Miami's Best Annual Craft Beer Events

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By: Miami New Times Writer

Great beer can always be found at Miami’s annual craft beer events. Throughout the year, Miami offers unique and exceptionally flavorful experiences that will keep you coming back for more. Sample and enjoy local cuisine, along with distinct beers from around the world. The following list features Miami’s most popular events, helping you celebrate the best in craft beers all year long.


Held in early October, Grovetoberfest has grown to one of the largest beer festivals in Florida, and for a good reason. It is held at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, with convenient beach access and plenty of grassy space to spread out. Specialty breweries and craft beer bars make attendance essential for all beer loving individuals. Enjoy great live music coupled with free unlimited tastings as you stroll the park. They have recently added retro video games, which brings back some of those nostalgic childhood memories! There are three levels of admission:

  • General admission: unlimited samples
  • Beer Socialite: unlimited samples, one-hour early admission, custom pint glass and bag
  • VIP: unlimited samples, two-hour early admission, custom t-shirt and pint glass, access to VIP lounge with AC

Miami Beer Festival

Over 80 breweries and 200 beers find their home at the Miami Beer Festival. Held toward the end of January at Marlins Park, this festival has a special and bright new-year vibe. Sample craft and international beers along with various meals from the famous food truck alley. Of course, there is plenty of music and entertainment to cap off your experience. All tickets include free beer. VIP tickets include an additional hour with specialty beer offerings. Proceeds of the festival benefit 1 Lucky Dog Rescue, Inc.

Sprung! Spring Beer Festival

For one of the biggest beer festivals in Miami, look no further than Sprung! Spring Beer Festival. Held at the Wynwood Marketplace, this festival occurs in early April to welcome in the spring season. Enjoy unlimited craft beer samples, a thrifter market, and dog park. The festival has incorporated #sprunggames for fun ways to enjoy your beer — beer pong, anyone? Unique to this festival are lively cooking demos with Kitchen Lab that will surely inspire your inner chef. Beer socialite tickets offer early entry and free custom collector items. VIP tickets provide early entry, free custom collector items, and free food.

Brew at the Zoo

What is more fun than a visit to the zoo? Get your drink on at Zoo Miami’s Brew at the Zoo event happening each year in early May. At Zoo Miami, enjoy a wide range of culinary delights and beer from around the world. This event features international craft beers, beer slushies, and the animals, of course. All tickets include unlimited beer samples. Brewmaster and VIP tickets are available at higher costs and offer freebies, such as early admission and exclusive access to tastings. Half of the proceeds go directly to Zoo Miami.

Coconut Grove Beer & Burger Festival

The Coconut Grove Beer & Burger Festival is typically held during the third weekend of June or July. The festival is held at and proceeds benefit the Women’s Club of Coconut Grove. Along with great beer and juicy burgers, you can enjoy a fun variety of local fresh foods and beverages. You’ll find an array of kid-friendly events, along with music, arts and crafts. The famous “Best Burger Contest” is the highlight of the event. Each year top restaurants from around the area compete for the coveted first place prize. Make sure you mark your calendars for next year’s festival.

A Year to Remember

Make this a year to remember. Miami is the perfect destination to experience beer like you never have before. Meet new friends and find new favorites. Festival hopping can be a great way to expand your social circle, learn more about the local area, and sample craft beer in Miami. Remember to stay safe and have a designated driver or hire a Lyft.

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