On a hot summer night in June, we attended the highly anticipated grand-opening event with 3000+ beer enthusiasts to celebrate the arrival of Broward County’s first production microbrewery. But even better than that, we were invited behind the scenes to tour the brewery with Brand Director John Linn. With my photographer Jason Leidy in tow, we set out to capture the making of the OP Porter, named for their location in Oakland Park. This review is a peek into our behind the scenes tour that turned into the feature article for the August issue of Go Riverwalk Magazine. Photography by Jason Leidy | MRA Photography.
What impressed us most about these craft beer “Buddhists” was their dedication and singular focus to achieve beer “nirvana”: the culinary, creative, and often outside-the-box approach to their recipes. Hence the name.
The Funky Buddha’s “thing” is brewing ridiculously delicious beers with fresh ingredients that push the envelope of what beer should taste like. Think chocolate, fruits, nuts, coffee and citrus. Inside this spacious building, they will produce approximately 5000 barrels (that is 10,000 full size kegs) in its first year of operation!
TIP: You can find the best food trucks parked outside daily for savory & sweet bites or order take out from local restaurants for delivery. Check out the monthly schedule HERE.
You can even play Bocce Ball at their indoor court!
We attended the Funky Buddha Tap 42 Takeover and sampled all eight brews with their juicy Prohibition Burgers.
Funky Buddha sells about 50% of their beer in the tap room and 50% to bars and restaurants around South Florida. Their beers are produced in artisanal quantities, limited availability with attention-grabbing names! The original location, a brewpub in Boca Raton, is known for their food-flavored beers and on the national craft-beer forums for their Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. They even opened a home brew store attached to the lounge. That’s right! You’ll find a great variety of grains, hops, yeast and equipment to make your own beer (my next adventure!). – Burger Belle