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    September 19, 2014

    Miami Brewers Alliance Unites Craft Beer Scene

    Take a break from bottled imports and domestic beer drudgery. Craft beer has joined the party. The Miami Brewers Alliance aims to bring the word to the street by educating vendors, consumers, and local government officials about the emerging craft brewing industry. Ross Appel, executive director a ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    J. Wakefield Tap Room to Open Next Month: "It's About Growing the Community"

    J. Wakefield Brewing Company is finally set to open in the coming weeks. According to founder Jonathan Wakefield, the brewery will start production at the end of September in anticipation of an October opening of the tap room. "We are in our last leg of the completion process," Wakefield says. "W ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    Marlins Park Hosting Miami Octoberfest October 4

    Marlins Park is turning out to be a handy location to host a beer festival. The baseball team announced that the stadium will host the Beck's 2014 Miami Octoberfest, formerly known as Brickellfest, October 4. The worldwide beer festival celebrating the fall harvest will be an extravaganza of Germ ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Best Places to Watch the Dolphins Opener

    The Miami Dolphins open the season this Sunday at home against the New England Patriots at 1 p.m. And it seems the same old questions loom: Will quarterback Ryan Tannehill improve? Will the offensive line hold it together? Do we have a running game? Is Bill Lazor's new offense going to bring some e ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Todd Erickson Talks Beer, Hosts Ommegang Pairing Dinner at Haven

    While it is better known for inventive cocktails than craft beer, Haven South Beach is catering to lovers of brew with its upcoming beer pairing dinner. Executive chef Todd Erickson will collaborate with Brewery Ommegang for the dinner on Tuesday, August 26 at 7 p.m. The affair will offer 30 guests ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    OTC Restaurant, Abbey Brewing Company Introduce Growlers

    Growler fever is catching on in Miami. The Abbey Brewing Company will soon receive its own branded growler and OTC Restaurant started using them August 12. At OTC, a one-time fee of $10 (not including the cost of the beer) buys a OTC growler filled with beer, plus unlimited cleanings at the restau ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    "Our F-You Stand:" Flush Macro Beer Away at Kush Dissenter Release Party August 13

    It takes a lot to anger craft beer drinkers but when they start flushing mass-produced swill down the toilet, then clearly a line was crossed. With the encroachment of macro beers (Anheuser-Busch, Miller and Coors -- a.k.a. "The Big Three"), Wynwood's Kush is taking a stand against them with a cer ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Boxelder Craft Beer Market to Open in Wynwood

    Wynwood is certainly becoming Miami's mecca for beer. Wynwood Brewing Company has been serving up beer and tours for months, while Concrete Beach and J. Wakefield are working on their respective venues. Next on tap, however, is Boxelder Craft Beer Market, a craft beer purveyor set to open in Wynwood ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    South Florida Brew Bus Delivers South Florida's Craft Beer Craze

    "Drive slow!" shouted several of the more than 20 passengers on a minicoach as it rolled south on I-95 past the sprawling suburbia of southern Palm Beach County. The driver looked back, smiled, and set the cruise control to 55, allowing traffic to pass unabated. Why the leisurely pace when most peo ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Kush Taps Rare Keg of J. Wakefield, Stone Brewing Collaboration 'Hot Lil Miami Tart' July 10

    Kush, Wynwood's pub specializing in craft beer, will tap a rare keg of Hot Lil' Miami Tart, the collaboration beer made between Miami's J. Wakefield Brewing Company and San Diego's Stone Brewing Company on July 10. Brewed at Stone's Liberty Station brewery, Hot Lil' Miami Tart is a Berliner Weiss ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    Craft Brewery-Killing Bill Advances In Senate

    In 47 states, beer drinkers can happily purchase and imbibe from 64-ounce growlers, the glass jugs commonly sold at smaller or craft breweries. In Florida, Prohibition-era laws have kept the size illegal, prompting a years-long effort by Sunshine State craft brewers and supporters to join the rest o ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014
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    March 18, 2014

