Friday, September 24, 2010

The Funky Buddha Brewery Grand Opening

The new Funky Buddha in Boca Raton has been open for a few months now.  As anyone that has been there will know is that attached to the lounge is full scale brew pub that will be producing a whole array of different beers.  With only a 40 gallon all grain brewing system this will help them to be able to stretch outside of the safe zone that most brewpubs have to stay in with larger operations.  They brewery will open with 10 beers on tap.  The beers included will be Hop Gun IPA, the Floridian, a hefeweizen made with Florida orange peels, honey, and vanilla, a dark ale called Piiti Porter, brewed with milk sugars. There will also be another version of the porter with espresso. Double rye IPA, light ale, and a big imperial amber ale will also be available.  The beers will only be $4-$5. The festivities kick off Saturday at 7pm.

Saturday, September 24th 7pm
The Funky Buddha Brewery and Lounge
2621 N. Federal Hwy., 
Boca Raton, FL

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Great American Beer Fest Winners Available In South Florida

This past weekend was the Great American Beer Festival held every year in Denver, CO.  GABF is like mecca for beer enthusiasts.  With over 49,000 attendees, 455 breweries, and over 2,200 different beers to try you can see why.  I was unable to attend but you can check what my buddy over at thought of the festivities.

The GABF is more than just a showcase for breweries it is also a competition.  3,594 beers were entered into the competition in 79 different categories so coming out with a medal is quite a feat.  Most of the winners this year called the west coast their home but luckily we have a few winning beer that you can try and judge for yourself if they are medal winning beers.

Large Brewery Of The Year- Blue Moon Brewing Company
American Style Wheat Beer With Yeast- Bronze- Hefeweizen- Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.
Classic English Style Pale Ale- Silver- Summit Extra Pale Ale- Summit Brewing Co.
Field Beer- Bronze- Imperial Pumpkin Ale- Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
English Style India Pale Ale- Bronze- Samuel Adams Latitude 48
Specialty Beer- Gold- Belipago- Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Specialty Beer- Bronze- Hazelnut Brown Nectar- Rogue Ales
Specialty Honey Beer- Gold- Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat Ale
Specialty Honey Beer- Bronze- Samuel Adams Honey Porter
Other Strong Beer- Gold- Sierra 30 Jack And Ken Ale- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Experimental Beer- Silver- Estate Homegrown Ale- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Ordinary Or Special Bitters- Bronze- Drop Top- Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.
Wood And Barrel Aged Beer- Silver- Humidor India Pale Ale- Cigar City Brewing
Wood And Barrel Aged Strong Beer- Silver- He'brew Ripa On Rye- Schmaltz Brewing Co.
American Style India Black Ale- Bronze- Sublimely Self Righteous- Stone Brewing Co.
South German Style Hefeweizen- Gold- Heifer In Wheat- Stoudt Brewing Co.
Belgian Style Witbier- Bronze- Allagash White- Allagash Brewing Co.
French And Belgian Style Saison- Silver- Colette- Great Divide Brewing Co.
Belgian And French Style Ales- Gold- Allagash Blonde- Allagash Brewing Co.
Munich Style Helles- Silver- Longboard Island Lager- Kona Brewing Co.
Belgian Style Abbey Ale- Bronze- Three Philosophers- Brewery Ommegang
Belgian Style Strong Specialty Ale- Silver- Brother David's Double- Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
American Style Lager Or Light Lager- Gold- Miller Lite- Miller Brewing Co.
American Style Lager Or Light Lager- Silver- Old Milwaukee- Pabst Brewing Co.
American Style Lager Or Light Lager- Bronze- Miller Genuine Draft- Miller Brewing Co.
American Style Specialty Lager or Cream Ale- Gold- Hamm's- Miller Brewing Co.
American Style Specialty Lager or Cream Ale- Silver- Rainier- Pabst Brewing Co.
American Style Specialty Lager or Cream Ale- Bronze- Old Style- Pabst Brewing Co.
Vienna Style Lager- Bronze- Heavy Seas Marzen- Clipper City Brewing Co.
Foreign Style Stout- Gold- Fade To Black- Left Hand Brewing Co.
American Style Stout- Bronze- Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout- Rogue Ales
American Style Dark Lager- Gold- Michelob Amber Bock
Golden Or Blonde Ale- Bronze- Heavy Seas Gold Ale- Clipper City Brewing Co.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

8oz Burger Bar Free Beer Sampling

Yes, that really does say FREE BEER.  In Miami free beer is not the easiest thing to find but on Friday night from 7:30-10:00pm you'll be able to find it at 8oz Burger Bar.  8oz will be holding their Best Micro Brew contest and you can be the judge.  You'll get samples of Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Magic Hat #9, Brooklyn Lager and Shock Top(not really a microbrew but whatever it's free) and you will be able to vote on which of these win the Best Micro Brew contest. 

If these four samples aren't enough for you'll also be able to take part in a 40+ beer sampling and chef's choice appetizers for $20.  So have some free beer, pay for a big sampling of great beers, and have a bit to eat and get your Friday night started off right.

