If there was any confusion, this weekend’s events should make clear the idea that the Funky Buddha Brewery’s Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is no ordinary libation in the eyes, or on the tongues, of South Florida beer cognoscenti.
On Saturday, the beer will have its second bottle release at the Oakland Park beer hall, where they are making special plans to accommodate more than 5,000 visitors eager to score one of the 22-ounce bottles the brewery will offer beginning at noon. Each bottle costs $15, with a four-bottle limit.
The street party, which runs until 10 p.m., also includes a contingent of seven food trucks, more than 50 special-release and guest-brewery beers, and live music from the Short Straw Pickers, Mike Mineo and the Albert Castiglia Band (info: MapleBacon.FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com).
But the star is Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, known to fans as “breakfast in a glass.”
Last year, Funky Buddha brand director John Linn arrived at the brewery on the inaugural MBCP Day at 6 a.m., and found a line of lawn chairs in the parking lot with a dozen or so folks from North Florida who’d been there since 4 a.m. More than 3,500 would join them later that day.
“It’s a little scary, because it’s a nonticketed event. You don’t know how many people are going to show up,” Linn says. “We want to make sure everyone has a good time and gets the beer they want.”
Thanks to its new bottling line, the Funky Buddha will have 10,000 bottles of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter on sale Saturday, up from 3,000 last year. The brewery has added parking, designated a tailgating spot and is asking those who want to bring tents to use the space behind their cars so as not to impede traffic.
You may see the Tampa Bay Brew Bus, which on Saturday morning will pick up a group from Cigar City Brewing in Tampa.
Do not expect the bottling line to influence what the Funky Buddha does with MBCP. This was the beer that encouraged Funky Buddha founder and brewmaster Ryan Sentz, brother K.C. and Linn to open the Oakland Park brewery in the first place. Linn says it will always get special treatment.
“The best way to celebrate it is with an event that makes it kind of exclusive and fun,” Linn says. “We could have it all year and make a lot of money, certainly, but having it come out once a year makes it special, and creates a little bit of a white whale for people.”
While Linn says “coffee is the flavor people are least excited about in Maple Bacon Coffee Porter,” these days there is no shortage of beer laced with a shot of Joe.
Manny Carrera gets it. He runs the wholesaler Argyle Coffee Roasters, with wife Amy Miller, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Argyle recently had its coffee go into a beer called Café Ole Porter, created by Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach (DueSouthBrewing.com), and teamed up on another coffee porter at Fort Lauderdale nano-brewery LauderAle (Facebook.com/LauderAle).
“The maltiness of the beer works really well with the sweetness of coffee. They set each other off,” Carrera says, also citing the craft-conscious audiences shared by beer and coffee. “When you are creating craft beer, you’re trying to pick up these different notes, and when you are doing craft coffee you’re doing the same. It was just natural that they both kind of collided and collaborated.”
But it’s not as easy as it sounds: While developing the coffee for Cafe Ole Porter, Carrera and Miller invited Due South’s president and head brewer Mike Halker and brewer Joel Kodner into their Andrews Avenue shop for a test cupping – a meticulous tasting of multiple coffees in a range of roasting levels.
“They didn’t like any of them,” Carrera says. “I mean, they liked the coffee, but just not for their beer.”
After some experimentation, Carrera settled on beans from Costa Rica’s Tarrazu region, which were given a darker roast. Due South ordered 30 pounds and used it to make Café Ole Porter, which Carrera, also a craft brew fan, pronounced “a great beer.”
“I love it. The beauty of it is, it’s light, it’s a porter, not a stout. It’s light, easy-drinking, and it’s got great, great flavor,” he says.
In a conversation this week on the still unfailingly watchable “Charlie Rose Show,” young British actor Eddie Redmayne gave credit for his Oscar-worthy performance as physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” to the film’s director, James Marsh, acknowledging that Marsh’s Oscar-winning documentary “Man on Wire” is one of his favorite films. This reminded me of two things: Philippe Petit’s book “Creativity” was one of the unexpected pleasures of 2014, and, yes, “Man on Wire” is one of my favorite documentaries, too. Memorable exchange, after Petit came down from his astonishing 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center’s twin towers: Off-camera voice: “Why did you do this?” Petit: “There is no ‘why.’” All this is a roundabout way of saluting the Docu Tuesday screening of “Man on Wire” 6-8 p.m. Jan. 13 in C&I Studios’ drinking room, Next Door (541 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale). The FAT Village boite is notable for its behind-the-bar wall of books, a collection that does not include “Creativity.” Yet. Info: C-IStudios.com.
MORE MEMORABLE BEER
Speaking of beer again (sorry), Due South Brewing is now offering tickets to the Jan. 31 bottle release of its award-winning Mariana Trench Imperial Stout (gold medal in the Imperial Stout category at the 2014 Best Beer in Florida championships). They’ll be offering 1,000 bottles at the event, which includes food trucks and specialty beers from around the state. Tickets are $30, and include unlimited samples and a commemorative tasting glass. The brewery is at 2900 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach. Info: DueSouthBrewing.com.
