yan Sentz knew a strong beer was necessary after Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake scored his Miami Miracle touchdown on Sunday, carving through the Patriots’ defense for 69 wild, pull-your-hair-out yards.
Sentz, the co-owner of Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, knew this play needed to be anointed with a fittingly Florida beer. “Miami Miracle Double Lateral IPA will be brewed this week!” he Tweeted on Funky Buddha’s Twitter page, moments after the game ended.
“It felt like the longest touchdown in history,” Sentz recalls by phone on Tuesday. “I was going nuts, pulling my hair, going crazy, and it was even better that it happened to the [Patriots].” At once a flurry of impassioned Tweets came from Dolphins fans abroad – from England, Belgium, Japan – all demanding to know when Funky Buddha’s hoppy tribute brew could be shipped overseas.
This week, Sentz is concocting a batch of Miami Miracle Double Lateral IPA in his brewhouse, he confirmed, and hopes to start pouring within three weeks, in time for the Dolphins-Bills game on Dec. 30. “I want it to taste and feel big and celebratory. I want it to scream Florida,” Sentz says of Miami Miracle, adding that the brew, at 10 percent alcohol-by-volume, will be punched with citrus-heavy hops.