When trying to define craft beer, each beer lover has a unique interpretation and story of discovery to share. To make a true craft beer definition even more difficult, each individual beer brand is one of a kind. This movement is growing quite rapidly across the country. Beer enthusiasts have responded by embracing these breweries and their unique, innovative and flavorful beers, brewed locally. Check out some of South Florida’s favorite local breweries.
A Work of Art in Every Glass
Wynwood Brewing Company is Miami’s first craft production brewery, in the heart of Wynwood Art District, featuring a tap room. We are family owned and operated with the simple objective of bringing fresh, delicious, and creative beers to thirsty South Floridians and tourists alike. We operate a 15-barrel brewhouse and distribute our Blonde Ale, India Pale Ale, Gold Medal-winning Robust Porter, barrel aged Strong Ales and a rotation of seasonal offerings.
Our beloved neighborhood, known as the Wynwood Arts District, is located just north of downtown Miami in an area that was traditionally a garment district. In addition, Wynwood is also known as the Puerto Rican Barion due to the large settlement of Puerto Rican families during the 70s and 80s. After the garment factories left the
area, many of the warehouses were abandoned and became littered with graffiti. Starting in the early 2000s, many artists began to paint remarkable pieces. Since then, galleries and some of the worlds best street artists paint phenomenal murals that have flourished in this area.
We decided to come to Wynwood for several reasons. First, we are truly committed to our craft and consider what we do a work of art in every glass. In addition, we are a Puerto Rican Family, and as a family we felt we needed to come to this neighborhood and help create jobs to the local folks and support our community.
Wynwood Brewing – 565 N.W. 24th Street – Miami, Fla. 33027 305-982-8732 www.wynwoodbrewing.com
With over 1,000 beers to choose from, a nano-brewery run by Native Brewing, and in house experts teaching locals how to brew at home on the last Saturday of every month, Craft Beer Cartel is the mecca of craft beer in South Florida. If the selection doesn’t impress you, just take a moment to peruse the mosaic floor consisting of over 200,000 hand-laid bottle caps by Riverside Market regulars, local beer enthusiasts, friends, and family. Founders Lisa & Julian Siegel of Riverside Market and Adam & Jill Fine of Native Brewing set out to build the first home brew supply and bottle shop in Fort Lauderdale, and in doing so, made a huge impact on the local beer scene.
“We are all about community”, explains Lisa Siegel, “We want people to feel comfortable coming in and asking questions; Craft beer is our passion and there’s nothing we love more than sharing that with our customers.”
In addition to a huge selection of craft beer, Cartel also boasts an 8-line growler fill station and maintains a constant repertoire of brewers visiting through their Meet The Brewer series.
Extensions of the original concept, Riverside Market, Craft Beer Cartel offers a grab and go option for beer, while Riverside invites customers to enjoy over 650 craft beers and stay for an array of “deliciosities” like their signature Barbecue Chicken Pizza and infamous North Fork Sandwich.
Craft Beer Cartel – 557 SW 12th Avenue – 954-401-5808 www.facebook.com/craftbeercartel
The craft beer scene in South Florida is growing at a record clip these days, with bars and restaurants proffering flavorful, local brews with all sorts of origins. At the heart of that movement is the largest local producer, the Funky Buddha Brewery. They are committed to producing bold craft beers that marry culinary-inspired ingredients with time-honored technique. Their mantra is big, bold flavors, made exactingly with natural ingredients. This homegrown brewery creates an array of unique brews that would make Willy Wonka jealous – everything from India Pale Ales made with a cadre of hops or even fresh blood orange juice to the popular “No Crusts,” a brown ale brewed to evoke the taste of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Its beers can be found at over 1500 bars and restaurants from Key West to Orlando, and on shelves at stores like Total Wine, Publix, and Whole Foods Market – but they are probably best experienced at the source, a 3000 square-foot tap room that features a rotating cast of the latest releases along with food trucks, games, and even tours of the brewery itself. (That’s where the magic happens!) And all this from a brewery that’s still a veritable toddler, Funky Buddha just celebrated its second anniversary with a daylong street festival and special batches of the aforementioned sudsy stuff.
Funky Buddah – 1201 NE 38th Street – Oakland Park, FL 33334 954-440-0046 – www.funkybuddhabrewery.com
Big Bear Brewing Company, a brewpub established in in 1997 is a long standing staple in South Florida. A brewpub is different from a commercial brewery in the following ways: A brewpub is also a restaurant, where a commercial brewery cannot serve food. Also, a commercial brewery can package and distribute their beer, where a brewpub is for consumption on premises only. This allows Big Bear to also have a full service menu, which goes well with many of the great beers on tap. Big Bear Brewing Company houses a brewing system capable of producing approximately 10 barrels (310 gallons) per brew. Five “staple” beers and three seasonal brews are available year round. The five staples consist of the Polar Light, Hibernating American IPA, Grizzly Red, Brown Bear, and the Kodiac Belgian Dubbel. All of these staples are award-winning beers on a National level. The three seasonal brews are always changing which has the customers asking, “What’s next?” Of the three, you can always find one fruit/flavored beer and one dark beer. The third seasonal is the wild card. This beer is the brewmasters choice and usually follows what would be enjoyable for the season. The craft beer industry in Florida is growing rapidly. Big Bear Brewing Company has continued to meet the demands of the craft beer drinker for almost two decades. Although, there are many other great new local craft beers to choose from, Big Bear Brewing Company is still, and will always be, a great place to enjoy quality local craft beer with excellent food.