12 May A six-pack of new breweries in South Florida
Another craft-beer gold rush is underway in South Florida, with six new microbreweries striking out for dominance in South Florida.
As American Craft Beer Week returns May 16-22 — the congressionally sanctioned consumer holiday was designed to toast the creative local spirit of suds — it will fall on a transformed South Florida beer scene. Some two dozen full-scale breweries and nanobreweries have sprouted up in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties in the past five years, and show no sign of slowing.
Four of the breweries opened within the past six months, while the other two — Spanish Marie Brewing and Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Company — expect to appear within the next few months.
Here’s a rundown of the six breweries.
Devour Brewing Company
1500 SW 30th Ave., No. 4, Boynton Beach, 561-806-6011, DevourBrewing.com
Husband-and-wife co-owners Chip and Trish Breighner launched their 2,600-square-foot nanobrewery and taproom last fall, naming their business after their favorite song by Jacksonville rockers Shinedown. The brewery aims to begin distribution of its Fruity Loops Blonde Ale and Mosaic to My Ears IPA in June to retailers in Boynton Beach, southern Palm Beach County and northern Broward.
Open: 3-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 2-11 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday; happy hour 3-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, with $1 most beers
Why they’re noteworthy: How’s this for up-close? The taproom shares the same space as the brew house, with brew kettles, kegs and refrigeration feet away from the barstools.
On tap: Nine beers, including Devour’s Milk Stout, brewed with oatmeal and roasted barley; Sunday Afternoon Saison, with lemon drops, lemon peels and grilled Meyer lemons; and Mosaic to My Ears IPA, with dry-hopped Mosaic hops
Accomplice Brewery and Ciderworks
1023 N. Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach, 561-568-7242, AccompliceBrewery.com
Matt Stetson’s brewery specializes in hard cider that’s gluten-free, a choice made for the benefit of his partner, Felonice Merriman, who has celiac disease. A sixth-generation cidermaker, Stetson’s fruity elixir is made from a blend of fermented Washington apples, brewed inside an open-air, 5,000-square-foot warehouse near Okeechobee Boulevard.
Open: 4:30-10 p.m. weekdays, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday and 2-8 p.m. Sunday
Why they’re noteworthy: It’s the only craft cider house in South Florida. Stetson’s recipes are gluten-free, and he’s experimenting with gluten-free grains for a line of craft beers.
On tap: A Prussian golden cider; a Berry Cider, which is a golden cider fermented with strawberries; and the popular Sidewinder, a cinnamon double cider; and other limited-release blends
Biscayne Bay Brewing Company
8000 NW 25th St., Miami, 305-444-0344, BiscayneBayBrewing.com
After a year as a brewery without a taproom, Jose Mallea and Gus Chacon’s long-delayed 150-seat beer hall finally opened in December. The brewers have added a temperature-controlled barrel-aging room, handled by head brewer Andrew Guthrie.
Open: 4-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
Why they’re noteworthy: Distribution is running strong for the brewery, whose beers are available in 150 bars and restaurants in Miami-Dade and 10 in Broward and Palm Beach.
On tap: 1513 Golden Ale, named after the year Ponce de Leon sailed across Biscayne Bay; Miami Pale Ale, a less-hoppy India Pale Ale; and the smooth Biscayne Bay Saison, brewed with French hops
Spanish Marie Brewing
14241 SW 120th St., Kendall, 786-780-4872, Instagram.com/SpanishMarie
Named after Prohibition-era Miami rumrunner Marie Waite, this new West Kendall brewery from owner Alberto Cespedes and brewmaster Jamie Medina will house a speakeasy-themed taproom and a seven-barrel brewing system they bought in Kansas.
Open: Late summer to early fall
Why they’re noteworthy: Cespedes is planning to add a retail storefront for chocolate pairings, joining up with Fontainebleau Hotel chocolatier Chris O’Neil to create desserts with high-end chocolates. The storefront may also sell beer floats and other confections.
On tap: King Charlie’s, a passionfruit-punched hefeweizen; 3’N’Out American pale ale; and the 1929 Coffee Porter
Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Company
7360 SW 41st St., Miami, 305-912-7390, LincolnsBeardBrewing.com
Modeled as a brewpub more than as a brewery, head brewer John Falco’s warehouse devotes just 600 of its 4,300 square feet to brewing tanks. Falco and five other partners — all former military and Department of Defense contractors from Doral’s U.S. Southern Command — created the business last year. Lincoln’s Beard, named after a letter written by Grace Bedel, who influenced Lincoln to grow his familiar beard to boost voter appeal before his 1860 election. “This little girl made a major impact on the history of the world,” Falco, 35, says. “That’s what we’re about. We’re six folks, none of us are millionaires.”
Open: Falco estimates May 14 or May 15, and will announce the opening on the brewery’s Facebook page. Hours are 3-11 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Sunday
Why they’re noteworthy: For now, the brewery has few plans to distribute beyond their rustic-looking taproom, which boasts a penny-covered bar top and copper- and wood-covered décor.
On tap: Four beers to start, and will rotate out different IPA varieties weekly, Falco says. There’s Nunchuk Skills, a tart, pale American Wheat-style ale, with sweet orange peel and piney citrus notes; Avenge Me, a crisp Irish Red ale brewed with German hops; the dark-hued P. Swayze IPA; and Witch King Imperial Stout, a chocolate-overloaded, roasted brew Falco describes as “like drinking cafecito.”
The Tank Brewing Company
5100 NW 72nd Ave., Bay A1, Miami, TheTankBrewing.com
The latest microbrewery to open its doors in South Florida, the 25,000-square-foot Tank Brewing Company was hatched by Matthew Weintraub and Moh Saade, both alumni of the student-created B.R.E.W. FIU club, and Carlos Padron, a real-estate lawyer who also represents the Plascencia cigar factory.
Open: Mid-June, but 11 Miami bars and restaurants already carry their beers
Why they’re noteworthy: The brewery is the first in Miami to offer a cigar lounge, with leather chairs and 150 varieties of cigars.
On tap: La Finca Miami, a golden Belgian-style saison with notes of wheat, mandarin orange and lemon; and Freedom Tower Amber, a crisp, amber ale with caramel, toffee and apricot notes