One South Florida brewery has a $100,000 plan to help the Florida Keys recover from the hurricane.
Oakland Park’s Funky Buddha Brewery has brewed a beer called Florida Rebuilds, a blonde ale made with Key limes, and will donate all sales, not just profits, to the national non-profit Children of Restaurant Employees. The 13-year-old charity aids the families and children of food and beverage employees facing a “life-altering circumstance.” The beer goes on sale at its brewery Oct. 13 will start showing up around the state next week, a spokesman said.
Hurricane Irma hit the middle Keys especially hard last month, and the tourism the region relies on — including restaurants and bars and their employees — was at a standstill for weeks. Damage from the storm will set back the Florida spiny lobster fishing industry for months after traps were trashed or lost at sea, and the fishing industy, the second-largest economic driver for the Keys behind tourism, was paralyzed for nearly a month.