Wednesday, December 21, 2011

TONIGHT Last Beer Tasting Of 2011

As you are running around finishing up your holiday shopping take sometime for yourself tonight and stop by The Mayfair Hotel in Coconut Grove from 7-9pm. I'll have a tasty mix of 40+ different craft beers and chef selected appetizers for only $20. Also for the first 15 people to arrive I will have a special holiday treat just for you. Got some special beers I'll be breaking out tonight so don't miss out on the last beer tasting of 2011. See you there.

December 21st, 7:00-9:00pm
The Mayfair Hotel
3000 Florida Ave
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 441-0000

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cervezas 2nd Anniversary Tonight

Cervezas in South Miami will be celebrating it's 2nd Anniversary tonight with a lineup that is nothing short of amazing.  With one of the best beer selections in Miami Cervezas has become one of the go to beer bars in Miami in the two years since they opened.  Head on down tonight and enjoy some great beers.

- Stone La Citrueille Celeste de Citracedo
- Dogfish Head Immort Ale
- Dogfish Head Olde School
- Dogfish Head Faithful Ale
- St. Bernardus Christmas
- Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
- N'ice Chouffe
- Oscar Blues Ten Fidy
- Left Hand Fade to Black
- Left Hand Widdershins
- Cigar City Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
- Terrapin Substance Abuse

They will also have '08 bottles of Stone Russian Imperial Stout.

December 7th 8:00-11:00pm
5835 Sunset Dr.
Miami, FL 

Friday, November 25, 2011

City Link Beer Fest- Ticket Giveaway

City Link Beer Fest is the other beer fest in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale that will be happening Friday, December 2nd from 6pm-11pm.  If you have been to it in past years you know what you are in for.  Lots of beer.  Lots of music.  Lots of fun. And lots of very drunk people by the end of the night.  Tickets are available right now for $20 general admission/$40 for VIP by clicking here.  Or if you would rather save your money I have eight tickets to give away.  To win a ticket you will have to answer a few questions and go on a bit of an internet scavenger hunt.  The first eight people to get me the right answers will win yourself a ticket to the City Link Beer Fest.  Good luck!!!

1) What food truck won the 2011 Burgie Award for Best Food Truck?
2) What award did Tequesta Brewing win at this years Great American Beer Festival?
3) What three beers did The Beer Cook use in her beer crepes?
4) What day is the Dogfish Head Music Series beer flight at The Filling Station happening?
5) What was the first beer I reviewed on the blog?
6) What is the name of the new book that Christine from South Florida Food And Wine has coming out?
7) How many ounces are in a half barrel keg of beer?
8) What country is The DRB doing for its Global Beer Tour on November 29th?
9) Beer is the second most popular beverage in the world. What is number one? (hint: it's not water)
10) What was the last beer you drank?

Need your answers to me at

Here is some more info on the actual beer fest.

Sample over 100 of the world's best brews at the only GREEN BeerFest in South Florida. Check out live stage performances by local bands and take photos with Drunk Santa and his naughty helpers.

Your fabulous hosts for the evening will be MISTY EYEZ and City Link's JOANIE COX.

Check out live performances from JACOBS LADDER, DICK KNUCKLE, LIBERTY CALL and JD DANNER BAND.

Partial proceeds from City Link BeerFest will benefit Trash to Treasure, the creative re-use center. Learn more about this charity at

We know the economy is leaving your bank account a little emptier than you'd like. Where else can you spend this little and get this much? Get in on the full 5 hour party, from 6-11pm for $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Want to take your experience to the next level? VIP is where it's at with an unlimited liquor and wine bar, delicious catered foods by Temptations Caterers and access to the entire general admission area. There is also a private bathroom area just for our VIP guests. The full access VIP ticket is $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

Tickets are limited, don't get stuck on the other side of the gate! VIP tickets sold out last year, so act fast!

Beers Participating:
Blue Moon
Corona Light
Dale's Pale Ale
Flying Dogs
Gordon Biersch
Heineken Light
Magic Hat
Mama's Yellow Pils
Old Chub
Pilsner Urquell
Sierra Nevada
Suprema Premium

Friday, December 2, 2011 6:00-11:00pm
Huizenga Plaza, Downtown, Ft. Lauderdale 
General Admission: $20/$25
VIP: $40/$50
Buy tickets by clicking here

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New Times Beer Fest- Winners

Thanks to everyone that attempted to win the tickets but the first three people to get all of the questions correct were:

Charles Garcia
Andrew Schreur
Jovanny Rogue

The correct answers for the questions were:

1. Water, Hops, Malt, and Yeast
2. Yuengling
3. d) cans
4. Alcohol By Volume
5. Tampa

Thanks for playing and hopefully we'll have more giveaways soon.

You can still purchase tickets for the New Times Beer Fest by clicking here.

New Times Beer Fest- GIVEAWAY

It's beer fest season again and for the 14th year in a row New Times will be holding their New Times Beer Fest in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale in Esplanade Park this Saturday, November 12th from 7-11pm.  This is one of the biggest beer fest in South Florida and one of the craziest.  If you are looking to drink lots of beer and have a good time this will be right up your alley.  There is a good variety of big brands and craft beers.  This isn't going to have the craft selection of the Jupiter Beer Fest but have enough to make it worth your while.  You can also enjoy the music of Sister Hazel while downing some cold ones.

Now for the fun part.  I have three pairs of tickets to give away.  Now to win these tickets I have a few beer related questions, that if you can get, will get you a pair of tickets.  So the first three people to answer these will  win.  Email me at with the answers.

1. What are the four main ingredients in beer?
2. What is the oldest brewery in the US?
3. What container is best for beer?- a)clear bottle b)green bottle c)brown bottle d)can
4. What does ABV stand for?
5. Where are Cigar City Breweries beers brewed?

Good luck!!!

If you don't feel like trying to win some free tickets you can just head on over and buy some tickets by clicking here.

Saturday, November, 12th 7-11pm
New Times Beer Fest
Downtown Ft. Lauderdale in Esplanade Park
Click here for tickets

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Local Hosts Brooklyn Beer Dinner

If you have been to any of the beer dinner's that The Local has done in the past you know they are quite amazing.  Sunday, October 30th at 7:30pm The Local will be holding there next one with Brooklyn Brewery.  These have been some of the best beer dinners I've ever been to and I'm sure this one will be no exception.  Not only will this be a great beer dinner but Brooklyn's very knowledgeable brewmaster Garrett Oliver will be there to guide you through the dinner and explain what goes into making these fine beers.  These aren't your normal, find every day, at your grocery store Brooklyn beers.  These are some very rare Brooklyn beers that you may never see again.  Be sure to RSVP today to assure yourself a spot. 


Salt Cured Sardines
Bread & Butter Vegetable Relish, Hot Sauce, Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette & Dill Bisquit

with Brooklyn Sorachi Ace


Cured Foie Gras
Country Duck Ham, Frisee, Pickled Mango, Scarlet Beet Puree & Duck Fat Vinaigrette

with Brooklyn Local 1


Sous Vide Bacon Fat Pork Belly
Farm Egg, Scallion Puree, Peanut Powder & Bacon Dashi

with Brooklyn Local 2


Crispy Lamb Sweetbreads
Peas, Lamb Sausage, Pecorino, Spearmint, Polenta Chips & Natural Lamb Jus

with The Companion (bottle-conditioned 750 ml)


Pan Roasted Grouper Cheeks
Butternut Squash, Sweet Peppers, Green Beans, Shitake Mushroom Chips, Meyer Lemon Puree & Basil Buerre Blanc

with Brooklyn Cuvee de la Crochet Rouge


Iron Skillet Seared Ribeye
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Pearl Onion Marmalade, Arugula & Bone Marrow Vinaigrette

with Brooklyn Cuvee Elijah


Peach Trifle
Brown Butter Cake, Basil & Buttermilk Ice Cream

with Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 2010

$85 per person + tax + gratuity.

