There’s nothing like cold beer in the hot July Miami sun.
Except all the cold beer you can drink in an air-conditioned Miami ballroom.
If beer tastings are your kind of events and you happen to be visiting or vacationing in Miami on July 11, 2015, come enjoy samples of fine brews from South Florida, around the country, and beyond at the Greater Miami Beer Fest. Join folks from more than 40 premier breweries at the Miami Airport Convention Center as they pour house specialties from late afternoon to mid-evening.
You can enjoy live music and DJs, plus lively games of beer pong, but mainly you can enjoy a wide variety of ales, lagers and more from a select group of brewers. The event is 4-8 p.m. for those who purchase the $60 VIP Ticket or $100 VIP Tasters Ticket, and 5-8 p.m. for those who opt for the $40 General Admission. Each of the higher admission tiers also entitles you escalating additional amenities including (and this cannot be overestimated in value) access to the Express Bathroom Line.
Here are some of the breweries expected to participate in the Miami beer festival (though there’s no guarantee they’ll be pouring the labels mentioned):
- Adelbert’s Brewery, based in Austin, Texas, is known for Quadrupel-style dark ales like Flyin’ Monks.
- Biscayne Bay Brewing Co. brews 1513 Golden Ale, named for the year Ponce de Leon crossed the area.
- Black Market Brewing Co. comes from Southern California, halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, possibly with one of its summer specialties—the tart, low-alcohol wheat ale 1945 Berliner Wiesse.
- Brand-new Concrete Beach Brewery and established Wynwood Brewing Co. are both based in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, the latter being the city’s first craft brewery and known for ales like La Rubia and Wynwood IPA.
- Counter Culture is a local, family-run business that bottles not beer but Kombucha.
- Daddy Brews of Miami is known for Beersel Mattin, its aged ale.
- Darwin Brewing Co. was spun off from an Andean restaurant in Bradenton, Florida, to create complementary brews such as the Spiced Porter Charapa.
- Descarga Brewing Co. of Hollywood, Florida, blends plantains and other Central and South American fruits and spices into brews like Hi-Ju-Doin—and offers a one-time-fee loyalty club that promises Free Beer For Life.
- Fathead’s Brewery is a Cleveland-area craft pub that brings its own talent to South Beach in the form of brews like the award-winning Head Hunter IPA.
- Green Flash™ is another SoCal brewery, in business for more than a decade, and the producer of the summer labels Green Bullet, Palate Wrecker and Road Warrior.
- Infected Brewery of Miami promises to bring its Red Devil Wheat IPA.
- Islamorada Beer Co. is a brash upstart from the Florida Keys responsible for Sandbar Sunday, a new American Wheat Ale exploding in popularity.
- JDub’s Brewing Co. & Tap Room is another participant from Florida’s West Coast—from Sarasota—and is know for its German-style Poolside Kolsch Ale and the raspberry-infused Razzmatazz.
- Lagunitas Brewing Co., with breweries in Chicago and California, offer standards like A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ and newcomers like Undercover Investigation Shut-Down.
- M.I.A. Brewing Co., based in Doral, is gaining fans for its new Hefeweizen offering, Miami Weiss.
- Miami Brewing Co. of Homestead brews the blond Big Rod Cocoanut Ale, the darker Gator Tail Brown Ale and the golden Miami Vice IPA.
- Sixpoint Brewery of Brooklyn brews the new Jammer Gose and offers its own beer-finder mobile app, just in case you need confirmation the brewers will be represented in Miami.
- St. Bernardus Brewery brews Trappist beers in Watou, Belgium, from recipes almost identical to those originating inside the St. Sixtus Monastery there in the 1940s.
- Winston Brewery, another of many new Miami breweries and tasting rooms and producer of Brown Pelican Ale, distinguishes itself with its commitment to environmentally conscious brewing practices.