OAKLAND PARK, Fla. — Funky Buddha Brewery is pleased to announce that Alex Postelnek will become its Lead Brewer, overseeing all production at its new Oakland Park facility. Mr. Postelnek is an accomplished brewer with extensive production experience at facilities throughout Asia and America, and a graduate of Seibel Institute in Chicago.
His expertise will instantly bring an increased level of precision to Funky Buddha Brewery’s practices, ensuring that its celebrated craft beers continue to meet a high standard as it expands throughout the state of Florida.
“Alex’s combination of experience and technical knowhow make him the ideal fit for our growing team,” says Head Brewer and co-owner Ryan Sentz. “He’s really embraced our creative nature and we have no doubt that he will improve everything we do.”
A Florida native himself, Mr. Postelnek has spent six years working in the brewing industry, including three years as a consultant to major breweries in India, China, and Singapore. He’s sourced, fabricated, and installed production brewhouses at Toit Brewpub in Bangalore and Geist Beerworks in Doolally, and played a major role in the installation of Helm’s Brewing in San Diego, California. Mr. Postelnek began his brewing experience in 2005 shadowing iconic brewer Lee Chase of Stone Brewing Company, worked for Heineken International as a market analyst in Western and Southern India, and proctored extensive training for Cerana Imports — then the first importer of craft beer to India, including brands such as Chimay, Schneider Weisse, Brooklyn, and more.
“I’m very excited to be brewing in Florida where I grew up,” says Mr. Postelnek. “My travels have brought me full circle and given me the opportunity to craft beers for Funky Buddha at its new facility.”
As Lead Brewer, Mr. Postelnek will supervise day-to-day production, maintenance, and quality control at Funky Buddha Brewery. This appointment will allow Head Brewer Ryan Sentz to continue to focus on creating unique recipes such as Sriracha-Pineapple Hop Gun, No Crusts Peanut Butter and Jelly Brown Ale, and Maple Bacon Coffee Porter.
ABOUT FUNKY BUDDHA BREWERY
Founded in 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida, Funky Buddha Brewery is committed to producing bold craft beers that marry culinary-inspired ingredients with time-honored technique. Its lineup includes year-round brews Hop Gun IPA and Floridian German-Style Wheat Ale, along with specialty releases such as No Crusts Peanut Butter and Jelly Brown Ale and the highly sought after Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Its Oakland Park location opened in June 2013 and distributes draft beer to restaurants and bars across South Florida.