The HopCat Brewpub Comes to Port St. Lucie, FL

HopCat
Photo: Contributed by HopCat.

Are you looking for a great paying job in a fun, fast-paced work environment?! WELCOME TO HOPCAT! HopCat will be opening their 16th location in Port St. Lucie, FL and will have 80+ craft beers on tap, a custom cocktail menu, and a full food menu. They are on the prowl for great employees for their newest HopCat in Port St. Lucie. Available positions range from Beer Program Lead to the front and back of the house (servers, bartenders, line cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers, bussers, food runners, hosts, barbacks, and security personnel).

To get a feel for who they are and what they do, check out some footage from previous Grand Openings below:

HopCat Royal Oak, MI Grand Opening: Video

HopCat Minneapolis, MN Grand Opening: Video

Since opening their first location in Grand Rapids, Michigan in January 2008, HopCat has been on an unending quest to ensure that their beer selection is the best in the world. They are listed as one of the Top 50 bars in the US by Draft Magazine. But that’s just the start: Beer Advocate Magazine has ranked them as the #3 Beer Bar in the world, CraftBeer.com has rated them the #2 beer bar in the U.S., and from 2012-2016 RateBeer.com had ranked HopCat – Grand Rapids as the #1 Brewpub in the United States. HopCat specializes in offering a wide range of regional, global, and Belgian beers. If you’re not in the mood for a beer, you can get a glass of wine or a cocktail from their full bar.

Port St. Lucie will be HopCat’s 15th location. Including Florida, the locations are spread throughout nine states with a 16th location scheduled to open this summer in St. Louis.

The Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday, March 31st. We all know craft beer aficionados love lines so to start one of their own HopCat will be giving a card good for a free order of Crack Fries every week for a year to the first 200 guests. Not only that but every guest in attendance during the Grand Opening will receive a free order of Crack Fries. Now, these aren’t just any fries. These fries are beer battered and topped with a black pepper seasoning. They are so good in fact that Food Network Magazine named them in their list of America’s 10 Best French Fries.

HopCat
Photo: Contributed by HopCat.

Beer Program Lead Duties:

Handles beer and alcohol inventory and ordering.

Coordinates with Regional Beer Program Manager and GM to develop and execute unique monthly beer events.

Updates beer menus, social, website and marketing materials as needed.

Coordinates with Kitchen Manager and Back of House team to develop and execute monthly beer dinners.

Supports and monitors performance of bartenders, barbacks, and charlies.

Handles bar walk-through inspections.

Serves as the point person for all bar and keg room related R&M.

HopCat
Photo: Contributed by HopCat.

Come work for the company consistently rated among the nation’s best places for craft beer. They offer a casual, fun, fast-paced work environment with opportunities for growth. They consider their team, family, so they want people who plan on sticking around.

For the Beer Program Lead position please forward your resume directly to HopCat’s Recruiting Manager, Jessica Mosley, at jmosley@hopcat.com.

All other positions should apply at HopCat’s Hiring Center starting on February 12th.

Hiring Center Location:

10797 SW Tradition Square

Port St Lucie 34987

Dates/Times:

2/12/2018 – 3/16/2018 (M-F 10:00am – 6:00pm & Sat. 12:00pm – 4:00pm)

What to Bring:

A resume and a great attitude. Feel free to bring your friends, too!

HopCat
Photo: Contributed by HopCat.

Four Beers to be Brewed on the Carnival Horizon

Carnival Horizon

I recently spent a few hours at the Port of Miami onboard Carnival’s Vista cruise ship for the release of four new beers that will be served onboard the Carnival Horizon. The new beers will be available in Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse. The restaurant will combine the best of both worlds. A restaurant featuring BBQ developed by Food Network star Guy Fieri and a brewery whose beers are built around the smokey BBQ laden menu. The Brewhouse portion will be under the control of Master Brewer Colin Presby who has spent the last couple of years manning the RedFrog Pub & Brewery aboard the Vista. “Smokehouse|Brewhouse is a unique culinary concept and we’ve created four fantastic brewed-on-board craft beers that not only showcase different tastes and brewing styles but also serve as the ideal accompaniment to the venue’s delicious array of barbecue offerings,” said Presby. Colin is scheduled to meet the Carnival Horizon in Barcelona to oversee the final touches of the Brewhouse.

