As craft beer bubbles into South Florida's mainstream Ryan Sentz and the Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery in only two short years have risen to the head of the pack.
Maybe it's the Maple Bacon Porter that has craft beer enthusiasts packing their bar three deep. Maybe it's the speakeasy vibe of their Boca Raton spot that often includes live bands and comedians. Whatever the case Sentz has tapped into South Florida's long-repressed desire for good beer and community, and Buddha's cup overfloweth.
He and co-Owner Giani Rocha will soon move the brewpub from its humble, 2,000-square-foot home where it all started in 2010, to a nearly 20,000-square-foot warehouse in Oakland Park.
Some people aren't fond of change. It's easy to understand why, but when change means upgrading to a brewing system 20 times larger than the one that's producing some of South Florida it's hard to stand in the way.