    Migration Week Begins Today, Ends Thursday at Biscayne Tavern

    Migration Week, during which renowned Chicago brewery Goose Island commits a tap takeover at three Miami restaurants, starts today at the Butcher Shop and ends Thursday at Biscayne Tavern. The Goose Island three-day tap takeover offers beer buffs and budding suds students alike the chance to try s ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014
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    January 16, 2014

    Fight To Legalize Beer Growlers and Beer Tastings in Florida Heads Back to Tallahassee

    Last year, an attempt to rewrite Florida law to legalize beer growlers went nowhere fast in the state legislature. But with the craft beer industry continuing to grow in Florida, lawmakers are going to give it another shot. This year, another related bill would also legalize beer tastings, which are ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    Miami Beer Festival Hits Sun Life Stadium February 1

    While most of the country will be under a foot of snow February 1, Miami will host a boozy way to cool down: the Miami Beer Festival. Last year's inaugural event introduced around 2,000 attendees to more than 150 beers under the retractable roof of Marlins Park, with 50 breweries featuring at least ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013
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    November 20, 2013

    Wynwood Brewing to Open Taproom on December 4, Hires New Brewmaster

    When Gordon Biersch closed last month, Nik Mebane nearly found himself out of a job. But luckily, another brewmaster position was available at Wynwood Brewing Company. And Mebane landed the gig. Rumors of Gordon Biersch's imminent closure had kept him on edge for months. After moving to Miami in Ap ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    Miami Brew Bus to Bring Beer Tours to the Magic City

    When craft beer fans visit a city, they scope out the local brewing scene. Miami has a number of established breweries -- and several more on the way. We're ready for some beer tourism. Recognizing this potential, LoKal Burgers and Beer owner Matt Kuscher, his manager David Rodriguez, and Cecilia ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Get Your Grove On: Grovetoberfest, Florida's Largest Beer Festival, Takes Place This Saturday

    October is such an awesome month. We sweat less and our hair doesn't get as frizzy, there are a ton of beer-guzzling Oktoberfest events, and it ends wth Halloween. One other reason that Miamians look forward to October is the annual Grovetoberfest event in Coconut Grove. Now in its third year, Grov ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013
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    October 16, 2013

    Oaktoberfest: Eat and Drink Like a Man at Oak Tavern

    Oktoberfest, Oaktoberfest. Kind of like potato, potahto -- except Oaktoberfest features beer, food, Esquire (and Miami Herald) writer Evan Benn, and Oak Tavern's David Bracha combining forces for a four-course meal next Wednesday, October 23. What's better than a four-course dinner? Not much we can ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    Grovetoberfest 2013: Rare Keg Tappings, Celebrity Chefs

    Grovetoberfest, the celebration of all things beer, returns to Peacock Park for a third year, bringing tents filled with over 200 different brews to the historic village of Coconut Grove on Saturday, October 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. (Beer socialites get entry in the festival at 3 p.m.; VIP's enter at 2: ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    Wynwood Brewing Company Opens Taproom This Saturday: Cheap Sampling and $5 Craft Beer Pints

    Beginning this Saturday at 5 p.m., everyone 21 or older is welcome to stop by Wynwood Brewing Company's taproom for a fresh-off-the keg taste of what Miami's first craft production brewery has to offer. The taproom, which overlooks the brewery, will offer pints starting at $5. They will also offer ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013
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    September 27, 2013

    Miami Oktoberfest Round-Up: WOBtoberfest, Bricktoberfest and More

    Oktoberfest in Germany began on September 21 and if you haven't been celebrating yet, then you have some catching up to do. So get to it. If you still have vacation days at work, then spend them prancing around in stereotypical German garb while tipping back several steins of brau. Whether it's mi ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Free MIA Brewing Suds at World of Beer in Kendall Tomorrow (Photos)

    As MIA Brewing Company gets closer to its grand opening, the company needs to keep thirsty fans at bay. What's better than giving away some free beer? That's what will happen tomorrow night, September 17: the MIA Brewing spotlight at World of Beer in Kendall. Free beer -- free beer for all. See ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    The Academy of Beer: Drink in the Knowledge at Books & Books

