Florida Craft Brewery: Wynwood Brewing Company
Established: The company broke ground in 2011 but didn’t actually brew their first batch until August of 2013. The taproom was opened for the first time in December of 2013 during Art Basel.
Location: 565 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127
Known For: Winning a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2014 for Pops Porter put them on the map. Since then Wynwood has won Gold medals at the Florida Beer Championship in 2015 for their Rickenbacker Pilsner and Magic City Pal Ale. Pops Porter again medaled this past July (2016) taking home the Bronze at the U.S. Open Beer Championships. La Rubia, their blonde ale, is a popular offering and the only other beer bottled in six packs along with Pops Porter. The Imperial version of Pops Porter and their Belgian Golden Strong Ale, Father Francisco, bring the crowds running when tapped.
Current Beer Menu: The day I visited, Wynwood had 15 of their own beers on tap plus a cider, a Kombucha, and a Berliner Weiss. The Berliner Weiss from Proof Brewing called Fruit Punch was delicious. They certainly keep the beer spectrum well represented between the 15 choices. I tasted all of Wynwood’s offerings and my favorites were the Magic City Pale Ale, Wynwood Fox (red ale dry hopped with Falconers Flight hops), Wynwood IPA (Westcoast IPA double dry hopped with Columbus Hops), Monica’s Gold (dry hopped version of La Rubia), Scotchy Doesn’t Know (a very nice Scotch Ale) and of course Pop’s Porter, which I have had a number of times throughout South Florida.
Price Range: A flight of four 5oz beers will run you $9.00. Regular pours are between $6.00 and $7.50, but can get as high as $8.50 when a barrel aged beer is on tap. The great thing is the barrel aged beer won’t be a 10oz pour but rather falls in line with the rest of the lineup. Six packs of Pops Porter and La Rubia are available to go for $11.00. Growler fills are $8.00 and $11.00 of the 32oz and $13 and $16 for the 64oz. If you don’t already have your own growler glass a 32oz glass will run you $5.00 while a 64oz glass will cost you $6.00. Every day of the week between 12:00pm and 1:00pm is Wynwood’s Growler Power Hour. Using a Wynwood growler gets you half off of the fill.
Wine Menu: Single servings of both red and white wines are available for $6.00.
Food Menu/Food Trucks: Rotating food trucks are available Tuesday through Friday from 6:00pm to close, Saturday from 3:00pm to close, and Sunday from 12:00pm to 7:00pm.
Ambiance: Immediately when I walked in the door my first thought was man this place is dark. I then realized I had just walked in from a sun-drenched day and my eyes hadn’t adjusted yet. The taproom doesn’t receive any direct natural light so it is a tad darker than most. Overhead you can expect to hear anything from classic jam bands to hip hop. The taproom is a bit on the small size, but not to the point of feeling you’re sitting too close to anyone. The walls are decorated with a combination of murals and artwork for sale by local artists. Growing up in Miami I can remember the sea planes flying into the Port of Miami, which is pictured beautifully in one of the murals.
Bar Seating: There are eight seats at the bar, ten tables with both chairs and bench seating, two long picnic tables that seat 6 to 8 each and other various seating.
Staff: Alonda was handling the bar duties while I was visiting. She is the taproom co-manager and has been with Wynwood for the past two and a half years. She was full of information and makes a great ambassador for the brewery. I also had the opportunity to meet Danny, who is one of Wynwood’s cellarmen. He brought out a couple of his homebrews for us to sample. If they are any indication of what he’s capable of, you should keep your eyes peeled for Lost City Brewing in the coming years.
Brewing System: Wynwood brews on a 15 barrel two vessel system with 15 and 30 barrel fermenters. Last year they brewed 3500 barrels and project this year to brew 4500 barrels.
Merch: Tank tops and t-shirts for both men and women are $20.00. A work shirt will run you $35.00 while hats are $20.00. Glasses range from $5.00 – $12.00. A 16oz stainless steel tumbler is $15.00 and a 64oz stainless steel growler is $45.00.
Membership offered: Membership for the Vine Club opens up every December with a max of 150 members. Joining for the first time will cost you $185.00, but if you renew your membership the following year the cost is only $85.00. As a member you receive a work shirt with your name on it, 18oz snifter etched with your name to be kept at the brewery, gold labeled 32oz and 64oz growlers, Members only parties, extended happy hour, members only bottle release, 15% of all merchandise, special members only growler fills, and other various swag.
Best days or time of year to go: Being situated in a high tourist-fed area close to both the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport patrons continued to flow in and out the entire time I was in the taproom. The taproom wasn’t packed to the gills by any means, but considering I was there on a Monday it’s safe to say the rest of the week is consistently busy.
Regular Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 12:00pm – Midnight and Sunday – Monday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday: 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Depending on the beer you can receive $1.00 – $2.00 off. Plus a featured beer is also offered for $4.00.
-Monica’s Gold is named after Monica Puig who won Puerto Rico’s first ever Olympic gold medal in the Rio games. She won the gold medal for tennis.
-Right now Wynwood has Grand Pops (Imperial Pops Porter) in bourbon and rum barrels, La Negra (imperial smoked stout) in bourbon and red wine barrels, and the Flagler Saison in red wine barrels.
-Wynwood is currently looking for land to build a new facility that would hold the production space, tap room, and beer garden. They are hoping to brew their first batch in the new building by summer 2018.
-December 10th is Wynwood Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary party. The party is still in the planning stages so be sure to check their Facebook page for updates.
Overall Rating (1-5): I am rating Wynwood brewing a 4.25 out of 5. All of the offerings were solid with a few stars shining through. The taproom was nicely put together and I really loved the murals on the walls. It’s hard to beat having someone as enthusiastic about their job as Alonda was. It definitely makes for an even better experience.
What was missing: I was a little disappointed with Wynwood’s Berliner Weiss (Guanabanator) especially having it next to Proof Brewing’s Fruit Punch, which was delicious. Other than that I was very pleased with the other offerings.
In closing, if you’re in South Florida and haven’t checked out Wynwood Brewing yet it should certainly be put on your list. Also if you have time to blow before your flight or cruise Wynwood is a great sport to spend a couple of hours.
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