Legacy Caribbean Craft Brewery Officially Launches in Miami, but Taproom Still Not Open

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Opa-locka's Legacy Caribbean Craft Brewery will officially launch its beer tonight, November 2. Beginning at 7 p.m., 305Brews (3535 NE Second Ave., Miami) in midtown will offer two of Legacy's beers. This marks the first time the beers will be poured outside of the brewery or festivals.

Legacy recently signed with Sunny Isles Beach-based Beerstream Distribution Company, and the first two beers slated for distribution are the brewery's Clubhouse Ale and Humble Noble IPA.

Beerstream is the small but growing endeavor of Brett Hubbard, a certified cicerone and former craft and specialty import manager at Gold Coast Beverage. His company distributes to Miami-Dade, Broward, and parts of West Palm Beach Counties.

Future beers for distribution include Gypsy Voodoo, a floral American pale ale; and Mulato, a porter made with Dominican coffee and bitter chocolate.

"We are extremely humbled and happy with being able to join our friends Accomplice Ciderworks, Devour Brewery, Hollywood Brewery, and Koffner Brewery in a journey of truly local flavor and true handmade craft beers," Legacy co-owner and brewer Ismael Fernandez says.

Legacy, which opened in 2013, recently relocated to 13416 NW 38th Ct. in Opa-Locka. The brewery had previously been dealing with permitting issues with the city, which was under investigation. Former City Manager David Chiverton resigned this past August amid allegations of federal corruption. Chiverton later pleaded guilty to a bribery charge. It turns out he was shaking down local businesses in exchange for permits. He and former city public works supervisor Gregory Harris had turned the public utilities department into an extortion racket, according to the Miami Herald.

But that's all in the past, and Fernandez, his wife Sonya, and his brother Hector look to the future with Legacy. The three plan to open a taproom at the brewery.

Fernandez isn't sure when that change will happen. The city still needs to approve an ordinance that would allow the brewery to be open to customers and serve beer on premises. For now, however, the brewery is open only for special events and tours.

It's a familiar tune for Fernandez, who already has experience dealing with red tape. "Opa-locka doesn't make it easy, but we aren't giving in," he says.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.