Call it the wild Wynwood West — where the golden beer rush is well underway.
Three new craft beer breweries will come online west of the Miami International Airport this year to brew in the communities where more Miamians are moving.
They will join two in Doral, the third-fastest growing U.S. city: firmly established MIA Beer Company and Biscayne Bay Brewing, whose long-awaited tasting room where their beers can be sampled, as in a bar, is set to open in early May.
Even two of Wynwood’s best-known breweries are looking to set up full-scale breweries outside of their neighborhood as they are squeezed by rents and space constraint.
J. Wakefield Brewing is looking to build a brewery for production only that would make it the largest south of Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing, and twice as big as Oakland Park’s Funky Buddha Brewery — capable of brewing a massive 45,000-50,000 barrels of beer a year, according to founder Johnathan Wakefield.
And Wynwood’s eponymous brewery, Wynwood Brewing, is looking to be brewing in a large-scale brewery by the end of next year.
Here’s a peek at each of the upcoming breweries:
Lincoln’s Beard Brewing
Who they are: Six partners, most ex-military and Department of Defense contractors who met at Doral’s U.S. Southern Command, went in equally to help bring head brewer John Falco’s beers to the masses. “We don’t just love the beer because he’s our buddy. It’s some of the best beer I’ve ever had,” partner Scott Duarte said.
What’s on tap: Falco will offer four flagship beers and rotate a host of varieties. The four staples will be: Nunchuk Skills, an American wheat ale with sweet orange peel; Avenge Me, an easy-drinking Irish red ale; P. Swayze India Pale Ale with flora hops; Witch King imperial stout, at a strong 9 percent alcohol by volume.
Why it’s special: Since they are not going to distribute, Lincoln’s Beard can experiment with brewing many varieties and styles of beer, from fruity Belgians to dark, rich stouts and even whiskey-barrel aged beers they can offer only at the brewery.
7360 SW 41st St., Miami
The Tank Brewing
Who they are: Carlos Padron, a University of Miami lawyer who handles the Plasencia Group cigar empire, teamed up with Matt Weintraub, who helped establish a state-of-the-art brewing program at Florida International University. Well, financed, Weintraub brews true-to-style beers that have made him one of the most respected young brewers in Miami.
What’s on tap: Tank will start with three flagship beers: La Finca Miami, a Belgian wheat saison with fruity notes and a clean dry finish; Freedom Tower Amber, a malty amber ale with clear caramel and toffee flavors; Tank IPA, their take on a floral, pleasantly bitter India Pale Ale
Why it’s special: When The Tank taproom opens this summer, they will be the first in Miami to offer a cigar bar, redolent in cedar and leather chairs.
5100 NW 72nd Ave, Bay A1, Miami
Spanish Marie Brewing
Who they are: Alberto Cespedes enlisted two longtime Miami friends, including Jaime Medina who cut his teeth as an assitant brewer at Coral Gables’ Titanic Brewery. Their goal is to make their beer available in local bars and restaurants first before opening a tasting room in the fall.
What’s on tap: Spanish Marie isn’t afraid of bringing big, different flavors. The beer that put them on the map was the fruity and fragrant King Charlie’s passionfruit hefeweizen, made with locally grown Marjuca passionfruit ; 1929 Coffee Porter; and 3’N’Out American pale ale, a citrusy beer.
Why it’s special: Spanish Marie will pair many of its beers, at the brewery, with a host of confections, chocolates and candies on-site. The taproom will have a speakeasy vibe harkening back to secret, prohibition-era drinking rooms.
14241 SW 120th St, #109, Kendall