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Pickin' and grinnin' and brewin'

Pickin' and grinnin' and brewin'

Back when Adam Feingold and Matthew Giani brewed experimental beers as roommates in Gainesville, they wanted to surprise their friend Karl, a banjoist for a punk bluegrass band, with a birthday beer.

"The beer must have sat there in the closet for a month and a half, under horrible fermentation conditions," Giani recalls with a laugh. "The beer came out awesome. It was a hit. That was a huge motivation for us to open a brewery."

Karl's banjo, a thank-you gift for the beer, is the mascot of Bangin' Banjo Brewing Company in Pompano Beach, and rests above the doorway of the brewery's taproom. With its soft-opening celebration this Friday, July 24, Bangin'...