Sure, we Americans can thank our government for ending Prohibition with the ratification of the 21st Amendment in December 1933. But we should really be thanking the local entrepreneurial homebrewers for starting Florida's booming craft beer industry that now provides us with an abundance of breweries, bars, and restaurants to grab a fresh pint.
Breweries continue to sprout. From 2015 to 2016, according to the Brewers Association, the total number of breweries grew from 4,548 to 5,301. Miami is expected to see the debut of several establishments this year alone, and a dozen are planned for Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
From pint and growler specials to happy hours, there is no shortage of suds in Miami. National Beer Day also happens to kick off the weekend by being on a Friday. Here's a list of places in South Florida to celebrate April 7 with some brews:
The Abbey Brewing Company,1115 16 St., Miami Beach
The Abbey's tapping a keg of Biscayne Gold, a piney yet fruity Northeastern style IPA brewed by Miami's own Gravity Brewlab. The tapping starts at 6 p.m.
Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Company, 3200 NW 23rd Ave., Pompano Beach
Flights of any six craft beers on tap cost $6.
The Bar at the Wynwood Yard, 82 NW 29th St., Miami
Brooklyn-based Sixpoint Brewery beers, such as the Crisp and Resin, cost $5 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, 8000 NW 25th St., Doral
El Roble, an 8.5 percent ABV Scotch ale aged in Woodford Reserve barrels; and El Watusi, a 10.1 percent imperial stout, will be tapped. Get half off all growler fills during happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m.
Brass Tap Beer Bar, 551 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale
All day happy hour (normally between 4 to 7 p.m. ) specials of $2 off all drinks, including brews made by their in-house brewery, Flagler Village Brewery.
Concrete Beach Brewery, 325 NW 24th St., Miami
Get half-price fills of 32-ounce or 64-ounce growlers for tap brews except Nitro Imperial Chocolate Chili Stout. Grumpy Greg's BBQ food truck will sell food.
Due South Brewing Company, 2900 High Ridge Rd., Boynton Beach
Caramel Cream Ale and Category 3 IPA will sell for $4 a pint. Grub from Troy’s Bar-Be-Que will be available from 5 to 10 p.m.
Funky Buddha Brewery, 1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park
Beginning at 5 p.m., Funky Buddha will tap two special releases and two guest beers, respectively: Dread Pirate Roberts, a 9 percent ABV imperial stout brewed with raspberries, chocolate, coconut, and vanilla; Strawberry Basil Berliner, a 5 percent ABV sour beer; Lost Abbey Track #8, barrel-aged and quadruple-infused with chilies and cinnamon; and Short's Double Magician, an 8.1 percent ABV London-style red ale.
Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Company, 7360 SW 41st St., Miami
A single keg release of Big Whiskey, a barrel-aged brown, will happen at 8 p.m.
MIA Beer Company, 10400 NW 33rd St., Doral
Expect MIA's 305 Golden Ale for $3.05 all day, growler specials, and beer cocktails.
NOBO Brewing Company, 901 Commerce Park Dr., Boynton Beach
NOBO debuts its 12 percent ABV coconut chocolate coffee imperial stout.
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J. Wakefield Brewing, 120 NW 24th St., Miami
Get 25 percent off all fills of Wakefield's 32-ounce growler from noon to 4 p.m. and $1 off all drafts from 5 to 7 p.m.
Wynwood Brewing Company, 565 NW 24th St., Miami
Enjoy $2 off La Rubia and Pop’s Porter and $1 off seasonal beers during happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.
On Saturday, May 6th New Times' Brew at the Zoo will take over Zoo Miami from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with over 100 of your favorite local, international and craft beers. To celebrate National Beer Day, New Times is offering general admission tickets for only $20. This offer is only good through April 9 at 10 p.m., while supplies last. Purchase tickets at newtimesbrewatthezoo.com.