Up until 2012, there was only one microbrewery in South Florida. But after Tequesta Brewing Company's first colleague, Due South Brewing Company, opened that summer, more have bubbled up all over.
And the newness of this industry partly contributes to the difficulties brewers face when trying to open their businesses -- local and state laws prohibit even beer tastings at storesmake even beer tastings difficult.
The Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park is South Florida's best known. Its opening last June cemented the area's reputation in the country's fervent craft-beer community. South Florida craft beers are becoming increasingly popular with collectors and coveted by big beer-industry brands.