LOVE, HOPE, DANCE
Grammy-nominated Miami party-starters Locos por Juana will headline the free Hollywood Healing Haiti festival 1-6 p.m. Sunday at the ArtsPark on Young Circle in downtown Hollywood. The event, which includes food, art and children’s activities, is a collaboration between two Hollywood nonprofits: Hollywood CARES for Haiti (a partnership between Temple Beth El and First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) and Love Hope Prosper, founded by Miami-Dade County firefighter Gerald Little and wife Kelly. Also performing will be singer Anna Palmerola, Ryan Stone and Hollywood garage-rockers the Done. All funds raised go to the Project Papillon orphanage, school and youth center in Port au Prince. Info: VisitHollywoodFL.org, HollywoodCares.net.
The Sunshine Music and Blues Festival, which returns to South Florida for a third year at noon Jan. 18, this week announced a change to the lineup coming to Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Amphitheater. Out is Dickey Betts (citing a family emergency) and in is former Doors member Robbie Krieger. The rest of the lineup, led by the festival founders, the Grammy-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band, includes the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, the Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo), Grace Potter, Los Lobos, the Rebirth Brass Band, Matt Schofield and Sean Chambers. Tickets cost $49.50-$99.50. Info: SunshineMusicAndBlues.com.
The organizers for Miami Girls Rock Camp are having their first get-together on Saturday to share information with anyone interested in volunteering on the project, a camp that uses music as a tool to promote self-esteem, creative expression and community building among women and girls ages 8-17 in South Florida. The 6-9 p.m. meeting at Sweat Records (5505 NE Second Ave., Miami) will include a screening of “Girls Rock!,” a 2007 documentary about four girls at the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Ore., who got a week to select a band, an instrument (which they may have never played) and write a song, later performed in a concert setting. Among the instructors is Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney. The Miami camp organizers intend to hold a five-day session this summer, ending with a concert at a music venue to be determined. Info: Facebook.com/MiamiGirlsRockCamp.
“The Wizard of Oz” was created for the big screen, but has been relegated to your TV set since its 1956 CBS debut. On Sunday, Turner Classic Movies will offer 2 and 7 p.m. screenings of the beloved fantasy at a dozen movie theaters in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Tickets cost $12.50 for all ages. The 75th anniversary screenings, which come with an introduction from TCM’s Robert Osborne, will be repeated 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14. Info: FathomEvents.com.
More female pluck will be on display on the screen and in front of it when last year’s animated girl-power hit “Frozen” is shown in a sing-along version at Broward College’s Bailey Hall (3501 SW Davie Road, Davie) at 1 p.m. Saturday. Kids are encouraged to dress like their favorite character for the event, which opens at noon and includes a craft area, face painting and food trucks serving hot chocolate, mini pastries and ice treats. Tickets: $10, 4 and younger $5. Info: 954-201-6884, BaileyHall.org.
SONGS IN THE KEY OF AWESOME
Reminder: The Norton Museum’s Jan. 15 installment of Art After Dark, a celebration of the exhibition “Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast,” includes all kinds of stylishness, not the least of which is a performance by the retro-soul duo the Lovers Key (7:45 p.m.), whose “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” topped our list of best albums of 2014. Info: Norton.org.
TAKE 'EM TO 'THE BRIDGE'
“The Bridge” is a free outdoor concert by three special talents sponsored by Bailey Contemporary Arts in Pompano Beach 6-8 p.m. Jan. 18, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The lineup includes guitarist, singer and storyteller Allan Harris (a “protean talent” and “a deeply romantic true believer with a heroic vision of American history and the African-American contribution,” wrote the New York Times’ Stephen Holden), Living Colour bassist Doug Wimbish and Miami saxophonist Jesse Jones Jr., joined by violinist Christian Howes. The concert, originally planned for BaCA, has been moved due to road work in the area. It will take place at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center (520 NW 3rd St., Pompano Beach). Info: 954-284-0141, BaCAPompano.org, PompanoBeachArts.org.
YOUR WEEKEND LAUGH
Remember when the Heat were really good and they’d get special attention not only from ESPN but the fake ESPN on “Saturday Night Live,” with Jay Pharoah going off in a way that even we laughed at because... the Heat were really good. Hmmm... good times. Pharoah takes the stage Friday and Saturday nights at the Fort Lauderdale Improv. Tickets: $22. Info: FTL.Improv.com.
South Florida rockers Sound Sleeper are about to release their long-awaited six-song EP “A Perfect Sea for Drowning,” produced by Mike Marsh and guitarist Alex Martinez for Limited Fanfare Records, with a limited run of colored and black vinyl available now for pre-order. You can pre-hear the songs on Thursday, Jan. 15, when the band (Martinez, Charlie Suarez and Arnold Nese) plays Churchill’s in Miami on a bill with Heavy Drag, the Band in Heaven and Ex-Norwegian. The EP is scheduled for release Jan. 27, with another Sound Sleeper show set for Jan. 29 at Respectable Street in West Palm Beach. Info: SoundSleeperMusic.com.
KRIS ALLEN LIVE
Kris Allen is the answer to the question “Who beat out Adam Lambert on Season 8 of ‘American Idol’?” – but he’s also the guy who scored a bigger hit with “Live Like We’re Dying” than the Script did. Allen is the headliner at Sunday on the Waterfront on Jan. 18 at the Meyer Amphitheater in downtown West Palm Beach. The free, family-friendly concert is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Info: WPB.org.