Craft beers and microbreweries are a burgeoning industry in South Florida. Many people who love beer and aren’t quite dedicated to wine want the taste of a bitter IPA or a full porter with a higher-than-normal alcohol content. Craft beers allow us to continue the time-honored tradition of enjoying a cold one after a hard day’s work. South Florida is a community of working professionals, so although drinking a Chardonnay for a picnic or with a seafood pairing is great, sharing a pitcher with friends at a sports bar and eating a plate of wings is more the preference of this population. After the first or second pitcher, one may wish to invent the next great craft beer, and a lot of these places offer homebrewery kits to the daring.

Craft Beer Cartel
557 SW 12th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 401-5808 between Federal Highway and I-95 off Davie Blvd is the Craft Beer Cartel store. Any beer lover can forget about daily specials at Publix on the usual domestic and foreign regulars. Instead, head to Craft Beer Cartel to invest in the local industry’s most successful craft brews. Also find speciality items here like wheat ale mini kegs, Florida brewed beer, home brew supplies and even take some home brew classes offered at the store.

Funky Buddha Brewery
1201 N.E. 38th St.
Oakland Park, FL 33334
(954) 440-0046
www.funkybuddhabrewery.comFunky Buddha Brewery is all about the beer. What other place in South Florida can you buy beer, tour a brewery and enjoy a brew while listening to great music in a social atmosphere? The tap room—which the Buddha dubs its adult playroom—is open seven days a week from noon to midnight and offers plenty of gaming options, including a full-size bocce ball court, corn hole, life size Jenga and foosball. Interested in taking one of the year round beers like the Crusher Session IPA home? Or maybe you’re in the market for a special release like the Apple Toffee Double Brown Ale. No problem! Fill a 32 or 128 oz. growler with the brew of your choice to enjoy from home. Be sure to stop in on a Thursday or over the weekend to tour the brewery.

Riverside Market & Cafe
608 SW 12th Ave
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 358-8333
www.theriversidemarket.comA surprisingly delightful mix of beer shop and lounge-y eatery makes up the Riverside Market, where patrons can stop in for some grub and a beer and leave with a six pack of their favorite suds. This hidden gem offers amazing fish tacos and organic offerings alongside their suds, so stop in for beer and plan to leave with a full belly and a few cases.

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4900 S LeJeune Rd
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 665-8405
www.getitdownstairs.comWhat may be the future of convenience stores can be previewed right now- present day – at Downstairs. This beer, wine and spirits store not only offers up a huge selection of craft beers to take home, but also delicious meals to nosh on while you peruse the shelves. Forget the soggy sandwich offerings you might find in other convenience stores stocked with a boring selection of suds. At Downstairs you’ll find delicious deli fare made with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses alongside a wide array of craft brews.

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