Thursday, December 6, 2012

Craft Beer And Art Basel

Most fans of craft beer already know what a work of art these fine brews are.  Now the art community at large is embracing craft beer at a level that I have never seen before.  Not only are you seeing craft beer in the Wynwood/Design District taking over most bars in the area but you are also seeing some not so normal places popping up to grab a brew while you check out some art at the art fairs going around town all week.

Basel Biergarten
Wynwood Cigar Factory, 101 NW 24th St
Thursday-Sunday 2-11pm
“The Factory” at Wynwood Cigar Factory will be hosting the 1st Annual Basel Biergarten opening Thursday Dec. 6 at 2pm through Sunday Dec. 9th. Chef Andres Barrientos and Chef James Bowers of Aaron's Catering joined forces with the Mixed Media Collective and event guru Gaudi Castro to develop a new annual Basel week tradition for local foodies. The pop-up Biergarten will be serving up top craft beers from Florida breweries. In conjunction with the Drink Like a Local Campaign, beers by Cigar City, Monk in the Trunk, Michael's Genuine, Native, Tequesta and Due South will be available on tap. Barrientos and Bowers are simultaneously launching Miami Smokers, a charcuterie house featuring candied bacon and other delicious artisan smoked meats. The Chefs’ are partnering with local food trucks to create the perfect pairings and.high-end beer-friendly bites. Benches and assorted stylish seating areas surrounded by potted palms and local Florida shrubs will create a lush, hip environment accompanied by DJ’s featured daily.  You will be able to find limited brews like Cigar City's Jose Marti and Table Saison, St. Somewhere's Serge and Divina W/ Rosemary, and Due South's Southern Saison popping on the rotating taps through out the weekend.
Wood Tavern Pop Up Bar @ Untitled
Untitled Art Fair, 12th and Ocean
Tuesday-Sunday 11am-9pm
Everyone's favorite bar in Wynwood will be taking it's talents to the beach.  The pop up bar inside the Untitled Art Fair will have beers from Palm and Blue Point on the menu.  Grab yourself a Toasted Lager and try to figure out how they grew grass on a carpet.

Michael's Genuine Pop Up Cafe @ Design Miami
Design Miami, Meridian Ave and 19th St.
Wednesday, December 5, 11am-9pm
Thursday, December 6 - Saturday, December, 9,12-8pm
Sunday, December 9, 12-6pm

Not only can you find good beer at Design Miami but you can also get some of the amazing food that Michael's Genuine's Pop Up Cafe with be providing.  Check out some melting lamps while you sip on the thirst quenching Michael's Genuine Home Brew.

Fountain Art Fair, 2505 N Miami Ave
Thursday, December 6 12 – 5pm: VIP/Press Preview
Friday, December 7 12 – 7pm: Open to the public 
7pm – Midnight: Opening Night Reception
Saturday, December 8 12 – 7pm: Open to the public
7pm – midnight: Miami New Times event
Sunday, December 9 12 – 5pm: Open to the public
Not sure if it's in the VIP Lounge or available to all but Fountain will have beers from Native, Monk In The Trunk, and Holy Mackerel flowing this week as well.

Have a safe and fun Art Basel and don't forget to actually look at some art while you are out partying.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Westvleteren 12 Release December 12th

The day has finally come.  After talk for the last year of Westvleteren 12 (the #1 rated beer in the world)  coming to the US the date has finally been announced.  December 12th you can set out to your local Total Wine and pick up this lovely gift pack of 6 beers and 2 glasses for the low, low price of only $85.  Although this isn't a cheap package it is cheaper then a flight to Belgium.  This is Total Wine exclusive release.  They are not reserving any and you will only be able to purchase one per person.  So set your alarm, grab your folding chair, and get ready to wait in line to buy this one time only release (at least that is what they are saying).  See you there!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Biscayne Brewers Expo

You've seen them at most of the beer festivals in Miami, as well as at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and they have had some of the most interesting beers there, but this time they are putting on a festival themselves.  Brew FIU will be hosting the Biscayne Brewers Festival this Sunday, November 4th from 12-4pm at the Kovens Confrence Center at the North FIU campus.  With over 40 different local brewers it will give you a big taste of how far local beer has come recently.  Tickets are only $20 if you are an FIU Student or a party of 5, $25 for everyone else in advance.  Get your tickets now by clicking here.

Sunday, November 4th 12:00-4:00pm
Biscayne Brewers Expo
Koven Conference Center at FIU
3000 NE 151st St
North Miami, FL

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bloomberg Business: Plot To Destroy America's Beer Article

Have you ever read an article that you thought was so important that you just wanted to share it with everyone.  Bloomberg Businessweek has done just that.  I know most people see these big beer companies and know they are these huge companies that are more interested in making profit then good beer but you may not know the extent that they go to to make that money.  This article shows you the lengths that they will go to cut the flavor and cost to produce the beer while raising prices and making a huge impact on people connected to these companies all over the world.  I do realize that these companies have an obligation to there shareholders to make money but those shareholder should also know what that is costing in the long run.  Hope you find this article as insightful as I did.

click here to read:
Bloomberg Businessweek: The Plot To Destroy America's Beer

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Abbey Octoberfest

This Sunday come on out for one of the last Oktoberfest celebrations of the season.  The Abbey will be having $5 drafts all day as well as some food to snack on while you put down some tasty Oktoberfest beers.  The party starts at 1pm and goes until 1am.

Sunday, October 21st 1pm-1am
The Abbey Brewing Company
1115 16th St
Miami Beach, FL

Thursday, October 18, 2012


It looks like beer is finally getting some notice by the good people at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival this year.  Even though the sponsorship by Amstel seems to keep out any craft beers from being a part of the festival it does still use the talented students from FIU's brewing program to bring some interesting beers to the party.

