Miami Breweries That Are Hidden Gems

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By: Miami New Times Writer

Imagine Miami. Swaying palm trees, gorgeous beaches, and all-night parties at the hottest nightclubs are customary, but they aren't the only thing the city has to offer. Miami’s various breweries and taprooms offer all types of tastes and environments that range from casual fun to upscale sophistication. Check out these hidden gems in Miami to decide where to try your next local brew.

Abbey Brewing Co.

A mainstay in Miami, Abbey Brewing Co. opened its doors for the first time in 1995 and has done so every day since. Abbey's chill environment is the perfect blend of dive bar and trendy brewery. Pull a stool up to the bar, grab a booth, or enjoy your drink while you play a round of darts with your friends. In addition to four house specialties based on full-bodied recipes, brewmaster Raymond Rigazaio serves hard-to-find guest drafts from around the world. An expansive selection of bottles and micro-distilled spirits round out the menu. 1115 16th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Veza Sur

A Latin-inspired brewery situated in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood, Veza Sur is the brainchild of Jeremy and Chris Cox and Berny Silberwasser. Start your night with a tour of the working area before trying one of the IPAs or craft lagers for yourself. Veza Sur's focus is on flavorful beers that pair well with the city's heat. Traditionalists love the Per'la Coffee Porter, a recipe blended with roasted Brazilian coffee beans. Those who enjoy trendsetting beer cocktails can try a Shoot the Moon, a mix of guava sour, house-brewed Campari, fresh Florida citrus, and mint. After ordering your drink, enjoy it on the brewery's enormous, dog-friendly patio. 55 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33127.

Bousa Brewing

Brewing the perfect beer is an art form, so it makes sense that Bousa Brewing is located in the Miami Modern (MiMo) District — a 29-block stretch, just north of Miami’s Midtown area, distinguishable by a string of mid-century modern (1950s) motels. Bousa strives to create beer that truly tastes like Miami, which is why founders Enrique Garcia and Juan Pablo Vergara use locally sourced ingredients in their brews. Miami flavor is particularly evident in the Cherry Bomb. Part of the brewery's rotational menu, the red ale starts sweet with cherries and lemon drops, but hints of red chilis and local serrano peppers mean it packs a punch. Stop in during happy hour for a quick drink or join a ping-pong tournament and stay all day. 7235 NE 4th Avenue, Miami, FL 33138.

J. Wakefield Brewing

By the time J. Wakefield Brewing was born in 2015, brewmaster John had already gained worldwide recognition for his unique craft beers. His Wynwood brewery includes 3,000 square feet for creating the 15 custom taps that grace the 1,200-square-foot tap room. From Hops 4 Teacher, a citrus-flavored IPA, to Aren't You a Peach, a sour Saison ale created with fresh peaches from Masumoto Family Farm, there is something for all taste buds on the menu. Enjoy your beer as you check out the full-length "Star Wars" murals, all created by local artists, or sit in the Empire-themed beer garden when the weather is too amazing to stay inside. Local food trucks make the brewery the perfect place for a casual dinner with friends, and private brewery tours are available with a reservation. 120 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127.

Lincoln's Beard Brewing Co.

Weird is the name of the game at Lincoln's Beard Brewing Co., located near the suburban community of Westchester. Offering 12 award-winning beers, this tap room is the perfect choice for people who like a little humor infused in their brews. From weekly trivia nights to discounted drinks for Mustache Monday (it counts if you draw it on!), there is always something to entertain you while you drink. A fan favorite is the P. Swayze, an American IPA that smells as amazing as it tastes, but you can't skip the namesake ale. Lincoln's Best Sparkling Ale combines modern brewing techniques with an old-fashioned recipe to create a crisp taste. Brewmaster and co-founder John Falco and the other self-proclaimed weirdos that run the place are just as entertaining as the drinks and themes at Lincoln's Beard Brewing Co. 7360 SW 41st Street, Miami, FL 33155.

Come Discover These Miami Hidden Gems For Yourself

Take in the penny-drenched décor at Lincoln's Beard. Relax in the laidback tap room at Abbey Brewing Co. No matter what your style, and whether you prefer traditional ales or trendy beer-based cocktails, you can't leave Miami without imbibing at its best breweries. Don't forget to book a ride with Lyft so that you can truly experience everything these taprooms have to offer.

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