4

Wakefield Brewing Begins Collaboration with Cigar City

^
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.

Johnathan Wakefield, owner/founder of J. Wakefield Brewing Company and Miami beer crafter extraordinaire, is teaming up with Cigar City Brewing for some collaboration brewing. Again.

This time, however, the new line of brews is going commercial and if Miami distributors are willing, you might get to see it in area stores.

See also:
- Miami's Top Brewer Johnathan Wakefield Talks Breweries, Berliners and a Little Math Too (Photos)

The new line of Cigar City beers is called Cerveza Fresca, and it is based on Mexican agua fresca-type drinks and Caribbean cocktails.

The first in the series will be brewed with guayabana, a fruit native through much of Latin Americas, but particularly found in Mexico, Cuba, the Caribbean and the northern end of South America. It is a fruit with a white, edible pulp that is described as having the taste combination of strawberry, pineapple and with subtle flavor notes of coconut and/or banana.

The recipe was concocted by Wakefield and Wayne Wambles, the head brewer for Cigar City. The beer will be heavily fruited with 495 pounds of guayabana in a 15 barrel system, or over a pound of fruit per gallon. The beer itself is based on a pale ale.

Wakefield said that he has so far received a positive reaction from social media.

"I'm just trying to bring that Miami taste and flavor to my beers," he said. "It's an important key to the community."

Wakefield has previously collaborated with Cigar City, but only with pilot batches such as Miami Madness -- a Berliner weisse brewed with guava fruit--that went on tap at Cigar City's tasting room up in Tampa.

A Berliner weisse is a low-alcohol, sour wheat beer that originated in Berlin, Germany.

Some beer heads in the scene might be familiar with Wakefield's dragon fruit Passion fruit Berliner weisse, or "DFPF," which has consistently made the highest rankings on ratebeer.com. It was also a pilot beer from Cigar City.

The brewing is occurring now and the beer should be ready to go just in time for Hunahpu Day on March 9. This is the first in the series but Wakefield says the brewers are planning a couple more.

In a way, the Miami beer market is coming full circle. Wakefield is standing out by introducing his own style of beer. "I'm going to try and separate myself from the rest of the guys by just

doing that sort of thing," he said. "Not a lot of other guys are doing the fruited Berliners."

Follow David Minsky on Twitter @DavidAMinsky and Instagram @daveminsky.

Follow Short Order on Facebook, on Twitter @Short_Order, and Instagram @ShortOrder.

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.