I had the distinct pleasure of making my way to the Funky Buddha Brewery & Lounge in Boca Raton, FL this past Monday. Let me tell you, that place is hallowed ground. The dank that swirls around in this subtly-lit establishment is second to none. BTW, “dank” is good, for those not in the know.
The Funky Buddha brews have gained local notoriety and nationwide accolades through their innovative approach to brewing and not being afraid to take a chance with new flavors and/or styles of beer. One that come to mind is the Sweet Potato Casserole. The Sweet Potato Casserole sounds starnge to the novice beer consumer, but it is very drinkable and has a sweet finish. It leaves your taste buds thinking they have, indeed, eaten sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top. One of the most interesting beers I have ever consumed.[gallery_bank type=”images” format=”thumbnail” title=”false” desc=”false” responsive=”true” display=”all” sort_by=”pic_name” special_effect=”” animation_effect=”” album_title=”true” album_id=”1″]
I strolled in the Funky Buddha around opening time, which is 5pm most days and 6pm on the weekends, and was greeted at the bar by Morgan, the beertender who happens to be one of the brewers I presume after talking to him. The Funky Buddha offers up guest drafts from prominent breweries local and non-local, but I was here for the beer brewed by the Funky Buddha folks. The in-house brewed beer list when I was there included many of staples that have made the Funky Buddha South Florida, and national, brewing institutions: Hop Gun IPA, Floridian Hefeweizen, Piiti Porter, Red Dawn Red Ale, Sex Panther Black IPA, and Dry Hopped Berliner.
I love good sour beers, so I went for the berliner. Let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed! The dry Hopped Berliner pours almost like an unfiltered beer, it was somewhat cloudy at first appearance, but the taste is ALL smooth. Funky and sour just like I expected, with a clean citrus-y flavor. Man, I was in heaven from the first sip to the last. They really know their craft and don’t pull punches at all.
I also tried the Red Dawn Red Ale while I was there for a change of pace. The red ale pours dark, and is full of flavor. Hoppy, but not too much so, and almost tastes like a Scotch ale to my palette. It starts dry, with plenty of malt flavor, and then finishes dry.
I am never disappointed when visiting the Funky Buddha, whether it is the original Boca establishment or the more-modern, larger Oakland Park location. Either way, you cannot go wrong with a Funky Buddha brew. I will be reviewing the Oakland Park location in future posts, so keep an eye out for what’s sure to be another enlightening experience.