Beer & Wine

Miami's Best Holiday Beers Bring Out the Flavors of the Season

Mussels in Brussels quad
Mussels in Brussels quad Photo by Haidar Hachem
Christmas is a great time to gather your friends and hoist a pint or two at one of Miami's breweries. Most make seasonal beers rich in holiday flavors. Brews spiced with clove and cinnamon or exuding sweet hints of coconut and vanilla conjure images of sleigh rides and snowball fights — even in Miami. Here is a list of breweries making great holiday beers to get you through to the new year.
Deck the Walls imperial spiced porter - PHOTO BY CONCRETE BEACH BREWERY
Deck the Walls imperial spiced porter
Photo by Concrete Beach Brewery
Concrete Beach Brewery. Another year, another holiday release of Deck the Walls spiced imperial porter. Each year, the brewery chooses a different artist to design the original can artwork during Art Basel. Enjoy the ale, brewed with spices, for $13 a six-pack and $7.50 per pint at the taproom. 325 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-796-2727;
click to enlarge Blessed Be the Fruit sour ale - PHOTO BY MONICA VEGA
Blessed Be the Fruit sour ale
Photo by Monica Vega
Lincoln's Beard Brewing Company. The brewery recently released its Blessed Be the Fruit sour ale ($7.50 per pint), which was made with 150 pounds of clementines. On December 22, Lincoln's Beard releases its Exquisito chocolate stout ($7 per pint) during the brewery's pre-noche buena event. 7360 SW 41st St., Miami; 305-912-7390;
click to enlarge Barrel-aged Welcome to the Thunderdome imperial stout - PHOTO BY ALEX GUTIERREZ
Barrel-aged Welcome to the Thunderdome imperial stout
Photo by Alex Gutierrez
J. Wakefield Brewing Company. J. Wakefield Brewing is getting into the holidays with its bourbon barrel-aged Welcome to the Thunderdome porter. This imperial porter is loaded with coconut, Tahitian vanilla bean, and coffee. Currently on draft at the taproom, a ten-ounce pour is $11. The beer is set for a bottle release ($20 to $25), though a date hasn't been announced. 120 NW 24th St., Miami; 786-254-7779;
click to enlarge Feats of Strength stout - PHOTO BY WORD OF MOUTH PR
Feats of Strength stout
Photo by Word of Mouth PR
Nightlife Brewing Company. Seinfeld fans will be thrilled to know NightLife Brewing Co. is brewing two Festivus-themed beers that will be tapped on December 26. The Airing of Grievances IPA will have hints of pine, and Feats of Strength stout will be brewed with blackberries. Both will be sold on draft at the taproom for $7 per pint and $4 during happy hour. 1588 NW Seventh St., Miami; 786-787-2337;
click to enlarge Pumpkin-spice chai latte brown ale - PHOTO BY JULIA ROSE PHOTO
Pumpkin-spice chai latte brown ale
Photo by Julia Rose Photo
Spanish Marie. The day after Christmas, Spanish Marie Brewing Company will release four seasonal iterations of its brown ale: Churros brown ale, Arroz Con Leche brown ale, Coquito brown ale, and Flan brown ale. Each will cost $8 to $9 per pint, depending on which you choose. 14241 SW 120th St., Miami; 786-502-2180;
click to enlarge Resilience Butte County Proud IPA - COURTESY OF VEZA SUR
Resilience Butte County Proud IPA
Courtesy of Veza Sur
Veza Sur Brewing Co. Veza Sur is drinking it forward by partnering with Sierra Nevada to brew its Resilience Butte County Proud IPA. One hundred percent of the sales will be donated to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund to help those impacted by the devastating California fire. Each pint costs $6.50 and all proceeds go straight to the relief effort. 55 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-362-6300;
click to enlarge Barrel-aged Coqui-to imperial milk stout - COURTESY OF WYNWOOD BREWING COMAPNY
Barrel-aged Coqui-to imperial milk stout
Courtesy of Wynwood Brewing Comapny
Wynwood Brewing Company. Wynwood Brewing has released its annual barrel-aged Coqui-to imperial milk stout. With flavors and tastes of the beloved beverage, this beer is sure to put you in the spirit. A limited-edition can costs $20, and a 13-ounce pint in the taproom costs $9. 565 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-982-8732;
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Haidar Hachem is a type 1 diabetic and cancer survivor who lives his life by running long distances (in Speedos) and drinking beer. He is a brewery/beer reviewer and is on his way to becoming Cicerone-certified. Cheers!
Contact: Haidar Hachem