Miami’s Breweries and Beer Pubs Offer Fresh Beer and Outdoor Settings
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It’s the end of winter, and while most of the nation is busy digging cars out of the snow, Miamians enjoy sunny skies, light breezes, and summer temperatures.
To take advantage of the weather and stay COVID safe, many of the city’s breweries are set up so that customers can sit outside and enjoy refreshing craft brews that range from eyebrow-inducing experimental acids to more traditional lagers and IPAs.
Chela’s Beer Garden, a Mexican beer garden, just popped up in Miami Lakes (15301 NW 67th Ave., Miami Lakes; chelasbeergarden.com). This dog and family friendly place with an outdoor terrace officially opened on February 11th. They start out as a six month affair but may last long term.
The outside area is very spacious, centered on a fountain and equipped with numerous picnic tables that allow for social distancing and games like Giants Connect Four, Jenga, Cornhole and (soon) a ping pong table.
“We had this idea for a Mexican beer garden,” says the team’s beer guru, Mauricio Lacayo, simply. And the partnership – Lacayo, Dan Binkiewicz, Orlando Lamas, Julio Cabrera and Chef Daniel Gonzalez – made it possible.
“What I love about the hotel is that it has different rooms so you can enjoy the really big outside space, but we have almost the same inside – on the other side we have a bar and lounge,” says Cabrera. “The place is huge and we have different options for people.”
Live music, DJs and classic car shows are planned for the outdoor area. “Children love it too!” adds Cabrera.
The idea behind Chela’s beer menu is to showcase local beers and beers that are good for Miami, i.e. refreshing and summery. Think pilsners, lagers, and IPAs that bear fruit.
“There are a lot of breweries and the craft beer movement has grown. In the beginning the beers were limited and the quality wasn’t there, but over the years they have been able to produce high quality beers, ”says Lacayo.
The taps at Chela’s will spin and include breweries like Tarpon River, Tripping Animals, and Wakefield Brewing, as well as Mexican classics like Pacifico and Victoria.
At Wynwood’s taproom and bottle store Boxelder Craft Beer Market (2817 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-942-7769; bxldr.com), the outdoor area offers a variety of dining options depending on the day of the week – not to mention the wide range of beers.
“The weather lately has been great to have the rear,” says owner Adam Darnell. “It was really nice. In general, when people come, everyone wants to sit there. “
With QR codes on the tables and a setup for transactions on the terrace, customers don’t have to go in for anything. And from Thursday through Sunday, various grocery vendors have set up shop outdoors serving everything from chopped cheese sandwiches to square pizza.
The choice of beers actually increased during the COVID times, Darnell says. “It definitely changed during the pandemic. We still have 20 taps, but we don’t order nearly that much draft beer. “Mainly because a lot of breweries have switched to cans, he says.
“It gives us the opportunity to get a lot more variety. In packaged items we generally have around 250 different beers and around ten different selters, which have also become very popular over the past year. We carried around 20 different bottles for our selection of natural wines. Now we have about 50 that are biodynamic, natural, or organic. “
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Boxelder’s employees have stabilized. “As a corner shop, our employees are very important,” says Darnell.
Located near Veza Sur Brewing Co. (55 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-362-6300; vezasur.com) in Wynwood, the sprawling outdoor area has proven to be a COVID lifesaver. When the team opened the brewery in 2017, they wanted to take advantage of the local climate. This decision paid off last year.
“When we were thinking about what the taproom should look like, we have great weather here in Miami and we like to drink outside even when it’s hot and we wanted to have bands and be able to make something livelier and livelier, so we decided to make the biggest one To design part of the open-air taproom, ”says co-founder and CEO Max-Antonio Burger. About 70 percent of the taproom is actually outdoors, he adds.
As for the beers, the brewery is inspired by Latin American and Miami flavors. “We felt that this was an opportunity to bring the Latin American flavors in his beer to life and how we live, celebrate and enjoy life,” explains Burger.
Over the Super Bowl weekend, the brewery released a limited edition of their popular Lulo Sour beer in cans. The lulo fruit comes from Colombia. “It looks like a tomato, but it tastes like a cross between a kiwi and a pineapple,” says Burger. “It’s a tart-sweet fruit and goes great with our sour fruit, which we use as a base because it adds a little sweetness, but the tartness brings the taste to life.
“It’s like a big look back, especially for Colombians,” he adds. “People really love it and it’s really refreshing.”
Another popular option is the Arroz con Mango, which combines the flavors of mango, ginger, and habanero with a rice base. “I think it’s a fascinating beer because you really feel the heat when you drink it,” says Burger.
Veza Sur’s latest release, South Coast IPA, is a full-bodied 7.5 percent ABV brew made in the classic American style. It will be included in the brewery’s core beer portfolio and is therefore available all year round.
In addition to cans, the brand launched its signature blunt bottles in 2019, adorned with the brewery’s tap mural designed by Guatemalan graffiti artist Javier España in honor of the brewery’s roots in Miami and Latino.
At the Lost City Brewing Company in North Miami (12207 NE 13th Ct., North Miami; 305-456-0318; lostcitybrewing.com), the outdoor area was only added a few weeks ago. The brewery, which opened its doors last year amid the pandemic, recently set up an outdoor area behind the building.
“The plan was always to have a beer garden,” says co-owner Diego Escobar. “It’s just over 1,000 square feet. We were able to fix it and add some beer garden-style seating and some nice plants and lights.”
Lost City’s beers offer a wide range of traditional styles. “We offer German styles, Belgian styles, English styles, and American IPAs,” says Escobar. “We’re more of a traditional brewery, but that’s how we wanted it to be. These are the types of beer that you can drink a lot of and that you don’t necessarily have to have and that you think are sufficient. “
The core set-up consists of three IPAs and three camps. “It’s part of the mainstream craftsmanship, if you can call it that. There are more IPA drinkers than anyone, “says Escobar.” We try to educate people and we are very generous with our samples so people can see the range. “
The brewery brings out new beers every two to three weeks. “Sometimes brand new recipes, sometimes they are beers a little different than something we brewed before trying to improve,” says Escobar. A current option is a new West Coast style double IPA with an ABV of nearly 10 percent for those who like their beer with a little kick.
Hialeah’s spacious unbranded brew (1395 E. 11th Ave., Hialeah; 786-332-3097; unbrandedbrewing.com) offers ample space for a partially covered patio with picnic tables, lights, and a suitably festive atmosphere.
“We have some nice lights hanging, so it’s kind of a cool, secluded site. And the other has the speakers and the music, so it’s more of a living side – it’s kind of cool, like having two rooms, ”says manager JC Perez.
Trains pass by regularly, which, as Perez puts it, has “a kind of theme park feel” to it.
The brewery has live music inside every Friday and Saturday – sometimes outside too.
On February 20th, Unbranded released a limited edition of its popular Hialeah Light Florida camp to mark its first anniversary. A fourth part of their Hazy beer series will also be out soon.
Whatever your beer taste, one of the most popular breweries in South Florida serves something that suits you – with all the fresh air you could want.
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