beer http://wlrn.org en Why Are Craft-Beer Lovers So Obsessed With Their Brew? http://wlrn.org/post/why-are-craft-beer-lovers-so-obsessed-their-brew <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I always struggle to explain how enthusiastic beer geeks are about the beers they love. Yes, it's like being passionate about any other hobby: Craft beer is a community in which beer-obsessed people, myself included, get excited to befriend others who share their favorite breweries.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the devotion of craft-beer fans still always surprises me.</span></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:28:34 +0000 Maria Murriel 33379 at http://wlrn.org Why Are Craft-Beer Lovers So Obsessed With Their Brew? Craft Brewery Explosion in Florida with Florida Breweries Author Gerard Walen http://wlrn.org/post/craft-brewery-explosion-florida-florida-breweries-author-gerard-walen <p></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary & Peter J. Maerz 32766 at http://wlrn.org Craft Brewery Explosion in Florida with Florida Breweries Author Gerard Walen Miami Brewers Form Alliance To "Protect The Industry" http://wlrn.org/post/miami-brewers-form-alliance-protect-industry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miami's beer makers have officially unionized. Sort of. The owners of two Miami-Dade County breweries rallied their brewer colleagues to form the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MiamiBrewers" target="_blank">Miami Brewers Alliance</a>, a sort of advocacy and education group for local craft-beer businesses.</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 01:59:46 +0000 Maria Murriel 32671 at http://wlrn.org Miami Brewers Form Alliance To "Protect The Industry" As Craft Beer Starts Gushing, Its Essence Gets Watered Down http://wlrn.org/post/craft-beer-starts-gushing-its-essence-gets-watered-down There was once a time when it was easy to throw around the term "craft beer" and know exactly what you were talking about. For decades, craft was the way to differentiate small, independently owned breweries – and the beer they make – from the brewing giants like Coors, Budweiser and Pabst Blue Ribbon.<p>But the line separating craft brewers from large multinational companies is growing blurrier. Fri, 09 May 2014 13:32:00 +0000 editor 32063 at http://wlrn.org As Craft Beer Starts Gushing, Its Essence Gets Watered Down Burgers Before Beer: 5 Questions For Funky Buddha Brewery Co-Owner http://wlrn.org/post/burgers-beer-5-questions-funky-buddha-brewery-co-owner <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KC </span>Sentz<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and his brother Ryan opened the Funky Buddha Brewery in June of 2013. It was the first production microbrewery in Broward County, and the best known in South Florida. The brewery added a bottling line recently, a milestone for craft breweries, and this May the Sentz brothers announced plans to expand.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before seeing success as a brewery owner and manager, KC Sentz worked in engineering. But before that, he got his paycheck from Mickey D's.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:08:38 +0000 Maria Murriel & Elaine Chen 31916 at http://wlrn.org Burgers Before Beer: 5 Questions For Funky Buddha Brewery Co-Owner Head To Your Local Brewery For... A Yoga Class? http://wlrn.org/post/head-your-local-brewery-yoga-class <p><em>Click through the photos above.</em></p><p><em>This story originally ran on April 14, 2014.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Shelah Davis is a professional yoga teacher who spends her 9-to-5 at a fitness studio in Florida City. But since the fall of 2013, she's been hauling her mats to </span>microbreweries<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;from Homestead to Oakland Park.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:45:44 +0000 Maria Murriel 30802 at http://wlrn.org Head To Your Local Brewery For... A Yoga Class? What Everyone Is Reading March 23-29 http://wlrn.org/post/what-everyone-reading-march-23-29 <p>What's more adorable than a little girl complaining about spiders and her mayor? Nothing. Which is why you decided it would be our top story this week. Honorable mentions include: South Florida's first Mormon temple and Obamacare concerns.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:28:01 +0000 Diego Saldaña-Rojas 30080 at http://wlrn.org What Everyone Is Reading March 23-29 How Non-Brewers Are Using Beer As A Branding Tool http://wlrn.org/post/how-non-brewers-are-using-beer-branding-tool <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of </span>microbreweries<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in South Florida could triple by the end of 2015. More brewers are well on their way to setting up shop locally, and from a business perspective, it’s about time: Craft beer has been popular in the U.S. since the mid </span>‘90s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Brewers know South Floridians have a taste for it and they’re excited to bring their flavorful suds to underserved local customers. But it’s not just brewers who recognize these specialty brews as good business.</span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:36:25 +0000 Karen Rundlet 29841 at http://wlrn.org How Non-Brewers Are Using Beer As A Branding Tool Brew Askew: The Beer Business In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/brew-askew-beer-business-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Up until 2012, there was only one </span>microbrewery<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in South Florida. But after </span>Tequesta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Brewing Company's first colleague, Due South Brewing Company, opened that summer, more have bubbled up all over.