Craft Brewery of the Week: Pretty soon, Miami might consider a Wynwood rebranding, from Arts District to Brewing District. Wynwood Brewing Co. planted its flag there last year, and in the next few months, two more are set to open in that ’hood: J Wakefield, which we’ve previously highlighted on Brew in Miami, and Concrete Beach Brewery, this week’s spotlight.
Concrete Beach is the brainchild of Alan Newman, a craft-beer pioneer who previously led Magic Hat Brewing in Vermont. For his new project, Alchemy & Science, he’s partnered with the Boston Beer Co. (maker of Samuel Adams) to open a series of local and regional craft breweries around the country. His first, Angel City, opened last year in Los Angeles; Concrete Beach in Miami is next.
Look for the brewery and tasting room — Newman calls it a Social Hall — to open early next year at 325 NW 24th St.
Craft Beer of the Week: Although its Miami brewery isn’t open yet, Concrete Beach is contracting with a Boston Beer brewery in Ohio to produce its first two bottled offerings: Stiltsville, a hoppy pilsner, and Rica, a wheat India pale ale. Stiltsville is my favorite of the two.
Newman said he wanted to craft Stiltsville with Miami’s subtropical climate in mind. Mission accomplished. The beer is endlessly refreshing, and its tropical-hoppy notes of pineapple, green grapes and apricot remind me of some of my favorite American-made pilsners, like Victory’s Prima Pils and Boston Beer’s Noble Pils. Look for six-packs of Stiltsville at Publix and Winn-Dixie for about $9.