Attention beer lovers in Fort Lauderdale! If you’re a beer connoisseur, American Social Bar is the place in South Florida to visit. There’s nothing more All American than enjoying a juicy hamburger or a rack of succulent ribs along with an ice cold beer while watching your favorite sports team on a HDTV. But if you really love beer, it doesn’t matter what you’re eating. American Social Bar has an endless selection of local and regional craft beers.
Craft beer was virtually unknown 30 years ago. But today, it’s become a household term from beer aficionados to the average person. In the last ten years, microbreweries began sprouting up like weeds. If you really love beer, chances are you have your own favorite. Craft brewing is mostly an American phenomenon. According to the Oxford Companion to Beer, 90 percent of the world’s microbreweries in 2011 were located in the United States.
But what exactly is craft beer? According to the Brewers Association, it’s beer produced by small, independent breweries. Back in the 1990s, it was commonly known as microbrews. But in recent years, the term has faded away and been replaced by craft beer. One of the reasons the term microbrewery has disappeared is because it’s actually a legal term used to describe breweries of specific sizes in the nation. Microbrews are required to produce a limited amount of barrels of beer annually. But what ultimately ended the term was when former microbreweries, such as Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) and Sierra Nevada became nationally distributed products and earned big-name brand recognition. Today, craft beer is simply defined as simply crafted instead of manufactured.
There are three different types of craft beer producers—small, independent and tradition. A small craft beer company is one that produces less than 2 million barrels of beer a year. Independent craft brewers own less than 25 percent of a brewery. Traditional craft beers must have at least 50 percent of its production in either malt beer. Traditional craft beers also use different ingredients, such as corn or rice to add to its flavor. Most conventional beers use barley. Some traditional craft brewers are more adventurous and use adjunct ingredients, such as fruit, spices, rye or even oatmeal.
American Social Bar has wide variety of some the top craft beers in South Florida on draft. Among the more popular beers available are Dogfish Burton Baton, Funky Buddah Hop Gun and many more. Come use the pour-it-yourself taps at the beer bar. You can even pour your own pint of draft beer at American Bar’s beer wall, where you can choose between up to six beers at once. If you’re in the mood to grab a slice of Americana, stop by the American Social Bar in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale on Las Olas Boulevard.