Carnival Horizon
Master Brewer Colin Presby with the Farmhouse Ale.

The ‘ParchedPig Smoked Porter’, ‘ParchedPig Farmhouse Ale’, ‘ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale’, and the ‘ParchedPig West Coast IPA’ are the four beers that will be featured. As part of the festivities, a firkin of the Farmhouse Ale was tapped by Carnival Vice President of Beverage Operations Edward Allen. Out of the four beers, the Farmhouse was my favorite. It had just enough barnyard funk to keep me coming back for more. The malts for the Smoked Porter are smoked on-board using the ships smoker. The smoke wasn’t overpowering and I think it will pair nicely with the smoked BBQ. The West Coast IPA is hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial hops. Pine and citrus tickle your senses before abruptly finishing with a malty backbone. The refreshing Toasted Amber Ale gives off notes of lite caramel and biscuity malts. I’m sure all four offerings will be welcomed with open arms aboard the Horizon. While they are all tasty in their own right, I think the flavor profile was dialed back a touch to appeal to a wider audience. Craft beer drinkers will be able to appreciate each beer while folks new to craft will also be able to enjoy a freshly brewed craft beer with their BBQ dinner.

Carnival Horizon
Smoked Porter, Toasted Amber, Farmhouse Ale, & West Coast IPA.

The Carnival Horizon will make its maiden voyage on April 2nd before heading to New York in May and finally to its home port of Miami in September where it will begin year-round Caribbean cruises. It will feature a pedal-powered Skyride, IMAX theater, and the first Dr. Seuss-themed water park at sea. Along with the Smokehouse, the Horizon will also feature the cruise lines first Teppanyaki restaurant, Cucina del Capitano family style Italian restaurant, Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, the Mexican-themed BlueIguana Cantina eatery, the 24-hour Pizzeria del Capitano, and the New England-inspired Seafood Shack.

Carnival Horizon

I look forward to Carnival’s next beer release, whether it be aboard the Vista or the newly commissioned Carnival Horizon. Have you been on-board the Vista or Horizon and tried one of their craft beers? If so, what did you think?

The 2017 Beer Advent Calendar

 

The 2017 Beer Advent Calendar

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us and with that the holiday shopping! When I get asked what I want for Christmas the answer is ALWAYS the same. You guessed it. Craft Beer! You can’t go wrong getting craft beer as a gift for a craft beer drinker…or can you? Unless I ask for a specific beer, the possibilities of what I may receive are endless. I can’t imagine it’s easy for the gift giver to search out the beer either. The people who normally buy craft beer for me don’t really know craft beer. I may tell them a certain style to look for (if they ask) or maybe even a specific beer that I’m after, but the purchase really comes down to the clerk who’s working that day. Nothing against the folks that work the craft beer section at your local store, but most of the time they know little about craft beer. So my dear gift givers are left with not a lot of help in selecting a craft beer gift!

I received the 2017 Beer Advent Calendar in exchange for my honest opinion. The links in this post contain affiliate links at no cost to you. I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

The 2017 Beer Advent Calendar

Well, now I have found the answer to all of our craft beer problems! The Beer Advent Calendar is coming to the rescue this Holiday season! The Beer Advent Calendar contains 12 individual beers each packaged under a number representing that day of Advent. Each beer has a rating of very good to exceptional on Beeradvocate.com. That’s impressive! I was lucky enough to get an early Christmas present this year and got to try the Beer Advent Calendar myself! The beer styles I received were Hefeweizen, IPA, Brown Ale, Maibock, Stout, and Imperial Stout. It’s definitely a nice range of styles. Some of which the recipient may have had before and some they probably have not. It will all depend on their distribution and location. On top of the beer, the giftee will also receive a bottle opener, a coaster, a koozie, and a personalized gift message. The packaging is perfect for the holidays complete with pictures of Santa, a couple of his reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman. All of which are, of course, holding a beer.