Sunday, October 30th 7:30pm
150 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 648-5687

Filling Station's Dogfish Head Night

This Saturday, October 22nd, at The Filling Station in Downtown Miami starting at 6:00pm will be one of your first chances to try the next batch of the world famous and greatly limited Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA.

If you want to be guaranteed a taste, buy your ticket now for their Dogfish Flight Night- just $15 for 6oz of Dogfish 60, 90, and 120 Minute IPA.

Email with your credit card info, or call them at 786.425.1990, or come in person. Seating is limited, so that they can allow those who purchase flights to order additional draughts, before this rare offering is made available to the public.

Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy one of the most elusive craft beers out there!

Saturday, October 22nd 6:00pm
95 SE 2nd St
Miami, FL 33131

Thursday, October 13, 2011

WLRN's "Prohibition And The South Florida Connection"

Public Television station WLRN will be premiering it's look at the local connection between prohibition and the lengths people would go to quench their thirst for alcohol. Next Tuesday, October 18th, you can head over to Cinema Paradiso in Ft. Lauderdale for a complimentary screening and Q&A with the films producers.  You need to RSVP by this Friday by either emailing or by calling (305)995-1717 to reserve your seat.  Check out a short preview below.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Meet The Brewer From Well's and Young's Brewery

This Wednesday, October 5th at 7pm The Local in Coral Gables will be hosting a meet the brewer night with English brewer Jim Robertson, head brewer for Well's and Young's Brewing Company.  Their beers of Bombardier, Double Chocolate Stout, and Banana Bread will be paired up with a special small plate menu for the night.  Stop on by and find out first hand what goes into making these fine beers.

Wednesday, October 5th 7pm
The Local
150 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL

Friday, September 30, 2011

Last Day For Discount Grovetoberfest Tickets

Tomorrow, October 1st will be the last day to buy your reduced rate Grovetoberfest ticket for only $25 with all fees included.  Click here and enter the discount code SFBB11 to buy tickets now.  Don't miss out on what will be the best beer fest Miami has seen in a while.

And the good people from Grovertoberfest will be hosting their last free tasting next Tuesday, October 4th at Cervezas.  Not only will they have a ridiculous selection of IPA’s and Double IPA’s, but it will be professionally catered by one of thr Kitchen Lab chefs, Chef Pastor Sequera. Free beer, free food, great bar – what else could you want? This is the final free pre-tasting so do not miss it. There is one catch though, they are limiting it to the first 60 people who arrive at Cervezas. The tasting is from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday October 4. Make sure you RSVP and be sure you arrive early.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Limited Edition Beer Tasting At Abraxas

Join Certified Cicerone Chris Montelius and the Abraxas staff for this event on September 28th, 2011.

8 pm sharp!

They'll pop open at least 12 different bottles from their Limited Edition list and pour 3 oz samples for everyone. Chris will explain what to expect from the beer style being poured and answer questions.

$20 per person

Why is it a "summit"? - They encourage participants to bring in bottles from their private "cellars" to share with other participants. Abraxas always keep some interesting bottles in the back that are not available for sale in FL. We will pull some out for this event. I know Chris M will bring some of his, etc. - sounds like fun and a great way to try some of limited edition beers without cleaning out your wallet!!!

Tentative Beer List:

Weyerbacher Sixteen (Braggot)
Baird Shizouka Natzumikan Ale (Fruit Infused Ale)
Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca (Belgian Wit)
Stone/Troegs Cherry Chocolate Stout (Milk Stout)
Steenbrugge Tripel (Belgian Tripel)
Avery The Reverend (Belgian Quad)
Dogfish Head Burton Baton (French Oak aged Imperial IPA)
Birra del Borgo Re Ale Extra (IPA)
Blue Point Old Howlin' Bastard (Barleywine)
Redhook Limited Eisbock (Eisbock)
Rodenbach Red (Flemish Red)
Southern Tier Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)
Unibroue Terrible (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cigar City Weekend At Abraxas

It was only a few weeks ago that Cigar City made it's assault on South Florida with six events in three days.  But oh how fondly we look back on those great beers and wonder when will I be able to have such a wide array of great Florida made beers in one place at one time?  Well the answer is at Abraxas on South Beach this weekend.

At 5 pm on Friday, they will be tapping the following Cigar City kegs and putting them on special ALL weekend!

Minaret (Extra Special Bitter) $5
Florida Cracker (Belgian White Ale) $5
Table Saison (Belgian Farmhouse Ale) $5
Marshall Zukhov (Russian Imperial Stout) $8
Big Dummy (Belgian Strong Ale) $7

12 oz bottles $1 OFF
750 ml bottles $2 OFF

These are some of the lowest prices I've seen for these awesome beers.  Don't missout.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Stella Artois World Draft Master Competition Giveaway

Stella Artois will be holding their Draught Masters Regional Semi-Finals this Friday, September 9th from 8:00pm-12:00am at Brickell Irish Pub.  Come out and check out some of the best bartenders from the area pouring Stella's 9 step Pouring Ritual(their term, not mine).  The winner of the semi-finals will move on to the US Finals in Washington DC on October 7th and from there the winner will move on to the global competition on Buenos Aires.

If you are unable to make it to the Miami Regional on the 9th you can visit now through Noon CDT on Thursday, Sept. 15. The wild-card winner will be randomly chosen from the top national scorers in the virtual 9-Step Pouring Ritual game on the Stella Artois Facebook page.

I have two VIP passes for the Draught Masters Regional Semi-Finals to giveaway.  The first person to write to me at will get the two VIP tickets.  See you there.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

40+ Beer Tasting At El Carajo

Join me Wednesday, August 31st from 7-9pm at El Carajo/LA Food for a 40+ Craft Beer Tasting and chef selected appetizers for only $20. Not only will you get to taste a wide variety of great craft beers but you'll also be able to buy any of the beers they have in the store for 10% off as well as be entered into a raffle for a mixed six pack of some of the beers we will be tasting. Hope to see you there.

August 31st 7-9pm
El Carajo
2465 SW 17th Ave
Miami, FL 33145
(305) 856-2424

Monday, August 29, 2011

Left Hand/Victory Beer Dinner At 8oz

Join 8oz Burger Bar with Cameron from Victory Brewery and Jason from Left Hand Brewery for a feast of a beer dinner.  The five course menu is looking pretty tasty.  Check it out the menu below and hope to see you there.

Introduction: Left Hand Sawtooth

First Course: Heirloom gazpacho
paired with Victory Prima Pils

Second Course: Free range chicken fricasee and linguini
paired with Left Hand Stranger Pale Ale

Third Course: Bacon Cheeseburger with blue cheese crumble and truffle fries
paired with Victory Hop Devil

Fourth Course: Meatloaf with heirloom ketchup and balsamic glaze, mash potatoes, and gravy
paired with Victory Baltic Porter

Dessert: Aged rum Left Hand Milk Stout float
with roasted nuts served table side

The cost is $39 plus tax and gratuity. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 305-397-8246 for reservations.

Wednesday, August 31st 7:30pm
8 oz. Burger Bar
1080 Alton Road, 
Miami Beach, 33139

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Abbey's Before And After Party

To celebrate the coming expansion of The Abbey Brewing Company, they will be running $4.50 pint & chalice specials, on select drafts. The Abbey will be closing for a bit, so come send them off in style.  The party kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, August 27th, and goes on for 12 hours, till 3AM!.  These beers are no jokes either.  Check out the list below and make your way over there on Saturday.


Limited Edition Beer Tasting And Summit TONIGHT

After a very successful and fun first Limited Edition Tasting and Summit, Abraxas return this month with another great lineup of beers from their Limited Edition List and with many more surprises!

