The Seven Beers That Are “So Miami”
December 13, 2017
Miamians drink a lot. It’s a party city, what can we say? But aside from the spirits and bubbly, our city’s beer scene has been on the inspiring come up over the past few years and it’s only climbing. As beer lovers ourselves, we’re excited to see that the craft beer trend has extended across the city and into the hearts of many loving locals. But craft beer can be found virtually everywhere nowadays, so what makes Miami’s so different? Well, a whole lot of pride and creativity for starters.
Ramping up for next week’s Brickell City Biergarten pop-up in the heart of Brickell, we wanted to line up the most Miami beers we could find, from creative flavor–to even more creative names. Check out our top picks and make sure to swing by next Thursday, December 21st and try many of these on the list!
Miami Vice IPA – Miami Brewing Company
Located inside Schnebly Winery in the Redlands, Miami Brewing Company sources many of their flavors from the surrounding farms and plantations. Aside from the name, the Miami Vice is dry like sand on a hot summer’s day, but sweet like those crisp “winter” Miami nights. Tip: try their lychee beer when it’s on tap or their Little Havana Cafe Con Leche Stout just because.
Stiltsville Pilsner – Concrete Beach Brewery
Easily the Wynwood beer spot with the most extensive on-site brewery, Concrete Beach has become a great hangout spot for locals and travelers alike. Their Stiltsville Pilsner is our personal favorite, for its light and crispy finish, and of course, because it’s a perfect beer to drink while visiting the bay wonder that lends its name to the brew.
El Jefe – J. Wakefield Brewing
Out of the micro breweries and taprooms that have opened up in Wynwood over the past few years, you’ll find many of Miami’s elite beer snobs heading to J. Wakefield Brewing most often. Not only to they (subjectively) have the most cohesive selection of tastes, but the pop culture on the walls is enough for a good hang. Their ‘El Jefe’ Hefeweizen is fruity and delicious. We also love puns.
Pastelito Beer – Unbranded Brewing Co.
You can’t have a Miami roundup without including anything from Hialeah, which is why we have to give a nod to their new brewery: Unbranded. A colossal space, they also have some pretty great suds for you to support. But their Pastelito Beer doesn’t only exemplify Miami’s Latin-infused identity, but the neighborhood from which it hails.
305 Golden Ale and Tourist Trappe – M.I.A Beer Company
The person writing this piece, whose name rhymes with Lola, is a huge fan of M.I.A Beer Company. As in, there hasn’t been one beer from here that she hasn’t instantly loved. It was hard to find a beer that identifies Miami in a pint, so we had to have a draw. Starting with their 305 Golden Ale which, for obvious reasons, couldn’t be left out, and ending with their Tourist Trappe because let’s face it, we’ll never be able to shake off the shoebies. Close third: Miami Weiss.
The Freedom Tower Amber – The Tank Brewing
One of the newer breweries and taprooms to open in Miami, although technically in Doral, The Tank is as laid-back as it gets. They went above the usual Miami references for their beer names and dug into the deep history and roots of our city that are often overlooked. Enter: The Freedom Tower Amber, a smooth and welcoming beer that everyone can enjoy…like the gorgeous Downtown landmark.
La Rubia – Wynwood Brewing Company
The list wouldn’t be complete without something from the first brewery in Wynwood, the aptly named Wynwood Brewing Company. Many of their beers are hometown favorites, but none so popular as their La Rubia Blonde Ale. The lightest beer in their vocabulary, this one was dedicated to the founder’s mother.
Honorable Mentions: Lincoln’s Beard is doing a special brew with Cafe La Llave for Christmas called 305 Cafecito. And if it’s anything like their place, it’s going to be the thing to do. (Thanks to JennyLee Molina for the insider tip). Also, driving up a little north, Funky Buddha‘s Guava Libre is stellar.