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Funky Buddha to release new pineapple blonde ale

pineapple_blondeOAKLAND PARK, FL – Get ready to put your feet in the sand with a beer in your hand: Pineapple Beach, a tropical and refreshing blonde ale kissed with gnarly waves of juicy pineapple, is arriving next month in six-pack, 12-ounce bottles! This newest addition to Funky Buddha’s year-round lineup will be available on February 1st at major retailers throughout Florida for a suggested retail price of $9.99.

Pineapple Beach will be the first new year-round offering from Funky Buddha Brewery since early 2016. This tasty blonde ale is made with pilsner malt and a touch of wheat for a crisp, light body. A dose of citra hops add a floral, heady aroma and dry finish, while just enough real pineapple is added to capture the tropical vibe without making the beer overly sweet or fruity.

“Pineapple Beach fills a demand that we’re seeing for sessionable beers that appeal to a broad range of craft consumers,” says KC Sentz, co-owner and general manager of Funky Buddha Brewery. “It’s easy-drinking but flavorful, which is exactly what our customers have been asking for.”

The launch of this new, year-round beer kicks off a big 2017 for Funky Buddha. The brewery plans to begin a new expansion this year that will see it’s capacity and size grow significantly, allowing its beers to be sold out of the state of Florida for the first time. Other 2017 releases will include an expanded portfolio of it’s “Little Buddha Small Batch” line of beers and an expanded barrel-aging program that will produce over 500 BBLs of highly sought after brands this year.

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Posted by on January 26, 2017 in Beer, Beer Releases


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Ommegang and HBO collaborate on ‘Game of Thrones’ brew

game-of-thrones-beerFor fans of the HBO series “Game of Thrones” the third season cannot begin soon enough. Legions of rabid watchers want to know what becomes of the characters in the epic fantasy series. But, there is another reason for fans to get excited, especially if they enjoy great beer as well as dragon-populated fantasy tales. HBO has licensed the beer-making rights for the program to Brewery Ommegang, which is part of the Duvel Moortgat brewery family.

Ommegang, opened in 1997 in Cooperstown, NY, has long been revered as one of the best Belgian-style brewers in the United States. The brewery’s Hennepin Saison and Three Philosophers Quad are highly regarded among the beer enthusiasts garnering scores of 97% and 99% respectively on beer rating website To tie in with the March 31 “Game of Thrones” third season premier, Ommegang will release the first of a series of beers based on the critically-acclaimed show.

The first brew, a blonde ale, will be called Iron Throne after the shows seat of power and the source of much of the show’s drama. HBO worked closely with brewer Phil Leinhart and Ommegang to ensure the beer was not a mere tie-in, but more an integral part of the “Game of Thrones” experience. The beer was crafted to “directly tie into themes and nuances of the medieval-like fantasy realm of Westeros.”

“With a Lannister currently on the throne,” Leinhart explained. “It made sense to do a delicate, but piercing Golden Blonde Ale with Noble hops. Iron Throne iscertainly fair in color and soft in appearance, yet it still possesses a complexity and bite to be on guard for.”

In the realm of the show, the Iron Throne is currently occupied by a Lannister, one of the many families vying for control of the mythical kingdom of Westeros. The Lannisters are fair-haired and known for their ruthless handling of their enemies.

The beer is 6.5% ABV and will be available on draft as well as in corked bottles mid- to late-March. Future beers in the series will likely get stronger and darker as they are released. The series of brews will consist of four beers crafted specifically for the series and using elements of the narrative for inspiration. The next brew is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013, but Ommegang and HBO have not said what the style or name will be.

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Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Beer, Beer News


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Antigoon Belgian Ale – Something to Throw Your Hands Up About

As anyone who has read my past columns knows, I am a Belgian beer freak. I love all the beers of Belgium for their originality, their audacity, their heritage, and most of all, their taste. That is why when a truly original Belgian beer becomes available I am all for opening it and giving it a go. So, on a muggy north Florida evening, while eating some truly amazing smoked pork, Steve Rushe owner of and I sat down to drink a few Belgian brews.

At the top of the list, and by far the rarest offering that evening, was Antigoon a rather wonderful Belgian double blond ale brewed by Brouwerij De Musketiers in Ursel, Belgium. This brew was developed specifically for a Belgian restaurant in Washington D.C. called Brasserie Beck as the house beer and became such a hit that the brewers and restaurant owners decided to begin bottling it and distributing it wider than just one restaurant. Lucky for us they did, too!

But, before I get to more beer talk, you may be wondering where the odd-sounding name, Antigoon, came from. The name is a reference to a legend out of Antwerp in Belgium about a terrible giant that lived next the river Scheldt. The giant, Druoon Antigoon, seeing an opportunity to make some change, began requiring all ships traveling the river to pay a fee. If the captain paid the fee, the ship was allowed to pass unscathed. If, however, the captain refused, the giant would hook off his hand and toss it into the river. Some folklore exists that claims this is how the city of Antwerp got its name. The Dutch word for the city is Antwerpen literally translates to “hand throwing” in Old English.

What Antigoon did not count on was a brave Roman soldier named Silvius Brabo coming along, defeating him and throwing his hooked-off hands into the river. The legend is so pervasive that there is a statue of Brabo tossing Antigoon’s severed hand into the river in front of the Antwerp Town Hall.

Enough history, let’s talk about the beer. The first thing you will notice is the handsome bottle this brew comes in. The label is painted on to the bottle and depicts Brabo severing Antigoon’s hand, a bit macabre, but still an impressive label. As is only proper of a fine Belgian beer the bottle is closed with a cork and wire cage.

Serve this beer at about 45 to 50 degrees, in a tulip glass, snifter, or over-sized wine glass so that you are able to capture the aromas of grains, sweet malt, spices, and slight floral. The brew should pour a deep golden color with abundant tiny bubbles and a frothy, generous head. When you sip it you should get the sweet malts and spiciness up front. The two balance each other nicely, neither dominating the other. You should be able to pick up subtle notes of apple as well as the floral, leafy notes hinted at in the nose provided by the hops. The finish presents a lingering bitterness that has been masked up that point by the malt and spices.

In helping develop this beer for Beck’s, Thor Cheston, the restaurant’s beer director was recognized by the beer guild in Brussels, Belgium with a knighthood. Not a small honor, that. So, as you enjoy this intensely sessionable, 6.8 % brew, keep in mind that you are drinking the beer of a knight and show the proper respect. Serve the beer correctly as prescribed above, set out some tangy cheese, drop a plate of wonderfully smoked meat, and enjoy!

Until next time,

Long Live the Brewers!


Marc Wisdom


Posted by on July 21, 2011 in Beer


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