The 2017 Beer Advent Calendar

This festive Beer Advent Calendar can be delivered to your favorite coworker, family member, friend, or even that grouchy neighbor who obviously needs a craft beer or two in his life for $79.99 plus shipping. I think it’s the perfect gift for the craft beer drinker on your holiday gift list! Are you the craft beer drinker? Don’t worry. Go ahead and get this Beer Advent Calendar and treat yo’ self! Santa approves!

The 2017 Beer Advent Calendar

 

 

The Tampa Craft Beer Scene

Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post by the Tampa Limousine Company. I have been compensated for this post appearing on my website.

Tampa can certainly be considered a craft beer destination. With time-tested classics as well as new breweries opening periodically, it’s easy to spend a lot of time discovering all of the different choices available to you here. We’re here with some of the newest and most popular places to visit with friends, as well as a suggestion to make your trip run more smoothly.

Tampa Craft Beer

Cigar City Brewing

3924 W Spruce St

Tampa, FL 33607

Tourists and locals love Cigar City Brewing, and for good reason. Not only do they have an impressive selection of beers in their tap room, but they also sell hand-rolled cigars that can be enjoyed outside. For only five dollars you get a pint glass to take home, your choice of beer to fill it, and a tour of the brewery if you so desire. The Jai Alai is a grapefruit IPA that’s sure to get your attention. There isn’t food available here, but there’s often a food truck outside the doors.

Tampa Craft Beer

7venth Sun Brewery

6809 N Nebraska Ave

Tampa, FL 33604

This is 7venth Sun’s second location following the first which is located in Dunedin. This one specifically boasts a large outdoor patio, hip atmosphere, and a range of beers available from fruity to heavy. The Graffiti Orange is a pleasant orange creamsicle wheat brew that has a lot of people talking! There’s potential for great live entertainment here, and they plan on collaborating with other brewers in the area, so this is definitely a business that you’re going to want to watch.

Tampa Craft Beer

Rock Brothers Brewing

1901 N 15th St

Tampa, FL 33605

This brewery, cocktail bar, art, and music venue are a hip hang out in the Ybor City area. Upstairs is where all of the music and improv shows happen, while downstairs offers a delightful assortment of drinks to choose from. There isn’t food offered here, but you can bring your own from one of the local eateries. This is an interesting space that’s sure to host some great memories for yourself and your friends.

Tampa Craft Beer

Enjoying new brews in different Tampa craft beer destinations is a great way to spend a night with friends, but be sure to do it responsibly! Accounting for your transportation as you prepare to go out for a brewery tour in Tampa is the best way to settle all of the inconvenient details like traffic, designated drivers, parking, and finding directions with a simple reservation. The Tampa Party Bus Company is perfect for this type of get together because the space and amenities on board allow you to socialize with friends like you can’t do when you’re in an Uber or taxi.

Celebrate National IPA Day with a Rusty Pale

National IPA Day

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate National IPA Day today, I may just have what you seek. Two Southern beverage companies are celebrating National IPA Day with a libation that combines Coppertail Brewing Company’s Free Dive IPA, and Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Now I’m not typically one to mix my craft beer with anything but more craft beer so when Punch Media came a callin’ with the ingredient list to the ‘Rusty Pale’, I was a little skeptical. Unlike a lot of my compatriots, I haven’t yet delved into the world of bourbon. To help open that door Punch Media sent a care package containing a bottle of Coopers’ Craft, a glass, and a bottle of Free Dive.

