Miami Brew Bus Tour Fulfills Ale Appetites and Craft Beer Queries
We were invited to take a ride on the Miami Brew Bus for the Hopping to Hops Tour Sunday and got a behind-the-scenes look at two South Florida breweries.
Ily Goyanes Enthralled ale aficionados get schooled at Funky Buddha Brewery.
The tour, geared towards tourists and locals alike, starts and ends at Lokal Burgers & Beer in Coconut Grove. Attendees meet up around 11 a.m., an hour before the Brew Bus arrives.
While waiting, Cici Barmon, who manages the tours and also was our guide on Sunday, passed out rounds of beer to the early arrivals.
Once the bus arrives, the actual 'tour' begins. First stop on Sunday was the Funky Buddha Brewery in Fort Lauderdale. Yes, we know, it's called the Miami Brew Bus, but trust us, Funky Buddha brew is worth venturing into the 954 for. We tried the OP porter, hop gun, and the brewery's flagship India pale ale, the Floridian. All were tasty, but we completely understand why the Floridian is Buddha's signature IPA -- it was light and very flavorful.
The local brewery is also home to the maple bacon coffee porter, a beer that made its way to the number one spot on the Beer Advocate's list, making it the "best porter in the world." Buddha was sold out of the stuff on our visit, but the porter is said to have notes of maple syrup, smoked bacon, and roasted coffee.
ily Goyanes Paul and Kerrie Houchens were hanging out at Funky Buddha and showed off their beer socks for us.
We received an in-depth tour of the brewing facility from Funky Buddha's Sean Curran. He was quick with the quips, but also quite expansive. After his tour, we felt we had graduated from Beer 101.