Unlike, say, Munich, Miami does not have a reputation as a beer town. You’d have to drive a long time to find a field of barley or hops, and most nightclubs sell far more mojitos than Millers. Yet, in the past few years the city has undergone an amazing transformation from a beer backwater to a suds superstar, with several geek-level beer bars and craft breweries opening that elevate the modest malted beverage into something very special indeed. When you’re ready to see just how far the Magic City has come since the bad old days, grab your friends and explore Miami’s best beer spots, where the blue-collar brew is given the red carpet treatment.
World of Beer
With 50 beers on tap and more than 500 varieties in bottles, World of Beer is the place to take your beer education to the next level. Fortunately, you won’t have to go it alone, as each server is deeply knowledgeable about the brews on offer, having gone through extensive training and regular tastings (which they don’t mind at all). Play the field by ordering a flight featuring small pours of several different beers, or go big with a bottle of something fancy. If you’ve never tried one, consider a sour beer like a Rodenbach Grand Cru from Belgium. We know, sour beer just seems wrong on some level, but tonight is about trying new things, and it might become your new favorite.
Wynwood Brewing Company
Located in trendy Wynwood, the eponymous Wynwood Brewing Company serves some of the freshest beer in the city, which isn’t an overstatement since they brew it just steps from where you’ll be drinking it. Walk in and order a round of La Rubia blonde ale, Pop’s porter, Wynwood IPA, or one of the bar’s seasonal or limited-edition beers for your mates. Each specialty beer is named after a famous Miami personality or landmark, such as the Magic City pale ale and the Father Francisco. Feeling adventurous? Head into the tap room for a special tasting with one of the brewers.
Titanic Brewing Company
For an old-school, laid-back atmosphere complete with live music, try out Titanic Brewing Company in Coral Gables. You’ll feel as if you’ve gone below deck at this bar, which was designed to look like the engine room of an ocean liner. Here, there are always six signature drafts, including the award-winning Triple Screw light ale, Captain Smith’s rye ale, and Boiler Room nut brown ale (the nautical names keep on going). Hoist a pint to good friends and try to forget how the story of the Titanic ends.
When you’re looking for a more intimate, less industrial space, The Room (100 Collins Ave.) is your spot. This small but charming bar in South Beach is known for its wide variety of international beers. Try a fruity lambic from Belgium, or any number of exotic ales, pilsners, stouts, bitters, porters, and beer styles you’ve never heard of from Europe, Asia, and even Africa. While it can seem pretty laid-back early in the evening, this spot gets crowded late with a posh party scene, further laying to waste the lie that Miami’s most stylish residents only party with fruity cocktails. (Pro tip: the place screams girls night out.)