This year is the first year that an event focusing exclusively on beer has been held at the festival and it is very exciting to see that beer is getting noticed by such a big festival.  The Beer Tasting With Spiegel: Does The Glass Make A Difference? event will focus on how the glass can change the way you perceive a beer to taste.  It is taking place February 22nd, 2013 for 5:30-6:45pm at the James Rotal Palm Hotel.  Here is what SOBEWFF has to say about the event:

"If you’ve ever wondered if the glass makes a difference, here is your chance to find out! Matt Rutkowski, VP of Spiegelau sales, will lead a glass tasting featuring Spiegelau’s beer connoisseur set. You will taste and compare four different beer styles in different Spiegelau beer glass shapes. At the end of the tasting, the glasses are yours to keep.

Whether sharing a few pints with friends or on an endless pursuit to find the most exceptional ale, Spiegelau beer glasses are the essential vessels to make each brew taste even better. As more and more people are finding the fun in exploring the nuances of various types of beers, the craft beer industry is enjoying a growing cachet and distinction similar to fine wines. And like wine, beer tastes better when in the right glass. This set of four glasses includes the stemmed tulip, the tall pilsner, the wheat beer glass, and the lager glass. With shapes designed to showcase varying flavors of the grains, yeast and hops, channel the aroma and preserve the frothy head and volatiles, this kit is ideal for the serious beer drinker or the budding aficionado. Spiegelau’s Beer Connoisseur Kit glasses are made of durable crystalline and are dishwasher safe.

Spiegelau traces its glass-making roots back to 1521 in Spiegelau, Germany, tucked in the primeval forest of Bavaria. For almost 500 years, Spiegelau has created glassware known for its sleek design, durability and strength. Today, Spiegelau beer glasses represent German craftsmanship at its best.

The BREW FIU brewing club composed of current and former students from Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management will brew all of the beer served at this seminar. Funds raised from previous Festivals have gone toward the construction of a state-of-the-art teaching restaurant at the school, which will feature an on-site brewing science laboratory."

The tickets will run you $85 and you can buy them by clicking here.

Friday, February 22nd, 2013 5:30-6:45pm
James Royal Palms Hotel
1545 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Yardbird/Craft Brewja Beer Dinner

This Friday the Craft Brewjas will be hosting an Oktoberfest beer dinner at Yardbird on South Beach.  This event will offer a pairing of unique, mouth-watering brews including Thomas Creek (SC) Oktoberfest, Shiner (TX) Oktoberfest, Lazy Magnolia (MS) Pecan Ale and Terrapin (GA) Pumpkin Fest alongside four courses to be determined and prepared by Chef Jeff McInnis.

The event is by reservation only so call Yardbird at 305.538.5220 and reserve your seat.  The event will begin promptly at 7pm, so don't be late! $65 pp (Tax and gratuity not included)

October 19th, 7:00pm
1600 Lenox Ave
Miami Beach, FL

Friday, October 5, 2012


Somehow I was nominated for a New Times Web Award.  The group I've been nominated with is humbling.  I'm pretty sure I'm the underdog in this race but what the hell, might as well give it a shot:  if you would like to vote for us for Best Food Blog (I guess they are including drink under it as well) then just click here.  It means a lot that I'm even nominated but I'm not going to lie, it would be even better to win.  Thanks again for all the support throughout the years.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Green Flash Launch At Abraxas

If you have ever been to Southern California there is a good chance you have seen beer from Green Flash all over the place.  Now you will start to see it all over Southern Florida as well.  The launch party for Green Flash will be taking place this Saturday night at Abraxas on South Beach. West Coast IPA, Hot Rod Red, Imperial IPA and Double Stout will be on tap.  They will also have bottles of the above mentioned beers plus Le Freak Belgian IPA, Rayon Vert Belgian Pale and Saison Diego.  Come out and taste the newest beers to hit the ever-growing craft beer market.

Saturday, Septermber 22nd 8:00pm-5:00am
407 Meridian Ave
Miami Beach, FL

Monday, September 10, 2012

Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl VI

It just seems like yesterday that the good people from Miami Bike Scene talked to me about helping them with some ideas for the first Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl and they are now on the sixth one taking place Saturday, September 22nd.  The funny, actually sad, thing is that every time there is one it falls on a date that I already have something going on.  From all the pictures and feedback I've heard from both the bars they visit and the people that attend is that is an awesome event.

The sixth edition of the pub crawl takes you to a couple of new spots as well as some of the favorite spots from the past.  Every bar will have a drink special of some kind to partake in.  Here is all info on where and what is happening at each spot.

The Abbey Brewing Company
1115 16th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
All Abbey house brews $4.50 (Abbey Immaculate IPA, Brother Aaron's Quadruple, and Father Theodore's Imperial Stout). Cash only!

5:00pm (2 spots in 1 stop)
Wood Tavern
2531 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
50% off all drinks!

2519 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
50% off all drinks!

2751 N. Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
All beers $5!

Will Call
700 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
50% off all drinks!

The Filling Station
95 Southeast 2nd Street
Miami, FL 33131
$3 - $4 beer specials and $5 food menu (burgers, wings, veggie wraps, pulled pork, and grilled chicken sandwiches).

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Abraxas Hosts Cigar City Weekend

It has been a while since Abraxas has had a brewery weekend but this weekend they decided to kickout the stops and host one of Florida's favorite breweries, Cigar City. Jean Ribault French Pale Ale (Biere de Garde), Maiden Voyage IPA and Cucumber Saison will all be gracing the taps at Abraxas this weekend.  These are some of the first time some these beers have been seen down in these parts so they are sure to go fast.  They are sure to go fast so get there early on Friday and don't miss out on these one time only releases.

