Gulf Stream Brewing Company Schedules Its First Bottle Release

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Gulf Stream Brewing Company (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) has announced that it will officially introduce its Spritza Series with a triple bottle release on Saturday, February 2.

For its first ever bottle release, the newly-established Gulf Stream Brewing Company is going big with the limited release of three offerings from its Spritza Series, a lineup of Sour Ales inspired by traditional craft cocktails.  The three Spritza beers releasing on Saturday are as follows (descriptions sourced from the breweries press release):

  • Paloma Spritza | This sour is a tribute to the classic Paloma cocktail. It starts with a blend of ales soured with Gulf Stream Brewing’s house culture on neutral oak. It’s then blended with fresh squeezed Florida grapefruits and limes, local wild-flower honey, tequila essence, and a hint of hibiscus.  ABV – 6.2%
  • Aviation Spritza | This sour is a tribute to the timeless classic Aviation cocktail. It starts with a blend of ales soured with Gulf Stream’s house culture on neutral oak. It’s then blended with butterfly pea flowers and violets; Bing, Maraschino, and wild amarena cherries and a hint of fresh lime.  ABV – 5.5%
  • Hurricane Spritza | This sour is a tribute to the classic Hurricane cocktail. It starts with a blend of ales soured with Gulf Stream’s house culture on neutral oak. It’s then blended with passion fruit, blood oranges, vanilla beans, and lactose.  ABV – 5.3%

“The three Spritza Sours are hand-crafted from the brewery’s live-active sour culture program, and are brewed with various fresh and local ingredients that made the classic cocktails famous,” said Brewmaster, Mike Demetrus. “As a concept I’ve wanted to do for some time, we are really pleased with how they turned out and excited to introduce some classic and some less-common flavors to the South Florida craft beer market.”

The three Spritza Series beers listed above will go on sale at Gulf Stream Brewing Company at noon on Saturday, February 2.  Approximately 150 individually numbered bottles of each Spritza style be available for purchase for $12 each (+ tax) and there will be a two (2) bottle limit per person on each Spritza cocktail style. A limited amount of Paloma Spritza, Aviation Spritza and Hurricane Spritza will also be available on draft to enjoy on-site in Gulf Stream’s taproom during the event (no growler/crowler fills).

In addition to the bottle sale, this bottle release event will also feature a raffle for two sets of the Spritza Series.  Each guest that purchases a draft pour or buys a bottle of any of the three featured Spritza Series offerings will be given a ticket and entered into the raffle.  The Gulf Stream staff will draw names and announce one winner each at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  You must be present to claim a raffle prize.

Unique Sour Ales, reasonably priced bottles AND a raffle for a chance to win more bottles all at one event? It sounds like Gulf Stream is taking a proper approach to their first bottle release.  If you are free on Saturday and plan to be in the Fort Lauderdale area, be sure to swing by Gulf Stream to check them out and get your hands on these Spritza Series Sour Ales.  Prost!



Gulf Stream Brewing Company Announces Grand Opening

gulfstreamlogoOn Saturday, September 22 at 4 p.m., Gulf Stream Brewing Company (Fort. Lauderdale, Florida) will host a grand opening event for its 5,300 square foot craft brewery and taproom located at 1105 NE 13th St. in Fort Lauderdale.

Conceptualized in 2011 by friends and Co-Owners Ty Eriks and McKay Ferrell, Gulf Stream Brewing Company is a 10-Barrel (BBL) brewery that is now finally ready to share “a broad range of high-quality craft beer” with the fine folks of Fort Lauderdale.  With Brewmaster Mike Demetrus, formerly of Doral-based M.I.A Beer Company, at the helm of brewery operations, the crew at Gulf Stream plans to brew “everything from multiple IPAs, to a Bavarian Hefeweizen, Pilsner, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Porter, Russian Imperial Stout and is currently working on an active culture barrel aging program.”

“One of our favorite things is experiencing the journey with others when they try our products and begin to gain more understanding of craft beer on a deeper level,” said Co-Owner, McKay Ferrell. “We want our customers to ask questions about the process and what makes each beer different. On a personal level, helping educate and inform others who don’t typically drink craft beer is incredibly rewarding.”

A vast array of Gulf Stream offerings – ranging from Core beers to Small Batch one-offs – will be pouring on draft throughout Saturday’s grand opening festivities.  The tentative tap list for opening day is as follows:

Core Beers

  • Mo Betta Pilsner (5.3% ABV)
  • What the Hef? – Bavarian-style Hefeweizen (5.3% ABV)
  • Sub-Hop Pale Ale (6.0% ABV)
  • Marley IPA – Session IPA (4.9% ABV)

**For those who might want to take beer with home with them, Core Beers will be available for Crowler fills.**

Small Batch/Limited Run Beers

  • Hold My Beer – Craft Light Lager – (4.3% ABV)
  • Oatalicious Hazy IPA (6.9% ABV)
  • Botonka Tonk – Old Style Ale aged with Tonka bean & oak (7.9% ABV)
  • RoBoPo – Robust Porter (5.4% ABV)
  • Vlad the Impaler – Aged Russian Imperial Stout (11% ABV)
  • Runnin’ Trips – Belgian Tripel with Yuzu, lemon grass & coriander (9% ABV)

In addition to the tasty beers listed above, Gulf Stream will also have two food trucks on-site to handle anyone’s needs/cravings for snackage.  Grand opening attendees will also have the opportunity to be among the first to join the brewery’s “Batch One” club – “a special program available only on-site and limited to the first 150 members. The membership starts at $100 and includes a discounted punch card, exclusive ‘Batch One’ shirt, and an exclusive ‘Batch One’ 17.5 oz. snifter.”

If you cannot make it out for the grand opening event but still wish to check out Florida’s newest brewery, the Taproom at Gulf Stream Brewing Company plans to keep these hours of operation moving forward: Monday – Thursday, 4pm – 11pm; Friday, 3pm – Midnight; Saturday, Noon – Midnight; and Sunday, Noon – 10pm.  Tours will be conducted by brewery staff “in the evenings and on weekends when production is not active.”  Prost!

Gulf Stream Brewing Opens Tap Room on Sat. Sept 22nd
A look inside the Taproom at Gulf Stream Brewing Company. Image Credit – Gulf Stream Brewing Company