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By Lori Kahn

Greater Miami’s craft beer scene has been exploding – not just in numbers – but in creativity. The good news is that there’s more for you to sample and savor on your visit here.

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 what ails you.

Tap
The nitro brew at Tap 42

Tap42

 Aventura, Midtown Miami and Coral Gables

With locations throughout Greater Miami, 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 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. Locations: 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, FL 33180; 3252 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL 33137; 301 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134.

LoKal
LoKal is a beer pub and gastropub in one

LoKal

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). LoKal also 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.

Abbey
Explore Miami's brewing culture

Abbey Brewing Co.

Miami Beach

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 vibe and iconic dartboard, Miami’s oldest brew pub promises patrons two things: a nice cold beer and a low-key day on South Beach. 1115 16th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

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

KUSH

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 18 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. The food is exceptional here too. Each delectable dish is sourced from local Florida farms and everything including the ketchup and key lime pie is made from scratch each day. 2003 North Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33127.

Box
Try quality craft beers at family-owned Boxelder in Wynwood

Boxelder

Wynwood

Boxelder is a craft beer market located in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami with a wide selection of local, 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. 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.

WBC
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. It prides itself on being family-owned-and-operated, and has its own tap room. Driven by a mission to bring creative beers to South Florida locals, Wynwood Brewing Company boasts a 15-barrel brew house and popular beers such as 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.

J Wakefield
Enjoy your beer among Star Wars characters at J Wakefield

J Wakefield Brewing

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 the artsy-cool spirit of the neighborhood, it has graffiti-covered walls with murals of Star Wars characters. 120 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127.

cans
Miami's beer scene offers something for every taste

The Mighty

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, and Imperial Stouts. Pair your beer with one of the Mighty's tasty menu items.  From tacos and burgers to specialty sandwiches, the delicious menu choices and unique craft beers are what makes The Mighty a true gastropub. The happy hour is incredible too. 2224 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145.

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