Art Brews Business at J. Wakefield and Wynwood Brewing

Art Brews Business at J. Wakefield and Wynwood Brewing
  • David Rodriguez and Adrian Castro of Little Havana's Union Beer Store take us to the most iconic Wynwood breweries.

  • Wynwood Brewing and J. Wakefield Brewery show us how the vibe of Miami's Wynwood art permeates the craft beer neighboorhood.

On this episode of Beer Artisan, were exploring Miami’s famed art neighborhood, Wynwood, and the craft beer businesses that have popped up out of its art scene.

The Union Beer Store was started by husband and wife duo, David and Cici Rodriguez. The pair had been close to the beer scene for years and one year ago decided to strike out on their own and create Union, a beer store/bar with a fun, super laid-back vibe. With more than 300 different beers in their cooler, they offer locals and tourists a wide range of tastes to explore. Adrian, David’s right-hand man, helms the bar at Union, helping visitors choose the right brew. So it only made sense to have David and Adrian show us around the Wynwood neighborhood.

First up, J. Wakefield. John Wakefield got started brewing with a $50 Mr. Beer homebrew kit gifted to him by his wife. Slowly but surely, the hobby transformed into a lifestyle and brewing beers on his stove evolved into a jam-packed production facility producing a number of unique brews. John tells us how he combined his life as a beer geek with his life as a Star Wars geek to create his incredibly designed, Star Wars themed tap room which highlights the work of a number of local artists and adds to the incredible vibe you can only find in Wynwood.

Next, it’s on to Wynwood Brewing, Wynwood’s first brewery. Started by Luis G. Brignoni, Wynwood also incorporates local artists’ work into the design of the space. Luis invited local artist Lola Blue to design bottles for the brewery, further cementing the relationship between Wynwood art and its businesses. Wynwood has won a number of Great American Beer Festival medals and is aiming to churn out 12,000 barrels of beer this year thanks to help from the Craft Beer Alliance.

 

Brignoni made a deal with the CBA in which they would have a 24.5% stake in the company (the threshold for still being defined as "craft" by the Brewers Association) and in return, help grows the production and distribution of Wynwood Brewing brews. This has opened up their tanks, allowing Wynwood to be more creative with their in-house production.

If you’ve never been to Wynwood, you should give it a visit ASAP. Just listen to our Wynwood Guide, Robert William de los Rios from The RAW Project. But if you can’t, watch this episode of Foodable’s Beer Artisan for a journey through the art-driven neighborhood to learn more about its history and vibe.

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Miami Brewers Promote the Craft Beer Trend

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More and more restaurant bar programs are adding local craft beers to their menus. Now consumers are expecting some local options and because of that craft beer production has gone up 9.6%, while overall beer production has actually gone down by 1.4%. 

The craft beer trend is spreading in Miami and the Miami Brewers Alliance aims to education not only consumers but also venders and the local government about the emerging trend. There are currently only three breweries in Miami, including Wynwood Brewery and soon three more to open in the next few months. The alliance will be collaborating with other organizations, such as FIU and Miami Culinary Institute to help support local breweries. The alliance also plans to throw several festivals to promote these local brews. Read More
 

Miami Craft Beer Week Kicks Off Today

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Miami’s Craft Beer Week officially kicks off today.

While one may associate (and for understandable reason) craft beer with strictly Wynwood, there are many other options to explore, as well. Thanks to new breweries that have popped up over the past few years, along with the tried-and-true, of course, Miami’s love for suds have expanded beyond bubbly. And we will definitely cheers to that.

Whether you’re in Brickell, the Gables or all the way up in Fort Lauderdale, the options are widespread. Read more here to see which participating venues are featuring what, when.

From Highway to Hops: Miami Brew Bus

From Miami's fairly new Wynwood Brewing Company to Fort Lauderdale's Funky Buddha (check them out on Across the Bar below), local breweries have come along quite nicely in South Florida. Outposts like LoKal (Coconut Grove), Tap 42 (Fort Lauderdale), World of Beer, and The DRB (among several others) prove that craft beer has been on the rise, and largely accepted in a stereotyped world of mojitos and sugary beach concoctions.

To celebrate in all of its sudsy glory, one couple (Cici and David) decided to partner up with friend and LoKal owner Kush to give us locals a taste of our own medicine (the beer). Enter Miami Brew Bus, the beer lover's brainchild of epicness that focuses on quality brewery tours throughout South Florida, and, of course, some cool (and safe) transportation to hit all the stops. Read More