The main headline on my 2013 review page is "2013 Florida's Beer Year". This is looking like a good prediction as there are new breweries opening all over Florida. Funky Buddha Brewing opened June 1st and I was able to visit a few weeks later. On my visit to the Dunedin IPA festival, I was also able to visit three new breweries in the area. One is Sea Dog Brewing, open in Florida originally from Maine. Another, 7venth Sun is a microbrewery just around the corner from Dunedin Brewing.
Meanwhile,Wynwood Brewing is getting close to opening. It should come sometime in July. MIA Brewing, nee:Most Wanted Brewery, will open in Doral sometime this September. The name change is due to a legal concern.
In this month's Florida Brewery Corner, I visit Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, FL. I found it to be a place I would take visiting friends for a fun afternoon of beer tasting.
The "Style of the Month" for July is Wit Beer or White Beer, a Belgian style that almost disappeared from the market in the 1950s. This refreshing ale is made from unmalted wheat which accounts for the wit (white) name due to the suspended wheat proteins in it. Wits are usually brewed with spices and should have good balance between all of the ingredients.
The Brewery of the Month for July is Eel River Brewing of Fortuna, CA. Eel River is the first certified organic brewery in the country. I visited last year and enjoyed the tasting room that has local memorabilia on the walls. There were 12 beers to try along with good pub food.
July came up quickly and it is heating up here in South Florida. The Miami Heat is celebrating their second championship in a row and Independence day is only days away. When celebrating, try out some refreshing summer brews. Most breweries have one or two summer beers. Enjoy them with your BBQ. July 21st is Belgian independence day; we can celebrate the occasion with a Belgian beer. A nice cool wit would be a good start. There are many other Belgian styles out there; try something different!