Friday-Sunday August 17-19th
407 Meridian Ave
Miami Beach ,FL

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Wynwood Kitchen Hosts Duvel/Ommegang Beer Dinner

If you went to Wynwood Artwalk last Saturday you probably got to try the brand new release from Duvel, the Duvel Single draft.  A few galleries in Wynwood and the Design District were giving away samples of this easy drinking new version of the classic Duvel style.  If you did get to try it you are probably wondering where you can get more?  Since the beer is only available in 6 locations in Miami at the moment you may want to make your way to Wynwood Kitchen this Thursday, August 16th at 7:30pm and try it along with some other offerings from Duvel sister brewery in the US, Ommegang.  This four course beer dinner is the first of its kind in Miami and paired up with the excellent food at Wynwood Kitchen is sure to be a memorable evening.  

The dinner, priced at $65 per person (including tax and gratuity) will feature four sumptuous courses of Global-Latino cuisine by executive chef Miguel Aguilar.

Each course will be paired with one of the tasty craft beers that have earned rave reviews and accolades for both breweries.

The dinner begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.; seating is limited, advance reservations required. Call 305-722-8959 to RSVP today!

Check out the delicious menu below!

First Course - Shrimp crudo with torta de arroz, salsa verde and piickled jalapenos.
Paired with Duvel Single.

Second Course - Mache with rainier cherries, toasted almonds, manchego cheese, and citrus vinaigrette.
Paired with Ommegang Witte.

Third Course - Marinated duck breast with duck confit, cabbage hash, mustard cream and duck prosciutto.
Paired with Ommegang Three Philosophers.

Fourth Course - Molten chocolate cake with cinnamon, ancho and dulce de leche ice cream.
Paired with Ommegang Abbey Ale.

Thursday, August 16th 7:30pm
2550 NW 2nd St.
Miami, FL

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Yardbird Beer Event

Everyone's new favorite restaurant, Yardbird, also has one heck of a beer selection.  This Friday, July 27th, from 5-7pm they will be tapping special kegs of Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA and Weyerbacher Whiskey Barrel Aged Brown.  The Weyerbacher is a one time only release and the Dogfish 120 Minute IPA is only around for a short time.  If that weren't enough they also have limited bottles of Cigar City Cucumber Saison. Come on out and check out these great beers and some of the best food in Miami.

Friday, July 6, 2012

2nd Annual Grovetoberfest- Ticket Discount

The time is almost here again for one of the best beer fest in Florida.  If you live anywhere in Florida or even outside of Florida you should start planning your trek to Coconut Grove for the 2nd Annual Grovetoberfest October 13th at Peacock Park.  The Grovetoberfest crew was very interested in what people thought of last years fest and took everyone's comments into consideration when planning this year festivities.  You can expect a smaller VIP area with only 500 VIP tickets being sold this year.  Also you can check out a new ticket level for Beer Socialites where you'll be able to get in an hour earlier with the VIPers without having all the that pesky food that takes up room for all the beer.  Speaking of beers, they'll have over 200 different beers this year.  This is not like every other beer fest out there.  You will get a great selection of craft beer along with some rare beers that you may not have a chance to try again.   Not sure what you will be in for at Grovetoberfest?  Well, you'll be able to sample some of the beers you'll be having at the fest for free.  Yes, free.  Just head on over to one of the many tastings the good people from Grovertoberfest will be holding at great beer bars all over Miami leading up to the fest. You can see the whole schedule here.

Now for the best part.  The Grovetoberfest crew has given us a special code to pass along to you to get $10 off a General Admission ticket now through August 30th.  Just enter promo code SOFLABEER when you go to check out.  You can purchase tickets by clicking here. Hope to see you all there!

October 13th 3pm-7pm
Peacock Park
Coconut Grove, FL

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rio Station To Replace Zeke's Roadhouse

As I'm sure most of you heard Zeke's Roadhouse has closed its doors.  When I first heard the news I was heartbroken.  Where was I going to go and sit on Lincoln Rd and watch the parade of people while having a good inexpensive beer?  Luckily today my worries were lifted when I met with the new owner of the space where Zeke's once occupied.  Rio Station is the new kid on the block and will be doing some things the same and some different.  First $4 beers will be staying.  The beer selection will still have a good choice of craft beers with the amount pulled back slightly.  The new thing is that you will now be able to get food while you drink.  They will have wraps and salads along with smoothies.  They will also be open every day of the week.  And speaking of opening, Rio Station will be open for business starting July 2nd.  I don't think Zeke's Roadhouse will ever be replaced but there is still a good option for good cheap beer on Lincoln Rd.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cigar City Night At The Local

Wednesday, June 20th, Cigar City will be at The Local in Coral Gables with a special cask of Tocabaga, a keg of the brand new Maiden Voyage IPA and keg of Coconut Pineapple Cream Lager. Get there by 7pm to not miss out on any of these sure-to-go-quick rare brews.

150 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL

Friday, June 8, 2012

Guest Review- House Of Dog

(Editor Note: This is the first guest review I have had on the site and I wanted to thank Jason Pear for taking the time to write it.  If you are interested in doing a guest review please get in touch.)

By Jason Pear

Initially, I want to take a moment to thank Dave for giving me the opportunity to guest post on his blog. In addition, I want to apologize for my delay in getting him my review. I hope to have opportunities to post in the future and to submit my next post more timely.

A few months ago I went with my girlfriend to House of Dog, ‘Dogs n’ Beer’, a restaurant which appears to be attempting to corner the gourmet kosher hot dog restaurant in the so-called mid-Beach area of Miami Beach. As you may know there are a number of kosher restaurants in this area, serving the kosher community. This is particularly important to note as they are closed Friday night, Saturday during the day, and on all significant Jewish holidays (e.g., Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur). Also, during Passover they are unlikely to be open as neither beer nor bread is kosher for Passover. I recommend calling them before making a trip to the Beach. Because of the restaurant’s limited hours, we went on a Sunday at approximately 6 p.m.

