Miami’s known for late nights, pristine beaches, loud music and sparkling, warm waters, but there’s a new kid on the block making a name for itself fast. Just five years ago, “beer” wasn’t a word uttered often in the Magic City. Now, with breweries popping up in different neighborhoods every few months, Miami has become a serious contender in the craft beer scene. And what happens when you’re new to the game? There’s room for experimentation when it comes to distinctive flavors and off-the-beaten path locations. Below, nine of our favorites so far.
Opened in 1995, the Abbey is a Miami Beach establishment — a place frequented by tourists and beloved by locals. Everything South Beach isn’t (in a good way), this cozy little dark bar provides an intimate experience and has a full liquor bar and a food menu in addition to its full-bodied house beers and guest draft beers.
Titanic Restaurant & Brewery
This one’s special too, because, like the Abbey, it’s been open for 23 years. The self-proclaimed “oldest and finest brewpub” in Miami, Titanic has won several awards over the decades in competitions like the Great American Beer Festival and the New Times International Beer Festival. The Coral Gables brewery prides itself in six signature drafts ranging from a light pilsner to a seven percent ABV IPA.
Wynwood Brewing Co.
You’ll find some of the best seasonal and limited edition beers in Miami at Wynwood Brewing Co. The family-owned 15-barrel brewhouse takes its creations seriously and promises to create a work of art in every glass. It’s Wynwood’s first craft brewery, too, and so the owners have made it a point to stay authentic and really lift up the community by hiring locally and offering weekly specials and discounts for locals, college students and those who work in the service industry. They also have a sweet ladies’ night special.
Food trucks are on rotation here and in tandem with the neighborhood’s monthly Art Walk, Wynwood Brewing features a pop-up art gallery. All pieces, created by local artists, of course, are available for sale the entire month with proceeds going directly to the artists.
Miami Brewing Company
What started as Schnebly Winery — the only winery in Miami, located on a vast farmland property — has expanded to include a brewery just next door. Both Schnebly and Miami Brewing Company use a mix of fruits, spices and herbs for flavors that are uniquely South Florida and oh so tropical. Plan to spend the day here, or at least a few good hours; you can order some savory snacks in the tasting room, play a game of pool and catch a sporting event on the large projector screen, too.
Concrete Beach Brewery
Another Wynwood brewery, Concrete Beach began brewing in 2015, opened its Social Hall soon after and offers free tours seven days a week. The indoor/outdoor space has got some pretty cool flavors on tap, including the 6.2 percent ABV Rosé Ale (rosé all day!) and the Pisco Sour Berliner, inspired by the classic Peruvian Pisco cocktail. Like Wynwood Brewing, Concrete Beach supports the arts and local community organizations. The brewery hosts food vendors on an ever-changing schedule, so check their website or give them a call if you have questions about what’s on the menu.
Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Co.
There’s a very apparent presidential theme here, but we don’t mind. This Bird Road Arts District brewery has thousands of pennies glued to the top of the bar, an Abraham Lincoln mural on a brick wall and a framed portrait of the eponymous U.S. president above a urinal in the men’s room.
Lincoln’s Beard hosts live music acts on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and is the place to be any day of the week if you’re down for some good beers and an even better time. This brewery separates its beers into three categories: Always, Often and Sometimes. Try the Lincoln’s Best Sparkling Ale, a crisp and refreshing 5.5 percent ABV; rumor has it that a few sips will improve your karaoke skills exponentially.
West Kendall’s Spanish Marie is a Prohibition-era craft brewery, a welcome newcomer to Miami’s beer world as of May 2018. The beautifully decorated and cozy space does not look like your typical brewery, with hanging plants and 1920’s-style tchotchkes, but we’ll take it.
Spanish Marie hosts movie nights and its Speakeasy Menu has some of the most interesting beers we’ve heard of yet, including a plethora of ales (the Guayaba Era guava-infused ale, the Grapefruit Crates grapefruit-infused cream ale and the cleverly-named I Like You But I’m Chai, to name a few) and a lip-smacking French Vanilla Coffee Porter. Spanish Marie also offers guest beers from Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Co. as well as a few other stand-alones from California, Alaska and Saint Petersburg, FL.
Nightlife Brewing Company
At Nightlife Brewing, it’s all about the stories told and history made while enjoying a fantastic local beer. This brewery is cool because it’s right outside Marlins Park, Miami’s baseball stadium, so it’s the perfect place to stop and pre-game or recap/drink your sorrows away after a game. But you don’t have to be a sports fan to imbibe. This place is open year round and boasts seasonal cans like the Flight to Freedom — a golden strong ale probably named for Cubans who escaped to Miami in the 1960s and ‘70s — and the Thunderbird milk stout.
The Tank Brewing Co.
A massive (and we mean 25,000-square-foot massive!) space in the middle of nowhere, also known as the Doral warehouse district, the Tank Brewing Co. is the perfect place to host an event or just stop in for a couple brewskis before heading back to the airport. Book a tour or try a few of the 16 locally-named beers on tap, including the Freedom Tower or El Farito (which translates to “the little lighthouse”).
The Tank also hosts cigar nights, live music and charity events like the first ever South Florida craft beer 5k run, benefiting local organizations. If you’re in Miami for a long time (and a good time) and looking to get involved in the community, this might be the brewery for you.