Funky Buddha beer
Erik Petersen

You won't struggle to find good beer in Fort Lauderdale today. Bars specializing in craft beers offer beer menus more in-depth than the ones for food. Most bars and restaurants have at least a handful of interesting choices. Supermarkets and liquor stores now have shelves devoted to beer from smaller brewers -- and if you can't find what you're looking for there, a few specialty beer shops offer all the options you'll ever need. * It wasn't always this way. Dominant in places such as Colorado and the Pacific Northwest, the American craft beer movement was slow to arrive in South Florida. But it's here now, and it's growing. We caught up with a few of the people who make Fort Lauderdale beer scene what it is.

The Big Dogs

As brewery origin stories go, it’s an unusual one. A place opens in Boca Raton that’s basically a hookah bar with cool music and live events. They start brewing their own beer, and pretty soon they’re known for that. Word gets around about their interesting, unusual beers – hey, try the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter - and before long the place is packed out all the time. By the time they head south to Broward and open up a huge location in Oakland Park, they’re the tri-county area’s big brewer. It all seems unlikely, not least because “Boca Raton hookah lounge” doesn’t sound like it should be a thing in the first place. And yet, here is Funky Buddha Brewery.

March 1st, 2016

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