Boca-born Funky Buddha Brewery sells to Corona parent company 

Funky Buddha, the beloved Boca Raton-founded brewery that set off the county’s current local craft beer wave, has been sold to the Fortune 500 company that owns Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Negra, Robert Mondavi, Kim Crawford and other mega beverage brands. 

Funky Buddha’s sale was announced Thursday by beverage giant Constellation Brands, though terms of the deal were not made public.  

The boutique, family-owned brewery, which expanded dramatically four years ago when it opened a full-fledged production facility in Oakland Park, is best known for its foodie-inspired beers. Microbrews such as Funky Buddha’s special-release Maple Bacon Coffee Porter have helped make it the state’s fastest growing craft brewery.  

The brewery’s purchase by Constellation Brands, the third largest beer company in the country, will land Funky Buddha on the company’s Craft and Specialty Beer Group. It’s a huge leap for a local beer brand born seven years ago as Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery, the brainchild of husband-wife team Ryan and Giani Sentz (who were later joined in the business by Ryan’s brother and sister-in-law KC and Melissa Sentz).  

What began as a tiny, family enterprise grew to become South Florida’s largest microbrewery. Funky Buddha’s Oakland Park tap room is Florida’s busiest, per statewide beer sales.  

For Ryan Sentz, the deal offered his award-winning brewery “the greatest” opportunity to develop and grow.  

“Constellation and Funky Buddha share a lot of the same ideals and passion for philanthropy, entrepreneurship and the art of craft beer,” Sentz, Funky Buddha’s president and head brewer, said via news release. “At the end of the day, we just really like the people we have met within the organization, each of whom share our dedication to making outstanding beer.”  

The purchase will not wipe out Funky Buddha’s staff, according to the statement. The brewery’s employees will remain and the Sentz brothers will continue to command daily operations.  

“Funky Buddha’s standard of brewing will remain unchanged, delivering the same culinary-style, creative beer consumers and craft beer enthusiasts celebrate today,” said the Constellation Brands release.  

Paul Hetterich, Constellation’s beer division executive vice president, praised Funky Buddha’s “culture of bold creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.” 




Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Food

Goodbye Grub: Junior’s Restaurant closes at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park
Goodbye Grub: Junior’s Restaurant closes at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park

Mizner Park in Boca Raton has lost another restaurant. The owner of Junior’s Restaurant and Cheesecake announced Wednesday the deli-loving establishment has closed. “We are truly thankful for the opportunity to serve you and apologize for any inconvenience caused,” owner Alan Rosen said in a Facebook post.  Rosen is the grandson...
Meet Ray Chang, the supper club star shaking up north county
Meet Ray Chang, the supper club star shaking up north county

The Ray Chang Room is like a giant disco ball that reflects and multiplies every flash move of its namesake: the bar-top leaps and lunges, the microphone thrusts into the crowd, the Vegas winks.  For 90 minutes on three nights a week, the frenzy that fills this room is like that of no other place in north county during season. Snowbirds shaking...
Five essential pans to use for baking and so much more
Five essential pans to use for baking and so much more

I have devoted an entire cabinet in my kitchen to baking pans. And then some. It's a little embarrassing. Square pans in multiple sizes. Round pans in multiple sizes. The new loaf pans. The old, maybe-I-can-still-use-them loaf pans. I could go on. I have surely gone overboard, but my hoarding notwithstanding, having a few different baking pans and...
Goodwill and butterflies
Goodwill and butterflies

To loosely paraphrase Tennessee Williams’ Blanche Dubois: When you travel with a family, that’s when you really depend on the kindness of strangers. The thought occurred to me, any number of times, during a three-day weekend late in April that I spent in Montreal with my husband, Howie; our son and daughter-in-law; and three young grandchildren...
How weekend choices undermine our kids' healthy eating habits

Weekdays can be exhausting for parents. You get your kids out of bed, take them where they need to go and help with homework. You make sure they have the proper food to fuel their brains and bodies. By the time the weekend comes, everyone is exhausted and ready for fun. Out comes the frozen pizza for dinner, the soda and popcorn with a movie and the...
More Stories