The color of beer: South Florida brewer demographics

The color of beer: South Florida brewer demographics

NPR reports most professional brewers are white men. South Florida's beer professionals are male, but they vary in ethnicity.

Raise a glass to Munich at these Oktoberfest events

Raise a glass to Munich at these Oktoberfest events

South Florida is getting Bavarian starting in late September, along with the official Munich Oktoberfest celebrations.

Goodbye Green Room, hello Prohibition-style craft cocktails

Goodbye Green Room, hello Prohibition-style craft cocktails

Bar Stache will open this month in Fort Lauderdale, elevating the quality of drinks in the Himmarshee district.

Wynwood celebrates its first brewery's grand opening

Wynwood celebrates its first brewery's grand opening

The Magic City is catching on: Miami's first brewery is finally opening.

Guide to guzzling: South Florida drinking events for Sept. 6-19.

Guide to guzzling: South Florida drinking events for Sept. 6-19.

Summer's winding down, but here's where to cool off with drinks.

Vote for locals on CraftBeer.com's Great American Beer Bars

Vote for locals on CraftBeer.com's Great American Beer Bars

CraftBeer.com, the Brewers Association's web publication, is searching for this year's best American beer bars. Nominations are closed, but two locals are finalists in the South Region category.

Best of South Florida: Vote TODAY for your favorites

Best of South Florida: Vote TODAY for your favorites

If you love a place, let 'em know. Today is the last day to vote for your favorite South Florida spots -- that includes restaurants, nightclubs, concert venues and more.

TW does GNO

TW does GNO

Well, it's not exactly a girls' night out, but Total Wine's Fort Lauderdale location will invite all ladies who would typically hit Blue Martini for a drink to come taste Real Housewife Tamra Judge's sponsored cachaca brand.

Guide to guzzling for Aug. 23-Sept. 5

Guide to guzzling for Aug. 23-Sept. 5

Here are the best drinking events in South Florida, from pairing dinners to free beers.

Yardbird named one of America's top bourbon bars

Yardbird named one of America's top bourbon bars

The Bourbon Review has named Yardbird Southern Table and Bar in its list of America's 55 Best Bourbon Bars.

HH Hound: The Funky Buddha Brewery

HH Hound: The Funky Buddha Brewery

In which I show you three different areas of the Funky Buddha's huge Oakland Park location.

South Florida spots releasing Shipyard Pumpkinhead

South Florida spots releasing Shipyard Pumpkinhead

Today, local bars will tout the Florida arrival Shipyard's Pumpkinhead Ale, one of the most-consumed pumpkin beers according to Brown Distributing.

Happy hour at the Pub in Pembroke Pines

HH Hound: The Pub Pembroke Pines

The first of a video series in which I talk loudly into my phone at different bars during happy hour, all so you don't have to do the scoping for yourself.

Guide to guzzling: Drinking events for Aug. 9-22

Guide to guzzling: Drinking events for Aug. 9-22

Lots of beer dinners for ya these next two weeks.

Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer is an unexpected delight

Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer is an unexpected delight

Last month Total Wine stores in Florida started stocking Chicago's Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer. It's exactly what it sounds like.

Last day for $6 New Belgium three-pack at Whole Foods

Last day for $6 New Belgium three-pack at Whole Foods

Since the Colorado brewery's arrival in Florida last week, Whole Foods Market locations throughout the state have been selling select New Belgium bombers in threes for $6.

Cigar City announces collaboration with New Belgium Brewing

Cigar City announces collaboration with New Belgium Brewing

On the cusp of New Belgium Brewing's beginning distribution in Florida, Cigar City announced a collaboration with the California brewery's Lips of Faith series.

The Beer Academy's second session at Riverside Market

The Beer Academy's second session at Riverside Market

The Beer Academy's first session sold out its 24 spots shortly after opening enrollment on May 28, so the Riverside Market will host a second semester starting Aug. 13.

Guide to guzzling

Guide to guzzling: South Florida drinking events for July 26 to Aug. 8

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On Tequila Day, $5 shots and fancy cocktails

On Tequila Day, $5 shots and fancy cocktails

Tequila Day, a holiday celebrated nationwide by the bar industry and hardcore drinkers of America, is here to make your hump day better with sweet drink deals and some high-end cocktails, if you're classy.

Mixed, shaken, stirred: Best South Florida cocktail spots

Mixed, shaken, stirred: Best South Florida cocktail spots

These South Florida hotspots put cocktails in the forefront.

PHOTOS: Piano Hollywood's grand opening

PHOTOS: Piano Hollywood's grand opening

A new club at the Hard Rock from the makers of Grand Central Miami.

Guide to guzzling: Drinking events from July 12 to 25

Guide to guzzling

South Florida drinking events from July 12 to 25.

Films on modern cocktail culture and wine expertise at O Cinema

Films on modern cocktail culture and wine expertise at O Cinema

Tending bar in today's cocktail renaissance is serious business. Competitions are frequent and contestants are ambitious, especially when trendy bars and restaurants strive for menus with inimitable drinks made by award-winnings bartenders.

Here's a trend: Have beer at your wedding

Here's a trend: Have beer at your wedding

Couples across the country have been toasting their union with custom-brewed ales lately. Here are some beers I might pick for a wedding.

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The Lush Life is your guide to what's shakin' at South Florida's best happy hours and drinking emporiums, served with a splash of indie music and a twist of hedonism.

Maria Murriel has a taste for craft beer and whiskey with an aversion to overpriced drinks. She's all over South Florida's growing craft and cocktail scene. There's something decadent about spending more time on drinks than dinner because whatever happens after is bound to be...even more lush. Maria will show and tell about all those delicious, naughty moments, drink in hand. She's #LivingLush.

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