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Anheuser-Busch to Open Boutique Brewery in Wynwood

Veza Sur, a partnership between Bogota Beer Company and 10 Barrel Brewing, will open in Wynwood.
Veza Sur, a partnership between Bogota Beer Company and 10 Barrel Brewing, will open in Wynwood.
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Anheuser-Busch InBev is adding another brand to its craft-and-import-focused, "high-end" portfolio with the launch of Veza Sur Brewing Co. this summer in Miami. The beverage megacompany has tapped Colombia's Bogota Beer Company and Oregon's 10 Barrel Brewing for the collaboration.

Veza Sur is set to open at 55 NW 25th St. early this summer. The 10,000-square-foot space will include a 15-barrel DME brewhouse and a 5,000-square-foot taproom with a terrace.

The brewery gets its name from a mashup of "cerveza" and "sur" — a nod to its Colombian half. Veza Sur was inspired by the travels of twin brothers and 10 Barrel Brewing cofounders Chris and Jeremy Cox. They, along with Max-Antonio Burger, who is in charge of new ventures and innovation at Anheuser-Busch InBev, traveled to South America to explore its beer, food, and culture.

Shortly after, they learned that Berny Silberwasser, founder of Bogota Beer Company, was looking to start a project in Miami. The result is the soon-to-open Veza Sur Brewing.

Silberwasser chose the Magic City for its diversity. “Miami is the capital of Latin America in the United States, which is exactly why we chose it as our home and the home of Veza Sur."

The Cox brothers are excited to be a part of the Miami beer scene. "Jeremy and I have always been entrepreneurs, with a passion to innovate, work with small dynamic teams, and push the craft industry," Chris Cox says. "We’ve always enjoyed visiting Miami, which has an amazing culture, and have had interest in starting a craft brewery that can meld multiple cultures."

Veza Sur cofounder and master brewer Asbjorn Gerlach has quite a resumé. The founder of Kross Brewery, the second-largest brewery in Chile, the German native brings more than two dozen years of brewing experience to Wynwood.

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Gerlach will concentrate on eight beers to start, including two lagers (Latin and dark varieties), a session IPA, an IPA, a Belgian witbier, a coffee porter, a red ale on nitro, and a Berliner Weisse with guava. Additional guest taps will feature local breweries.

The taproom will have as many as 18 taps serving beer in what the company says will be a laid-back setting with a Latin vibe. The taproom will offer multiple indoor and outdoor seating areas and a garden.

In addition to offering its beers, Veza Sur will brew its own version of chopp (pronounced show-pea), Brazil's most popular drink. Chopp is a draft lager famous for its three-inch foam head. It's traditionally served in small glasses just below the freezing point. The drink, which is said to revive Brazilians after long, hot days, is also well suited for Miami's weather.

Veza Sur will also offer micheladas — the hangover cure made with beer, lime juice, peppers, and spices — in its taproom.

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