National IPA Day

After figuring out exactly what a ‘part’ and a ‘dash’ signify on the ingredient list (thank you Google), I was ready to make my first craft beer cocktail. I’m sure you can do this in whatever order you choose, but this seemed to be the correct way for me to proceed. A dash (works out to be about a fifth of a teaspoon) of Hell Fire Habanero Shrub or any vinegar based hot sauce. I used Boyd Barrels Ed Humptress Hot Sauce, which includes 3 Floyd’s Brewing’s Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout on the ingredient list. Not only that, but the hot sauce itself is aged for three months in bourbon barrels. Talk about a match made in craft beer heaven! Next up was a quarter part of lemon juice and a quarter ounce of Demerara Syrup (half a tablespoon of Simple Syrup). Now for the really important ingredients. Two parts Coopers’ Craft Bourbon and five parts Free Dive IPA. In this case, based on the glass used, one part equaled one-quarter of a cup. After everything else was added, there was enough room for the entire IPA. To finish off your craft beer cocktail garnish with a lemon wedge.

Rusty Pale

  • 5 parts Coppertail Brewing Company’s Free Dive IPA
  • 2 parts Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • ¼ part Lemon Juice
  • ¼ oz. Demerara Syrup (I used Simple Syrup)
  • Dash of Hell Fire Habanero Shrub or a Vinegar Based Hot Sauce
  • Garnish with a Lemon Wedge

National IPA Day

The aroma of this new concoction reminds me of a Lemon Drop candy. Sweet, almost-candy, lemon is first with a bit of spice from either the hot sauce or the bourbon and just a bit of the bourbon itself comes through. My first taste was a complete surprise. I was afraid the bourbon would overpower the beer, but that just wasn’t the case. The fresh lemon juice enhanced the citrus notes from the IPA. The bit of hot sauce added to the spicy bite from the bourbon. This is a really well-crafted drink that I compare to a bourbon barrel aged IPA. I’m happy to say I have the ingredients to make myself quite a few more of these bad boys in the near future.

In closing, any craft beer aficionado is sure to love the Rusty Pale. The complexity of this well-crafted cocktail is something to appreciate. I’m genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed my first craft beer cocktail. Give it a taste and let me know what you think.

Happy National IPA Day!

Cheers!

 

About Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

Coopers’ Craft is a celebration of Brown-Forman’s more than 70 years of expertise raising its own barrels at Brown-Forman Cooperage. Drawing inspiration from the craft of raising barrels and the importance of wood in bourbon-making, Coopers’ Craft uses a unique charcoal finishing process. Coopers’ Craft is a product of Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer, and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniels, Woodford Reserve, Tequila Herradura, Korbel, Finlandia, Chambord and Sonoma-Cutrer. Coopers’ Craft comes in at 41.1% abv and is currently available in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.

About Coppertail Brewing Co.

Coppertail Brewing Co. is an independently owned production brewery and tasting room in the Ybor neighborhood of Tampa, FL. It was founded on the desire to bring more quality, Florida-brewed beer to the thirsty masses. They craft flavorful beer for the Florida lifestyle. Coppertail Brewing Co. believes in time-honored, old-world production techniques. They use natural carbonation, whole leaf hops, and don’t filter the beer. It takes longer to make beer this way, but sometimes amazing things come to those who wait. Florida inspired. Florida brewed.

Father’s Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

It’s time once again to celebrate Dads. To help with that, I have put together my Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide. Father’s Day changed for me a little over two and a half years ago when my son was born. After a bit of a scare and an emergency C-section, I got to hold my son for the first time skin-to-skin. That was the moment my heart grew twice its size! I told my baby boy all about what he meant to me and the things he had to look forward to. That moment in time meant the world to me and brings tears to my eyes as I reminisce on it. Today as I look at an almost three-year-old, I wonder where the time has gone. Another blink and I’ll be teaching him to drive. I cherish the time I have with my son and sincerely hope our relationship only grows stronger as the years go by. I had no clue I could ever love as much as I love him.