Join Certified Cicerone Chris Montelius and the Abraxas staff for this event on August 25th, 2011 and on the LAST Thursday of every month!

8 pm sharp!

They'll pop open at least 12 different bottles from their Limited Edition list and pour 3 oz samples for everyone. Chris will explain what to expect from the beer style being poured and answer questions.

$20 per person

Why is it a "summit"? - they encourage participants to bring in bottles from their private "cellars" to share with other participants. Abraxas always keep some interesting bottles in the back that are not available for sale in FL. We will pull some out for this event. I know Chris M will bring some of his, etc. - sounds like fun and a great way to try some of limited edition beers without cleaning our your wallet!!!

Tentative Beer List:

Wayerbacher Sixteen (Braggot)
Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca (Belgian Wit)
Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA (IPA)
Steenbrugge Tripel (Belgian Tripel)
Avery The Reverend (Belgian Quad)
Dogfish Head Burton Baton (French Oak aged Imperial IPA)
Birra del Borgo Re Ale Extra (IPA)
Blue Point Old Howlin' Bastard (Barleywine)
Redhook Limited Eisbock (Eisbock)
Rodenbach Red (Flemish Red)
Southern Tier Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)
Unibroue Terrible (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)

See you tonight!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cigar City Takes Over South Florida

From time to time you'll see me post about a brewery taking over a bar for the night with their beers.  Cigar City will be bring it to a different level next week when it doesn't just take over one bar but SIX over three days.  The beers flowing will be the rarest of the rare and also some brand new beers that they will be debuting at these events.  All these events look so amazing that I don't know how to choose which to go to.  Check them out below and get to planing for next week.

August 23
Tap Takeover @ Laser Wolf  
(901 Progresso Dr., ste. #101, Fort Lauderdale, 33304)

From 8 p.m. on, enjoy nine Cigar City drafts, including
Jai Alai IPA
Maduro Brown
Peach IPA
Vanilla Maduro
The Hills have Coffee
Guava Grove
Florida Cracker White Ale
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
White Oak Aged Jai Alai


Unsual Wood Aged Beers @ BX Beer Depot
(2964 Second Ave., Lake Worth, 33461)

Get ready to get wood: Justin Clark of Cigar City Brewing will be giving a presentation on aging quality beer on different kinds of wood at BX Beer Depot. During the presentation, BX will be offering a ridiculous selection of Cigar City ales aged on wood, including:
White Oak Jai Alai IPA
White Oak-aged Florida Cracker (wheat)
Humidor IPA
Heavy Toast Oak (jai alai) IPA
Soft Maple Brown Ale (Maduro)
Hickory IPA (jai alai)
Humidor Zhukov's (zhukov)
Starts at 6 p.m., cost is $5 and includes lecture and samples. Beers will be available by the glass after 7 p.m.

August 24

Cigar City Beer Dinner @ Sustain
(3252 NE First Ave., ste. #107, Miami, 33137)

It's a night of outstanding pairings as Sustain Miami teams up with Cigar City Brewing for a six-course pairing dinner. Both the beer and the menu look outrageous:

First course: homemade corndogs
paired with Jai Alai IPA

Second course: Taylor Bay scallops
with preserved lemon, mustard oil, and cucumber
paired with Cucumber Saison (draft)

Third course: chille-rubbed quail
with fava bean, mint, and horseradish
paired with Tocobaga Red Ale (draft)

Fourth course: braised pork shank
with sweet-and-sour cabbage and corn bread
paired with Maduro Brown Ale

Cheese course: beer-washed cheese with guava marmalade
paired with Guava Groove Saison

Dessert: homemade truffles
paired with Cubano Espresso (draft)

Seats cost $50, plus tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, call 305-424-9079, or write to Reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 6.


Tap Takeover @ Cervezas
(5835 Sunset Dr., Miami, 33143)

Join the gang at Cervezas for another Cigar City blowout! On offer this night: Jai Alai IPA
Maduro Brown
Peach IPA
Humidor IPA
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
Puppy's Breath Porter
Florida Cracker White Ale
Minarett ESB
Misseur Zhukov's Biere De Stout (zhukov)
Big Dummy
Carmel Graham Cracker Brown Ale (maduro)
Jose Marti
The kegs get tapped at 8 p.m. sharp!

August 25

Tap Takeover @ World of Beer
(4437 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek, 33073)

Cigar City Week continues with a massive tap takeover at WoB CoCo. Here's the list (deep breath):
Jai Alai IPA
Maduro Brown
Peach IPA
Humidor IPA
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
Puppy's Breath Porter
Tocobaga Red Ale
Florida Cracker White Ale
Minaret ESB
Table Saison
Vanilla Maduro
Cubano Espresso
Hot Blooded Foriegn Stout
It all starts at 5 p.m. -- bring a designated driver!


Tap Takeover @ Funky Buddha
(2621 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, 33431)

For you Palm Beach County Cigar City fans, the Funky Buddha Lounge is hosting another Cigar City tap takeover night. Including:
Hot Blooded Foreign Stout
Cucumber Saison

Plus THREE super secret brews!
Doors at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Total Wine Pinecrest Opens Thursday

The newest addition to the Total Wine family will be opening its doors this Thursday.  The new location at 8851 SW 136th St, Miami is located right across from The Falls Mall in the Pinecrest area of Miami.  This has been a long time coming and a welcomed addition to the area.  Stop by all week and check out their massive selection and sample some of their wares as they will have lots of tasting going on through out the week. Tell them South Florida Beer Blog sent you!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Grovetoberfest 2011

Miami will be getting another beerfest this October and this one looks to be doing it right.  Grovetoberfest will be taking place October 15th in Peacock Park in Coconut Grove.  The good people putting it together have been building quite the hype for it with free beer tastings around town of some of the varied styles they will be featuring at the fest.  Tony Albelo, organizer of Grovetoberfest, and I have spoken many times as he has been looking for input from local people in the beer community on how to make this the best beer fest in Miami.  He hopes to make Grovetoberfest as respected as the Jupiter Beerfest in the years to come.  The fest will be providing information sheets on all the beers as well as letting people vote on their favorite beers to win best of Grovetoberfest in three different categories.  There will be chefs there doing food and beer pairings as well as a homebrewers section showing you how to brew your own beer. Live music from The Spam Allstars and a few others will also be going on.

As a special treat for our readers Grovetoberfest has provided us with a code to get your tickets, with all fees included, for only $25.  Click here to buy your tickets and enter SFBB11 in the Discount Code section and you are good to go.

We will be keeping you up to date with what breweries will be attending as soon as more are confirmed but from what I've seen so far it won't be Corona, Bud, or Miller Light to give you a heads up.

October 15th
Peacock Park
Coconut Grove

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Happy International IPA Day!!!

IPA Day is not just another "holiday" made up by the greeting card companies but a "holiday" created by beer blogger Ashley Routson, The Beer Wench, and Karl Straus marketing manager, Ryan Ross.  This is a day to raise your glass to one of my favorite styles of beer and enjoy all the hoppy goodness that is provides.  Today there are a few events you can wet your whistle at around South Florida.  Take a look.

The Abbey Brewing Company
1115 16th St.
Miami Beach, Florida
The Abbey Brewing Company will celebrate this historic event from 1PM-5AM with an assortment of the best single IPA'S and double IPA's in the world! The taps include the Abbey Immaculate IPA, Brooklyn
Blast, and Southern Tier 2x IPA. There will also be a variety of special bottles.

The Coffee District
325 NE 2nd Avenue #104
Delray Beach, FL

The Coffee District is going to be kicking it up even more with one of the most talked about IPAs ever on tap, Dogfish Head's 120 Minute IPA.  Along with 120Min they'll also have a nice list of other great IPAs (and pale ale) on draft as well as many other bottles.  Here is the list that my buddy Mike over at posted yesterday. The party starts at 7pm so get there early before you miss out on these great beers.

