Great beer has been a long time coming in Miami. While the craft beer movement has swept the country for the past 20 years – making high-quality, locally-produced brews the norm in cities like Boston, Portland, San Francisco, and Asheville – the shift in preferance has been surprisingly slow to move into Miami. In a climate that supports top talent mixologists; extensive wine lists; and some of the best restaurants in the world, isn’t it about time to enjoy some delicious beer? Things are about to change…BIG time.
Miami is in the midst of a craft brewery boom, with the epicenter of activity taking place on the eclectic streets of the Wynwood Arts District, a fitting neighborhood for creating works of drinkable art.
It started with Wynwood Brewing Company, a brewery that launched in 2013 and already took home a coveted gold medal at the Great American Beer Festvail for their robust Pop’s Porter.
The next brewery to join the craft beer revolution in Wynwood will be Concrete Beach Brewing Company. And this isn’t just any ol’ brewery. Concrete Beach is the brain-child of the world-class team at Alchemy and Science, a unique craft beer collaboration that’s supported by the Boston Beer Company but independently-operated by one of the most creative minds in the industry, Alan Newman, founder of Magic Hat. That’s right. Miami’s newest craft brewery has the support of two of the biggest names in the business, the Godfathers of American craft beer- Alan Newman of Magic Hat and Jim Koch, the co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company. These guys were defining the craft brewery movement when many of today’s brewers were still in diapers. South Floridians can currently quench their thirst with Concrete Beach’s first two releases, which are available in select stores- Rica, a hoppy wheat IPA, and Stiltsville, a European-style Pilsner with citrus hops.
The third brewery in the Wynwood craft beer trifecta is J. Wakefied Brewing, a brewery that was largely funded by the masses on Kickstarter and is expected to open in early 2015.