Tonight, another installment of South Beach’s most raucous twice-monthly homage to beer, Buck’s Beer Garden + Bonfire, kicks off. This Thursday from 6:30 – 11 pm there’s even more reason to drink up at The Raleigh Hotel as Buck’s partners with four of Miami’s most sought-after breweries to celebrate Oktoberfest—the annual German festival of beer. To give you a taste of what’s in store, we caught up with Funky Buddha Brewery, who will be at tonight’s event, and has their own “funky” take on Oktoberfest.
Can you us a little about “Funky” Oktoberfest?
Funky Buddha Oktoberfest beer is a traditional style Marzen Lager that celebrates this holiday with drinkability and crisp flavor. This beer calls to hoist a stein or two.
What beers should we sample from Funky Buddha that are typically German?
Our Floridian Hefeweizen is our epically German style wheat beer that leads our brand as the flagship in our extensive portfolio.
This unfiltered and refreshing German-style beer has compelling aromas of bananas, citrus, and cloves, while the all wheat and malt body perfectly captures the brilliance of a golden Florida sunset.
What’s a great beer to drink in the Fall when the seasons change?
Florida has two seasons: Hot and REALLY HOT, so this is a loaded question. This is a strange state as the climate has little to do with how we view seasonal items. We just released two Barrel Aged Imperial Porters at our brewery that people lined up around the block to buy, and it was 90 degrees outside. People in Florida have the luxury of taking Stouts and Porters to the beach, so who am I to tell them what beer to drink and when?
What beers are local to Florida and what should they be paired with?
Every beer has a compliment in the food category but being that Florida is known for its fresh seafood, let’s stick with what we know!
- Floridian Hefeweizen paired with pan seared sea scallops with a garlic butter sauce
- Hop Gun IPA paired with blackened swordfish
- Sweet Potato Casserole Strong Ale paired with Thai yellow pumpkin whole snapper
- Maple Bacon Coffee Porter paired with maple smoked kingfish
Does Rice Crispy Treat Ale really taste like rice crispy treats?
Of course it does! If we make a beer that says it is going to taste like rice crispy treats, then you are not going to have to stretch to pick up that flavor.
How would you define “craft beer”?
Small, independent, and true to brewing values!
What are some of the most exotic ingredients you use in your beers?
You name it, and we have brewed with it. Yams, Madagascar vanilla beans, passion fruit, key limes, cantaloupe, watermelon, habanero peppers, scorpion peppers, raspberries, loquats, basil, salt, and chocolate to give you the tip of the iceberg. We are pushing the boundaries, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.