My hope is that all you Craft Daddy’s have a great Father’s Day and to help with that, here, in no particular order, are 20 craft beer related items that are sure to please any craft beer fan.

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1 – Beer of the Month Club

The Beer of the Month Club is the top of the line when it comes to beer clubs. I have been a member of the Rare Beer Club in the past, which is their most exclusive club. Not only are you getting your hands on 750ml bottles that aren’t available to you, but you also have the choice of switching to a previously released beer if you don’t care for the style being released that month.

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

2 – Beer Cap Maps

The Beer Cap Map is the perfect item to spruce up your man cave. You can choose your state and even your country. The pictures look cool on the website, but you’ll be blown away by how badass they look in person. The attention to detail for each map is second to none.

3 – Best Appliance Skins

If you are anything like me, your beer fridge is boring and in need of a makeover. Best Appliance Skins offer magnetic covers for your fridge that give it a whole new life without damaging it. My beer fridge was the last thing in my man cave to need a touch of style and the magnetic skin from Best Appliance Skins did just that!

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

4 – Glassware

If Dad appreciates fine glassware while sipping on his craft beer then it doesn’t get much better than Spiegelau. They are German engineered with high-quality crystal to help enhance the flavor and aroma of the beer.

Spiegelau Craft Beer Glasses Tasting Kit – (Set of 3)

Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur Assorted Gift Set – (Set of 4)

5 – Custom Pint Glass

Even the craft beer aficionado still falls back on old faithful. The pint glass is a perfect go to when you don’t want to break out the fine crystal. My wife had a set of pint glasses personalized for me a few years back and they are still my go-to for everyday drinking.

Dad Established Personalized Pint Glass
Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

Daddy Medicine Pint Glass

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

6 – Craft Beer Mug 

I love this mug and purchased one for myself. It lets everyone at the office know your love for craft beer and makes a great conversation piece.

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

7 – Craft Beer Sign

Every man cave needs a beer sign or two. If you’re feeling crafty these signs can be made at home, but sometimes it’s just easier to make the purchase.

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

8 – Grill Master Apron

Let everyone at the barbecue know who the real Craft Daddy is.

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

9 – Bottle Opener/Cap holder

Here’s another piece for the man cave motif. Personalized with the year the man in your life became known as Dad!

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

10 – Personalized Bottle Opener

This is one of those gifts that will always make Dad smile when he looks down at his keys.

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

11 – Dad’s Brew House Rustic Craft Beer Carrier with Bottle Opener

Dad will arrive at the party in style carrying this rustic craft beer carrier.

12 – Custom Craft Beer Growlers

What better way to show off his love for craft beer than a personalized growler.

Personalized Craft Beer Growler

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

Dad Craft Beer Growler

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

13 – Craft Beer T-shirts

There are some really funny craft beer shirts out there. Here are a few specifically for Daddy.

Brew Dad T-shirt

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

Bring Dad a Beer T-shirt

Building My Dad Bod One Beer A Time

Pint and Half Pint T-shirt
Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

14 – Socks

If you’re going to get Dad socks, at least get him craft beer socks!

Craft Beer Socks

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

Hoppy Socks

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

Fine Fit Socks
Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

15 – YOpener Bottle Opener

I have yet to purchase a YOpener for myself, but I have seen them in action a number of times. They are one of the coolest bottle openers available. They are handmade from used bourbon and wine barrels. The YOpener preserves the bottle cap so you can add it to your Beer Cap Map and has a serrated edge to help with dispatching the wax from your next whale.

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

16 – Chattanooga Brewing Scenic City Stout AF Black Cherry Shea Butter Soap

My wife got me a bar of this craft beer soap from Southside Soap Studio and boy does it smell deee-licious!

