M.I.A. Brewing Company in Doral began production in mid-2014, and the taproom opened the following January. This Saturday, February 20, the brewing company will celebrating its first anniversary in style with an outdoor party featuring food trucks, live music, and lots of beer.
The party runs from 2 to 10 p.m., although the taproom will be open until 2 a.m. It will also be the brewery's "CANniversary," debuting its canned beers, which include four flagships: Miami Weiss Hefeweizen, MegaMix American pale ale, and Tourist Trappe Belgian ale. The cans will be released promptly at 8 p.m.
Admission is free, but beer tickets will be sold for $5 or $6 apiece. There will be two sizes of pours: a seven- or eight-ounce and 12-ounce pours.
M.I.A. brewers Michael Demetrius and Piero Rodriguez have been busy preparing — a mega, 60-plus M.I.A beer tap list awaits attendees. There's also the guest tap list from several local and out-of-state breweries, such as J. Wakefield Brewing Company, fellow Doral brewery Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, Wynwood Brewing, Funky Buddha Brewery, Civil Society Brewing, Barrel of Monks Brewing, Prairie Artisan Ales, Lagunitas Brewing, and Moonlight Meadery.
Aside from all the beer, party music will feature Miami's own DJ Otto Von Schirach and Spanish-born DJ Juan Luv, who will perform out of a vintage Volkswagen bus.
Food trucks the Magic Box (El Mago de las Fritas), Palomilla Grill, Box of Chacos, Divino, Ceviche, Mr. PB&J, and Miami Smokers will also be onsite to provide the necessary grub.
The party will include an arcade room featuring gamer 8bitLexicon, who'll present the release of Street Figher 5, as well as various classic videogame systems. Special guests are comic shop Goblins Heist, Dapper 13 Tattoo Corp., Creature entertainment comic pop shop, and face painting by Them Eyes.
The party follows the brewery's announcement last month that it'll expand production and distribution. There's 21,000 total square feet of space, 1,700 of which will be devoted to expanding the taproom, which is planned to have a beer cocktail bar featuring shandies, micheladas, and other hard liquor mixed with suds. There will also be a kitchen. M.I.A. Brewing owner Eddie Leon hopes to have the expansion completed by this summer.
While you may have liked the original taproom, expect a completely different vibe with the new one.
"We want it to be more cozy and casual," Leon says. "It won't be visually cluttered with so many taps and TVs like our first bar. The experience will be more engaging with our bartenders as they make unique drinks with beer."
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Leon has switched up distribution companies as part of the expansion. Before, Leon was effectively self-distributing with Most Wanted Beverages. But now he signed a deal with Cavalier Distributing, which will allow M.I.A. to expand its reach. He's also partnering with contract brewer Brew Hub, which is helping M.I.A. can its beers.
"Our brewing capacity will more than triple," Leon says. "That's why we signed on with Cavalier — to help us distribute more of our beers throughout South Florida."
You may have also noticed a bit of a name change. "MIA" changed to "M.I.A." According to Leon, the reason for the tweak is practical.
"We're doing this to help refine our brand and be more specific," Leon says. "All we make is beer."