In an email sent yesterday, Funky Buddha owner Ryan Sentz gave a brief update on progress happening at the new location.
Just this week we'll be hard at work installing a 70-foot long bar on which we hope to rest many pints in the coming years. And behind that bar will be something we're really proud of: a towering, custom-built cherry wood back bar. This impressive centerpiece, built by our friends at Asheville Mantel and Slab, will feature ample space for 30 taps pouring Funky Buddha Beer, a brand new Gruber growler filler...and plenty of room left over to house copious amounts of our favorite beer drinking vessel: snifters.
And with that news, Sentz announces the launch of the Funky Buddha Brewery Founder's Club. The Founder's Club is a bit more exclusive than its current Snifter Club, limiting the membership to 155 people. The entry fee is $150 for the first year and $125 for each annual renewal. Benefits include a custom-made "Founders" glass etched with your name and displayed on the new back bar, a "Founders" branded gallon growler that can be filled in the tasting room, a "Founders" embroidered work shirt, invitation to an annual private club party, exclusive once-per-year bottle release at the brewery that is not available to the general public or available for growler fills, and first dibs on special releases before they go public.
The brewery plans to host at least four bottle releases this year, and the annual party is in the planning stages for later in the year. Memberships are nontransferable but given as a gift or signed-up for in lieu or someone else, according to Sentz.
Current Snifter Club members as of March 13 have first dibs on signing up for the Founder's Club, with no more than 35 spots available. Sign-up must occur in person, and the period for current members to join is between March 18 and April 4 before opening up for general sale on April 9.
Funky Buddha is capping the number of current members to sign up at 75 to give new members a chance to join. A Snifter Club sign-up party and open house will be hosted on April 9 at 7 p.m. at the original Funky Buddha Lounge in Boca Raton, where new memberships to the Founder's Club will occur on a first-come, first-served basis, followed by a Q&A session to answer all things Funky Buddha-related. And some special beers will be tapped, of course.
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