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Best Craft Beer Bars in Miami

June 15, 2016

Is it too hot that you desperately need a cold beer? Here’s where to find the tastiest craft beer selections in Miami and South Beach.

Kush Wynwood

The belief system at Kush is as follows: “good beer ain’t cheap, cheap beer ain’t good.” Your wallet will gladly open for beer geek David Rodriguez, who designs the selection of 18 taps and rotating beers. His expertise has allowed him to tap some of the best and most rare kegs in the world, available here in cask form. If there’s only one available in the US, chances are Kush is tapping it.

Boxelder Wynwood

Part market and part taproom, Boxelder is the place to mix-and-match the perfect six-pack from an assortment of 150-plus bottles and stock up on your local favorites—among them J. Wakefield and M.I.A. Brewing Co., which even created an exclusive scotch ale on nitro for the bar. It’s also where you’ll discover new brews, both by sampling any of the 20 beers on tap (which rotate daily) and partaking in beer and food pairings and “brewer versus brewer” events.

Abbey Brewing & Co. South Beach

Half brew-pub, half dive-bar, the Abbey Brewing Company totes the title of being Miami Beach's oldest brewery. With its worn interior and sophisticated, old-world beer list, the Abbey is the perfect destination for any local beer-snob.

The Room South of Fifth

At first glance, this dimly lit space looks like Dexter’s laboratory. The intimate bar comes into focus one craft brew at a time, and you’ll see it for what it truly is: a sanctuary for city dwellers. Candle wax melts right on the bar while philosophical conversations formulate over the lingering smell of smoke. Grunge is part of The Room’s appeal.

Wynwood Brewing Co.

The Brewmasters at Wynwood Brewing Company are artists. Taking cues from the art district around them, they are creating "a work of art in every glass" as their motto goes with tap handles as their spray cans and hops as their medium.

Hofbraü Beer Hall South Beach

This Lincoln Road café offers signature German brews in lager, wheat and dark, imported from Munich and served in massive steins that can only be lifted by South Beach muscle boys and girls. The wurst is recommended, as are the piping hot soft pretzels. The restaurant recently added a small wine list to its repertoire.

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