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (rare keg!)
Stone Ruination IPA (on Randall)
Avery Maharaja
Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
Lost Coast Double Trouble IPA
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Great Divide Rumble
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

the local beer dinner

i'm sorry for all the lowercase letters but my computer took a crap and i'm having to make this post from my blackberry which for some reason won't let me capitalize anything.  if you missed out on the last beer dinner at the local i wanted to make sure you checked out this dinner.  

this beer dinner is this wednesday, july 27th, at 7:30pm. this 5 course dinner will run you $45 in advance and $55 day of.  check out the menu below.


homemade pretzal
goat cheese fondue €and mustard froth

1st course
duck "haute" dog
apple kimchi- pickled mustard seed- yeast bun
crispin premium apple cider

2nd course
pot of littleneck clams
pork belly- chorizo- herb broth
sierra nevada ovila saison

3rd course
grilled lamb steak
haystack fries- sweet pea rice- salsa verde
harpoon leviathan

4th course
chocolate whoopie pies
foie gras buttercream- manzano bananas
bell's expedition stout

the local
150 giralda ave
coral gables, fl

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Feestdag Events

Today is Feestdag.   You know Feestdag don't you!?   No?  Well, if you are new to this new beer drinking holiday it is being introduced this year with help from the people at Palm. Feestdag is Belgium's Independence Day and since Belgium is home to lots of great beers why not drink some of them today?  At all of the locations below you can find Palm on sale at a big discount, as well as lots of Palm/Feestdag giveaways.  Most location are also putting other Belgian beers on sale as well.

Gratify Restaurant (WPB)
8oz Burger Bar (Miami)
Abraxas Lounge (Miami)-
$4 Palm and discounts on all Belgian beers
Burger & Beer Joint(Miami)
Cervezas Bar (Miami)
Kings Head Pub (Dania Bch)
Krawl off Duval (Key West)
Laser Wolf Bar (Ft. Laud)
Lou’s Beer Garden (Miami)
Milam’s Mkt (Miami)
The Joint (Miami)
The Local (Miami)- 8pm-12am 1/2 off all Belgian beers and free Palm with order of mussels
The Lodge (Boca Raton)
The Porch Bar (Key West)
Total Wine (Boca Raton)
Total Wine (Boynton Bch)
Total Wine (Ft Lauderdale)
Total Wine (N. Miami)
Total Wine (Pembroke Pines)
Total Wine (PGA)
Total Wine (Wellington)
Whole Foods (Boca Raton)
Whole Foods (PGA)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Abraxas Upcoming Events

Abraxas has been busy lately putting together a bunch of upcoming events.  I thought it would b e easier to just include them all in one post instead of spreading them out.  Take note cause you will not want to miss these.

July 15th-18th
Thornbridge Brewery Weekend

One of England's biggest up and coming craft breweries will be taking over Abraxas for the weekend.  They'll have kegs of their Jaipur IPA and Raven Black IPA as well as bottles.
Tap specials:
Jaipur India Pale Ale $7 (reg. $9)
Raven Black IPA $7 (reg. $9)

Bottles specials:
Jaipur India Pale Ale (0.5L) $10 (reg. $12)

Thursday, July 21st

Feestdag is the day the Belgians celebrate their independence from the Dutch and well, the day they drink a lot of beer!

Abraxas, together with the folks from Palm (Latis Imports) will make it easy to celebrate by putting their Palm Amber draft on special -> $4 for the entire night!

There will be lots of giveaways and fun for all.

July 22nd-25th
Belgian Beer Weekend

And to keep the Feestag Celebration going (Thursday 21st) we decided to do our own homage to Belgian brews for an entire weekend!

On special will be ALL Belgian beers!!!

On tap:
Rodenback Grand Cru
Timmermans Strawberry
Chimay White
Palm Amber
and more tbd

In bottles:
over 40 beers representing all Belgian styles

Thursday, July 28th 8pm-11pm
Limited Edition Beer Tasting And Summit

And now for something very special and different...

join Certified Cicerone Chris Montelius and the Abraxas staff in what we are calling our first Limited Edition Beer Tasting and Summit! this event will happen of the LAST Thursday of every month!

8 pm sharp!

we pop open at least 12 different bottles from our Limited Edition list and pour 3 oz samples for everyone. Chris will explain what to expect from the beer style being poured and answer questions.

$20 per person

Why is it a "summit"? - we encourage participants to bring in bottles from their private "cellars" to share with other participants. We at Abraxas always keep some interesting bottles in the back that are not available for sale in FL. We will pull some out for this event. I know Chris M will bring some of his, etc. - sounds like fun and a great way to try some of limited edition beers without cleaning our your wallet!!!

Tentative Beer List:

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
Cigar City Vuja De
Southern Tier Cuvee 3
Red Brick Mason Series DIPA
Hopping Frog Mean Manalishi
Mikkeller Black Hole
Brooklyn Monster Ale 2011
Left Hand Chainsaw
De Gayant La Goudale
Dogfish Head/Borgo My Antonia
Terrapin Rye Squared
Stone Belgo Russian Imp Stout

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

TONIGHT LA Food/El Carajo 40+ Beer Tasting

Enjoy samples of over 40+ craft beers while snacking on chef selected appetizers for only $20. There are only 30 spots so you must RSVP by calling (305) 856-2424. You will also have a chance to buy some of the last bottles(only one per person while they last) of Dogfish Head's Bitches Brew in South Florida. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Native Brewing Beer Dinner

The first of many Brewmasters Dinners which will feature Adam Fine and Native Brewing at Il Mercato Cafe and Wine Shop. The menu will consist of the following:

1st Course
Grilled Tiger shrimp w/grits and a Salsa Verde
Paired w/ Native Lager

2nd Course
Moroccan spiced chicken wings
Paired w/ Monk in the Trunk
(Belgian style amber)

3rd Course
Braised Pork Shoulder w/ black beans & hominy and a smoked chili bbq sauce
Paired w/ Native Brewing ‘The 11 Brown Ale’
(English Style brown)

$45 per person starting at 6pm. 

Call (954) 457-3700 to reserve you spot today!

Wednesday, June 29th 6:00pm-9:00pm
1454 East Hallandale Beach Boulevard
Hallandale, FL 33009-4617
(954) 457-3700

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dogfish Head 120 Min Has Arrived!!!

The beer that I am asked about more then any other beer, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, has finally arrived in South Florida.  The beer will be hitting shelves around South Florida this week. It is VERY LIMITED so there will only be one case at each of these stores and will probably be limited to only one bottle per person.  Get it while you can.

Total Wine & More- Pembroke Pines
Total Wine & More- Boca Raton
Total Wine & More- Fort Lauderdale
Total Wine & More- North Miami
Total Wine & More- Palm Beach
Total Wine & More- Wellington
Total Wine & More- Boynton Beach
Sunset Corners- 8701 Sunset Dr, Miami
Stop N Shop- 5885 Ponce De Leon, Coral Gables
LA Food- 2465 SW 17th Ave, Miami
Milam's Market- 2969 SW 32nd Ave, Miami
Crown- 1030 NE 15th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
BX Beer Depot- 2964 2nd Ave N., Lake Worth
Conch Republic Liquor- 2308 N. Roosevelt, Key West
Cork & Bottle- 12180 SW 88th St, Miami
Whole Foods- 2000 N. Federal, Fort Lauderdale
Riverside Market- 608 SW 12th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
Whole Foods- 1400 Glades Rd, Boca Raton
Crown- 3363 Sheridan St, Hollywood
67 Liquor Shop- 5360 N Federal, Lighthouse Point
Aj's Beer City- 221 Center St, Jupiter

Check out this video on what the hype is all about.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mayfair Hotel Beer Tasting

Hopefully you have sobered up enough from the great tasting we had at The Filling Station last Saturday to make it out to another legendary beer tasting.  If you have ever attended any of the beer tastings that were held at The Mayfair Hotel back in the day you know you are in for yet another great night.  This Wednesday, June 15th, Chris Montelius and myself will be bringing a sampling of 40+ craft beers and some chef selected appetizers all for only $20 to The Mayfair Hotel in Coconut Grove.  Join us from 7-9pm for an evening of some great beer treats.  Call The Mayfair at (305)779-5113 to reserve your spot now.

