Beer is kind of big deal in South Florida.
Craft beer: even more so.
With South Florida Beer Week coming to a close, we figured it was time to catch up with one of the biggest names in the Broward and Palm Beach scene, Ryan Sentz of Funky Buddha Brewery.
With just eight months into expanded production, the Broward brewery recently got into bottling on its own -- the release of its Maple Bacon Coffee Porter had fans camping out hours before it opened its door.
We chatted with Sentz about his craft brew start, Funky Buddha at the Jupiter Craft Brewer Fest, and more.
Clean Plate Charlie: You've recently become one of the most well-known players in the South Florida craft scene. When did you get into microbrew yourself?
Sentz: I was moderately into beer in college. I had a good friend who got me into Sierra Nevada, Leffe, and other Belgian beers. I was also brewing beer at the time, myself. By the time I opened Funky Buddha Lounge I loved craft beer, and I really just wanted a place that I thought was cool to hang out. I didn't start with any illusions of like, "I want to eventually brew beer." I didn't even think the place was going to be successful; it was just a place I wanted to work.