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By: Jennifer Agress

Greater Miami & Miami Beach came fashionably late to the craft beer party, but the destination has most definitely caught up over the past decade. Today, beer connoisseurs head to Miami to find brewmasters producing everything from classic ales and IPAs to more creative brews inspired by the flavors of the tropics and subtropics. Craving a cold one? Check out some of our favorite Miami breweries and microbreweries, and discover what you’ll be sipping next.

Abbey Brewing Co., Miami Beach

Open since 1995, Abbey Brewing Co. is Miami Beach’s oldest brew pub. This hole-in-the-wall is a cclassic dive bar complete with a dartboard and pool tables. Founded by brewmaster Raymond Rigazio, this ultra-casual spot offers a mix of imported European beers, hard-to-find Trappist ales and barley wines, more than 150 bourbons and, of course, Abbey Brewing Co.’s own original brews. 1115 16th St., Miami Beach, FL 33139

La Tropical interior
Sip on beers in a Cuban-inspired taproom, photo by Cerveceria La Tropical

Cerveceria La Tropical, Wynwood

A modern take on Cuba’s oldest brewery, Cerveceria La Tropical is a Cuban-inspired taproom, restaurant and botanical beer garden in Wynwood. Belly up to the bar to order the flagship La Original Ámbar Lager, or be transported to Cuba as you sip and stroll through the garden and admire vibrant murals by local painters. The food alone is a reason to go, as the kitchen is helmed by beloved Miami restaurateurs Cindy Hutson and Delius Shirley. 42 NE 25th St., Miami, FL 33137

J. Wakefield Brewing
Enjoy beers made with local fruits

J. Wakefield Brewing, Wynwood

If you’ve ever heard of “that Star Wars bar in Wynwood,” J. Wakefield Brewing is the place. Named after its owner, brewmaster Johnathan Wakefield, this hangout serves everything from sours and IPAs to Florida Weisse-style beers made with local fruits, teas, spirits and spices. It’s hard to say what will keep your attention more – the coconut-infused El Jefe Hefeweizen, the wall-to-wall Star Wars mural or the Empire-themed garden. 120 NW 24th St., Miami, FL 33127

Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Co., Miami

While many Miami breweries are in found in Wynwood, Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Co. has made a name for itself in the Bird Road Arts District, a collection of warehouses near South Miami and Westchester. This industrial space juxtaposes exposed ductwork with a homey, vintage feel, paying homage to “Honest Abe” with both its name and the thousands of pennies glued to its ceiling. Beer lovers will find some of Lincoln’s Beard’s own brews here, such as the Morning Glory Blonde Ale and the Old News Pilsner, as well as wine and “guest beverages” from other Miami breweries. 7360 SW 41st St., Miami, FL 33155

Lost City Brewing Company, North Miami

For a variety of great beers in a rustic setting, try Lost City Brewing Company in North Miami, founded by Diego Escobar, the former owner of the Abraxas Lounge in Miami Beach. Head to its tasting room, affectionately named the Abraxas Bar at Lost City, and try everything from traditional brews to a stout that tastes like flan, a lemongrass blonde ale and a Belgian-style saison steeped with hibiscus flowers. 12207 NE 13th Court, North Miami, FL 33161

The Tank
Try one of the Miami-inspired beers at The Tank Brewing Co.

The Tank Brewing Co., Doral

Occupying a 25,000-square-foot brewery and taproom on the outskirts of Doral, The Tank Brewing Co. whips up what it calls “liquid innovation.” There are 16 Miami-inspired craft beers on tap, including the Belgian-style wheat La Finca Miami, Freedom Tower amber ale, Playita Pils, El Farito IPA and more. Expect a fun industrial vibe here, with high ceilings, exposed ductwork and classic games such as cornhole, dominoes, cards and life-size Jenga. 5100 NW 72nd Ave., Bay A1, Miami, FL 33166

Tripping Animals Brewing Co., Doral

Once upon a time, four friends started brewing beer out of their garage in Venezuela. Fast-forward seven years and, after visiting breweries all over the world, they opened one of their own in the Miami area. Inspired by that initial high of creating with friends, the Doral-based Tripping Animals Brewing Co. is a place to hang out, listen to music, get artsy, play pool or ping-pong and, of course, drink beer. At this creative brewery, expect unique brews like the She Is My Cherry Pie “smoothie” beer or an Orange Chocolate Fondue sour. 2685 NW 105th Ave., Doral, FL 33172

Unbranded Brewing Co., Hialeah

Hialeah’s first craft brewery, Unbranded Brewing Co., is one of Miami’s best. Started by Texan Zachary Swanson, the name is a nod to his late great-great-great-great grandfather, a Texas maverick who bucked tradition by refusing to brand any of his 400+ cattle. Pull up a metal chair in the stylish-yet-industrial taproom and order a dry-hopped Hazy pale ale, a Guava Wheat or a Champagne Room hard seltzer. Accompany your craft beer selection with a brisket sandwich, pulled pork tacos and smoked nachos from The Smokehouse, and you’ll feel like a maverick in no time. 1395 E. 11th Ave., Hialeah, FL 33010

Veza Sur
Find refreshing beers designed for Miami's weather at Veza Sur

Veza Sur Brewing Co., Wynwood

Set in a tropical, indoor-outdoor setting with a reclaimed driftwood bar, a real library, graffiti art and colorful outdoor seating surrounded by buttonwood oaks, Veza Sur Brewing Co. wants you to stay awhile. Part of the Anheuser-Busch InBev portfolio, with distinctly Latin roots, the name “Veza Sur” comes from the Spanish word for “beer,” cerveza, and “south,” sur. These beers are designed for Miami’s warm weather, so expect craft ales, IPAs, sours and a Brazilian “Chopp” in refreshing strawberry, guava and mango flavors. 55 NW 25th St., Miami, FL 33127

Wynwood Brewing Co Tap
Don't miss Wynwood Brewing Company's taproom

Wynwood Brewing Company, Wynwood

The first craft brewery in the City of Miami, Wynwood Brewing Company was launched with a goal of introducing beer drinkers to local beers. Helmed by a father-son duo and inspired by their passion for their Puerto Rican heritage and the artistry of the Wynwood neighborhood, this brewery has more than 18 beers on tap, each of which is a “work of art in a glass.” Head to the taproom, pull up a brown leather chair at one of its beer barrel tables, and sample some of their best. Brew options change with the seasons here, but a handful are on tap all year round, such as the flagship La Rubia Blonde Ale, Laces IPA, the award-winning Pop’s Porter, Lock On Dry-Hopped Lager, and the Father Francisco Belgian-Style Golden Ale. 565 NW 24th St., Miami, FL 33127

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