Behind the Scenes Tour at the Funky Buddha Brewery

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.

Un-pasteurized, Un-filtered, Un-fussed with! per John Linn, Brand Director

Un-pasteurized, Un-filtered, Un-fussed with  per John Linn, Brand Director

Fresh Hops and Grains

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!

Taproom

The brewery’s taproom is the place to enjoy a cold pint or stop in to fill your custom growler (32 or 128 oz) with fresh beer from the tap to go.

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.

Check out the Taproom Design: tin roof bar(VA farmhouse), fire piping, galvanized lights, Edison bulbs, polished concrete floors, fallen cherry wood bar and tables.

Check out the Taproom Design: tin roof bar(VA farmhouse), fire piping, galvanized lights, Edison bulbs, polished concrete floors, fallen cherry wood bar and tables.

You can even play Bocce Ball at their indoor court!

You are simply trying to get your bocce ball as close as possible to the lwb (little white ball) spot, jack, pallino, pallina.

You are simply trying to get your bocce ball as close as possible to the little white ball aka spot, jack, pallino.

We attended the Funky Buddha  Tap 42 Takeover and sampled all eight brews with their juicy Prohibition Burgers.

Buddha-Tap Takeover

Lauren and the Tap 42 team created a custom sampler for us!

 

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

 

Funky Buddha Brewery
Facebook: /funkybuddhabrewery
Twitter: @funkybuddhabrew
Instagram: @funkybuddhabrew
 1201 NE 38th Street
Oakland Park, FL 33334

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About Burger Belle

Banker, Business Strategist & Blogger. As QuinnProQuo I support our local community and the South Florida scene. Now I am expanding my culinary blogging skills as Burger Belle. A SFL Enthusiast! I am one of Burger Beast's sidekicks, and promise to taste my way through the Broward/Palm Beach area for the Best Comfort Food In Town and report back to the Beast! I also dish as Go Riverwalk magazine’s BITES columnist and Think Magazine's #YUM columnist.