Funky Buddha's Ryan Sentz Apologizes for Last Night's Lines

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Doug Fairall
The brewery on opening day.

Is the popularity of Funky Buddha Brewery too much to handle for staff and local beer geeks?

The short answer is no.

But when events get snarled, it becomes a learning experience for everyone involved. This was especially true last night at a growler release of a coveted and limited-release beer from the Oakland Park brewery.

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Florida's Berliner Bash Beer Festival Returns May 10

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Jonathan Wakefield
A selection of Berliners from brewer Jonathan Wakefield.

Sourheads, make note: May 10 has been announced as the date for third installment of the infamous sour beer festival known as the Berliner Bash, or Floridaweisse Bash, as it's becoming known.

In a change from previous iterations, the festival will be held at Green Bench Brewing in downtown St. Petersburg (only a couple of hours away). It had previously been held at Peg's Cantina in Gulfport.

For those who look quizzically at the term "Berliner" or "Berliner weisse," it's a soured wheat beer of low alcohol content that was a popular drink in 19th-century Prussia, and, as the name implies, Berlin. The "Florida weisse" style takes this traditional beer recipe and adds fruit to the later stages of conditioning, giving a hugely tropical spin on the otherwise supertart and acidic brew.

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The Thai New Year Is All About Water and Chang Beer

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David Minsky
Songkran, the Thai traditional new year -- better-known as the Water Festival -- is all about getting blasted with water and beer, and this year it landed on Sunday, April 13.

You missed out on celebrating the festivities in Chiang Mai or Phuket with the hundreds of thousands who gathered there, but it's not too late to do a little Thai-style celebrating right here. You need only two items to start a party in Florida, and you can probably guess what they are.

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Florida Beer: Wynwood IPA From Wynwood Brewing Company

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Doug Fairall

It's #FloridaBeerFriday. Every Friday, we take a look at a beer brewed in the Sunshine State, giving analysis to the burgeoning craft beer movement of Florida.

From the depths of the street art covered warehouses of Miami's latest gentrified arts district, Wynwood Brewing Company is the first brewery to set up shop in Wynwood.

Opened in 2013 by Luis G. Brignoni and his father Luis C. Brignoni, the 15 barrel brewhouse pumps out three core beers (including this one) and a plethora of special releases.

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Florida Beer Co. Readies A New Craft Pilsner; We Preview It

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Julian Siegel
Sunshine State Pils, the latest from Florida Beer Co.
This summer (go ahead and use your best Don LaFontaine voice), the Florida Beer Co. is looking to introduce a pilsner beer to its lineup: Sunshine State Pils.

This pilsner will join the family of lagered beers from FBC, including Florida Lager, and beers of the Key West and Hurricane Reef lines. In other words, they have the experience and patience to deal with creating a craft pilsner.

Why would a brewery need patience?

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Homebrewed Beer Spotlighted at Riverside Market's Spring Break Competition

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Doug Fairall
Midnight City brewer Craig Nelson with the golden Riverside Market first-place trophy.

Around 70 people showed up this past Saturday for the spring-break-themed homebrew competition at Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale, where local amateur brewers (in the noncommercial sense) tapped more than a dozen kegs to compete for cash and bragging rights.

Myself, Lauren Bowen of Harpoon Brewery, Adam Fine of Native Brewing Co., Ian Salzberg of Brown Distributing, and Ryan Sentz of Funky Buddha Brewery all joined Julian Siegel in the painstaking task of judging the beers put on offer.

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Florida Beer: 5 Beers For 5 Years Florida Weisse With Orange and Tangerine From Cigar City Brewing

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Doug Fairall

It's #FloridaBeerFriday. Every Friday, we take a look at a beer brewed in the Sunshine State, giving analysis to the burgeoning craft beer movement of Florida.

It was only five short years ago that Joey Redner put together a project on a small road called Spruce Street. Little did anyone know in 2009 that his small brewery, Cigar City Brewing, would grow in such a short time to become one of the most recognized and sought after breweries in the American craft beer scene.

With the five year milestone this year, the brewery decided to have a fun time splitting the staff into five different groups and developing five different beers for each department. In a way, they're making up for the the fact that they never did anniversary ales for the previous years.

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Florida's Big Storm Brewery Coming to South Florida Bars This Week

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Doug Fairall

Nestled between New Port Richey and Land O' Lakes in Pasco County lies a small town called Odessa. With slightly more than 7,000 residents, it's the quintessential "sleepy suburban town." Unlike most small towns, though, this one has a brewery: Big Storm Brewery.

Big Storm is the product of Mike Bishop and Clay Yarn, who opened it in 2012 with a yearly production of about 250 barrels. Soon afterward, they grew to producing 480 barrels annually and are now expanding to fulfill ten times that amount and distribute to not only neighboring counties but around the state.

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Sea Dog Brewing Discusses the Grand Opening of Its Latest Florida Brewpub

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Doug Fairall
Sea Dog's Apricot and Blueberry Wheat beers.

Prepare for more dogs in yellow raincoats: Sea Dog Brewing Co. will celebrate the grand opening of its new brewery in Clearwater next week. It's been in soft-open mode for about a month now.

The Maine-based craft beer producer is adding to its Florida holdings, with this newest location joining the current Orlando brewpub.

The Sea Dog brand is a strong representation of the mid-'90s growth in craft beer, especially in the Northeast. Those climbing through the craft beer ranks will recognize the Apricot and Blueberry Wheat, two longstanding components of the Sea Dog portfolio.

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Newest Game of Thrones Beer "Fire and Blood" Now Available

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Doug Fairall

Game of Thrones fans, prepare yourselves. Brewery Ommegang's third installment in its series of licensed Game of Thrones beers is set to be released today, Monday, March 31.

Fire and Blood, as the beer is called, is a red ale complete with some interesting ingredients like licorice root and ancho chilies. Named after the motto of House Targaryen, Fire and Blood is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion, according to news releases.

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