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As our Uber driver was pulling up to the address, we were beginning to wonder if we were in the right place. As we had him turn the corner, we saw the welcoming sign and entrance.
Khoffner is located right in middle of an industrial area, where after just brewing, they decided to create a lounge area for beer tasting.
Plus a sitting room, where cigar smoking is welcome. They even carry a variety of cigars to purchase.
There is no mistaking this place has a back story like none other. Owner, Rauf Khoffner, is a third generation brewer. He moved from Turkey, when the government cancelled his license to produce beer. Settling in the Fort Lauderdale area, and opening his third brewery, Khoffner. Claiming “Beer is in our blood,” he is reviving recipes dating back over 100 years. His grandfather Karl Hoffner moved to Turkey from Germany in 1933 to brew German-style beers. Sadly we were not able to meet Rauf the day we visited. His birthday was the night before, and he was taking a relaxing day after the birthday bash they had the night before.
I think many would agree when I say, the bartender has a big impact on the atmosphere of any establishment. We arrived right at opening, with a warm welcome. After some tasters, Matt settled on The Crown, which is an English Brown Ale. Matt decided The Crown was hands down, his favorite. I had the Vienna, a red lager, and it did not disappoint.
The bartender filled us with backstory, and history. She was very knowledgeable about the brewery and their brews. She explained how Rauf also filters his water, and matches it to geographic regions. This allows for brewed beer to match taste more perfectly. It’s all about the water, when it comes to brewing beer.
We were heading to the Hall & Oates/Train concert later in the evening, so we had friends, Tom and Shannon, joined us at Khoffner. They are also fans of visiting the smaller craft breweries.
When we visited, they were working on a new location. Moving in with a restaurant, on a main road. Next time we head to Fort Lauderdale area, we will be looking forward to see their new location.
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