The drive to Broward for a Florida Panthers game is about to come with a frosty reward.
Funky Buddha Brewery, the Fort Lauderdale-based beer maker started by a pair of South Florida brothers, will open a tap room inside the Panthers’ BB&T Center when the 2019 season opens Oct. 11.
And in honor of the Panthers’ 25th anniversary, Funky Buddha has brewed a special beer, Gloves Off, an India pale ale that will be available at the new Funky Buddha Tap Room.
“Many of us at the brewery grew up watching the Panthers go from expansion team to a pillar of the South Florida community, and we’re proud to be a part of that legacy here in its 25th year,” John Linn, Funky Buddha’s director of Marketing wrote in a release.
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The tap room will open an hour before games. This bar will be designed with custom wood-grain walls, barrels for decoration, concert-style posters, and twelve taps. One of them beers on tap will be The Gloves Off, a New England style red ale with fruity and pine scents.
Funky Buddha founders Ryan and K.C. Sentz are longtime South Florida sports fans and have often found a way to bring sports into their beer making. For Gloves Off, they were inspired by a former Panther, Shawn Thornton, a tough player for the Panthers before he became the team’s senior vice president.
“With a cue from Thornton’s ‘enforcer’ past — and our mutual love for intense hops — we were inspired to brew an IPA with hard hitting hop flavor,” Funky Buddha wrote on its website.
Earlier this year, the brewers poked fun at the souring relationship between former Dolphin Jarvis Landry and the team by brewing a beer they called Landry’s Tears, “a beer so salty you can taste the sea.”
“This Gose-style beer is brewed with sour grapes, bitter pink grapefruit, and sea salt. It’s sour, bitter, and just a little bit salty. It’s good, but it will be gone fast,” read the description of that beer.
And Ryan Sentz is a longtime friend of retired Dolphins punter Brandon Fields, who learned to brew alongside him before opening his own brewery, Inside the Five, in Sylvania, Ohio.