Craft Bar and Q: Three Friends Create Edgewater's Newest Craft Beer Bar
What happens when three guys walk into a closed-down restaurant in Edgewater? You get a new craft beer bar called Craft Bar & Q, with a kitchen serving grub prepared by Passion BBQ.
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The three guys are Steve Lantz, Rusty Johnson, and Eric Wacks, who are all friends. The defunct spot was known as Creperie Bar. Wacks and Johnson are the culinary team behind Passion BBQ, and Lantz is the force behind Craft Bar & Q. Its grand opening was April 1.
The Craft Bar & Q journey began in February when Lantz walked by the location, which was then shuttered. He noticed there was a bar inside, and the ideas began swirling. Without being too specific, Lantz said he called a friend who "represents beer companies" to get more information. He called back a week later and arranged a meeting with the former owner. Badda-bing, badda-boom, it was his.
If the name Steve Lantz sounds familiar, it might be because you've seen him on TV. Lantz is an actor who has appeared in several shows based in South Florida, including The Glades, Burn Notice, and Magic City. Lantz also lends his services as chaplain to the Florida International University football team.
Lantz developed his keen eye for craft beer from the Filling Station, where he spent many a night slinging frothy pints. Luckily for Lantz, his new place already came with beer taps. Aware of the constant flux of the craft beer market, however, he knew it did not matter how many taps they had as long as he rotated them with the choicest suds he could find. For example, he once had Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA aged in tequila barrels that sold out quickly. Currently, Craft has an Oskar Blues and Ska Brewing collaboration on tap called oSKAr the G'Rauch, a smoked IPA (appropriate pairing for barbecue). This keg is the only one to find its way to South Florida, according to Lantz.