Craft beer is all the rage these days, and South Florida is brewing up some of its own unique beers to contribute to the trend. Hop from brewery to brewery this summer to discover your new favorite brew.
Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery
(2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton): 561/368-4643
Microbrewery and lounge, open Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Funky Buddha offers way more than delicious beer brewed on-site. Take a seat and enjoy hookahs featuring 40-plus flavors of shisha, kava, snacks and live entertainment. Show off your skills at Monday’s Homemade Jam/improv music or Wednesday’s open mic nights.
Big Bear Brewing Company
(1800 N. University Drive, Coral Springs): 954/341-5545
Restaurant and brewery, open Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Big Bear Brewery offers a variety of freshly brewed beers, all with bear-related names. If you can’t decide on one, order the sampler to taste all of the beers being brewed at that time.
Due South Brewery
(2900 High Ridge Road #3, Boynton Beach): 561/463-2337
Microbrewery and taproom, open Tuesday-Sunday 12 p.m.–10 p.m.
Due South Brewery has a taproom where you can watch a game or the brewery process in action. There are two bars, one with air conditioning and one without. Where you sit is up to you. The taproom has no kitchen, but Due South encourages visitors to order delivery or bring takeout with them.
Wynwood Brewing Company
(565 N.W. 24th St., Miami): 305/982-8732
Microbrewery and taproom, open Tuesday-Thursday 2 p.m.–11 a.m., Friday 2 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Wynwood Brewery is the first craft brewery to hit Wynwood Art District. This Puerto Rican family-owned brewery is strategically located in Wynwood (also known as the Puerto Rican Barrio). Wynwood Brewery has embraced the graffiti artistry of the area by employing a local wood turner to craft tap handles that look like spray paint cans.
Titanic Restaurant and Brewery
(5813 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables): 305/668-1742
Restaurant and brewery, open Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
Every year on December 1, Titanic Brewery passes out frequent flyer cards to known customers. Every time they purchase a beer, their card is marked. On January 1, the cards are collected, and customers are chosen to fill the approximately 10 open spots in the Mug Club. The chosen customers receive emails to join and pay the $80 membership fee. New members receive an engraved mug that is 25 percent bigger than the normal glasses. (That means you’ll drink more beer for the same price.) Every Wednesday from 5 until 9 p.m., new members can go to Titanic Brewery for a free meal. New members also will enjoy a free entrée and T-shirt on their birthday.
What are your favorite local breweries? Leave it in the comment section below!
Taryn Tacher is a senior at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Business Administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Though she is less than five feet tall, what she lacks in height she makes up for with her passion for writing. She loves yoga, puppies and all things tiny. You can reach Taryn at firstname.lastname@example.org.