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:10:17 +0000 Maria Murriel 29591 at http://wlrn.org Brew Askew: The Beer Business In South Florida Florida Legislature Considers Beer Growlers, In-Store Tastings http://wlrn.org/post/florida-legislature-considers-beer-growlers-store-tastings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Half a dozen bills about beer have been filed in the Florida Legislature.</span></p><p>The proposals would essentially do two things: allow certain stores to offer beer tastings - like many already do with wine – and legalize 64-ounce containers of beer.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida’s weird packaging laws allow 32-ounce and gallon-sized containers, known as growlers. But 64-ounce growlers are illegal. The law dates back to the prohibition era.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:13:21 +0000 Gina Jordan 29460 at http://wlrn.org Florida Legislature Considers Beer Growlers, In-Store Tastings From Farm To Brewery: 5 Questions For Craft-Beer CEO Mike Halker http://wlrn.org/post/farm-brewery-5-questions-craft-beer-ceo-mike-halker <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before making beer in Palm Beach, Mike </span>Halker<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> served on a bomb squad with the U.S. Army.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That cool under pressure has served him well as the founder and head of </span><a href="http://www.duesouthbrewing.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><strong>Due South Brewery</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a craft-beer company based in Boynton Beach.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:13:03 +0000 Elaine Chen 29457 at http://wlrn.org From Farm To Brewery: 5 Questions For Craft-Beer CEO Mike Halker Sprung Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival http://wlrn.org/post/sprung-coconut-grove-craft-beer-festival <div></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">03/06/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://twitter.com/#!/lgassenheimer">Linda Gassenheimer</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Special wine correspondent </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://twitter.com/#!/FredTaskerMiami">Fred Tasker</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">interview Buns and Buns Chef </span>Reuven<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Sugarman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Tony </span>Albelo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;organizer of&nbsp;</span>Sprung Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;It's all about beer-friendly food and craft beer but how do we&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">pairing food with beer? &nbsp;Find out on <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer">Topical Currents</a></strong> and Food and Dining Thursday at 1:30pm.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:57:46 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman, Linda Gassenheimer & Paul Leary 28812 at http://wlrn.org Sprung Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival Beer Tastings At The Grocery Store? The Florida Senate Might Make It So http://wlrn.org/post/beer-tastings-grocery-store-florida-senate-might-make-it-so <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How about getting a taste of beer as you fill your grocery cart? A bill moving through the Florida Senate would enable stores like Publix and Costco to </span><a href="http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0470" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">offer their customers samples of beer.</a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senator Nancy </span>Detert<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, R-Venice, says it’s only fair.</span></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:03:59 +0000 Gina Jordan 26810 at http://wlrn.org Beer Tastings At The Grocery Store? The Florida Senate Might Make It So Welcome Oakland Park's Culinary-Arts District http://wlrn.org/post/welcome-oakland-parks-culinary-arts-district <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you think "culinary district," does Oakland Park come to mind? Do you think about Oakland Park at all? Maybe you should, as the community seems to be on its way to developing a downtown area based on food culture.</span></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 01:39:42 +0000 Trina Sargalski 24865 at http://wlrn.org Welcome Oakland Park's Culinary-Arts District Wynwood Brewing Company Prepares To Open http://wlrn.org/post/wynwood-brewing-company-prepares-open <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just east of the I-95 in </span>Wynwood<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, on Northwest </span>24th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Street, you'll notice a new, bright-orange mural is in the works. It's not a famed, European street artist's Art Basel-commissioned piece. It's </span><a href="http://wynwoodbrewing.com/?age-verified=0c3f96d79c" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Wynwood Brewing Company</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">'s way of welcoming Basel throngs to Miami's first brewery.</span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:02:53 +0000 Maria Murriel 24019 at http://wlrn.org Wynwood Brewing Company Prepares To Open