Funky Buddha Brewery announced that Alex Postelnek will become its lead brewer, overseeing all production at its new Oakland Park facility. Postelnek is an accomplished brewer with extensive production experience at facilities throughout Asia and America and is 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,” said Ryan Sentz, head brewer and co-owner. “He’s really embraced our creative nature and we have no doubt that he will improve everything we do.”
A Florida native himself, 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.
Postelnek began his brewing experience in 2005 shadowing iconic brewer Lee Chase of Stone Brewing Co., 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,” Postelnek said. “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, Postelnek will supervise day-to-day production, maintenance and quality control at Funky Buddha Brewery. This appointment will allow 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.
For more on Funky Buddha, check out what Sentz told Craft Brewing Business about his porter philosophy.