The coupling of Tap 42 and Funky Buddha Brewery has filled local barflies and beer cognoscenti with anticipation over its potential spawn not unlike the buzz of first hearing Brad Pitt and Angelia Jolie were together.
Now, you can taste it, as their collaboration craft beer, called 42 Truths Florida Pale Ale, will have its official release at parties Tuesday at Tap 42 Fort Lauderdale and Thursday at Tap 42 in Boca Raton. After the release, the beer also will be available at the Funky Buddha in Oakland Park.
This is the first beer to fly the flag of Tap 42, the popular tavern that is about to open its next location, in Coral Gables, in January-February. Funky Buddha’s beer has had a prominent place on the wall of taps at Tap 42, and the Floridian has been a staple of its Sunday brunch menu.
“They approached us about doing this, and it was just a perfect fit. To us, they’re really the best in the business,” says Alex Rudolph, Tap 42’s vice president of operations.
42 Truths is a 5.55 ABV classic American pale ale with a hint of orange as a nod to Florida, Rudolph says.
“They’re the brewers and we left it up to them, but we gave them the direction we wanted,” he says. “It’s an easy, drinkable beer. Very approachable, for the masses, but complex enough so that the craft beer nerds will still appreciate it. I think they really nailed it.”
The name also walked a fine line: recognizable as something affiliated with the bar, but not too obvious. After kicking around ideas with the number 42 in them, the Tap team settled on a wink at “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” in which the Deep Thought supercomputer reveals that “the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything, is 42.”
And you thought the answer to everything was Angelina Jolie.
IF YOU GO
Release parties for 42 Truths are 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tap 42 Fort Lauderdale (1411 S. Andrews Ave.; 954-463-4900) and 6 p.m. Thursday at Tap 42 Boca Raton (5050 Town Center Circle; 561-235-5819). Admission is free. For more information, visit Tap42.com.