Where to Drink Locally Made Spirits and Brews
April 01, 2014 | by Chelsea Olson | Food & Drink News
Local brewers and distillers are churning out Miami-made rum, vodka, and beer like never before. Here's where to get a taste.
Newcomer M.I.A. Brewing Company hopes to open its doors in late spring. (image via)
Leave it to Miami to be the last one to the party. While other states are peppered with longstanding craft distilleries and breweries, Miami has just started seeing them pop up around the city within the past year.
The first spirits distillery to open was Miami Club Rum in late 2012. Its namesake product is a white, barrel-aged rum made on premises in Wynwood. Tours and tastings are available by appointment, otherwise try Miami Club Rum at neighboring Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Gramps, Wood Tavern, Joey’s, or other restaurants like Zuma, Sushi Samba Dromo, and Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill.
For whiskey drinkers, Alchemist Distilleries has been distilling the brown spirit in Doral since September. Enjoy their wheat or rye whiskey at local business-friendly places like The Abbey Brewing Company and Yardbird Southern Table & Bar.
Opened last year, the Wynwood Brewing Company is Miami’s first brewery, also located in Wynwood with neighbor distiller Miami Club Rum. They offer their own porter, blonde ale, IPA, and seasonal brews that can be enjoyed in the brewery’s tap room. But you can also grab a WBC pint at 20 plus locations around Miami, including Abraxas Lounge, Café Mistral, Gramps, LoKal, The Abbey Brewing Company, Wood Tavern, The Local Craft Food & Drink, The Democratic Republic of Beer, and The Filling Station.
What's next on the drink local horizon? Gravity Brew Lab and M.I.A. Brewing Co. both expect to be ready to open and join the local brewery scene as well. Until then, hop on the Brew Bus for a tour of three breweries within the Miami Dade and Broward counties: Funky Buddha Brewery in Boca Raton, Wynwood Brewing Company, and MIA Brewing Co in the midst of construction at its soon-to-open Doral location.