Father's Day: Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

17 – EdgeStar Full Size Kegerator and Keg Beer Cooler

If your Dad likes to have a keg of craft beer on hand then get him a Kegerator. This one comes highly rated and would be perfect for the man cave. I typically drink a variety of bottled craft beers so a Kegerator isn’t #1 on my list, but it would still be a nice addition to my man cave especially when entertaining.

18 – Beer Savers Silicone Rubber Bottle Cap (6 Pack)

If your Dad is like me he doesn’t always finish his 22oz or 750ml bottles of beer. These Beer Savers make putting the beer back in the fridge for later a real possibility.

19 – Craft Beer Books

Whether Dad is a newbie to craft beer, a homebrewer, loves to cook with beer, or is just looking for a good read there are books about craft beer that cover the spectrum.

The Beer Bible

The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes

How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time

The Craft Beer Bites Cookbook

Goodnight Brew: A Parody for Beer People

B Is for Beer

20 – Beer Wars

This is a great documentary about the craft beer industry and the ongoing fight breweries face against the beer giants. It’s a must watch for any craft beer fan!

I hope you found these craft beer gift ideas helpful! To check out, even more, ideas go to www.beerbelliedtravelers.com for their Father’s Day Gift Guide. They are a great husband and wife duo who write about all things craft beer, travel, and adventure! Give them a follow and tell them Craft Daddy sent you. I even helped them with a few ideas on their Father’s Day Gift Guide.

To all the Fathers, Fathers-To-Be, Grandfathers, and Great-Grandfathers, I wish you a very Happy Father’s Day! We have the greatest job in the world! Cheers to you!

~ Craft Daddy

A Craft Beer Lovers Gift Basket

Craft Beer Lovers Gift Basket

A Craft Beer Lovers Gift Basket

Make this craft beer lovers gift basket for the craft beer enthusiast in your life. People always ask me what I want for my birthday and/or holidays and my answer is always craft beer. This gift basket contains a number of items that any craft beer lover would like to receive.

My wife created a basket filled with all sorts of beer goodies as an Easter gift for me in our first year of dating. Included in the basket were a six-pack of Yuengling, four personalized pint glasses, bar napkins, and a few different types of salty snacks. At the time I was just getting into the whole craft beer scene and my go to beer was still Yuengling’s Lager so I was ecstatic with the gift. Not only was I floored by the basket, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off of the sexy Easter Bunny that handed it to me either. (wink, wink) I’m a lucky guy!

The pint glasses were seriously bad-ass! Pretty much anytime I post a pic of a beer in one of the glasses I get a comment asking where I got them from.

Craft Beer Lovers Gift Basket

Looking back, I think it would make a great Father’s Day gift for the craft beer loving man in your life. Of course, this gift could crossover to just about any holiday and definitely isn’t targeting a male only audience. I decided to recreate the basket to the best of my ability for you. Included in the basket are the pint glasses, a four pack of craft beer from my personal stash, and a few snacks I enjoy when putting back a beer or two. I focused more on saltier items since I’m not big on sweets.

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Here’s what I used for the craft beer lovers gift basket:

Craft Beer Lovers Gift Basket

If your significant other, friend, parent, or grandparent loves craft beer this gift is sure to please. After all, to a craft beer drinker, there isn’t much better than getting beer and beer accessories as a gift. The basket can be customized based on the individual’s preferences or by adding festive treats for the holidays.

Craft Beer Lovers Gift Basket

If you happen to put a basket together for someone please let me know how it turns out. I would love to hear from you!

Cheers!

