Velvet Underground: Cheers to one year of local brews at Wynwood Brewing Company and all-you-can-eat tacos at Toro Toro

Hoppy Birthday

Sharing a birthday with none other than former Miami resident Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, is Wynwood’s most hoppin’ joint, the Wynwood Brewing Company. The craft beer mecca, 565 NW 24th St., celebrates its one year with a big bash Saturday, August 16. From noon to 10 p.m., NW 5th Avenue to 6th Avenues will be closed while food trucks including Jersey Dawg, Poblano’s Mexican Fusion and 2 Jive Turkeys will dole out eats to go with your brews. The taproom will be open until its regular midnight witching hour while Saturday growlers, flights and tours will be supspended due to the traffic. WBC will also give birth to its first bottle of Barrel Aged Wheat Wine that’s been aging for seven months. Among the other beers, is a special peanut butter, banana and bacon porter called the Death of Elvis, which actually did take place August 16 in 1977 (unless you subscribe to certain conspiracy theories and have seen him at Walmart or who knows, maybe right there at WBC?). Keep us posted and happy birthday!

1821: A Very Good Year

Saturdays at Toro Toro, 100 Chopin Plaza, could very well be misconstrued for Cinco de Mayo, because on any given Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the place is transformed into Tacos y Chelas, a new taco and beer bar in which you can indulge in all-you-can-eat tacos and all-you-can-drink-beer for the low, low, cheeky price of $18.21 (the year of Mexican independence). Not completely free, there is a two hour limit, but no limit on how much you can consume during that time, so go loco.

Arts & Craft Beer

Shoring up at Tongue & Cheek, 431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, Tuesday, Aug. 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. is the monthly gathering of art lovers or “Miami’s good people, changemakers, activists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and artists,” known as The River of Art. During this time, the aforementioned can get schmoozy and boozy, not to mention well-fed thanks to The Cheek’s executive chef Jamie DeRosa, who will serve, among other things, taquitos, Cracker Jack milkshakes, and chicharrones. A $10 advance cover or $20 at the door gets you in to mingle with featured artists Monique Lassooij, Judith A Mistor, Alejandro Cuadra’s Art Page, and Emmanuel Aderele to the tune of DJ Hank Justice. Not all just for naught, there are also featured charities of the night — IndieFilmClub and WhereBy.Us.