• Calendar

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    New Times' Pairings: Ten Food & Wine Pairings to Look Out For

    New Times' Pairings is tonight, September 26 at the Broward County Convention Center. From 7 - 10 p.m., south Florida's best restaurants will pair with great wines and beers for your eating and drinking enjoyment. If you have tickets, we can't wait to meet you (you can't miss us -- we'll be the one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Myco-Mixological: Truffle Cocktails at The Flat All Month Long in October

    What do you get when you cross the crafty bar flair of a mixologist with the culinary world of uber-rare mushrooms? Truffle cocktails, which are being offered in October all month-long at The Flat.

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Five Great Wines Under $20 at Mas Vino

    At a boxy wine shop in Hallandale Beach called Mas Vino, you can buy bottles that are interesting and affordable. Store manager Charles Ferrin marks his favorites with bright labels, denoting wines that are both great tasting and great deals. Ferrin is one of those cerebral wine guys, the kind who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Italian Mojito at Sardinia: A Cocktail You Can't Refuse

    A colleague tipped us off to the Italian mojito at Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante in South Beach. The cocktail muddles tomato instead of lime and uses basil instead of mint. It also substitutes vodka for rum. Quite simply, the term "mojito" is being used liberally here. The brand used is Stolichnaya.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks this Weekend: Rehydrate and Celebrate Brazilian Independence

    At some point this week, you realized that Friday would come a little sooner than usual because most had Monday off. However, it's still rough trying to fit five days worth of work into four. Like fitting a square into a circle -- not gonna happen until you've got some magic beans or something. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Five Wines for Five Occasions from Master Sommelier Larry Stone

    If you're anything like the rest of us in the first world, you've spent many a panic-induced 10 minutes scanning the shelves of a liquor store before heading to a party. Choosing the right booze is one of those etiquette skills most of us never learn, leaving us as the loser who always shows up spor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Spicy Ginger Snap Mojito Recipe: A Miami Spice Cocktail

    Miami Spice is a big deal, but you already know that. As important as the food are the drinks, and Toro Toro recently held an internal competition including its top bartenders in the hunt for what would become the official cocktail of Miami Spice for the restaurant. For three weeks contenders mixed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Five Reasons to Drink Tea from Michael Ortiz of Miami's JoJo Teas

    In a society dominated by Starbucks, coffee gets all the media love. But what about that other hot beverage -- the one that cultures have been drinking for, oh, 3,000 years or so? The one that Buddhist monks swear by? The one they drink religiously on Downton Abbey? Tea ringing a bell? Despite what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Swine's Snout-to-Tail Riesling Rebellion Dinner: Allegra Angelo Talks Wine

    Swine Southern Table & Bar is going whole-hog this week -- literally -- when it hosts its first Riesling Rebellion Dinner this Tuesday, August 6, at 7 p.m. The four-course dinner is $125 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), and reservations can be made by calling 786-360-6433. In addition to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Miami Bartenders at Tales of the Cocktail: Lermayer, Ferrara, Zvi, Orta, Hudnall, Burr, Many More

    If you walk into your favorite Miami bar and don't see any familiar faces mixing drinks, it's probably because your favorite mixologist has headed for the Big Easy. Tales of the Cocktail, the annual five-day spirited celebration of cocktails, has the world's finest mixologists congregating on New O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Mercadito's Custom Margaritas: Are You Fruity or Spicy? (We're a Little of Both)

    The margarita is a conundrum, indeed. On the one hand, the Mexican cocktail, is a lesson in simplicity. On the other, it's the one drink that's most likely to go wrong when you order it. Consider this little conversation we recently had at a very nice restaurant: Bartender: What would you like to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Sunset Lounge at Mondrian Hotel Offers "Progressive" Happy Hour

    Ever heard of a progressive happy hour? It is the thing these days, and we recently tried the new menu at the Mondrian South Beach's Sunset Lounge. The concept is simple. From 5 to 9 p.m., prices mirror the clock. It's 5:15? Enjoy a Sunset Passion cocktail for $5. Still drinking at 7:02? Get a Bay ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 20, 2013
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Panther Coffee Brews Up a Specialty Scene in Miami

    Of all the competitors at Panther Coffee on a recent Friday night, Jed Baxter slurps the loudest. It's a sharp noise, like a vacuum sucking up a spilled drink. The rules of the game are simple. Before him sit 12 cups of coffee, arranged in sets of three. In each group, two brews are the same; one is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Chappellet Vineyards at Gotham Steak Tonight

    Tonight's installment of Fontainebleau's Cellar 1954 Series features one of the oldest family-run wineries in Napa, Chappelet Vineyards. Iwner Cyril Chappellet will be on hand to discuss his family vineyard while explaining the intricacies of each wine as they are paired with a special menu from Got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Miami's Tierra Nueva Introduces Coffee Thins, a Candy To Wake You Up

    Did you know that there's a chocolate factory right here in Miami that specializes in private label productions and premium label sweets? We've got our own version of Willy Wonka, and it's called Tierra Nueva. The local chocolate-makers launched here two years ago, but just recently they've introdu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Two Miami Mixologists Compete Today in U.S. Bartender of the Year Showdown

    Julio Cabrera (Regent Cocktail Club) and Michael Parish (Broken Shaker) are heading to the Big Apple to represent the 305 in one of the country's most prestigious bartending competitions -- the U.S. Bartenders' Guild (USBG) and World Class U.S. "U.S. Bartender of the Year" competition. Both Miami mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Tony Abou-Ganim: Make the Best Daiquiri Ever