Wednesday, June 14th 7:00-9:00pm
The Mayfair Hotel
3000 Florida Ave
Miami, FL

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

40+ Craft Beer Sampling This Saturday

This Saturday, June 11th, from 6-8pm I will be doing a sampling of 40+ craft beer at The Filling Station in downtown Miami.  Along with some beers you may be familiar with I will also be bringing some rare beers and some you can't even find in FL.  The sampling will run you $20 and along with the beers there will also be some chef selected appetizers to snack on.  We are capping the tasting at 30 people so if you would like to attend you need to RSVP by either emailing or call (786)425-1990.  I hope to see you there.  If you are coming leave in the comments any beers you would like to try and I'll see what I can do about bringing them.

Saturday, June 11th 6:00-8:00pm
The Filling Station
95 SE 2nd St.
Miami, FL 33131

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Local's Dogfish Head Rare Beer Dinner

The Local in Coral Gables will be hosting an extravagant Dogfish Head Food and Beer Pairing event featuring ONLY DOGFISH HEAD LIMITED RELEASE BEERS. Nick, straight from the brewery, will be down to walk you through the lineup. Starting at 7:30 on June 1st, and for $40+ tax & tip you'll get a chance to try this delicious menu: 

1st Course:
Smoked marlin
Citrus salad, avocado, coriander leaves, corn chips 
paired with Hellhound on my Ale 

2nd Course
Rabbit bratwurst
Potato salad, green pea, sauerkraut
paired with Sah'tea

3rd Course
Boneless lamb rib
BBQ baked nuts, Thai chilies, mint leaves 
paired with Burton Baton

4th Course
House made fudge
Blackberry pop rocks
paired with Black and blue

Plus they'll have some SPECIAL VINTAGE DOGFISH BEERS available afterwards available for your enjoyment... straight from the Dogfish Heads Stash. Call (305) 648-5687 to RSVP, Seats are limited.

Wednesday, June 1st 7:30pm
150 Giralda Ave 
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 648-5687

Sunday, May 15, 2011

American Craft Beer Week Schedule

Ok folks this is the week you have all been waiting for.  The week where all the stops are pulled out and all the best events are thrown.  There are a TON of events going on next week in South Florida which is quite an amazing thing.  All the love that local businesses are showing craft beer is what lots of us have been waiting years for.  This is the time to go out to a bunch of these events and show these businesses that their support of craft beer is warranted and that people love it.  Check out all the events and hopefully I'll see you at at least one of them.

May 16th-19th
Grease Burger Bar (213 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401)- American Craft Beer Week specials 2 for 1 on select breweries

Monday through Thursday.
Monday - Highland Brewery - Gaelic ale, Oatmeal Porter, and Cold Mountain
Tuesday - Avery beers - IPA (new on draft), White Rascal, and Karma
Wednesday - Stone Brewing - Levitation, Pale Ale, IPA, and Arrogant Bastard
Thursday - Oskar Blues - Dale's Pale Ale, Mama's Yella Pils, G'Knight, and Old Chub

Stop in for some amazing American Craft Beers and some delicious burgers all week... you have to love a happy hour that doesn't end!

May 16th-22nd
Laser Wolf (901 Progresso drive suite 101 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304)- To Celebrate the Week,  Laser Wolf will be featuring a local brewery every night of the week - Native, Inlet, Tequesta, and Cigar City to start. Then finishing up the week with a Victory night on Saturday with all the Downington favorites plus Braumeister Saaz on draft! Glass giveaways and good times to be had!

Monday, May 16th
Blind Monk (10 Evernia Street #107West Palm Beach, FL 33401)- will be hosting a beer tasting with Fresh Beer's own Kenny St. Cyr. It will consist of 6 beers from all over the country. There will be unique or limited release beers from breweries like Dogfish Head, Rogue, The Bruery, Oskar Blue's and some local favorites. As always the beers will be paired with select cheeses and meats. Space is limited so please reserve your spot. Starts at 7pm and is only $20. Contact the Blind Monk at 561-833-3605 or to reserve your spot!

World Of Beer (101 N. Clematis Street, Suite 100, West Palm Beach, FL 33401)- Join World of Beer on Clematis Street from 7-9pm for Brooklyn Brewery takeover. Enjoy any one of 6 Brooklyn Brewery brands on tap or grab one of the many varieties of bottles.

Shuck ‘N Dive (650 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304)- Enjoy week long specials on Abita Brewery products including the new Abita Andy Gator. Shuck ‘N Dive is the first bar in South Florida to have this product on draft – run over and try a pint.

Cervezas (5835 Sunset Drive Miami, FL 33143)-  To kick off a week of American Craft beer Cerzvezas will host the Night of 1000 IBUs. Starting at 7pm come in for 6 different beers on draft brewed to let the Hops be the star of the show. PLUS we'll have 2 RANDALLS serving up Avery IPA poured through two different types of hops (Centenniel and Warrior), a great experiment to show you what the variety of hops really brings to a beer. They'll have these two Avery IPAs, Dogfish Head Hellhound, Avery Maharaja, Stone IPA, and Southern Tier 2XIPA all on draft. You'll be able to get both pints of Avery as a packaged deal for $10 or a flight of both Avery IPAs, Stone IPA and Maharaja for $12. Hellhound only available by the glass and they'll have a deal of $1 off any bottle IPAs and $2 off large bottle IPAs... get your enamel ready for all of those Alpha Acids!

World of Beer (4437 Lyons Road Coconut Creek, FL 33073)- will be hosting an Avery Brewing Night. All their new cans will be available plus a delicious lineup on draft including White Rascal, Avery IPA, Samael's Ale (and in bottles), Maharaja IPA and Collaboration Not Litigation! Its a no joke night of great beer that would make Adam Avery proud, so stop on by from 6:30-8:30pm as we start ACBW off right!

The DRB (255 N.E. 14th Street Miami, FL 33132)- California and Colorado Tap Takeover. To pay homage to some of the most innovative craft beer states, The DRB is filling their taps up with brews from both states including Left Hand Milk Stout, Oskar Blues G'knight, Boulder Hazed and Infused, Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone Ruination IPA and the cherry on top is a keg of Collaboration Not Litigation brewed by Avery and Russian River TOGETHER. $25 all you can drink of these draft beers (plus an order of chicken wings) from 6pm-10pm (Yea you read that right). They are starting the week off with a bang!

Tuesday, May 17th
Abraxas (407 Meridian Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139)- Beer Trivia Night in honor of American Craft Beer Week. A night of beer trivia starting at 9pm. (it'll fill up pretty quick so you might want to get there by 8:45pm) with a special tapping of Avery's and Russian River's Collaboration Not Litigation Ale along with all of their taps of American Craft Beers. Come on out to see how much you really know about beer.

Swamp Grass Willy's (9910 Highway A1a Alt # 711 Palm Beach Gdns, FL 33410)- Taco Tuesday for American Craft Beer Week. Come by for a tasting of 8 beers and tacos for only $10. Starts at 6pm. 1st 20 people receive a free Oskar Blues Koozie. The American Beers you'll have a chance to drink are:

Left Hand Good Juju
Magic Hat Wacko
Oskar Blues Mama's Lil Yella Pils
Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale
Blue Point Hoptical Illusion IPA
Summit Horizon Red ale
Dogfish Head Aprihop
Stone Pale Ale

Whats better than Tacos and beer? Good question...

