Get Your Homebrew on With Help From Funky Buddha

Get Your Homebrew on With Help From Funky Buddha

Funky Buddha has long been revered as one of America’s favorite breweries. Just this year they ranked No. 3 in consumer sentiment according to Foodable Labs! But, did you know Funky Buddha started as a homebrewer's dream?

Watch this special episode of Beer Artisan in honor of National Homebrew Day to learn how you could be brewing Funky Buddha level brews, too!

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Hyper-Local Partnerships: Food App Waitr and Crying Eagle Brewing Make A Nice Pear, Saison Beer

Hyper-Local Partnerships: Food App Waitr and Crying Eagle Brewing Make A Nice Pear, Saison Beer

In the past, Foodable has reported on hyper-local partnerships involving craft breweries, where Funky Buddha partnered up with Whole Foods Market to make spent grain sourdough bread.

Now, a tech company with hopes to drive business to the restaurants it delivers food from has teamed up with a local brewery to form a different kind of hyper-local partnership.

This time around, beer and tech have collided in a unique and unexpected way, since Waitr, a food delivery startup, partnered-up with craft beer company Crying Eagle Brewing to bring local restaurants a beer— A Nice Pear— to get excited about.

The beer’s name is a play on the word pair, alluding to the partnership between the beer company and the restaurant app company, both founded in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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Hyper-Local Partnerships: Whole Foods Breaks Bread With Funky Buddha Brewery

Hyper-Local Partnerships: Whole Foods Breaks Bread With Funky Buddha Brewery

David McAndrew started baking in England, where he’s originally from, at 16 years old. Three years later, at the age of 19, he moved to the U.S. Now, he is the facility team leader at Whole Foods Market Bakehouse.

“I started with a company that Whole Foods Market acquired, then moved to Florida and took over running their bakehouse” says McAndrew.

The bakehouse McAndrew speaks of produces products — breads, croissants, danish, muffin batters, cookies, and cake blanks — for the 24 Whole Foods stores in Florida. But McAndrew was itching to make a specialty bread product that required one ingredient out of reach.

“I’ve been wanting to make a Spent Grain Sourdough for a few years, but never had the right facility to do it,” says McAndrew.

Spent grain sourdough is made with spent beer grains, a byproduct of the brewing process that usually gets discarded. “So once we moved into our new baking facility, I contacted John [Linn, brand director] at Funky Buddha Brewery to discuss their spent grain and collaborate in making a bread together.”

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From Highway to Hops: Miami Brew Bus

From Miami's fairly new Wynwood Brewing Company to Fort Lauderdale's Funky Buddha (check them out on Across the Bar below), local breweries have come along quite nicely in South Florida. Outposts like LoKal (Coconut Grove), Tap 42 (Fort Lauderdale), World of Beer, and The DRB (among several others) prove that craft beer has been on the rise, and largely accepted in a stereotyped world of mojitos and sugary beach concoctions.

To celebrate in all of its sudsy glory, one couple (Cici and David) decided to partner up with friend and LoKal owner Kush to give us locals a taste of our own medicine (the beer). Enter Miami Brew Bus, the beer lover's brainchild of epicness that focuses on quality brewery tours throughout South Florida, and, of course, some cool (and safe) transportation to hit all the stops. Read More

Funky Buddha Brewery

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Located just north of Miami in Oakland Park lives the biggest-little microbrewery in South Florida. The hidden gem is known to locals and craft beer aficionados alike, slinging unique varieties like No Crusts PB&J brew and Fire in the Hole, a raspberry habanero red ale. In this episode of Across the Bar, Paul visits Funky Buddha and learns from Brand Manager John Linn just what makes the Buddha so Funky.