J. Wakefield Brewery - A Wynwood District Favorite


J Wakefield's Comic Book Twist

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Interior of J Wakefield

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When you’re searching for the best breweries in Miami, you’d be remiss to skip over the city’s Wynwood district. This thriving neighborhood is home to several breweries creating some of the best craft beer Miami has to offer, nurturing a flourishing brew scene that’s been expanding at an exciting rate. One of the mainstay breweries in Wynwood is J. Wakefield Brewery, a local favorite that’s earned a spot as one of the most well-respected names in the Miami craft beer community. Here, you can enjoy a unique lineup of impeccably crafted beers in a fun-loving atmosphere that doesn’t take itself too seriously – what more could you want?

A Popular Brewery that Started with a Simple Homebrew Kit

J. Wakefield Brewery is named after its founder, Johnathan Wakefield, who began his brewmaster journey in 2005. At that time, John had just wrapped up a Master’s Degree in Accounting and was dabbling in hobbies like cooking and beer-making. He started out casually experimenting with a classic Mr. Beer homebrew kit, tapping into his growing passion and talent to get creative with the brewing process.

Before long, John was rising through the ranks of the close-knit craft beer community, taking home numerous homebrew awards and professional recognition. His name became known worldwide, associated with brewing excellence and impeccable flavors and techniques. Realizing that his brewing dreams were growing bigger by the minute, John started a crowd-funded campaign called CrowdBrewed to raise funds to open his own brewery. In just over one day, his funding goal was reached – no small indication of the support and respect the craft beer community held for him even then.

In 2015, John’s aspirations and hard work paid off with the opening of J. Wakefield Brewing, and as the old saying goes, the rest is history. The brewery has established itself as a pillar of the craft beer scene both in Miami and worldwide, with two of its beers earning rankings as the top two Berliners in the world.

A Craft Brewery and Taproom with a Comic Book Twist

From the moment you enter J. Wakefield Brewing, you’ll immediately notice the vibrant, comic book-style murals adorning the walls. Take a closer look and you’ll recognize a handful of iconic Star Wars characters in the mix, including several Stormtroopers and Darth Vader toasting with craft brews. True to J. Wakefield’s local roots, the taproom’s murals were created by local artists. Outside the main taproom, you can enjoy some Miami sunshine in the Empire-themed beer garden, putting a fun spin on drinking al fresco.

The laidback vibe and welcoming atmosphere make the brewery the perfect place to kick back with friends for an after-work or weekend hangout, while the friendly staff and patrons promise equally enjoyable solo visits for those days you just happen to be in the neighborhood. There’s always something new going on at J. Wakefield Brewery, especially when it comes to the food. The brewery partners up with local food trucks, companies, and eateries to offer an always-rotating selection of delicious dishes, ranging from empanadas to handmade pizza. On the last Saturday of every month, a Brewery Boot Camp combines a great work-out with a refreshing JWB Flagship Beer, giving new meaning to staying hydrated.

If you’re planning a group event, J. Wakefield Brewery might be just the venue you’re looking for. The taproom is available for private rentals and allows full use of the two big-screen televisions, making business meetings infinitely more enjoyable. For beer lovers that are passionate about the brewing process, private, behind-the-scenes tours are a great way to spend an afternoon.

Flavors that Stand Out from the Crowd

While the founding history and eclectic style of J. Wakefield Brewery are among its defining characteristics, what really sets it apart is its diverse menu of original brews. The taproom boasts 15 beer taps that feature a rotating selection of core beers and seasonal specials, making it unlikely that you’ll ever run out of new brews to sample.

Two of the most famous brews to emerge from J. Wakefield Brewery are Miami Madness, an award-winning Florida Weisse, and the Dragon Fruit Passion Fruit (DFPF) Florida Weisse, a top-rated Berliner Weisse. Other notable beers include El Jefe (a coconut-infused Hefeweizen) and Hops 4 Teacher IPA (a citrusy India Pale Ale). Every single beer has been thoughtfully crafted and brewed with the utmost care, so you should have no problem finding at least a few new favorites.

Stop by J. Wakefield Brewery and Enjoy a House Brew

J. Wakefield Brewery is open seven days a week and offers extended weekend hours, so fitting a visit into your schedule is easy. Located just minutes from Interstate 95, the brewery is in an easy-to-find spot in the Wynwood district, near the intersection of 24th Street and 2nd Avenue. When you’re ready to make your way to J. Wakefield Brewery and sample their best craft beers, check out their website to plan your visit.

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