How did 3 Sons Brewing in Dania Beach become South Florida’s hottest new brewery?

In January, 3 Sons Brewing Co. in Dania Beach received an award as best new brewer in the world. Corey Artanis, 3 Sons’ owner and head brewer, assumed it was a mistake.

But it was true: Two months before 3 Sons opened its taproom to the public, the craft-beer website had, in fact, ranked the brewery at 236 N. Federal Highway, Dania Beach, No. 1 in 2018.

If the accolade left Artanis scratching his head, the award seemed to surprise none of 3 Sons’ nearly 15,000 Instagram followers. “Congrats dude, long time coming,” wrote the Instagram user nycbeersociety on the post. “So, so well deserved,” agreed the user residentculture. “Dope people making dope beer.”

Fueled by an admiring (and often ravenous) social-media fanbase — its Instagram following was higher than any South Florida brewery before an opening day — 3 Sons is arguably the hottest brewery opening since the Funky Buddha debuted its Oakland Park taproom in 2013. On a recent taproom visit, Artanis, warm and soft-spoken behind an orange, lumberjack-length beard, sounds humble about 3 Sons’ success and circumspect about how it happened.

“I mean, it has to be word-of-mouth, right?” says Artanis, of Davie. “I just don’t know. We took our time with opening and I tried to slow-roll the bottle releases to help build hype and awareness.”

At 11,000 square feet, the brewhouse and taproom occupy a warehouse tucked behind a Federal Highway strip mall. They specialize in sweet, mouth-puckering “dessert beers” (mostly stouts) that have raised Artanis’ profile at beer festivals, where he has won 18 gold medals for brewing since he began entering contests in 2014, he says. His award-winning beers include Summation, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial vanilla and coffee stout, and Boysen Tha Hood, now on tap, a Berliner Weisse infused with tart boysenberries and black currants.

“I want to make beer for people who don’t drink craft beer, but also beer that enthusiasts will love,” Artanis says. “My wife doesn’t drink craft beer, so I try to make beer that doesn’t taste like beer.”

Here’s what else you should know about 3 Sons Brewing.