BX Beer Depot (2964 2nd Avenue North Lake Worth, FL 33461)- For the week, they will be featuring their favorite breweries one for each day. Expect to see special beer prices, and awesome swag give-aways! On Tuesday, they'll be featuring G'knight Imperial Red Ale on Tap in honor of their love for Oskar Blues Brewery.

World of Beer (101 N Clematis St West Palm Beach, FL 33401)- Shipyard Pint Night from 7-9pm! Order your first draft of Shipyard and keep the glass (while supplies last). They'll have some goodies available in honor of the week including Double Thumper, XXXX IPA, Imperial Porter and some other year round Shipyard offerings.

Lou's Beer Garden (7337 Harding Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33141)- The 5-Part Summer Beer Pairing series kicks off with the first beer pairing of the season in celebration of American Craft Beer Week. They will match Craft beers from Northern Breweries against Southern Breweries and ask the audience to rate the best one. They'll be serving 4 courses of North vs. South each with a paired appetizer from Lou's kitchen. Josh Brent of Fresh Beer will be the master of ceremonies for the evening.

The line up is as follows:
Shipyard - Summer Ale VS Red Brick- Summer paired with a Summer Salad
Victory - Helios Saison VS St. Somewhere - Saison Athene paired with Medallions of Sea Scallops
Flying Dog - Doggie Style Pale Ale VS Terrapin - Rye Pale Ale Paired with Bitchin' Mini Crabcakes
Avery - Ellie's Brown Ale VS Cigar City - Maduro Brown Ale Paired with Chocolate Mousse

Event starts at 7pm, $35.00, RSVP to Plus there will be Full Moon entertainment plus a Full Moon Fire Dance by Feiruz.

Beer N Burger Joint (900 S Miami Ave Ste 130 Miami, FL 33130)- Sea Dog Pint Night. Stop in from 9-11pm, where Ross will be pouring some samples of Sea Dog and Shipyard Beers. And of course it wouldn't be a pint night without a glass giveaway, so buy your first Sea Dog Pint and keep the glass! While supplies last of course... So come on, grab a burger, hang out with Ross and drink some Maine Brewed Beers. It may be pretty far North but its still AMERICA!

Wednesday, May 18th
The Filling Station (95 Southeast 2nd Street Miami, FL 33131)- Since it is both American Craft Beer Week and National Hamburger Month South Florida Beer Blog has teamed up with the Burger Beast for a Burger and Beer dinner .

1st Course: Monk and Cheese Soup our homemade cheddar cheese soup prepared with Monk in the Trunk and served with a sampling of it as well
2nd Course: Jerk Pork Taco paired with Bluepoint RastafaRye Ale
3rd Course: Blues Music Legend Robert Johnson's Mississippi Burger (ther great juicy burger topped with bleu cheese, peppered bacon and grilled onions) paired with Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale.
4th Course: Bread Pudding with a Jah*va Caramel Sauce paired with a serving of Southern Tier Jah*va Imperial Coffee Stout

$35 per person
$30 for Mug Club Members
RSVP quickly there is limited seating
Email or call (786)425-1990
First 10 people to send me( their RSVP confirmation will receive any extra special tasting of a rare beer from my personal beer closet.

J-Bar (8283 West Broward Boulevard Plantation, FL 33324)- Pint Night and Poker in Plantation! Buy your first pint of Holy Mackerel between 8-11pm and keep the glass! (while supplies last)

Thursday, May 19th
Ales on the Avenue or if you want us to be a little clearer we have Delray Beach American Craft Beer Week Pub Crawl. It obviously doesn't have as good of a ring to it as the first one... but either way get ready for a great time.The crawl will begin at Tryst then continue on to The Office, Paddy McGee's, and Cut 432. The 'after-party' will be at Coffee District. Each stop will feature a different craft brewery and will be offering at least two beers at a special price. Participants are asked to come to Tryst for registration between 5:30pm and 6:30pm where they will receive a wristband which will indicate they are part of the group.

Tryst - Oskar Blues ($3.50 Dale's Pale Ale, Mama's Little Yella Pils, Old Chub)
The Office - Stone ($4 Arrogant Bastard & Pale Ale)
Paddy McGee's - Victory ($4 Golden Monkey & Hop Devil)
Cut 432 - Avery (White Rascal & Collaboration Not Litigation Ale)
Coffee District - Shipyard (Double Thumper & Imperial Porter)

It looks to be a great time for Craft Beer lovers so come on out!

Coffee District (325 Northeast 2nd Avenue # 104 Delray Beach, FL 33444)- Shipyard Raffle Night from 7-9pm. Buy a Shipyard or Sea Dog draft beer and get a raffle ticket to win some American Craft Beer Week Shwag... They'll have some special Shipyard Brews including XXXX IPA, Double Thumper and Imperial Porter all on draft!

Paragon Theater's Backlot Bar (3015 Grand Ave # 322 Coconut Grove, FL 33133)- Free viewing of BEER FEST at 7:30pm. Stop in to view one of the best beer movies ever for FREE on the big screen with special prices on appetizers and of course AMERICAN CRAFT BEERS! Come watch the movie with other beer lovers... "Do it for Landfill!"

Friday, May 20th
Hollywood Vine (2035 Harrison Street Hollywood, FL 33020)- BIG BEER Tasting in honor of ACBW. They'll be featuring Victory V-12, Rogue Double Mocha Porter, Avery the Reverend, and Cigar City Guava Grove. A great opportunity to sample and enjoy the great selection of craft beers Hollywood Vine has to offer! Stop in from 7-9pm for a taste... while they last.

The UM Wet Lab (4600 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL 33149)- In honor of ACBW the folks over at one of the best kept secrets of Craft Beer in South Florida will be having an All American Craft BBQ! For only $6.50 you get just about ANY American Craft Beer (with the exception of Victory Golden Monkey) and a burger and chips. The party goes from 5pm - ?... It's a beautiful view, great beer and good company... so come on out!

The Abbey (1115 16th St, Miami Beach, FL)- Head on over to The Abbey where they will be tapping a special keg of Dogfish Head's Black N Blue.  This beer is only out once a year and making a special showing for American Craft Beer Week this year.

The BX Beer Depot (2964 2nd Avenue North Lake Worth, FL 33461)- Stop in to celebrate the week and  Tiki Bar's 2nd Anniversary Party, for those of you who haven't seen the Bx Beer Depot's Brewhaven Tiki Bar, they have a covered Tiki and live Bluegrass Music to accompany their excellent selection of draft beer and craft bottles. They'll be featuring two breweries on this night, as well as serving smoked BBQ. From 7pm-Midnight stop in for some music and brews. Featured kegs are Avery Maharaja and Tequesta Brewing Co.'s Special Mystery Kegs.

Stage 84 (9118 West State Road 84 Davie, FL 33324)- Night of beer and bites tastings with an array of mixes to make it a beer lovers treat starting at 8pm. Try one or try them ALL!

4 (4oz) glass of beer with a small portion of pairings for $9.99

1. Holy Mackerel Golden ale w/ cheddar cheese & ham
2. Holy Mackerel Panic attack w/ chinese popstickers
3. The Eleven Brown Ale w/ bbq chicken wings
4. Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale w/ chocolate macaroons

Specialty beer for those who attend event for $4.00

Stop on by for a delicious lineup of bites and craft beers.

Friday, May 20th and Saturday, 21st
Total Wine- For American Craft Beer Week Fresh Beer will be out in three locations (5050 Town Center Circle Boca Raton, FL 33486) (11221 Legacy Avenue Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410) (14750 Biscayne Boulevard North Miami, FL 33181) from 3-7pm on Friday and 3-5pm on Saturday. They will be sampling out a variety of different American Craft Beers from some of your favorite breweries like Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, Victory, Stone, Blue Point, Shipyard, Magic Hat, Red Brick, Avery, Shiner and the list goes on... Why not stop by as you stock up for the weekend and get a taste of a variety of brews?

