By Jan Norris
Craft beers are booming, and a number of breweries are springing up in South Florida. Beer lovers can now talk to brewers in person here, as well as take tours and sample the different styles offered. Here are some that welcome tasters:
Saltwater Brewery, opening soon at 1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-450-9519, saltwaterbrewery.com.
Five surfing and fishing buddies built this brewery in an old feed and grain store. Their beer concept revolves around a South Florida lifestyle of sun and sea. The brews range from the lighter South End Extra Pale Ale to Screaming Reels IPA to a high alcohol Flying Scotsmen Scotch Ale. A bar and lounge with rec area and stage offers entertainment. Homebrew classes here are in the works, too.
Due South Brewing Co., 2900 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, 561-463-2337, duesouthbrewing.com.
Jodi and Mike Halker opened Due South Brewing Co. in 2012, and are now producing 500 gallons a week. Caramel Cream Ale is their biggest seller; it contains real vanilla as only natural flavors are used here. Brews vary, but their Category 3 IPA and Café Ole Espresso Porter are typically on tap. Visitors can watch the brewers from the lounge area in the tank room.
The Funky Buddha, 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-368-4643; 1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park, 954-440-0046, funkybuddhabrewery.com.
The Funky Buddha expanded from its first brewing facility and lounge in Boca Raton to a second plant in Oakland Park. With a large following for his beers, owner Ryan Sentz produces a number of styles. Look for Floridian Hefeweizen and Piiti Porter, as well as flavored beers like Mango Chili Wheat and Passionfruit Berliner. The Buddha serves other craft brews from around the country. Live music is available here, too.
Other breweries in the area include Tequesta Brewing Co. in Tequesta (287 S. U.S. 1, Tequesta; 561-745-5000); and Organic Brewery Co. in Hollywood, organicbreweryhollywood.com.