New Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park: Construction is Underway! (Photos)
Clean Plate Charlie spoke to Ryan Sentz of the Funky Buddha Lounge about the new location.
"We were searching all over South Florida. We knew we wanted to be in the Broward area and we found this spot. We came across these people [Mayor Anne Sallee and the Oaklan Park city commissioners] and actually saw they were making changes to the area. The more we spoke with them, the more we liked what they were doing. They've been incredibly supportive and really like everything we're doing. There's room here to expand," he says.
John Linn of Brown Distributing Company adds: "However, the size of the system is really exponentially larger, since each beer can be brewed multiple times per 'session' to fill a larger capacity fermentation tank. Funky will start off with four 60 bbl tanks, giving them the 'capacity' to be fermenting up to 240 barrels of beer at any one time (not to mention beer that is in other stages of the process, i.e. in serving vessels, or in what's called 'bright' tanks, and beer in kegs -- also the 3.5 barrel pilot system, which will be used for new recipes and one-off batches)." Basically, the new space has ample space to add tanks as needed, giving the Funky Buddha the opportunity to grow into a large production model brewery.
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