Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Champagne Wishes, Caviar Dreams, Beer Budget

Miami is getting pretty fancy-schmancy this Columbus Day weekend, people.

If you have "champagne wishes and caviar dreams" but your wallet implies more of a beer budget, fret not, dear friends because we've got you covered.

Visit one of two swanky special food trucks this weekend when both the Clicquot mail truck and Lufthansa food truck make stops in Miami. Then, try some free caviar at Epicure.

If your tastes do run more to beer than the fancy stuff, head over to Schnebly Redland's Winery for the debut of the specially crafted pumpkin beer or to Wynwood Brewing Company, where they're showcasing a gold-medal winner, Pop's Porter.

An action-packed, chanpagne-and-beer-soaked, caviar-eating weekend starts now!

See also: Wynwood Brewing Wins Gold Medal at Great American Beer Festival

Toast to the Clicquot Mail Truck

Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night stops Miamians from a party. Which is why, we guess, the Clicquot Mail Truck is making a few stops here over the weekend.

Tonight, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., stop at the Conrad Miami for some complimentary hors d'oeuvres including ham croquettes, pork belly tacos, truffle arancini and cuban spring rolls. sadly, the champers isn't free. Glasses of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label are $17 and bottles are $70. Veuve Clicquot Rose by-the-glass is $18 and by-the bottle it's $80.

On Saturday, the Mail Truck will be at Seasalt and Pepper from 4 to 7 p.m. where glasses of Yellow Label are $22 (bottles are $150). Big spenders can opt for Osetra Caviar at $125 per ounce and Kumamoto oysters for $4.50 each.

On Sunday, the W South Beach will host a fried chicken and bubbles party at Grove and on the terrace of the Dutch from 5 to 8 p.m. Unlimited glasses of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label will be available for $99 and all-the-chicken and fixin's you want is priced at $45.

These are Better Days

Sure you've been to your "typical" happy hour, but why not try an "atypical" one? Better Days is hosting one tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. with $3-4 drafts, $4 well drinks, $4-5 call drinks, and a selection of $4 wines. The laid back vibe, library of vintage Playboys, and Ouija board (for calling on a different kind of spirit) makes this happy hour not your usual run-of-the-mill after-work party.

Lufthansa Truck

Lufthansa Airlines is launching a campaign to get people to say nice things about airline food with their food truck all gussied up to look like an airplane (sounds like a Disney movie). A Lufthansa chef will be onboard the truck to prepare special meals to the first 200 people to show up (first come, first served).

Intrigued? The truck will be at Lincoln Road Mall on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In addition to a great meal, take a picture of your favorite dish and post it on Twitter, Istagram, or Facebook with hashtag #TasteofAmerica and you'll be entered to win a pair of round-trip tickets to Germany.

Free Caviar at Epicure

Caviar. It's what rich people eat. Now you can too, at Epicure Gourmet Market -- for free! The market is hosting complimentary caviar tasting on Saturday at all three locations (times vary). Sample several different caviars from Sasanian Caviar and learn the differences from a caviar expert who will answer all your questions about this delicacy. No RSVP is needed, just show up and enjoy! Store schedule as follows:

Wynwood Brewing Pop's Porter Happy Weekend

By now you've heard the good news that our very own Wynwood Brewing Company took home a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their Pop's Porter.

That's a big deal by the way and to celebrate the brewery is throwing a party all weekend long. From Friday - Sunday, enjoy Pop's Porter for only $4 a pint and growler fills at a 15 percent discount.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., the tap room will host an exhibition by artist Alexis Frias (8BitLexicon) and will tap a special cask of The Piglitz at 5 p.m. What the heck is a Piglitz? It's only a dry hopped Imperial Marzen brewed with Italian spring water aged on pumpkin pie. And bacon. Live music concert by Inez and Kazoots will start at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, the tap room opens at 10:30 a.m. for a session of Om Brew Yoga with Shelah Davis.Yoga and a post-workout beer is $15. Register online in advance at wynwoodbrewing.com.

Miami Brewing Company at Schnebly Redland's Winery

Miami Brewing Company launches their special Jack O' Spades pumpkin ale this weekend at Schnebly Redland's Winery. Available in bombers. Be sure to take a tour of the brewery while you're there and stay to enjoy an afternoon in the "country". The winery and brewery are open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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