The sirens of craft beer are heard loud and clear in Miami, but the best part is when you feel the cold, sudsy goodness pour down the back of your throat.
And there will be much of that during American Craft Beer Week in Miami, where several breweries and bars are celebrating with copious amounts of special brew May 12 through 18.
Starting with Kush in Wynwood, the week will begin with tappings of local special releases such as Last Snow porter, Don't Tell Reece Peanut Butter Cup brown ale, and Raspberry Floridian on Tuesday. On Wednesday, a keg of Peppermint Paddy Stout and Scorpion IPA from Due South Brewing will be tapped, as well some Mexican Standoff saved especially for ACBW. Thursday brings the tapping of Cigar City Blueberry Muffin Brown Ale and Humidor American Sour. Kush will tap more special kegs throughout the week, including beer from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company.
The Abbey Brewing Company in Miami Beach will have a Stillwater Brewing night beginning Tuesday with a lineup of As Follows Belgian Strong Pale and Existent Dark Farmhouse Ale. Wednesday will be a California-meets-Florida night with Coronado Idiot IPA, Jurata Baltic Porter -- a collaboration between Cigar City and Coronado Brewing, Funky Buddha Crusher IPA, and More Moro Blood Orange IPA. Both events begin at 7 p.m.
Every World of Beer in Miami will have something going on during the week, which kicks off with a Southern Tier brewery night at WOB Kendall and a Green Flash Brewing night at WOB Dadeland. On Tuesday, WOB Midtown will have a California-versus-New York beer night. WOB Dadeland the same night will have its Evolution of South Florida Craft Beer event, featuring Due South, Cigar City, and Funky Buddha, craft beers. One of the more special events is the Abita Brewing Spotlight at WOB Kendall, which will feature a special release of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel Aged Baltic Porter. Only three kegs made it to South Florida, and WOB Kendall has one.
Wynwood Brewing Company will have its taproom ready and waiting with special releases. Beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m., WBC will have a different special release each day. Tuesday will see the tapping of HopShots Part Deux! IPA; Wednesday Nutty Blonde -- La Rubia with Hazelnut; Thursday is Vanilla Pop's Porter; Friday is Chocolate Magic -- Magic City with chocolate; Saturday is CocoChoco -- Tuttle Stout with White Chocolate and Coconut; and Sunday will see Barrel Aged Wheatwine.
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With all of these special releases, you have no excuse not to find good beer this week.