NightLife Brewing Company
At least 1,500 square feet will be dedicated for a taproom with outside seating area, with the rest for brewing space and offices, O'Naghten tells New Times. Getting the location wasn't exactly easy, he says. Both he and Cooper looked elsewhere, but nothing went through. Instead, they focused on promoting their beers for three years at various events around the city. Eventually, their patience was rewarded.
Getting the space took roughly nine months, starting in June 2015, with approvals steadily making their way through Miami's government before the final consent. The duo also had to get approval from the Marlins team itself.
Cooper also attributes his brewery's success to the work of previous breweries that came before NightLife and helped pave the way within Miami city government for future operations. Now, Cooper says, the city wants to help them get up and running. Both say they are shooting for a 2017 opening, possibly before the beginning of the MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Stadium. "After all the breweries did the trailblazing, it's relatively easier," Cooper says.
One of the more notable features of the brewery is that it has covered parking, so you'll never have to be wet. The first hour is free, Cooper says, then customers will be charged $1 per hour.
No word on how big the brewing system will
For the partners, the brewery is their foray into Miami's craft beer industry. O'Naghten is a former U.S. Army paratrooper and UM alumnus. Cooper comes from a bartending background and currently bartends at Beaker and Gray in Wynwood. Cooper wants to tap into his behind-the-bar knowledge to create one-of-a-kind craft brews. "I'm
O'Naghten says the venue has yet to be built out, although he adds he's looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship between the brewery and the Marlins. He's received a lot of feedback so far. "