We parked at one of the public parking lots south of 41st and did not have trouble finding a metered spot. I recommend making sure that you have change (or at least cash), even though the machines will accept credit cards. Also, as a resident of Miami Beach, I know full well that the police officers are more than happy to give out tickets – in Miami Beach always make sure that you have enough money in the meter.

Outside there were one or two plastic tables with chairs, unfortunately they were taken so we were forced to sit inside. Inside, the d├ęcor was dark with stained wood and barely enough light for me to see my notepad. There was a large family with crying children, which detracted from our enjoyment – other than that family the restaurant was basically empty. There were two televisions, which were playing basketball. Also, there were hookahs lining the walls, suggesting that they may attract large numbers of teenagers and people in their early to mid twenties. Based on my experience, the busy nights for the younger crowd is likely Thursday and Saturday nights (Thursday they are open until 2 a.m., on Saturday they stay upon until 3 a.m.). There was also a very odd disco ball in the middle of the restaurant; it was unclear what possible use this could have.

The restaurant does not maintain taps – they have approximately 30 bottled beers including Cigar City Jai Alai, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, and other craft beer staples. The beers were less expensive than you might expect at under $6.00 for all but the most expensive beers – like Arrogant Bastard and The Bruery's Saison Rue Belgian Saison. I did not find the beer selection very impressive, but it was better than you are likely to find at any other hotdog shop. I had a Cigar City Jai Alai which was great, as always. Unfortunately, they did not carry any ciders – which is my girlfriend’s alcoholic drink of choice.

I was really excited about eating a “beer infused dog” – I believe that they use Pabst – but unfortunately I was stymied and limited to fries because they didn’t have any of the meatless hotdogs that are on their menu (and I am a vegetarian). My girlfriend had a Rueben (or something like that) and said that it was very good. My fries were of the Belgian variety, and were quite good.

Overall, House of Dog is a welcomed addition to burgeoning (but highly limited) beer scene on the Beach – and I’m sure will be highly attractive for kosher consumers. The beer selection is better than what you would expect, but certainly not as extensive as at DRB or Abraxas. Hopefully, as the restaurant gets its feet wet they will carry more (and more unusual) beers and get a tap. I would consider going there again, but would make sure to call first and ask if they have any vegetarian hotdogs in stock. If you are looking for a good (albeit expensive) hotdog and want a good beer, I suggest you consider House of Dog.

House of Dog, ‘Dogs n’ Beer’
456 41st St,
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 397-8733

Sun-Wed: 11:30am-12am (Lunch and Dinner)
Thu: 11:30am-2am (Lunch, Dinner, and Late Night)
Fri: 11:30am-3pm (Lunch only)
Sat: 7:30pm-3am (Dinner and Late Night)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Abbey 17th Anniversary Party

Come end American Craft Beer Week right with one of the original craft beer bars in South Florida, The Abbey.  And also help The Abbey celebrate 17 years of bring high quality suds to the people.  The fun starts at 1pm and runs til the wee hours of the night.

Sunday, May 20th 1pm-5am
The Abbey
1115 16th St
Miami Beach, FL

Monday, May 14, 2012

American Craft Beer Week

Welcome to the mother of all beer weeks.  This is the week that craft beer is most in your face then any other week of the year.  Cities all over the country put on a celebration of all things craft beer.  From tastings to dinners to tap takeovers to almost anything you can imagine with craft beer will be going on this week.  Take a look at a full list of events going on around South Florida this week below.

Specials All Week Long

8 Oz. Burger Bar
All week long
Celebrate ACBW with the following specials all week:
-20% off all craft bottles including Craft bombers and 750ml
- Deals on Southern Tier Hop Sun
- May 15 Tues, Left Hand Milk Stout Draft
- May 16 Wed, Dogfish Head 90 Draft
- May 17 Thur, Blue Point Toasted Lager Draft
- May 18 Fri, Stone Ruination Draft
- May 19 Sat, Stone Arrogant Bastard Draft

American Craft Beer Week Beer & Food Pairing, South Shores Tavern
All Week Long
Come in and try some of the food and beer pairings running all week long at South Shores, including Cigar City Jai Alai with seared tuna, Philly cheese steak with Blue Point RastafaRye, and Cubano Pulled Pork Pannini with Dale's Pale Ale.

Craft Beer Pairings, Hurricane Alley
All Week Long
Check out these food and beer pairings that include a 16oz. pint with each purchase, running all week! Such as Magic Hat Circus Boy and popcorn shrimp, Cigar City Florida Cracker and smoked marlin dip, and Monk in the Trunk with Asian calamari salad.

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at BX Beer Depot
All Week Long
BX is busting out the big drafts, including Tequesta Brewery Brune Saison with local honey, Cigar City Jose Marti, Avery Maharaja, and a special draft from the newly opening Due South Brewing Co.BX will be offering package sales on everything Oskar Blues and Avery, including Deviant Dales and Maharaja, will be offering a free draft of Tequesta Brune Saison with the purchase of every homebrew recipe. While supplies last!

Craft Beer Happy Hour, Blue Piano
4600 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, 33137
All week long, 6-8pm
Blue Piano will have 50% off all drafts during ACBW during Happy Hour from 6 to 8 p.m.

Craft Can Specials, Native Taproom & Music Hall
2006 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 33020
All week long
The all-new Native Taproom will be doing a special on canned craft beers for ACBW. Pick up a can of Oskar Blues Old Chub or Dale's Pale Ale, Magic Hat #9, Avery's White Rascal, or Ellie's Brown Ale.

