Summer is winding down, but it seems Miami just keeps getting hotter. Local breweries Veza Sur and Concrete Beach can help you cool down this week, with an anniversary bash and a brew release, respectively. If you need something a little stronger, hit up the Wharf's Rum Around the Clock Rum Festival, celebrating National Rum Day.
Here are the best free events happening in Miami this week.
Miami and metal have a strong connection. You might think wearing black in the tropics is uncomfortable, but plenty of locals have metal on the brain. Vile Productions is bringing them death metal this week at Las Rosas. Expect California's Ensepulcher, featuring members of Fiend, Skeletal Remains, and Haggus. They'll be playing with Miami crust punks Künt Knuckless and metalheads Amenorrhea and Reyesz Bong Death. Earplugs will be necessary. 8:30 p.m. Monday, August 13, at Las Rosas, 2898 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; lasrosasbar.com. Admission is free; ages 21 and up.
Thursday is National Rum Day. Hooray! Amid rum specials galore going down in South Florida, the Wharf Miami is hosting the Rum Around the Clock Rum Festival, boasting more than 150 types of the spirit. In addition to booze specials, Cardi & Friends will be onsite to supply the tunes, and La Santa Taqueria, King of Racks BBQ, Mojo Donuts, Spris Artisan Pizza, and others will sell grub. Noon Thursday, August 16, at the Wharf Miami, 114 SW North River Dr., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
The current occupant of the White House isn't the only person who's all hot and bothered about so-called political correctness these days. After being asked to keep a recent comedy performance clean and inoffensive, South Florida's resident queen comedian, Shelley Novak, dreamed up Triggered: An Evening of Inappropriate Comedy. She promises to go as blue as possible, so these jokes aren't for the faint of heart. UPDATE: This event has been postponed to Friday, August 31. 10 p.m. at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; gramps.com. Admission is free.
Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia died 23 years ago this month. So even though Dead cover act Unlimited Devotion play tribute nights steadily around town, this week's set at Blackbird Ordinary will be more meaningful. Dig up your favorite Grateful Dead tee and show love to Garcia. 9 p.m. Saturday, August 18, at Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW First Ave., Miami; blackbirdordinary.com. Admission is free.
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"Bouvalay" is a term made up by Miami rappers that means “bullshit,” according to the internet. But the beer of the same name created by Concrete Beach Brewery is nothing of the sort. Debuting on tap as part of Gallery Series in 2017, the Malbec-blended brew will now be released in a can at the party Move the Bouv. This lager has an interesting backstory: It was left to age in oak when parts of the city were evacuated because of Hurricane Irma last summer. The beer fermented without temperature control, giving it a unique flavor. Enjoy this special brew with live music, food vendors, summer swag, and a photo booth. Noon Saturday, August 18, at Concrete Beach, 325 NW 24th St., Miami; concretebeachbrewery.com. Admission is free.
Breweries abound in South Florida, but not all have a unique Latin flavor. Veza Sur in Wynwood emphasizes its South American roots while honoring the city’s diversity and great vibes. The brewery is celebrating its First Anniversary with a bash and beer release. Expect music by DJ Tillery James, DJ A-Train, and Ill-Set Dee-J, as well as live acts Jacuzzi Boys, Mr. Pauer (with live percussion), and Uma Galera. The party will rage till 3 a.m., so you'll have plenty of time for genuine fun at this fiesta. 2 p.m. Saturday, August 18, at Veza Sur Brewing Co., 55 NW 25th St., Miami; vezasur.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.