Beer & Wine

J. Wakefield Hosts Florida Weisse Bash 2015

It's August in Miami, which means it's nearly impossible to stand outside for more than five minutes before turning into a wet mop.

The only respite: a cold one. Make that a cold Florida weisse.

J. Wakefield Brewery's Johnathan Wakefield calls it the perfect beer for a 95-degree day. "These beers are light, refreshing, tart, and have some balance from the local fruits we use. If you haven't tried them, you're missing out."

These beers, a take on a Berliner weissbier, also come with a typically low ABV (around 3 to 5 percent), so it's easy to pound back a few on a hot day and not be worried about getting wasted.

Sours, long the rage in beer cities such as Asheville, are gaining popularity in Miami. Though Wakefield leads the way in turning out refreshing fruity sours in flavors like key lime and passionfruit, other breweries are following suit. Wynwood Brewing Company, for example, offers Bohemian Raspberry, a blush-colored weisse that starts out flowery and ends with a pucker.

These beers will be celebrated this Saturday, August 29, at the fourth-annual Florida Weisse Bash, held at J. Wakefield Brewery from 1 to 6 p.m.

Nearly a dozen breweries will showcase their best weisse and sour beers, including 7venth Sun Brewing, Angry Chair Brewing, Cigar City Brewing, Darwin Brewing Company, Green Bench Brewing Co, Green Room Brewing, JDub's Brewing Company & Tap Room, MIA Brewing Co., Proof Brewing Company, Wynwood Brewing Company, and, of course, J. Wakefield. As Wakefield says, "This is a celebration of all things sour." 

Although the complete beer list hasn't been finalized, expect dozens of varieties, including a berry ale and Blackberry Grove from Cigar City, a key lime Florida weisse from Green Room Brewing, Wynwood Brewing's Bohemian Raspberry, two sours from Green Beach, and a tangerine sour from Miami Brewing. 

J. Wakefield will pour about a dozen tart selections, including dragon fruit, passionfruit, grilled pineapple, and Mango Eater Sour Belgian Witte. 

With all these beers to choose from, which is the absolute standout? According to Wakefield, it's his own Haterade. "It's basically a fruit punch Berliner weisse. People go crazy for it."  

All beers will be sold via a ticket system. Tickets cost $5 each and get you either an eight-ounce pour of a sour or weisse, or a 16-ounce pour of a Wakefield core beer such as Hop for Teacher, El Jefe, 24 Street Brown Ale, or UJP Smoked English Porter inside the taproom.  

If you're hungry, the Babe Frohman food truck will be onsite during the early portion of the party, and Mr. Good Stuff will take over in the evening. A live DJ will provide tunes. The event is rain or shine, and admission is free — just pay as you go.
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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