LauderAle Brewery Opens for Production, Almost Runs Out of Beer

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Courtesy of Kyle Jones
LauderAle brewery taproom is now open to the public.
LauderAle, Fort Lauderdale's newest brewery, opened its doors to the public over the weekend and the turnout was so great that it almost ran out of beer.

But then again, the brewery runs on a one-barrel system and the people of South Florida apparently love local craft beer.

See Also: LauderAle: Fort Lauderdale's First Brewery Is Coming Soon

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Florida Beer: Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout From Rapp Brewing Co.

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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.

An enigma from another Florida coast.

Your prayers to the sweet and decadent beer gods have been answered.

The confluence of the flavors of chocolate, peanut butter, and beer have become one. One beverage to unite the Houses.

Ok, so it's not so dramatic, but it is a must-have if you venture out west to St. Petersburg near Tampa, and visit Rapp Brewing Company run by Greg Rapp.

See also: Florida Beer Friday: Saison Red Dawn From The Funky Buddha Lounge

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Shmaltz Brewing To Celebrate Halfway to Hannukah, Buddha Style Tonight

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Courtesy Shmaltz Brewing

Christmas in July? No thank you. How about Hannukah in July?

Beer's most infamous purveyor of Jewish and pop culture shenanigans, Shmaltz Brewing Company, will be coming down to South Florida next week to celebrate a bit of 'Halfway to Hannukah'.

Tonight, from 5 to 7 p.m., get yourself to The Brass Tap in Coral Springs to take on "Funky Jewddha Happy Hour" (from the actual press release) that features a spread of Funky Buddha Brewery beers as well as Shmaltz Brewing Co. libations. This happy hour shindig will be attended by none other than Shmaltz Founder Jeremy Cowan, National Sales Manager Zak Davis, Southern Regional Manager Greg Lynn, and Midwest Regional Manager Tom Prusilla.

See also: Ten Best Iced Coffees in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Shmaltz Brewing Comes to Broward: Get Ready for Funky Jewddha

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Courtesy of Shmaltz Brewing
Meet Jeremy Cowan, founder of He'Brew beer.
Shmaltz Brewing Co., the Clifton Park-based beer company that specializes in delicious beers with tongue-in-cheek names like He'Brew -- the Chosen Beer and Funky Jewbelation, is coming to South Florida for two special "tribe-related" happy hours.

Shmaltz is teaming up with Funky Buddha for both events on Thursday, July 24, in what can only be described as a celebration of beer of all faiths and varieties. At both happy hours, you'll be able to meet Shmaltz founder Jeremy Cowan and taste a variety of beers from both Shmaltz and Funky Buddha. Best of all? The events are free and open to everyone.

See also: Funky Buddha Launches Turtle Power Beer as Fundraiser for Coral Springs Toddler

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Florida Beer Friday: Saison Red Dawn From The Funky Buddha Lounge

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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.

After a pretty busy week, it's nice to sit down and relax with an old friend. Sometimes that old friend surprises you with a little change. Is that a new haircut? New kicks? Did you finally shave off that pornstache?

That's how it feels when finding a 'variation on a theme' from one of your go-to beers from one of your go-to beer spots. Which is exactly what happened this week upon finding that Funky Buddha Brewery's Red Dawn, their Cold War era red ale, got the saison treatment.

See also: Florida Beer: Category 5 IPA From Due South Brewing

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d.b.a./ Cafe Hosts Cigar City Anniversary Dinner: Five Courses Paired With Five Special Beers (Photos)

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Sara Ventiera
The first course paired with Cigar City Tangerine Weisse
Miami might have the big name chefs and the cocktails, but Broward and Palm Beach Counties have the beer.

What we lack in celebrities and mixology, we make up for in the craft brew scene -- and we have some damned good chefs anyway.

To celebrate one of Florida's leading breweries, d.b.a./ Cafe hosted an anniversary dinner for Cigar City last night. Guests were treated to five creative courses paired with the brewery's line of Five Beers for Five Years.

See Also: Richard Harris Takes the Reins as d.b.a./Cafe's Executive Chef


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Funky Buddha Launches Turtle Power Beer as Fundraiser for Coral Springs Toddler

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Courtesy Edwards Family
James Edwards: Turtle power helps a toddler.
On May 30, James Edwards nearly drowned in his family pool in Coral Springs.

According to Local10, the toddler was found by his grandfather, who was watching him while his parents were at the hospital with their newborn. The little boy was given CPR until paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital.

The 2-year-old is currently making progress at Chris Evert Children's Hospital, according to his family's Turtle Power for James Facebook page, and may even be sent home soon, but the Edwards family is still looking at months of home care -- and massive bills.

See also: Best Brewery 2014: Funky Buddha Brewery


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Cigar City Brewing on the High Seas: Craft Beer on Carnival Cruise Lines

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Doug Fairall
Your cruise to the Eastern Caribbean, and anywhere else you're going out of port, just got craftier.

Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa has just announced a deal with Carnival Cruise Lines to offer two of the brewery's flagship brands onboard Carnival ships departing from Florida ports: Florida Cracker Belgian-Style Ale and Invasion Pale Ale.

See Also: Cigar City's Invasion Pale Ale: Surprisingly Mild, Full of Tropical Fruit

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Sample Beer And Bites With Florida Beer Company Event At Coral Springs Whole Foods Tonight

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Florida Beer Co.'s Bobby Gordash (left) with yours truly
Love beer?

Interested in becoming the next big brewer in South Florida?

Or, do you just want to learn more about the industry and how it works?

Broward County beer fans make note for tonight, as Bobby Gordash of the Florida Beer Company will be making an appearance at the Coral Springs Whole Foods Market at 7pm to share some professional insight into Florida's brewing industry.

See Also: Ten Best Gastropubs in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Brewzzi, Big Bear Brewing Win Medals At U.S. Open Beer Championships

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Photo by Doug Fairall
It was a bittersweet victory for West Palm Beach's downtown brewpub Brewzzi City Place this past weekend, as the brewery, which is currently closed after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, won two medals in the U.S. Open Beer Championship.

The annual event, which started in 2009 and has its awards presented on July 4th, is a unique competition where professional and amateur brewers vie for gold, silver, and bronze in 78 categories of beers and cider, with more than 3,000 beverages sent in from across the world.

See Also: CityPlace Versus Brewzzi: Curtains Close for the West Palm Eatery


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