24th. St. in the Wynwood district of Miami has become a street of dreams for Miami’s burgeoning craft beer scene. All the way at the end by I-95 is the rapidly expanding Wynwood Brewing. Head up one block, and you come to Concrete Beach Brewery. And one block up from them is J. Wakefield Brewing.
Now, my wish was that the three of them would get together for a 3-brewery collaboration beer. Little did I know that J. Wakefield had beaten me to it with one of their year-round offerings, 24th St. Brown (Brown Ale, 6.8% ABV).
I tend to enjoy my English Brown Ales, since they tend to be dark and flavorful with big notes of nut and toffee. 24th St. is a lot like that, with an almost (almost) porter-esque dark malt character that contains a hint of coffee, a meaty toffee sweetness, and big coffee and nutty notes.
There’s also a bold hoppiness that I’ve noticed is a signature in many Miami dark beers. It’s very bold and aggressive, and that boldness mixes with the dark malts to create an very mature, very robust English Brown.
In a city known for bright, tropical flavors and big, in-your-face colors, it’s nice to see that they can still accomplish a simple, tried and true recipe. It’s also not very hard to find said beer.
It’s all in the name.
Drink Florida Craft,