The Mack House Nano Brewery Still Kicking After Brewer's Departure

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The 'BREWERY' sign beckons.
A bright red 'Brewery' sign, lit up in the waning Florida sun, is all that beckons patrons to this little retail bay amidst a shopping plaza in Davie. Behind this humble exterior is the inner workings of The Mack House, a nano brewery building upon the pedigree of beers established many years ago with Holy Mackerel's Panic Attack, Mack In Black, and Special Golden.

We know of breweries, and brewpubs, but a nano brewery? At least one self-proclaimed nano brewery puts the definition as a facility which produces less than "3 [barrels] in production per batch." That's exactly what's going on here at The Mack House.

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- In The Tasting Room: Holy Mackerel's Special Golden Ale 2012
- Bobby Gordash Leaves Holy Mackerel, Signs On With Florida Beer Co.

The fundamentals of brewing are being tested here; small batch brewing, blending, and conditioning. If you're a fan of the Holy Mackerel line of beers (widely distributed across our area), then a journey out to this spot is definitely required.

On this particular Saturday evening, a man was running the bar and cheerfully talking golf with some regulars. This is Kyle Hatfield, who runs the house and does a lot of the brewing work.

"We have a 55 gallon system," he says, pointing to the three stainless steel kettles sitting at the front of the space. He says that on brew days, they'll pop out back, assemble the setup and get brewing, aiming to finish up by the time they open the doors at 4 p.m.

Right now, he's having to do most of the brewing. Just last week, Holy Mackerel brewer Bob Gordash announced his move on to the Florida Beer Company in Cape Canaveral.

"It happened out of the blue, it was shocking," Kyle remarked, stressing, however, that the parting was not sour. "We wish him the best of luck."

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The Mack House

9118 Route 84, Davie, FL

Category: Restaurant

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