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By Lori Kahn

Miami’s burgeoning collection of breweries has recently given it a handcrafted beer culture just waiting for you to explore.

From Coral Gables and Coconut Grove, to Wynwood, South Beach and beyond, local breweries are bringing Florida’s popular craft beer scene to its most southern tip. Next time you’re craving a pint of something delicious, try one of these Miami-based breweries for a handcrafted ale that’s sure to cure any long workday.

The nitro brew at Tap 42

Tap42 in Aventura, Midtown Miami and Coral Gables

With locations throughout Miami as well as parts more north, you will have no reason not to stop by for a nice cold beer. Tap42 offers a big selection of local Florida beers as well as those select choices from around the country. Their rotating beer list changes daily, so be prepared for something new to try each time you stop by. One recommendation that is always on the menu is the 42 Truths; a tasty Florida pale ale made in collaboration with Funky Buddha Brewery and Tap42 that features northwestern hops, caramel malts and orange peel. On Saturdays and Sundays, stop by for the bottomless brunch and enjoy unlimited Funky Buddha Floridian beer or your more standard Mimosas or Bloody Marys. 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, FL 33180; 3252 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL 33137; 301 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134.

LoKal is a beer pub and gastropub in one

LoKal in Coconut Grove

LoKal is one special beer bar in Coconut Grove. With a large selection of LoKal beers like the M.I.A. Brewery-KUSH collaboration, Kaptain KUSH Pale Ale with Guava from Doral, you will not be disappointed. This one-of-a-kind gastropub offers reserve beer menus, regularly rotating taps, growler fills and even a Florida local non-alcoholic beer for your dog (super dog-friendly place that it is - they even have a dog menu - Marmaduke’s Meatloaf sounds tasty). Yes, you can get beers from other parts of the world here, but with so many enticing local beers to choose from, you won't want to stray. Not only will you find the best brews, but LoKal serves up the tastiest locally-sourced food you can get. Named "Most Green Restaurant in Florida" by the Nature Conservancy, you can feel good about everything about this place - it's truly LoKal. 3190 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, FL 33133.

Explore Miami's brewing culture

Abbey Brewing Co. in Miami Beach

Want to get away from the crowds on Lincoln Road? Head to Abbey Brewing Co., a popular bar-meets-brewery for rare European imports and tasty homemade beers by brewmaster Raymond Rigazio. With its Miami Beach locals, hole-in-the-wall vibes and iconic dartboard, Miami’s oldest brew pub promises patrons two things: a nice cold beer and a low-key day on crazy South Beach. 1115 16th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

A farm-to-table menu and extensive beer menu at Kush

KUSH in Wynwood

Sister pub to LoKal in Coconut Grove, this beer bar is a Wynwood gem with captivating local art on the walls and tantalizing local beers at the bar. KUSH's beer menu includes eighteen taps, a nitro tap, an aged and reserve bottle list and the occasional and highly select, cask offering. They even have an exclusive selection of small production wines for those who prefer their beverages sans-hops. KUSH joins up regularly with local breweries to offer rare releases and exclusive craft beers made just for them. Not only are their beers a specialty, so is the food. Each delectable dish is sourced from local Florida farms and everything including its ketchup and key lime pie is made from scratch each day. 2003 North Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33127.

Try quality craft beers at family-owned Boxelder in Wynwood

Boxelder in Wynwood

Boxelder is a craft beer market located in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami with a wide selection of American and Belgian beers. This family-owned bottle shop offers a quality selection of craft beers and provisions along with a taproom and beautiful backyard where you can sample the wares. This unique place offers up all the local Miami Brewery favorites and other solid offerings from a variety of specialty breweries from around the globe. Check out their website for an event calendar that includes tastings, guest speakers and food and beer pairings. 2817 NW 2nd Ave., Miami FL 33127.

Wynwood Brewing Company is Miami's first craft production beer brewery

Wynwood Brewing Company

Located in Wynwood, this local spot is Miami’s first craft production beer brewery, prides itself on being family-owned-and-operated, and comes with its own tap room. Driven by its mission to bring creative beers to South Florida locals, Wynwood Brewing Company boasts a 15-barrel brew house and popular beers like La Rubia Blonde Ale, Laces American Pale Ale, Gold Medal-winning Pops Porter, barrel-aged Strong Ales and other seasonal brews. 565 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127.

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Enjoy your beer among Star Wars characters at J Wakefield

J Wakefield Brewing in Wynwood

If you’ve ever heard of "that Star Wars bar in Miami," J Wakefield is the place. This Wynwood spot boasts Florida Weisse-style beers made with local exotic fruits, teas, spirits and spices, and in its neighborhood’s spirit, has graffiti-covered walls with murals of Star Wars characters. 120 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127.

Miami's beer scene offers something for every taste

The Mighty in Coral Gables

Sitting on Coral Way, outside the confines of Coral Gables, The Mighty is a fun pub with a wall filled with 59 bottles of Lambics, Saisons, IPAs, Imperial Stouts and more. Once you are here, you will want to pair your beer with one of the Mighty's specialty sausages. Pick the free-range rabbit over fried leeks with a morel mushroom demi-glacé and side of paprika mashed potatoes for $15 or the pork and smoked bacon with roasted garlic and herbs for only $9. They have an incredible happy hour as well, but keep in mind this place opens at 5:00 p.m. and is closed Sunday-Monday, so plan your week wisely. 2224 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145.

Choose from many neighborhood craft beer bars and gastropubs

The Local Craft Food & Drink in Coral Gables

Tucked behind Miracle Mile off a cute little side street, The Local Craft Food & Drink is a neighborhood gastropub known for its craft beer with 18 brews on tap at all times, and over 20 rotating bottles. Sister company to Biscayne Bay Brewery, you know you will find a unique and ever-changing selection of the best in local Miami beers. If you aren't sure what you want, no worries, these guys know their brews. Just tell them what flavor or style of beer you are in the mood for and they will give you a free tasting so you can make up your mind. If you brought along friends who aren't into beer, no problem here either, as The Local has an array of extraordinary cocktails that will satisfy even the most singular palate. 150 Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134.

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