Man, you don’t go to a brewery f0r a few years and the entire thing just expands exponentially.
The last time I took the drive down to Homestead and Schnebly Winery/Miami Brewing, their tap room was a counter in the main winery tasting room. Not so much anymore. That space has been turned into their new Redlander Restaurant, a really, really good Farm To Table restaurant that has outside, tableside views like this:
But in the back, on the other side of their property, is the gargantuan new tap room for Miami Brewing.
Interestingly enough, the space has always been there. It’s the other side of a massive wall in the same building as their brewing system. Formerly home to their packaging line, it’s now a huge space filled with tables, games, a grill, and a pretty kickin’ dance floor filled with families, even at 9 PM on a Saturday night.
With all the space came the ability to handle more taps, meaning more beer. Meeting up with the man himself, Pete Schnebly, he let me know that his son is taking over duties as Miami Brewing’s brewmaster.
He also gave me a pint of one of the brews he is most proud of, FLorIPA (IPA, 7.1% ABV).
This beer is remarkably citrus-forward without being overly sweet. There’s a light malt base that wisely stays out of the way when a barrage of fruity hops, aided by a touch of coconut, comes to the palate.
It’s fantastically juicy, exploding with orange and a touch of lemon and grapefruit. It doesn’t have an overload of face-melting alpha acids, but there’s a lot of great citrus, hoppy flavors.
The other beer Pete had me try is what is currently known as Krome Ave (Wheat Ale, 5.3% ABV), an insanely light wheat beer. This beer looks to be a perfect bridge between macros and craft beer. This beer is going to get a marketing overhaul as part of Miami Brewing’s new digs at Marlins Stadium, just opening a few weeks ago.
And while Marlins Stadium is a good deal closer, it just isn’t as much fun as the full drive out to Homestead. There are some really good things going on, including a killer deal for a liter stein, fill of the liter stein, and MBC baseball cap for $23.
Even at 9 PM on a Saturday night.
Drink Florida Craft!