Dogfish Head Bitches Brew ON TAP

This Friday, Abraxas will be holding the 40th Anniversary Party for Miles Davis' ground breaking jazz album Bitches Brew.  Bitches Brew will be played all night long and to make the anniversary party even more special is the beer that Dogfish Head brewed in honor of this great album.  Abraxas has one of only two kegs of the beer available of the beer in South Florida.  The beer is described as "a bold, dark beer that's a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root".  This is one time only brew and your only chance to ever try it on tap.  Abraxas will also have Dogfish Head Punkin on tap with all other Dogfish bottles on special all weekend long.      You really do not want to miss a chance to try this beer.

Friday, September 24th- Sunday, September 26th
407 Meridian Ave
Miami Beach, FL

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Yard House At Gulfstream Opens Sunday

The love of craft beer in South Florida is spreading and nothing proves that more than another monstrous Yard House opening in Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach on Sunday.  With 130 taps of beer flowing you will be sure to find a new favorite beer in no time.  Located across from Prime Bar, another craft beer tap house, it will be interesting to see how two beer bars do so close to each other.

Yard House
501 S Federal Highway
Hallandale Beach, FL

Monday, September 20, 2010

Town Kitchen & Bar Beer Dinner

Town Kitchen & Bar in South Miami has been putting out some great food for a few years now and now also has one of the best beer lists as well.  To show off the great beer list and food they will be holding a beer dinner tomorrow, Tuesday, September 21st from 7-9pm.  The five course dinner will run you $50 per person.  Check out the menu and call to reserve yourself a spot.


Course 1: Eggs and potatoes- potato crisps, potato foam, Serrano ham, fried egg, demi glace, truffle oil paired with Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre

Course 2: Ahi poke- ahi tuna, wontons, cucumber spicy Asian dressing paired with Oskar Blues Gordon,

Course 3: Duck nachos- duck confit, white corn tortillas, sour cream, avocado, and pepper jack cheese paired with Cigar City Jai Alai

Course 4: Baby Backs- beer braised baby backs, white corn bacon grits, pickled red onions paired with Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Course 5: Torijja- caramelized brioche, coffee ice cream, plum compote paired with Southern Tier Crème Brulee

Call 305-740-8118 and ask for Leo to RSVP.

Tuesday, September 21st 7-9pm
Town Kitchen & Bar
7301 Southwest 57th Court
South Miami, FL 33143-5375
(305) 740-8118

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Barracuda Big Beer Tasting

This Thursday I will be filling in for Chris Montelius for the biweekly beer tasting at Coconut Grove's Barracuda Raw Bar & Grill.  $20 will get you a sampling of 50+ beers and wings.  It will run from 7:00pm-9:00pm so be sure to get there early to not miss out on any of the great beers we will be having.  If we get over 15 people at this weeks beer tasting I will bring something extra special that you will not want to miss out on.  Hope to see you there.

Thursday, September 16th 7-9pm
3035 Fuller St, 
Miami, FL 33133  
(305) 448-1144

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Beer Snob Pub Crawl II

After the great success of the last Beer Snob Pub Crawl earlier in the year I have been asked constantly when the next one was going to be.  Well, here it is.  This Saturday you can meet up with other like minded beer lovers and bikers for what is sure to be another memorable event.  Here is what Rydel and the good folks over at The Miami Bike Scene have to say about the event.

"Back by popular demand, this time around in celebration of Oktoberfest! The bicycle pub crawl will be very similar to the one held earlier this year, the only significant difference is that we will not be riding to S. Miami and shall remain in downtown instead.

We'll be starting off at Zeke's at 4pm where all beers are just $4! We'll then make a stop at The Abbey, The Filling Station, and finally The DRB. The pub crawl conveniently ends near the Adrienne Arsht Center Station Metromover Station in Downtown Miami for those who wish to take the train back home vs riding. 

Remember to bring a bicycle lock. A light is also recommended since it'll be dusk by the time we leave the last bar. The pub crawl should be over by 8:30pm. Cyclists ride at their own risk and assume responsibility for their own safety!

Please remember to DRINK RESPONSIBLY, obey all traffic laws and be courteous to others. This is not a Critical Mass ride and there will be no corking. We welcome you to come out have a good time, meet new cyclists and most importantly to ride safely. 21+

Limited Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl t-shirts are available! Order here.

Below is a list of the bars we will be visiting (in order) : 

*We'll be meeting some riders at the Adrienne Arsht Center Station Metromover Station (formerly Omni - 15th/Biscayne) at 3:30pm for those who wish to ride over from downtown to Zeke's (Miami Beach) via Venetian Causeway with a group.

625 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

1115 16th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Filling Station

 (opening on a Saturday specifically for this event)
95 Southeast 2nd Street
Miami, FL 33131

255 Northeast 14th Street
Miami, FL 33132

RSVP on Facebook.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Abbey Reopens

The original craft beer bar on South Beach has finally reopened.  After much speculation about the fate of The Abbey it is finally clear that it is here to stay.  With the addition of a new exterior window and door the rest of the place is still intact just like it always was.  They reopened on Friday with little fanfare.  You can look for a full grand reopening party soon.

The Abbey
1115 16th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-8110