Celebrate Craft Beer Week at Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza, Kendall
All week long
In honor of American Craft Beer Week, Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza in Kendall is offering any of its craft beers for $4 each throughout the week. Stop in for a pint and a pie!

Seven Days of Craft Beer, Harry's Pizzeria
All Day
They will have a constant rotating drafts all week long for ACBW including, Avery Maharaja, Dogfish Head Saison du Buff, My Antonia Imperial Dry Hopped Pilsner, Cigar City Ligero, Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Ale, Blue Point RastafaRye, and Stone Arrogant Bastard.

IPA Happy House, Flip Burger Bar
They will have 2-4-1 deals on Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Breckenridge 471 IPA, Avery IPA, and Southern Tier 2x IPA all week long during ACBW!

Craft Beer Tastings, South Florida Total Wine Locations
During ACBW there will be over 40 different craft beer samplings throughout South Florida's Total Wine locations. Check with your local store for times and details.

Craft Beer Specials, Aficionado's Premium Cigars and Wine Coral Springs
They will be having special deals on all of their craft beer bottles all week long!

Craft Beer Specials, Barracuda Bar and Grill
This Grove staple is under new ownership and have an overhauled craft beer selection. They will have specials on their craft beer all week long!

Terrapin Specials, Little Moir's Leftovers Cafe
They will have specials on Terrapin Hopzilla and Big Hoppy Monster all week long.

Craft Beer and Food Pairings, Long Boards
They will have a special menu with unique craft beer and food pairings for the entire week.

Craft Beer and Food Pairings, Southshores Tavern
They will have a special menu with unqiue craft beer and food pairings for the entire week.

Broward County

May 14

Craft Beer Mondays, Salt Life Food Shack
All Day
Coral Springs' newest craft beer bar features $3 pints all day on Monday, including Cigar City Jai Alai, Avery White Rascal, Monk in the Trunk, Holy Mackerel, and much more!

May 15

Craft in Cans Night, World of Beer Coconut Creek
4437 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek
Did you know that cans are actually the best container for great craft beer? It's true: cans are airtight, impervious to light, and environmentally friendly -- not to mention they travel well, whether it's on the boat, at the beach, or in the pool. You can try some of the outstanding craft beer available in cans at World of Beer Coconut Creek. Quaff canned brews from the likes of Oskar Blues, Avery, Blue Point, Cisco and more. Plus, celebrate the launch of Blue Point's newest canned brews, Toasted Lager and White IPA, a delicious combination of Belgian wheat and hoppy pale ale.

Meet the Brewer Class, Total Wine Pembroke Pines
Come meet the brewer of Holy Mackerel Beers and the local Shipyard Representative, while a head Shipyard Brewer skypes in live to chat with the class. Sample beers and more, $15.

May 16

Stone Tap Takeover, Tap 42
Enjoy a line-up of rare and unique beers from California's most arrogant brewery, Stone!

IPA Pint Night, Stage 84
Make sure you don't lapse into a hop induced coma after trying some of these great IPAs from Terrapin, Avery, Thomas Creek, Tequesta and Stone.

May 17

Hooray for IPA, All South Florida Total Wine Locations
Learn about the history and importance of the India Pale Ale and sample its various sub-styles during this series of classes at area Total Wines. Each class costs $15 and includes tastes of each substyle with snacks. Register in advance at

Craft Sampling, Five Point Lounge
2608 S. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 33316
Join us as we sample seven craft beers while jamming out to live music from 9 to 11 p.m.

May 18

Three Cheers for American Beers, Beer Tasting at Seventh Street Wine Company
701 S. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale
Check out this beer and wine tasting at Seventh Street Wine Company. For $10 you can enjoy samples of Rogue Hazelnut, Dale's Pale Ale, Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout, Victory Golden Monkey, and Native Lager, and recieve a $10 towards your next purchase of American craft beers.

Dogfish Head/Victory/Stone Night, World of Beer Coconut Creek
Enjoy the brews of three great craft breweries, with special beers on tap! Includes:
Dogfish Head Saison Du Buff, Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, Dogfish Head Black and Blue, Victory St. Boisterous, Victory Saison Du Buff, Victory Golden Monkey, Victory Hopdevil, Stone Old Guardian, Stone IRS.

Cigar City Cuban Beer Dinner, Whole Foods Fort Lauderdale
Cigar City Brewery, located in Tampa, Florida, speaks to a strong Cuban herritage through its award-winning ales. It's in that spirit that Whole Foods is partnering with Cigar City to deliver a Cuban-themed beer dinner that's anything but ordinary. Price TBA. Call 954-565-5655 to reserve. Featuring:

First course: Guava-Glazed Grilled Shrimp paired with Guava Grove.
Second course: ‘Jai-Alai’ IPA Mojo Pork paired with Jai Alai IPA.
Third course: Ybor City Cuban Sandwich paired with Tocobaga Red Ale.
Fourth course: Smoked Vanilla Bean Flan paired with Maduro Brown Ale.
Fifth course: ‘Robusto’ Aged Gouda cheese with ‘Bolita’ Brown Ale& Fig Compote.

Cigar City and Tequesta Brewing Mash Up, Laser Wolf
Join the folks at Laser Wolf for all local tap takeover featuring rare and unique brews from Cigar City and Tequesta Brewing.

Comic Books and Brews, Ye Olde Falcon Pub
Caped crusaders, web-slingers, and craft beer drinkers unite! Ye Olde Falcon is hosting a costume party for adults, themed around the almighty comic book. Come dressed as your favorite comic book character and quaff super-hero themed beer cocktails from Left Hand, Terrapin, and more. There will be prizes, movies, raffles, and a contest for best dressed Villain and Hero!

Shipyard Tap Takeover, Tap 42
Join Matt from Shipyard as he takes over the taps at Fort Lauderdale's Tap 42!

