It’s always hot in Miami, hot enough for a beer or two, or three. Well, beer afficionados, Miami’s craft beer scene is growing rapidly and we’ve rounded up the best breweries. You’re welcome and stay thirsty my friends.
Up first, J. Wakefield Brewing
Star Wars themed graffiti walls and unique signature beers, that’s what J. Wakefield Brewing is all about. John is the man behind this heaven sent brewery located in Miami’s hippest neighborhood, Wynwood. Before we dive into the good stuff, let’s begin where it all started and that was on Christmas day back in 2005. John was gifted a Mr. Beer Homebrew Kit by his wife, Natalie. Little did John know that this gift would ignite a burning passion for the art of beer crafting. Now a highly celebrated brew master across the nation and recognized on a global scale, John has got everybody raving about his traditional brews as well as his distinctive creations. From the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Brown Ale, to John’s favorite, La Nada (The Nothing), which really is something, to playful sensations like the Grilled Pineapple Berliner Weisse, J. Wakefield’s beers are extremely expressive with bold flavors that are sure to awaken those taste buds. JW Brewing also hosts food trucks on select days, which can be found parked right outside, serving up deliciousness for anyone who gets the munchies.
120 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127 www.jwakefieldbrewing.com/
M.I.A. Brewing Co.
Located in Doral, this craft brewery is owned by Eddie Leon. Now, don’t let the corporate office location fool you, like they say, “It’s what’s inside that counts.” There’s a stage for live bands on the weekends and a glass wall that divides the equipment utilized to brew and the tap room. This means that guests can watch the brewing process while toasting away with a pint in hand. The brewery also includes a three-barrel pilot system and seven fermentation tanks. Beers are on rotation at M.I.A. Brewing Co. and there will never be no less than ten varieties on tap. Try their number one flagship beer, the Miami Weiss (traditional German Hefeweizen brewed with wheat, barley, & sweet orange peel) or their Goya Saison (Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with 10% cider & fermented with tart morello cherries & tellicherry peppercorn). The taproom boasts 52 tap handles, so the options are endless. Now for those of you who don’t fancy beer (why are you reading this), there’s sangria, red, and white wine available. Food options range from tapas, to sandwiches, burgers, and tantalizing desserts.
10400 NW 33rd St Suite 150, Doral, FL 33172 www.miabrewing.com/
Wynwood Brewing Company
Wynwood Brewing Company, the name says it all. Located in the artsy district of Wynwood, this breweries mission is “To create a work of art in every glass.” Cheers to that. Wynwood Brewing Company is a Puerto Rican owned family company. Why did this family decide to call Wynwood their brew home? Back in the 70’s and 80’s, there was a large settlement of Puerto Rican families in the Wynwood neighborhood, it became known as the Puerto Rican Barrio. The family felt that this is exactly where they needed to express their passion for crafting and creating works of drinkable art. The tap handles at Wynwood Brewing Co. are spray paint cans, a common sight in the streets of Wynwood. The spay paint can handles are the doorway to goodness, the Pop’s Porter, La Rubia, Wynwood IPA, and their special releases. The Pop’s Porter took home the gold medal at GABF (Great American Beer Festival), it is made with a blend of roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. But, the art of brewing is just one of the many things this brewery is devoted to. Wynwood Brewing Company supports the Wynwood community and local charities, which reflects their commitment to create a strong community.
565 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127 http://wynwoodbrewing.com