June 2019: After experiencing rapid growth, the spate of new Miami breweries has somewhat stabilized. Our list of favorites continues to serve up top beers and consistent service, but we did manage to add two breweries to the list: newcomer Tripping Animals in Doral, a solid spot for adventurous beer drinkers, and the laid-back Legacy Caribbean Craft Brewery, which has flown under the radar in Opa-Locka since 2012. Impressive.
The best Miami breweries are as diverse and colorful as the people who drink inside them. Spanning from the western reaches of Doral to the paint-splashed streets of Wynwood, each has its own personality and flavor. Many of their brews can be found on taps inside the best bars in Miami or served alongside dishes at the best restaurants in Miami. And even if you’re more of best wine bars in Miami, you’ll find something to love at each of these Miami breweries.
Guide to Miami breweries
Happy hour: Yes, $2 chopp Mon–Fri, 4–7pm
Standout beer: The Michelada
Veza Sur’s Latin-inspired beers have become a quick hit in Wynwood, as have their beer cocktails, an interesting niche they’ve managed to carve for themselves in Miami’s crowded beer scene. Veza Sur’s outdoor patio (which occasionally hosts live music) is a perfect spot to kill an afternoon and the onsite food truck means you really don’t have to leave.
Happy hour: Yes, Mon–Fri 4–7pm
Standout beer: La Rubia
A couple blocks off the main Wynwood strip of NW 2nd Ave awaits Wynwood Brewery, a spot that’s been in Wynwood long before most trendy tenants. While the taproom is pretty simplistic, the real selling point is the beer. Wynwood Brewing is known to make some of the best beer in Miami and will certainly please your inner beer geek.
Happy hour: No
Standout beer: Big Rod Coconut Blonde Ale
This huge (like really, really big) Homestead warehouse is an absolute must-visit location on any day trip to Homestead. It’s on the same property as Schnebly Redland's Winery has pool tables, rows of picnic tables and a huge projector screen perfect for watching any game. Its outside space is equally vast, yet—despite the size and scale of the whole operation—Miami Brewing still feels like a neighborhood spot.
Happy hour: Yes, “trippy hour” runs Wed–Sun from 4:20–7:00pm, featuring $1 off in all 12oz and 16oz house beers.
Standout beer:The Bandido, a clean American pale ale.
Less than a year old, this family-owned and operated Doral brewery has gained quite the following thanks to its selection of experimental brews with cheeky, animal-inspired names.
Happy hour: Yes, Mon–Fri 4–6pm; Tue 4–11pm
Standout beer: P. Swayze IPA
This brewery, which you’ll find in the hyper-local Bird Road Arts District, prides itself on keeping things weird. Its sense of humor is certainly reflected in its programming (during Art Basel 2017 they threw a Baby Basel party for families). But when it comes to the beer, things are seriously delicious.
Happy hour: Yes, Fri 4–7:30pm
Standout beer: Honey Blonde
There aren’t many breweries in Miami’s trendy new Little River district. In fact, there’s just one: Bousa. But this new entry to the Miami beer scene is an exciting one. Bousa’s taproom is cozy and modern. Ping pong tables and a projector offer entertainment and the beers are all simple and well-executed. Bousa separates itself from the pack with some interesting programming, including yoga, live music and a Friday happy hour where you roll dice to determine what you pay.
Happy hour: Yes, Mon–Fri 5–7pm
Standout beer: Havana Lager
Concrete Beach, founded by Magic Hat Brewing Company’s Alan Newman, has built a steady following up over the past couple years. The beer is good and the taproom showcases a smart use of space, with your classic brewery vibes inside and more of a biergarten feel outside.
Happy hour: Yes, Mon–Fri 5–7pm
Standout beer: El Jefe
This Wynwood brewery, a loud and proud home for Star Wars fans, has earned a very loyal following with its tasty drinks. The taproom is a tad cozy but some outdoor space in the front (complete with rotating food truck options) offer some room to breathe and enjoy the house IPA, Hops 4 Teacher.
Happy hour: Yes, Mon–Thu; Fri 2–7pm
Standout beer: Miami Weiss
You’ll find a selection of M.I.A. Beer at most respectable bars around town. And on the off chance you can’t get your hands on any, just head out west to Doral to enjoy the taproom. The atmosphere is familial and bar snacks such as candied bacon and Sriracha lime cheddar popcorn are never far away.
Happy hour: Yes, Mon–Fri 4–6pm
Standout beer: El Farito IPA
The good part about breweries out west is they’re not short on space. And Tank’s 25,000 square foot warehouse offers plenty of room to enjoy its 16 taps of locally-named brews. In addition to the drinks, Tank hosts cigar nights, live music and more. Its proximity to the airport makes it a welcome first-stop for any Miami visitor.
Happy hour: Yes, Mon–Fri 3–7pm
Standout beer: La Colada
Add Biscayne Bay Brewing Company to your growing list of reasons to visit Doral. Pull up a seat at the long wooden bar, grab one of the many available board games and sip a selection of oh-so Miami beers, like the Cuban coffee-inspired La Colada.