The Lodge (200 South Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 33432)- Victory Beer Night. They'll have Helios, Braumeister Saaz Pils and Hop Devil ALL ON DRAFT. Plus if you buy your first pint, you get to keep the glass! (while supplies last). Starting at 8pm, come on out for some delicious limited draft brews.

Carlin Park (Jupiter, FL)- Coconut Groove has been created as a celebratory festival to bring together musicians, artists and vendors from around their hometown of Jupiter, Florida that have something in common, giving to the community. From face-painting and shell necklaces to healthy style burritos and homegrown beer, Coconut Groove will be sure to inspire everyone coming to join in on the festivities at Carlin Park on May 21. They'll have Monk in the Trunk available for your enjoyment. $10 entrance fee and all proceeds from the Coconut Groove Festival go towards the restoration of the Pineapple Packing House at Dubois Park. So come on out for a great event for a great cause. For more info visit their website.

Coffee District (325 Northeast 2nd Avenue # 104 Delray Beach, FL 33444)- Blue Point Brewing Night starting at 6pm, they'll be pouring all of the year round Blue Point Beers on draft PLUS some limited releases including their Imperial Sour Cherry Stout and No Apologies Imperial IPA both on DRAFT! Zach will be there to walk you through the lineup... you never know what type of Blue Point schwag might be available too...

Sunday, May 22nd
Smoke T (1450 South Dixie Highway Coral Gables, FL 33146)- Stone Brewing BRUNCH.  That's right you read that correctly. We will be pairing up some AMAZING dishes with Stone beers because nothing is better than beer early on a Sunday to help cure any pains from the night before. The menu is the following:

1st course: Ruination IPA Bloody Mary paired with a french toast bite; thick cut challah bread topped with berries, frosted almonds with a maple glaze

2nd course: Levitation Ale paired with eggs benedict; homemade biscuit, sausage patty, and poached egg topped with a chipotle hollandaise sauce

3rd course: Sublimely Self-Righteous paired with chicken mole and a side of scrambled eggs

4th course: Stone Smoked Porter poured through the Randall (filled with Bacon) creating Bacon-infused Smoked Porter paired with bacon pancake with chocolate-smoked porter-maple butter, topped with a piece of pork belly

Starts at brunch time... 10:30am. Early reservations will be $35 and $45 at the door (plus tax and tip).

Paragon Theater (3015 Grand Ave # 322 Coconut Grove, FL 33133)- To close a week of amazing American craft beer, food and events Paragon will be showing The Beer Wars Documentary in their Backlot Bar on the BIG SCREEN at 7:30pm. They've got specials on craft beer, appetizers and some comfy big leather chairs... I can't think of a better way to wind down your week of American Craft Beer than enjoying a movie dedicated to it in a setting like this and for FREE!

You can also find specials on various beers at The Bar, Barracuda, Taurus, Central Beer Garden, Sandbar and The Local.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cigar City/Tequesta Brewing Takeover At Coffee District

Coffee District is pulling out all the stops for one of best showcase of Florida breweries ever.  Thursday, May 12th you can check out the amazing line up from Cigar City and Tequesta Brewing with lots of very rare beers on tap.  The beer starts flowing at 6pm so get here early to try some of these once in a lifetime beers.

Cigar City Brewing:
Hillsborough River Dry Stout
Jose Marti
East India Porter
White Oak IPA
Peach IPA
Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Zhukov's
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
White Oak Dry Stout
Jai Alai IPA
Maduro Oatmeal Brown

Tequesta Brewing Company:
Der Chancellor (Kolsch)
Gnarly Barley (American Pale)
Terminally Ale (American Brown Ale)
Julios Weizen (Belgian Wit with Passionfruit and Watermelon)
Finn McCool (Irish Red)
Hoppy American Amber
Tupelo Honey Bock
Oak Aged Black IPA

Thursday, May 12th 6:00pm-11:00pm
Coffee District
325 NE 2nd Avenue #104
Delray Beach, FL

Monday, May 9, 2011

Filling Station Burger And Beer Dinner

May is quite a busy month.  Not only is the week of May 16th-22nd American Craft Beer Week but May is also National Hamburger Month.  This seemed like the perfect chance for my pal Burger Beast and myself to team up and create a great event.  We talked to The Filling Station and made the event a reality.  The event will be taking place Wednesday, May 18th. We put together some great comfort food with some excellent and rare beers.  This will be one of your only chances to try the one-time-only beer from Dogfish Head, Hellhound On My Ale.  This special beer was made for blues legend Robert Johnson's 100th birthday.

Seating will be limited so call or email now and reserve yourself a spot, as they will fill up quickly.  Check out the menu and I hope to see you there.

1st Course- Monk and Cheese Soup- our homemade cheddar cheese soup prepared with Monk in the Trunk and served with a sampling of it as well

2nd Course- Jerk Pork Taco- paired with Blue Point Rastafarye

3rd Course- Blues Music Legend Robert Johnson's Mississippi Burger- our great juicy burger topped with bleu cheese, peppered bacon and grilled onions paired with the one time only brew from Dogfish Head, Hellhound On My don't want to miss this beer.

4th Course- Bread Pudding- with a Java Caramel Sauce paired with a serving of Southern Tier's Jahva Imperial Coffee Stout.

$35 per person
$30 for Mug Club Members

Wednesday, May 18th 6:00pm
95 SE 2nd St
Miami, FL 33131
(786) 425-1990

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Waxy O'Connor's Beer Dinner

If you haven't been into Waxy O'Connor's in Brickell for a while you should.  They have made a few nice addisions to their taps as well as bottle selection of craft beers.  To help get some notice of their new embrace of craft beers they will be holding the first of their beer dinners they will be having every other month.  I put this up a little late but if you RSVP by tonight the three course dinner will only run you $30.  Day of the dinner will only be $5 more.  Check out the menu below and I hope to see you there.

Welcome Drink
Left Hand Sawtooth Ale

First Course
Smoked Salmon over rye toast points, dill spread, and salsa
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale

Second Course
Marinated skirt steak with red ale au jus and a Wisconsin cheddar mac 'n cheese
Summit Horizon Red Ale

Third Course
Beer batters chocolate brownies with a raspberry gastric
Timmerman's Framboise

$30.00 in advance
$35.00 day of

Monday, May 2nd 7:00pm-10:00pm
Waxy O'Connor's
690 SW 1st Court
Miami, FL 33130
Phone (786) 871-7660

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Big Brew Event At Lou's Beer Garden

Local Brewery Weekend

If you haven't noticed but lately local breweries have started to step out and finally get some notice for the great beers that they are.  With another great brewery hitting South Florida Abraxas has decided to host a Local Brewery Weekend this weekend.  This will also be the kickoff for Tequesta Brewing Company in the Miami area.  I went up and visited them when they were still just The Corner Cafe and Brewery a while ago and thought the beers were great back then.  It's great to see them stretching out and being available in other parts of South Florida now too.  Tequesta is only available on draft for now so you will have to head over to Abraxas to be the first in the area to try these great beers.  Abraxas will have their two year round beers, Gnarly Barley Pale Ale and The Chancellors Kolsch, along with a special keg of their black double IPA.  Cigar City's Jai Alai IPA will also be on tap with all the local draft beers going for only $5.  There will also be specials on all the other local bottled beers from Inlet, Native, Gordash, Cigar City and others.  Come on out and support your local breweries.

Friday, April 29th- Sunday, May 1st
407 Meridian Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day At UM's Wet Lab

With Earth Day upon us what better way to celebrate then sitting on the water drinking some beers and enjoying the great environment.  To do this, and get the best deals in town, you should head over to UM's RASMA Wet Lab bar on Key Biscayne.  So for 4/22 they will be have Southern Tier's 422 on sale for only $2.50!  Yeah, I know, that is crazy cheap but to make it even better they will also have pints of Southern Tier's 2XIPA for $2.50 as well!

