Local Brewers Rock at Brew at the Zoo

Cheers to Brew at the Zoo.
Cheers to Brew at the Zoo.
Photo by George Martinez

This past weekend, Zoo Miami got a little more interesting with Brew at the Zoo. Miami New Times' annual celebration of suds was bigger and better than ever, with thousands of people enjoying beer from some of the world's best breweries, good food, and world-class music.

What made this year's Brew at the Zoo shine was the focus on local brewers. From established breweries like Funky Buddha to homebrewers looking to make the big leap to a commercial operation (like Hialeah Brewing Company, which displayed a flamingo-shaped coin bank in case anyone wanted to invest in the business), Saturday's event proved the South Florida beer scene is thriving.  

Miami Brewing Company
Miami Brewing Company
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Miami Brewing Company brought out crowd pleasers like Big Rod and Gator Tail, as well as a limited-release Miami Winter Ale.

Concrete Beach
Concrete Beach
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While pouring its Rica and Stiltsvilles, the team at Concrete Beach leaked intel about the opening of the brewery's Social Hall, which should be open much sooner than expected.

Spanish Marie's beer and dessert pairings.
Spanish Marie's beer and dessert pairings.
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Spanish Marie's innovative beer-and-dessert-pairing concept was well received, especially the 3'N'Out APA, paired with a lemon curd custard. The tartness of the lemon played perfectly with the bitterness of the beer. 

Hialeah Brewing Company
Hialeah Brewing Company
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Hialeah Brewing Company's Eric and Ally were all about locality of flavors, using tropical fruits as inspiration. The best brew was their guava-and-colada beer, which was like breakfast in a glass.

J. Wakefield in the house.
J. Wakefield in the house.
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J. Wakefield Brewing poured a unique collaborative beer. Blood Bros — a blood orange Berliner weisse — was made in partnership with Arizona Wilderness using rare Arizona white wheat.

Nelsito's Brew
Nelsito's Brew
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Nelsito's Brew's El Tamarindo was a fragrant and delicious taste of the Caribbean.

Winston Brewery
Winston Brewery
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Winston Brewery's Brown Pelican ale was a creamy, nutty glass that transported drinkers straight to an English pub. 

Lines for Funky Buddha
Lines for Funky Buddha
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Funky Buddha's beers were in demand by people who wanted a taste of the Oakland Park brewery's famous Hop Gun IPA. 

Keepin' it wild.
Keepin' it wild.
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This raptor, a Zoo Miami guest, would have made a great wingman if anyone had asked him. Alternative job: designated flier?

Biscayne Bay Brewing
Biscayne Bay Brewing
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Biscayne Bay Brewing's La Colada Porter is rich, creamy, and satisfying. 

Wynwood Brewing Company
Wynwood Brewing Company
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People flocked to Wynwood Brewing Company for the award-winning Pop's Porter.

Legacy Caribbean Craft Brewery
Legacy Caribbean Craft Brewery
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Legacy Caribbean Craft Brewery's Dona Rosa guava ale and Tallulah Belgian wheat beers were refreshing porch-pounders for a warm spring evening. 

Brew at the Zoo makes people happy.
Brew at the Zoo makes people happy.
Photo by George Martinez

Cheers to Brew at the Zoo.

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