If you consider the Great American Beer Festival the Pulitzer Prize of beer brewing, you understand what it means for the South Florida brewery LauderAle to have won a gold medal.
The GABF judges in Denver prized LauderAle’s C Porter, a coconut-flavored porter that was named the best in the country in its category at the festival on Oct. 11. The 3-year-old brewery tucked in a warehouse district across from the Fort Lauderdale airport became just the third South Florida brewery to ever win a coveted gold medal. Head brewer Mike White accepted the award for LauderAle, founded by Joey Farrell and Kyle Jones.
Oakland Park’s Funky Buddha scored a silver medal for its beer No Crusts, a brown ale that mimics the flavors of a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich. Florida took home three other gold medals, two for Lakeland’s BrewHub and one for Tampa’s Six Ten Brewing.
Wynwood Brewing Co. won Miami’s first gold medal in 2014 for its Pop’s Porter, and Matt Cox, founder of Boynton Beach’s Copperpoint Brewing, won a gold medal while at Big Bear Brewery in Coral Springs.