May 19

Victory Celebration, Parrot Lounge
Come celebrate beach-style at Parrot Lounge with a pint of delicious Victory beer from Philadelphia, PA.

Hooray for IPA, All South Florida Total Wine Locations
Learn about the history and importance of the India Pale Ale and sample its various sub-styles during this series of classes at area Total Wines. Each class costs $15 and includes tastes of each substyle with snacks. Register in advance at

Dade County

May 14

Brewery Ommegang Relaunch Party at The Local Craft Food and Drink
Celebrate the re-release of Brewery Ommegang, America's only craft brewer creating exclusively Belgian-style ales. This award-winning brewery will have its beers paired with a unique, one-time a la carte menu created exclusively for this event. The menu includes:

Appetizer: Wagyu Beef Carpaccio
Shaved Salad with black truffle ponzu, paired with Belgian Pale Ale
Entree: Roasted Tiger Prawn
Spring Vegetable Buerre Fondue, paired with Three Philosophers
Dessert: Glazed Asian Pair
With praline ice cream, paired with Witte

Beer and Cheese Pairing, Total Wine Pinecrest
8851 SW 136th St., Miami
Come sample a spread of six artisanal cheeses and discover how they pair with various beer styles. The cost is $15 per person; reserve at

Blue Point Night, Filling Station
Sample Blue Point's Toxic Sludge, Summer, Toasted Lager, Rasta, and No Apologies at Downtown Miami's favorite watering hole.

May 15

Drink Local, Think Local! At the LoKal
Coconut Grove's newest burger and beer joint, the LoKal, exemplifies local drinks, brews, and food. And what better way to celebrate that than with an all-local tap takeover. Stop by for rare and special release kegs from the likes of Cigar City, Tequesta, Saint Somewhere, and more! While you're at it, try one of their famous burgers.

Oskar Blues Night at World of Beer Dadeland
Oskar Blues was the first American brewery to put craft beer in cans. Come out and drink some of their delicious output on Tuesday night at World of Beer, including the likes of G'Knight, Gubna, Mama's Yella Pils, Dale's Pale Ale, Ten-Fidy, Old Chub, and the brand new Deviant Dale's.

Cigar City Beer Dinner, DB Bistro Moderne
255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami
First course: Chicharron paired with El Murcielago
Second course: A series of rustic flatbread tarts paired with Ligero Black Lager
Third course: House-made charcuterie paired with Tocobaga Red Ale
Fourth course: DB Burger paired with Bone Valley Brown Ale
Dessert: Fruit-based vacherin paired with Dos Costas Oeste Lemon-Wood Aged Ale
$55 plus tax and gratuity. Call 305-421-8800 to RSVP.

May 16

Terrapin Hopstravaganza, Sports Grill South Miami
Join Terrapin brewery at Sports Grill South Miami as they celebrate America's favorite beer ingredient: hops! Terrapin will take over the taps with six drafts, including:
Hop Karma Brown Ale
Monk's Revenge Belgian IPA
Hopsecutioner IPA
Easy Rider Session IPA
Rye Pale Ale

Holy Mackerel Beer Dinner at Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza Pinecrest
Join Holy Mackerel head brewer Bobby Gordash as he hosts a unique beer dinner at Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza in Pinecrest! Try Anthony's own short ribs with Panic Attack , the Paul and Ron's pizza with Golden Ale, and house-made cheese cake with Mack in Black. Price TBA.

Barracuda Bar and Grill Grand Reopening Party
Coconut Grove's own Barracuda is under new ownership! Come out and toast to this vintage watering hole with an overhauled selection of craft beer, including craft beer cocktails and drink specials all night!

The Ultimate Craft Beer Week Celebration at Cervezas at South Miami
Cervezas is going to be the place to be with a killer draft list including: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Avery Maharaja, Cigar City Bone Valley, and more! They also will be running Blue Point Toasted Lager though the Randall with cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans! A Blue Point Firkin of RastafaRye will be making an appearance as well!

May 17

Hooray for IPA, All South Florida Total Wine Locations
Learn about the history and importance of the India Pale Ale and sample its various sub-styles during this series of classes at area Total Wines. Each class costs $15 and includes tastes of each substyle with snacks. Register in advance at

May 18

Craft Beer Tasting, Lucky Liquors
This unlimited craft sampling features brews from Shipyard, Victory, Blue Point, and Duvel. $12 entry gets you a sovenier glass, plenty of great brews, and a $5 credit towards your next craft beer purchase.

Craft Can BBQ, UM Wetlab
Hamburgers and Canned Craft beer specials all night!

May 19

Tequesta Pool Party at Lou's Beer Garden
Enjoy your weekend the right way: poolside at Lou's Beer Garden, quaffing a delicious local brew from Tequesta Brewing. Tequesta beers will be on tap along with food, fun, and friends. Expect a cask of Imperial Red Ale, too. Sounds like a great Saturday!

Hooray for IPA, All South Florida Total Wine Locations
Learn about the history and importance of the India Pale Ale and sample its various sub-styles during this series of classes at area Total Wines. Each class costs $15 and includes tastes of each substyle with snacks. Register in advance at

Cigar and Cigar City Brewery Pairing, Cervezas South Miami
Join Cigar City Brewing and Sosa cigars for a pairing you will soon not forget. They will be featuring Cigar City's Dos Costas de Oestes Cedar, and Marshall Zhukov's Stout each paired with a unique cigar. They will be limiting this event to 25 people, so make sure you get there early. Handlebar mustaches and top hats are encouraged.

May 20

Craft Beer Sundays at Cork and Bottle
All Day
Enjoy 20% off all craft beers all day, every day on Sundays at Kendall's extensively stocked liquor store.

