About the Buddha
Whether it’s the quality of our ingredients, the caliber of our beer, or just watching a breathtaking sunset with a Floridian in hand, Funky Buddha is all about creating enlightening experiences through beer. We take drinkers on a journey of flavor with unique brands and exceptional -- and unconventional -- liquid.
Its Brewery and Tap Room is located in the heart of Oakland Park, Florida since 2013, just minutes away from the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, downtown Fort Lauderdale, and miles of pristine beaches. It's the perfect spot to sample any number of the brewery's distinctive beers, each brewed using the finest, all-natural ingredients. Or take a tour of the source and see a glimpse behind the curtain, pop over to our in-house from-scratch restaurant for a bite, and pick up the latest exclusive bottle release you won't find in stores. We're open 7 days a week, 11:30am to midnight.
See you soon for a pint! Cheers!
Funky Buddha Brewery’s history began in 2007 when owner Ryan Sentz purchased R & R Tea Bar on an unassuming stretch of strip malls on Federal Highway in Boca Raton. What began as a hookah and tea bar expanded into a loungey hangout serving up some of the finest craft beers available in South Florida at the time. As word spread, the popularity of Sentz and crew’s new Boca hangout outgrew their diminutive space, and so he set his sights on a much larger space further up Federal Highway.
With that copious new space came an opportunity for Sentz to turn his long held passion for homebrewing into a professional endeavor. And so, in September 2010, Sentz and crew raised a glass and toasted to the all new Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery. The brewpub continued the tradition of hookahs, kava, live music, comedy, and a lounge-y atmosphere, but melded it with a new and original take on craft brewing. Utilizing a one barrel brewhouse – barely larger than most homebrew setups – Funky Buddha’s vision of culinary-style, creative beers became a reality.
The first batches were an instant hit: beers like Rum-Soaked Oak-Aged Red Ale, Orange Creamsicle Wheat, Ginger Lemongrass, and more attracted fans of craft beer looking to try something new. Then, a few months later, Sentz created a beer that broke the mold: Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. This rich beer had it all: Smokey/salty bacon, rich and sweet maple syrup, and roast-y coffee. It was breakfast in a glass. It also tapped perfectly into the craft beer renaissance sweeping sites like BeerAdvocate.com and RateBeer.com at the time. With a small initial bottle release, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter was traded across the country and internationally, with beer lovers as far away as New York, California, and Denmark commenting on the intense flavors Funky Buddha Brewery had managed to cram into a porter. Almost overnight, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter became the number one rated porter on BeerAdvocate, while Funky Buddha was launched to the #27 brewery in the world according to commenters on RateBeer – an impressive feat for a less than one year old brewpub brewing on such a small system.
With the demand for Funky Buddha’s beers skyrocketing, invites flew in from around the country to attend prestigious beer festivals such as Extreme Beer Fest in Boston and Brewvival in Charleston. Realizing that he’d never be able to meet the demand for his beer at the Lounge, Sentz got together with his brother KC – a former engineer for Motorola and salesman – and started to work on what would become Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park.
Since its grand opening in June, 2013, Funky Buddha Brewery has grown to become one of the largest craft breweries in Florida, distributing its celebrated beers to thousands of retailers all across the state, and throughout the Southeast. Check out our Beer Finder for a look at what Funky Buddha beers are available near you.