JESSE SCOTT

t’s the most wonderful time of the year. And, no, we haven’t morphed back a couple of weeks to Christmastime.

It’s time for Funky Buddha’s 2020 Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Festival, taking place on Saturday, January 11. This year’s fest — which celebrates the namesake gold medal winner in the 2016 World Beer Cup and previously number-one ranked porter in the world according to RateBeer.com — is a little different than times past.

The biggest change? Admission is now totally free. (Some prior years required a ticket which essentially equated to buying big bottles of the porter in advance.) Also, rather than an outdoor affair at nearby Jaco Pastorius Park or a cozy shindig in Funky Buddha’s backlot, this all-day festival (11:30 a.m. to midnight) is taking over the brewery’s Oakland Park taproom and barrel room. For the MBCP enthusiasts, 2020 marks the first time you’ll be able to snag 12-ounce bottles of the brew, with four-packs going for 15 bucks.

January 9th, 2020

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