~ Craft Daddy

Miami Brewing Beer Garden Opens at Marlins Park

Miami Brewing Beer Garden

As a Florida craft beer blogger, there really isn’t anything cooler than being recognized for what I do. So when I received a message from Dave over at the Florida Beer Blog about attending the ribbon cutting for Miami Brewing Company’s new Beer Garden at Marlins Park, I was pretty stoked. On top of that, Friday night at the ballpark also happens to be Burger and Beer night. Tickets start at thirty dollars and get you into the game, a burger, and a beer from Miami Brewing. That’s a pretty damn good deal! The thirty dollar ticket puts you in the right field bullpen seating overlooking Giancarlo Stanton. It also happens to be right next to the Miami Brewing Beer Garden (formerly the Bacardi Bar). The sight lines from the beer garden were so good I never actually went to my seat.

Miami Brewing Beer Garden
The view from the Beer Garden.

I arrived at the stadium around 5:30 pm, parked and located the Will Call office. A few minutes later I was upstairs and checking out the Miami Brewing Company’s brand spanking new Beer Garden. One of the first things you’ll notice is a mural on the column in which the bar surrounds. The mural was created in a collaborative effort between Claudia La Bianca (left side) and Aquarela Sabol (right side), two of Miami’s best-known street mural artists whose work can be seen around the Wynwood Arts District.

Miami Brewing Beer Garden

After taking in my surroundings for a few minutes, which included a live band, I ordered my first beer. Being the stout lover that I am the ‘Little Havana Café Con Leche Milk Stout’ was my number one target. A stout isn’t typically what most folks would think of when grabbing a beer at the ballpark. Remember though this is Miami and with a name like that, I imagine it will be a big seller. While drinking, I was thinking that the ‘Little Havana’ actually leaned more towards a shot of Cuban Coffee than a Café Con Leche. The coffee came through strong and that is certainly not a bad thing. You haven’t quite lived until you’ve had a shot of Cuban Coffee.

Miami Brewing Beer Garden

After a bit, it was time to officially open the beer garden. A representative of the Miami Marlins said a few words and presented Miami Brewing owner, Peter Schnebly, with an official Marlins jersey. Peter’s son Kody, Claudia La Bianca, Aquarela Sabol, and of course Billy the Marlin joined him on stage.

Miami Brewing Beer Garden
Ribbon Cutting.

After all of the excitement, I hit the bar again for a ‘Flamingo Ale’. The coconut and mango in the Hefeweizen came through nicely. It was the perfect beer for the Miami’s tropical humidity.

Miami Brewing Beer Garden

I spent a bit of time talking with Anthony Nader, who is a Miami based photographer specializing in food photography on his site 52 Chefs. He was more than eager to answer any and all of my photo taking questions. I learned more about my camera in that half hour than I had in all of the months before.

Miami Brewing Beer Garden

As the game started, I headed to the designated section to cash in my burger and beer voucher. The burger hit the spot and the can of Miami Vice IPA washed it down nicely.

Miami Brewing Beer Garden

Miami Brewing Beer Garden

Peter invited the Miami Brewing crew and I up to a suite during the seventh inning. Talk about watching the rest of the game in style! He had smuggled in a few growlers of both his ‘Lychee’ and ‘Columbian Lemonaide’ meads. I have only just started getting into mead and found both of these to be delicious. I’m definitely looking forward to trying them again when I head down to Homestead to review the brewery.

Miami Brewing Beer Garden

The suite was a great spot to watch the rest of the game and a first time for me. If you’re looking to watch the game like a baller getting a suite is certainly the way to do it.

Miami Brewing Beer Garden
The view from the suite.

Once the game ended, we extended the night a bit by heading downstairs to the Clevelander. After a bit more conversation and a few games of Cornhole it was time for everyone to head their separate ways. I headed home after having a great night and forming a new friendship or two.

Miami Brewing Beer Garden In closing, if you’re looking for a relatively cheap way to check out a Marlins game, Burger and Beer Fridays should be the way you do it. This was the first game I’ve attended at the new ballpark. I’m happy to say I will be making the drive from northern Palm Beach County again. The only thing missing was a win by the hometown team. There’s always next time!

It was a pleasure meeting Peter and the Miami Brewing Company crew.