Southern Tier 422 is made from 100% recycled stuff (minus the beer!) and is named to commemorate Earth Day. Hope to see you there.

Friday, April 22nd 5:00pm-12:00am
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, 
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

4/20 Celebrations

April 20th seems to have a special spot in some peoples hearts that enjoy the herbal mind altering fun that usually goes with the day.  For those people who do not partake in the cousin of hops may I suggest another way to celebrate the day with two other ways to get Stone'd.

The first is at Cervezas in South Miami.  They will be tapping the first keg of STONE CHIPOTLE PEPPER SMOKED PORTER to hit the state of Florida. In addition to the porter, STONE RUINATION will be on draft and will be running the Stone IPA through the Randall with FRUITY PEBBLES!
Also arriving from Stone Brewery's cellar are 2008 aged bottles of RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT and OLD GUARDIAN BARLEYWINE.
There will be $2 off bottles of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Stone IPA, and Stone Pale.

The second is at Coffee District in Delray Beach.  They will be celebrating not only Stone but all cousins of cannabis with and IPA night. They will be featuring on draft: Stone IPA, Ruination, Arrogant Bastard. Great Divide 17th Anniverary Wood aged DIPA, Terrapin Rye Squared, Dogfish Head 60 min & 90 min IPA on ‘Randall the enamel animal”through Cascade hops, Southern Tier Oak aged Unearthly, Lost Coast Indica, Hazed n Infused & more.

Lots of ways to celebrate on 4/20.

Wednesday, April 20th 7:00-10:00pm
5835 Sunset Dr
Miami, FL

325 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL

Thursday, March 31, 2011

United Way's Brews & Bites

I know the people that read the blog love beer.  I also like to think that the people reading the blog also have good hearts and like to help out others not as fortunate as themselves.  Now what if I told you that you could enjoy beer while helping others.  

The people from the Untied Way have seen the rise of craft beer and have seen it as a great way to raise some money by offering this years Brews & Bites event being held Sunday, April 17th at Mary Brickell Village in Miami.  Guests will sample some craft brews from around the world at dozens of different tasting stations. Admission to the event includes a commemorative tasting cup, beer tasting, beer-friendly food from South Florida’s favorite establishments.  If that wasn't enough live music will be provided by one of Miami's best bands, The Spam Allstars.  The event will run you $55 for general admission and $75 for the hour long VIP tasting before the event.  You can buy tickets by clicking here.

The United Way is also hosting a bunch of other great events during the week with Brews & Bites being the closing event.  If are a fan of great food and enjoy some fine wines you should check out on their events pages here.  If you have some money to donate and would like to get some great food and drinks these are some premier events to attend.

Sunday, April 17th 1:00pm-4:00pm
Mary Brickell Village
Miami, FL
$55 general admission
$75 VIP

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Abraxas IPA Weekend

Once again Abraxas will be bringing out a weekend of some of the best beers in the world.  This time they are focusing on IPAs and Double IPAs.  This will the first keg of Avery's Maharaja to be tapped in South Florida this year along side lots of other heavy hitters.  Check out the full list below and don't miss out on this great weekend..

On tap:
Bells Hop Slam $8
Bells Two Hearted Ale $6 *
Stone Ruination $7
Avery Maharaja $8
Thornbridge Jaipur $7
Wayerbacher Hops Infusion $5 *
Smuttynose IPA $5 *

* Poured in pint glasses, all others poured in 10 oz goblets.

Bottles: 12 oz, $2 off, 22 oz, $3 off

They currently offer IPA's and DIPA/IIPA from Anderson Valley, Boulder, Cigar City, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Harpoon, Clipper City, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Terrapin, Victory, Great Divide, Oskar Blues, Southern Tier, Avery, Lagunitas, Left Hand, and Rogue.

Friday, March 25th- Sunday, March 27th
407 Meridian Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-9005

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Beer And Art Japan Fundraiser

If you are into beer and art and live in Ft. Lauderdale do I have an event for you.  The FAT Village art district   will be holding a weekly art beer garden every Friday starting at 8pm.  To get things started off the good folks from Miami and Tokyo Beer Tour will be hosting an fundraiser to help out the people in Japan.  It will be held at The Collide Factory this Friday and Saturday, March 25th and 26th starting at 7:00pm.  They will have some Japanese beers to enjoy while you are there.  The funds raised from the event will go to  

Friday, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th at 7:00pm
Collide Factory
541 NW 1st Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 33301

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Review: Route 9

Last weekend while the Carnaval Festival was raging on Miracle Mile, I decided to head away from the madness and check out a new little spot up the way on Ponce De Leon.  I had heard that Route 9 had quite a nice beer selection and thought I would check it out for myself.

Make sure you have the address when you are looking for Route 9 because they are missing a sign out front right now but the building number is clearly designated so I knew I was at the right place.  The decor inside is very minimalistic with wood floors and detail.  There's nothing much on the walls except the back wall that harbors a sitting area with a full-size chalkboard with drawings and a mission-statement-like Virginia Woolf quote.  The high ceilings make the small room seem much bigger.

The beer list, although not a 300 bottle selection, had a good range of all styles.  Here is a sampling of the beers:
Dogfish Head 60 Minute
Rogue Deadguy
Stone Pale Ale
Great Divide Hoss Rye
Left Hand Milk Stout
Delirium Tremens
Saison Dupont
Tripel Karmeliet
Scheider Weisse
Ayinger Celebrator
Penn Pils
Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale (on draft) 

One of the other great things about the beer menu is the price range from only $4.50-$7.00.

The menu had quite a few items that I wanted to try out.  We started with Marinara Braised Meatballs (served in a little crockpot) and Focaccia with Caramelized Onions, Grannysmith Apples, and Blue Cheese.  The foccacia was the highlight of the appetizers.  The sweetness of the apples and the tangyness of the blue cheese works well together.

For my main course I decided to try the skirt steak with blue cheese vinaigrette poured over grilled hearts of romaine while my wife had the salmon with sweet potato puree.  I decided to have a Rogue Deadguy with my main course and my wife had a Stone Pale Ale.  The steak was brought out in a pile, pre-sliced.  The grilled hearts of romaine was a whole head of romaine that had been thrown on the grill (pretty self-explanatory).  It seemed to be missing the blue cheese vinaigrette but I didn't realize it until after I had already finished.  The manner in which it was served, sadly, really turned me off.  The steak, while tasty, was offset by the romaine that didn't do it for me at all.  The Deadguy with the steak was a nice combination.  My wife's salmon looked very appetizing and tasted great, and I would recommend trying it.

Some friends of ours joined us and had a few other appetizers.  They ordered the foccacia we recommended and they also chose the baked goat cheese and the sticky chicken wings. They enjoyed the wings although when they asked the waitress what the flavor was for the sticky chicken wings, prior to ordering them, they were told, "Sticky."  Sticky is not a flavor I'm familiar with but they decided to try the wings anyway and liked them.  The baked goat cheese was great along with the crusty bread that it was served with.

Overall, Route 9 seems to be a new restaurant with some great ideas. Maybe they could use a little tweaking but there were great highlights. I would definitely like to give another main course a try and see what else they have to offer. The beer selection was a definite high point in range and price. Everyone enjoyed the selection - friends specifically ordered Dale's Pale Ale on Tap, Dogfish Head 60 minute, and Great Divide Hoss Rye - and that alone makes it worth coming back.

Route 9
1915 Ponce De Leon
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Tuesday-Thursday 11:00-10:00 (Lunch, Dinner)
Friday 11:00-11:00 (Lunch, Dinner)
Saturday 10:00-11:00 (Brunch, Dinner)
Sunday 10:00-3:00 (Brunch)