    It's alright. We completely understand. Until now, Miami hasn't been much of a beer city so you haven't felt like you needed to learn too much about brewskis. The only thing you really had to know was that Corona Light was for the beach and Budweiser for tailgating. Then, it happened. You turned ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Miami Brewing Company Hires Andrew Guthrie as Brewmaster

    The Miami beer scene grew a little stronger as Miami Brewing Company brought in Andrew Guthrie to be its new brewmaster. Guthrie will come on board as the creative talent behind all of the brewery's recipes. Guthrie will be MBC's (also known as Schnebly Redland's Winery) first proper brewmaster sin ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Michael Demetrus Signs On With MIA Brewing as Brewmaster

    For a startup brewery, hiring a brewmaster is serious business and MIA Brewing Company moved one major step closer to opening when it brought in Michael Demetrus, a brewer with not only a wealth of knowledge but several years in the industry. Coming straight out of the Windy City, he is set to begi ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    New Belgium Brews Available Today: Try Them at Grovetoberfest Free Beer Tasting Series

    If you're a beer geek, you already know about New Belgium Brewing Company's line of craft beers, especially its Fat Tire amber ale, which has a cult following and an 82 rating by Beer Advocate. The Fort Collins, Colorado-based brewery is also noted for their commitment to their employees. Voted "B ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    OTC Opens Funky Buddha Taps, 1,000-IBU IPA Tap Takeover With Super-Rare Dogfish Head 120

    OTC restaurant in Brickell pulled rank and managed to host a Funky Buddha Brewery tap takeover this Friday and a 1,000 IBU takeover on August 1. The August 1 takeover will be a battery of some hefty IPA (India Pale Ale) beers with each of their IBU ratings, or international bittering unit, totalin ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    MIA Brewing Company Ramps Up for Fall Opening

    If you've been to a beer festival lately, you've probably already tasted MIA Brewing Company's honey wheat beer or IPA under the brand Most Wanted. The brewery, which recently changed its name to MIA Brewing Company, is hoping all that good word of mouth and multiple tastings will get paid back when ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Top Chefs Name Favorite Beers: Flying Dog in Heat Wheat Among Them

    The restaurant industry basically runs on booze and cigarettes, so it's no surprise that most chefs have more than a little knowledge when it comes to libations. Pair a trained palate with a taste for craft brews -- and you've got yourself some serious experts on all things beer. So in honor of Ame ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    American Craft Beer Week in Miami: Ten Best Free Tastings and Tap Takeovers

    For too many years, Americans have consumed mass-produced beer purchased mainly in supermarkets by the case. Fortunately, there's a growing craft beer movement and people are educating their palates. American Craft Beer Week is here, and it's a great time to experience some small-batch beers and i ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    Homebrew Day in Miami: AHA Big Brew Toast Tomorrow

    Local homebrew club Miami Area Society of Homebrewers and will participate in a local gathering of the 16th Annual American Homebrewers Association Big Brew on Saturday, May 4, at Miami Beer and Wine Makers Warehouse in HIaleah to celebrate National Homebrew Day. Big Brew will be held from 10 a.m. ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Veritage Miami Craft Beer Tasting Event: Get Half-Priced Tickets With Voice Daily Deals

    Veritage Miami is the multi-day wine and beer event that features notable chefs, prestigious wineries, and craft brewers all coming together to benefit the United Way.Veritage Miami, formerly the United Way Wine & Food Festival, is celebrating its 18th year with an impressive roster of events wh ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks this Weekend

    We can bitch and complain all we want about our laborious weekdays at work, but when it comes to the weekend, the bitching needs to stop. Ain't nobody got time fo' anything besides chocolate festivals, beer festivals, and Calle Ocho. So quit your complaining and start planning your sure-to-be-awes ... More >>

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    March 1, 2013

    Most Wanted Brewery's Eddie Leon Talks Brewery Startups

    So you're a homebrewer in Miami and you want to start a brewery. If population density is any indicator, the market is ripe compared to Asheville, North Carolina, a city of 83,000 people that has at least a dozen breweries (including brewpubs) and counting. Eddie Leon, 44, founder of Most Wanted Bre ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Spiegelau's Matt Rutkowski: Labels Lie, German Beers Mostly the Same

