This Miami Beach brewery has 2 decades in the game. Time to celebrate

Ray Rigazio and Richard Dispenzieri(l-r) owners of The Abbey Brewing Co. in 1998.

The Abbey Brewing Company has been a fixture on Miami Beach since 1995. An escape from the traps of Ocean Drive with their sugary cocktails, the Abbey Brewing Company was founded with the craft beer lovers in mind.

It’s not that the pub doesn’t sell cocktails. And owner Raymond Rigazio said Abbey Brewing Company doesn’t exist in protest to the typical South Beach options.

“The atmosphere of the Abbey is not anti-Ocean Drive; every person’s tastes are different,” Rigazio said. “The intimate atmosphere of the Abbey that I have created is merely a canvas that allows my patrons to be themselves. They alone create the painting, and to date, I have been blessed.”

Bartenders will serve cocktail and shots on Sunday in celebration of Abbey Brewing’s 22 years in business. But the highlight of the occasion will be the brewery’s eight signature craft beers.

Among them are the Immaculate IPA, which samples flavors from across the United States, and Brother Aaron’s Quadruple, a strong ale inspired by century-old flavors from Belgium. It’s hard to choose a favorite, Rigazio said, but regulars often gravitate toward the Abbey IPA because its “hop to malt ratio is well balanced.”

While the brews aren’t created in house, Abbey Brewing still prides itself as Miami Beach’s oldest and only brewery.

The Abbey.

The bar opens at 1 p.m. every day of the year. But on Sunday, Abbey Brewing Company welcomes both tourists and regulars to throw one back early. The 22nd anniversary party begins at 10 a.m. with an open bar until 11 a.m. After 11 a.m., beer, cocktails and shots will be available for $6.50. Guests can also enjoy a free roasted pig and chicken beginning at 3 p.m. until supplies last. The festivities continue until Monday because, as always, Abbey Brewing stays open until 5 a.m.

In addition to an open bar, free food and extended hours, Abbey Brewing is marking 22 years of craft-beer making with special mugs. The $18 metal cans feature a bar’s signature etching and the words “Abbey Brewing 22nd Year Anniversary Party.” Guests can purchase the souvenir, which also comes with a free fill of any of the eight Abbey ales or five craft beers on drought.

The party is free all night long, but patrons must be at least 21 years old.

IF YOU GO

When: Sunday, June 25
Where: Abbey Brewing Company, 1115 16th Street Miami Beach, FL 33139
Cost: Free

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