Brewery Visit – Miami Brewing Co. Tour

I am going to start by saying all tap rooms should look like this:

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Long story short, the company’s founder Pete Schnebly (Hi, Pete!) started off as a tropical fruit grower in Homestead. A friend and vinter saw the large amounts of fruit they were throwing away, suggested they make wine out of it, and the Schnebly Redland’s Winery was born.

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From there, they decided to open a brewery, and voila, Miami Brewing Co.

It’s a little hard to find the place, and they are literally situated in the middle of nowhere. But once you get there, you are greeted to this visitors center:

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Gorgeous. I will admit, the layout heavily favors the winery (which is to be expected. It opened first). The brews are in a corner of the main lobby, but it also features quite heavily in most of their merchandise. Tons of baseball caps, and a good buy at $10 each.

As for prices, they generally charge $14 for a sampler of their four standard beers (flagship beer Big Rod, Shark Bait, Vice IPA, and my favorite Gator Tail), a full pint of one, and logo glassware. We ended up getting a similar deal for the wines. You can see the glassware pictured above.

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It’s a standard tour, but I was a little surprised how small the brewery facility was. For a company distributing beers and kegs as far as North Broward and above, they don’t have a lot of floorspace. I’m hoping they can expand soon. Limited edition bottles, maybe?

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Since I’ve had their standard beers, we also opted for their Summer beer sampler. $10, no glass, worth it:

Mother Pucker, or Pucker Up, or whatever it is, is a Passionfruit IPA. Too tart, too hoppy.

Burnt Banana Bomber – a Russian Imperial Stout, but brewed with their Hefeweizen yeast, so it has a fruity, yeasty flavor to it. But, being an Imperial, it was a little too much for me. My wife loved it, though.

Cafe con Leche Milk Stout – A milk stout brewed with coffee, and holy crap is it good. I hadn’t had this combination, and it works wonderfully. I am hoping they can expand the brewery to release this as a bottle. Maybe? Pete?

Beachee Lychee – Their Shark Bait hefeweizen, but with lychee instead of mango. A great substitution, and works wonders.

In short, it’s quite the drive, but the gorgeous locale and great drinks make it worth it.

Prost!
Chris
@Floridabeerblog

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