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Five South Florida breweries you should check out

By Joe Feliciano

Beer-drinking in SoFlo is getting more interesting by the minute thanks to the efforts of local craft beermakers setting up shop across the bottom of the state. Here we salute their efforts.

Funky Buddha Brewery

Funky Buddha opened June 2013, and is a special place for locals with a wide variety of tastes in beer. From their popular Hop Gun IPA to their seasonal brews, which are usually sweet in taste—like their Blueberry Cobbler Ale—this brewery has you covered. If you’re looking for hops, the Hop Gun IPA delivers just that straight to your pallet, bursting with grapefruit flavors and slight caramel finish. (1201 NE 38th St, Oakland Park, FL;

Due South Brewing Co., Boynton Beach

Since opening in May 2012, Due South has been a prime destination for craft beer enthusiasts. It's a multi-award-winning brewery with highlights like their Mariana Trench Imperial Stout, Asylum Harbor Red Ale, Category 5 Double IPA, Cafe Ole Espresso Porter and Bourbon Barrel Aged Pico Duarte (just to name a few). (2900 High Ridge Rd #3, Boynton Beach, FL;

Wynwood Brewing Company

Wynwood Brewing Company opened in late 2013 and was the first brewery to set up shop in the Wynwood Art District (two new guys, Concrete Beach Brewery and J Wakefield Brewing, have since joined them). When you enter Wynwood Brewing you automatically have a sense of relaxation with their dim lights and laid-back feel. The beers that they specialize in are mainly hop-inspired, such as their Wynwood IPA, but they also have an award-winning porter called Pop’s Porter, which has a roasted coffee taste. (565 NW 24th St, Miami;

MIA Beer Company, Doral

MIA Beer Company opened early 2014 and is a one-of-kind brewery. Not only do they serve a multitude of beers that they make in-house, but also an array of different beers from other breweries, both local and out-of-state. They also have a full food menu that you can order from—which is a step up from most places who leave the menu to a food truck parked outside. The theme here is light: you’ll notice the bright neon retro logo on the building and as you enter you’ll see neon lights all around the bar. (10400 NW 33rd Street, Suite 150, Doral, FL;

Devour Brewing Co., Boynton Beach

Devour Brewing is a fairly new brewery to the scene (it opened in mid-2015), but it has already produced several memorable beers. It's a two-person team (a husband and wife), working with one single brewer. They have a handful of recurring beers that are worth trying, including the Fruity Loop Blonde Ale and Coffee Oatmeal Stout. (1500 SW 30th Ave, Bay 4, Boynton Beach, MI;

Photographs: Joe Feliciano

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