soaked in the rays, swam in the ocean, and, most importantly, sipped on the local beer.
We visited a few breweries, the first of which was so small it doesen't even consider itself a microbrewery. No, Lauder Ale calls itself a nano brewery. But, as the old saying goes, good things certainly do come in small packages. We sampled many beers, all of which were fine brews, but the one the really stuck out, that I kept going back for, was the coffee porter. It was fantastic. It even smells like a strong cup of coffee (my second favorite beverage). The beauty of the Lauder Ale coffee porter is that it tasted like a perfect combination of beer and coffee. It didn't taste like beer that had coffee-flavored syrup added. I loved the coffee porter so much I asked where I could buy it. I had every intention of running to the nearest super market and buying every coffee porter on the shelf. But Lauder Ale is so nano, they don't sell outside the brewery. No worries, I would just buy a growler or two from them. But, alas, Laurd Ale had been doing such brisk business, they couldn't spare any of their batch. Talk about a gut shot.
Lack of sweet nectar aside, Blondie and I had a great time. The two staff members, who combined to hold the simultanious jobs of head brewer/bartender/busser/managment, were friendly and chatty. They ask about Boston, educated us on their beers, and slipped us a few free samples.
Lauder Ale also had a ping pong table which Blondie and I took full advantage of (3-0 in my favor for those wondering).
Lauder Ale opened its doors less than a year ago. But with their terrific beer, great staff, and fun atmosphere, I'm sure they'll be shedding the nano title shortly.