    As the craft-brew scene explodes across South Florida, how exactly do you learn about beer?(Besides drinking it in massive quantities.) Learn from the experts. Duh.We spoke with Matt Rutkowski, U.S. vice president of Spiegelau (the guru of beer glasses), about the biggest myths circulating ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    Good Beer Larry on Super Bowl Food and Brew Pairings

    Let's face it, Super Bowl Sunday isn't about touchdowns, halftime shows or hot cheerleaders. Second only to Thanksgiving in the quantity of food consumed by Americans, it's a foodie holiday more than anything else. And for this particular caloric onslaught, beer is the beverage of choice. But don't ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    South Florida Beer Week: Here Are The Miami Events

    South Florida Beer Week may sound like some low-budget film by the makers of the American Pie films, but it's real and in its second year.The event, which covers a lot of territory, from Miami all the way up to Jupiter, is filled with beer pairing dinners, tastings, and events. Short Order is postin ... More >>

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    January 1, 2013

    Craft Brewja Arwen Lehman's 2013 Beer Predictions

    As we transition into 2013, "experts" in every field are making their annual predictions about what's bound to happen in the new year. But does anyone really care about who's planning to get preggers (like the world needs another Kardashian) or which social network's gonna go bust? Not so much. Scr ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    South Florida Beer Week Returns In January: Miami Events Announced

    The second annual South Florida Beer Week returns January 19-26, officially casting away any doubt that Miami has a thriving craft beer scene. The brew-filled week features events scattered throughout south Florida, from Miami all the way north to Jupiter, where Beer Week's two main festivals will ... More >>

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    October 31, 2012

    Jim Patton, Abita Founder and Wynwood Brewing Genius, Dead at 59

    Jim Patton, brewmaster for Wynwood Brewing Company, Abita Brewing Company founder, anthropologist and craft beer pioneer died last week, he was 59. Luis Brignoni Jr., Wynwood Brewing Company founder, said: "It is with our deepest of regrets and sadness that we say goodbye to our brewer and frie ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Jim Patton, Wynwood Brewing Genius, Talks Craft Beer, Abita and Anthropology

    There is a mantra that goes something like this: do one thing and do it well. For Wynwood Brewing Company's brewmaster, Jim Patton, that one thing is making good beer.Patton joined Luis Brignoni's brewing operation last month. He, Brignoni and Luis Brignoni Sr. are currently preparing to open the fi ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    Oktoberfest Features Pop-Up Bier Garden and Michelin Chef Wolfgang Ban

    For the second year, Brickell is getting in on this Oktoberfest business and celebrating arguably the largest beer festival in the world. It all takes place this Friday, October 5. Part of this year's event is the Bier Garden Pop-Up Restaurant hosted by top Michelin-rated chef Wolfgang Ban. C ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Miami Oktoberfest Roundup: Grovetoberfest, The Federal, Fritz and Franz Bierhaus

    Don some lederhosen and fill your stein, Oktoberfest 2012 is here. The Bavarian autumn holiday began several days ago but the fever is rising like the head of a freshly poured beer. And lucky for Miami, we all get to take the proverbial first chug at several locations around town in the following we ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Free Beer Tasting Tonight at Gordon Biersch Brewery in Brickell This Monday

    Free beer is hard to come by in Miami, so when a brewery like Gordon Biersch in Brickell offers free samples of beer, you best take advantage of it. From 6 to 8 p.m., free Belgian beer will be handed out in honor of "Belgian Respect Day", which entails gulping down suds from the French-speaking moth ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Celebrate Oktoberfest With Pop-Up Beer Garden, Munchen Brunching

    Oktoberfest, that 200-year-old celebration that sees lederhosen and dirndl-clad lads and lassies turning the German town of Munich into a giant month-long frat party, is drawing near. But with flights to Europe pricing out at around $1,000 these days, you might want to plan your beer buzz a little c ... More >>

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