Palm Beach County

May 14

Four-Course Craft Beer Dinner, Tucci's Fire N Coal Pizza
50 NE 1st Ave., Boca Raton
Come check out some amazing craft beers paired with great food at Tucci's Pizza. The four-course menu costs $25 per person and includes:
First course: Italian mixed greens salad with kalamata olives, red onions, roasted peppers, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, and gorgonzola cheese paired with Magic Hat Circus Boy Hefeweizen.
Second course: Tucci's fire 'n' coal wings in two styles, rosemary and garlic and spicy barbecue, paired with PALM Belgian Amber Ale.
Third course: Coal oven pizza two ways -- eggplant and basil, and spicy sausage, roasted red pepper, and caramelized onions -- paired with Blue Point Hoptical Illusion IPA
Dessert: Made-to-order cannolis paired with Southern Tier Jah*va Imperial Stout
Reserve by calling 561-620-2930.

Beer and Cheese Pairing, Total Wine PGA
11221 Legacy Ave., Palm Beach Gardens
Come sample a spread of six artisanal cheeses and discover how they pair with various beer styles. The cost is $15 per person; reserve at

Local Beer Takeover at Havana Hideout
509 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, 33460
Lake Worth's favorite dive bar will be hosting a local craft beer tap takeover featuring Tequesta Brewing Company & Cigar City. There will be a special ale on cask from Tequesta, and limited releases from both breweries!

May 15

Beer and Movie Night, Blind Monk
HOPZILLA vs BIG HOPPY MONSTER / GODZILLA vs GAMERA! Imperial IPA vs Imperial Red Ale! A battle to the finish (or bottom of the kegs) between two Terrapin Hop Giants! Two beers enter, one crowd of happy beerheads leave! And of course, playing your favorite Japanese monster movies on the big screen! We will be tapping both kegs at 7, as well as releasing two other brand new Terrapin beers in bottles: 10th Anniversary Belgian Strong Golden Ale, and the Phlux Capacitor Oak-Aged American Strong Ale. Don't miss this Epic event!

May 16

Irish-American Beer Dinner, Black Rose Pub
This four-course beer dinner is $30pp all inclusive!
First course: Scotch egg, or mozzarella ball (vegetarian option)
Paired with Avery White Rascal
Second course: Beer battered fish slider, or black bean burger (vegetarian option)
Paired with Magic Hat #9
Third course: Traditional shepherd's pie, or vegetarian shepherd pie (vegetarian option)
Paired with Blue Point Hoptical Illusion
Dessert: Chocolate sponge cake with a hint of coffee, topped with baileys whipped cream and raspberry
Paired with Terrapin Moo Hoo

Shipyard Beer Dinner, Boca Biergarten
$35pp plus tax and tip, includes unlimited Shipyard beer. More details TBA.

May 17

Live Interactive Skype starring Southern Tier Brewery, Funky Buddha Lounge
Funky Buddha Brewery and Lounge will host a one-of-a-kind event: a live, interactive Q&A session with Southern Tier Brewery, projected on their big screen. Interact with the minds behind one of the most creative and inventive breweries on the east coast. Includes prizes and giveaways, plus a tap takeover with the following special release beers:
Oak-Aged Unearthly Double IPA
Gemini IPA
Hop Sun

Hooray for IPA, All South Florida Total Wine Locations
Learn about the history and importance of the India Pale Ale and sample its various sub-styles during this series of classes at area Total Wines. Each class costs $15 and includes tastes of each substyle with snacks. Register in advance at

Tap Takeover and Pairing at Maxi's (Food Shack)
103 S. US Highway One, #d3, Jupiter
Jupiter's own Maxi's will be holding a local brewery tap takeover with Tequesta & Cigar City, featuring a special ale on cask from Tequesta and limited releases from both breweries.

May 18

Whole Foods Boca Raton Presents the South Florida Premier of Beer Culture, The Movie
1400 Glades Rd., #110, Boca Raton, FL 334431
Whole Foods in conjunction with Brown Distributing is proud to present the South Florida Premier ofBeer Culture, The Movie! The film tells the tale of the Colorado beer scene, and how, thanks to laws that favor small business and entrepenurial spirit, Colorado craft breweries have revitalized the state economy and awakened the creative spirit of the West. Schedule of events is as follows:
6:30pm: Charity happy hour with brews from Oskar Blues, Avery, Left Hand and Cigar City, plus house-smoked barbecue and a charity raffle ($5 donation).
8:15pm: The Florida premier screening of Beer Culture The Movie, followed by a brief Q&A session.

Clematis Craft Beer Pub Crawl
Put on your swimsuits, floppy hats, and silly beach towels as you crawl to the finish line! Stop at Roxy's, Grease, Gratify and World of Beer for featured drafts and beer cocktails. Starts at 7pm at World of Beer.

Craft Beer Happy Hour, Biergarten Boca Raton
Come meet Blake Panichella of Brown Distributing for a craft happy hour.

Due South Experience, Due South Brewery
Noon to close
Enjoy Due South brews on tap plus food trucks, ping pong, and cornhole all day long!

May 19

Ales on the Ave, Delray Beach
The Second Annual Ales on the Ave. Pub Crawl is moving to Saturday! This weekend walk will feature three stops, each with unique beers on tap and in cask! The list of stops includes:
Park Tavern (4pm) - East vs. West Avery and Dogfish Tap Takeover, with Black and Blue, Red and White, World Wide Stout, The Beast, Salvation, Reverend, Majahara, and so much more!
Tryst (5:30pm) - Patio can party featuring Oskar Blues' newest release, Deviant Dales, plus Stone IRS and much more!
Coffee District (7pm) - Local tap takeover featuring dry-hopped Imperial Red cask ale from Tequesta Brewing company, plus much more!

