The Mack House Nano Brewery Still Kicking After Brewer's Departure
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.
The 'BREWERY' sign beckons.
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.
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.
"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."