    The daiquiri, a favorite of Ernest Hemingway and President John F. Kennedy, was rumored to have been invented by an American mining engineer who was in Cuba during the Spanish-American war. Named after a beach in Santiago, Cuba, the drink simply combined rum, lime, and sugar (ingredients readily fou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Best Mother's Day Brunch Deals in Miami

    Your mother birthed you, fed you, clothed you, and defended you from the bully down the street. She put Bactine on your skinned knees and nursed you through your first heartbreak. Her thankless job included getting up early to wake your lazy butt for school, loaning you money when you spent your ren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    World Cocktail Week Starts Today: Doma Polo Bistro Introduces Molecular Mixology Cocktails, Pre-Prohibition Classics

    With World Cocktail Week running from May 6 to 13, it's the perfect time to pause and take stock of Miami's rapidly improving mixology landscape. Lucky for us, more than a few creative minds are hard at work creating craft cocktails these days, leaving the Red Bull vodkas and Jack and Cokes in the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Miami Rum Renaissance Festival: Ten Rums You Probably Haven't Tried Yet

    This year's Miami Rum Renaissance Festival was bigger than ever. In its new home at the Miami Airport Convention Center at the Doubletree by Hilton, there was ample room for rum exhibitors, seminars, and even on outdoor cigar lounge where attendees could enjoy a spirited smoke. Tasting our way thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Krups Best Brew: Eternity Coffee Roasters and Tinta y Cafe Vie for Title

    The Magic City takes it coffee seriously. Many Miamians will tell you it's not blood, but thick, syrupy colada, that runs through their veins. Now the time has come to choose who will win the coveted title of "Best Brew," and two coffeehouses have risen to the top.Voting for the 2013 Krups ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013 Learn Bartending from the Comfort of Your Couch

    As the mixology world grows increasingly complex, crafting concoctions can be intimidating, both for budding bartenders and at-home drinkers. Juniper sugar? Gelatin cubes? Bacon-infused bitters? Where the hell are you supposed to begin? But the dudes behind the uber-prestigious Beverage Alcohol Res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Celebrate O, Miami With the Mot Juste Cocktail at the Betsy (Recipe)

    It's that time of the year where celebrate the big O, Miami. No, not that "Big O" -- O, Miami, the Miami-Dade literary event produced by the University of Wynwood, that celebrates poetry with parties, salons, and exhibits.And, since most of history's great poets were also great drinkers, BLT St ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 28, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Five Things You Didn't Know About Wine from Books & Books Wine Instructor Patrick Alexander

    Let's face it: there's probably a lot you don't know about wine. Unless you're a professional sommelier, it's nearly impossible to master the wide world of vino. It spans centuries, continents and even religions. Everyone loves the grape juice. Though we'll likely never know it all, we can certainl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Miami Cocktail Company's Low-Cal Concoctions

    Move over, Bethenny Frankel, and take your Skinny Girl swill with you. There's a tastier, stronger low-cal cocktail company in town. And P.S.: The makers are better-looking than you too. The dudes at Miami Cocktail Company are now plying the 305 with their zero-sugar, zero-carb, 99.9 percent natura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    SoBeWFF: Master Sommeliers Can Get It Wrong

    If you're reading this blog post, you probably like wine. But however well versed you think you are, we highly doubt you have the knowledge of a master sommelier. There are only 129 in North America. Well, whether you are a wino or a wine connoisseur, Delta's Taste Wine Like a Master Sommelier at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Are You A Wine Snob? Find Out in Time for the Festival

    For more on the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, check out New Times' Taste guide, hitting newsstands Thursday, February 21. Think about the last time you shared a bottle of vino with friends. Unless you're a group of uppity wine connoisseurs or sommeliers, chances are the wine in your glass mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    The Vini: Fine Wine, One Glass at a Time

    For commitment-phobes, sticking with anything can be tough -- even if it's just a bottle of wine. After all, that's four glasses to guzzle. Wouldn't it be better if you could switch up it up with every swig? Meet "The Vini," a patented screw-top vial serving up one glass of fine wine at a time. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Alaska Coffee Roasting Co. In North Miami Offers Much More Than Coffee (Video)

    Charismatic Alaska Coffee Roasting Co. owner, Karen Tuvio, recently invited us not only to a tasting at her North Miami shop, but also to watch her roast coffee beans in the coolest contraption since the flux capacitor. This isn't VIP treatment -- patrons are also invited to watch on select dates vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Mountain Dew Breakfast Beverage: How Bad is It?

    Soft drink powerhouse PepsiCo has announced the launch of a new breakfast beverage by Mountain Dew.Kickstart is being touted as an "entirely new beverage," which is sort of not true. The beverage, which blends juice and the favorite soda of hyped-up children and frat boys everywhere, actually starte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Taste of Brickell Valentine: Score Cheap VIP Couple's Pass Here

    Come March, memories of the South Beach Wine & Fodd Festival (SOBEWFF) will be fading fast -- and you'll need some new bacchanalia to look forward to. Luckily, the third annual Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival is bringing eats, drinks, and entertainment to the Miami Circle on March 23 an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Maker's Mark Shortage? Lower Alcohol Content

    As a Maker's Mark ambassador (an important-sounding name for someone on the company's mailing list), I get some pretty cool perks -- calling cards, an annual holiday trinket, and my name on a barrel that's aging somewhere in Loretto, Kentucky. I also get email blasts updating me on Maker's Mark news ... More >>

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