Hooray for IPA, All South Florida Total Wine Locations
Learn about the history and importance of the India Pale Ale and sample its various sub-styles during this series of classes at area Total Wines. Each class costs $15 and includes tastes of each substyle with snacks. Register in advance at

May 20

Pints and Putters Golf Tournament at Putt'n Around
350 NE 5th Ave., Delray Beach
Putt'n Around will host a mini golf tournament and craft beer day! Channel your inner Caddy Shackcharacters; there will be a prize for the most outrageous golf attire, cheap beers, and more. $20 gets you 4 craft beers and a round of golf.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Abraxas Five Year Anniversary Party

One of the forerunners in the craft beer movement in South Florida, Abraxas, will be celebrating it's five year anniversary this Saturday, April 28th.  They will be featuring some special kegs just for the night that you won't want to miss.

Great Divide 18th Anniversary Ale (Imperial Black IPA) 
Avery Maharaja (Imperial IPA - latest batch!) 
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum (Imperial IPA) 
Southern Tier Oaked Un-Earthly (Imperial Oaked IPA) 
Blue Point Toxic Sludge (Black IPA) 
Dogifsh Head Burton Baton (Oak aged blend of Olde Ale + Imperial IPA)
Stop by and help Diego and his crew start off year six right.

Saturday, April 28th
Abraxas Lounge
407 Meridian Ave
Miami Beach, FL

Thursday, April 12, 2012

United Way's Brew & Bites Ticket Giveaway

The annual United Way Wine & Food Festival is upon us once again.  I was able to go to a couple of the events last year and they were all amazing.  The highlight for a lot of people I talked to was the Brews & Bites event and it looks like the United Way thought so as well by now making it it's kick off event.  Brews & Bites will take place next Wednesday, April 18th at Mary Brickell Village.  You can check out the full list of participating restaurants by clicking here and breweries by clicking here.  You can also buy tickets for this worthwhile event by going here.

The good people over at the United Way have given me a pair of tickets to giveaway for the event.  If you would like a chance to win the tickets all you have to is have a friend like our Facebook page.  Once your friend likes the page they just need to leave a comment with your name.  You can do this with as many friends as you want and be entered into the giveaway each time.  They must be new people liking the page leaving the comments not people that already like the page.  Then on Monday I will put each entry into a hat and pull out a winner.  The more people you get to like our page and leave a comment with your name the more entries you will have and a better chance you have to win.  Good luck!!!

Wednesday, April 18th 7-9pm
Brews & Bites
Mary Brickell Village
Miami, FL

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Times Beerfest Ticket Giveaway

The time has come yet again to giveaway some tickets to the New Times Beerfest taking place this Saturday, March 31st, from 6-11pm at Huizenga Plaza in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale.  I only have one pair of tickets to give away and I'm having a hard time thinking of how to give away the tickets so I'm letting you decide.  The winner of the tickets will be whomever comes up with the best giveaway idea.  I have to have a winner by tomorrow afternoon so I will be accepting ideas until noon tomorrow, March 27th, then I will pick the best idea and give the winner a pair of tickets.  You can email me your idea at  Think of some good stuff and I will probably use it for a future giveaway.

If you don't feel like putting the brain power into coming up with an idea, tickets for the New Times “Original” Beerfest cost $30 each (prepaid online at, or $40 at the door. Attendees may also choose to enjoy the VIP Experience in the VIP lounge, an area where guests will have access to the premium Beerfest adventure, including unlimited liquor samples, food samples from some of Fort Lauderdale’s best restaurants, unique craft beers available only in VIP, premium stage views, and giveaways. A 15th-anniversary specially-brewed beer will be created by BX Beer Depot and available to VIP guests exclusively. A limited amount of VIP tickets are available for $65 prepaid online or $75 at the door.  You can also check out a list of beers by clicking here.

Saturday, March 31st 6-11pm
New Times Beerfest
Huizenga Plaza
32 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sparky's Roadside BBQ Holds First Beer Tasting

This Thursday night from 7-9pm I'll be hosting the first, of hopefully many, 40+ beer tastings at every ones favorite downtown Miami BBQ spot, Sparky's Roadside BBQ. For $20 you'll get to try a sampling of over 40 different beers plus some chef selected appetizers.  Some of the beers will be some you won't even find in Florida.  Get there early to ensure yourself a spot.

Thursday, March 15th 7-9pm
Sparky's Roadside BBQ
204 NE 1st St
Miami, FL 33132

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Dogfish Head "Not Quite A Tap Takeover" UPDATED

This weekend Abraxas will be holding their Dogfish Head "Not Quite A Tap Takeover".  Head on over to try drafts of some of their rarest beers.

120 Minute IPA
Faithful Ale
Hellhound Ale
Burton Baton
Immort Ale
Olde School Barleywine
Red N White

Head on over to Abraxas and enjoy some of the biggest beer Dogfish Head has to offer.

March 2-4, 2012
747 4th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-9005

Friday, February 17, 2012

Do You Drink Beer? Can You Write?

The first question is probably pretty stupid since you are already reading a beer blog.  It's more the second question that I am interested in.  I am looking to add more content on the site and I am looking for a few good individuals that have their fingers on the pulse of beer in South Florida.  Are you the type of person that always talks to your friends and family about the deep complexities of your favorite brew?  Do you like to check out new bars and restaurants right when they open?  Then you may be the person I'm looking for.  I'm looking for people to write reviews on beers as well as bars/restaurants/events.  I make no money doing the blog so unfortunately I have none to pay anyone to write but I may be able to pay you in a beer or two from time to time.  If you are interested please send me some examples of your writing (don't need your college thesis paper just something short and sweet).  How often do you go out a week?  What places do you frequent?  What are your favorite types of beer?  Anything else you think might help you get the job.  You can send your submission to  I look forward to hearing from you.