Consensus: Beer drinkers, rejoice. Miami’s brewery scene has a true gem to add to its slowly polishing scepter. Tucked humbly away in the kingdom of Doral, Biscayne Bay Brewing’s tap room blends the welcoming light of a new locale with the robust knowledge of well-seasoned masters for a perfect pour of Miami pride.
As summer slowly draws to a close, who are we kidding? This heat and humidity are here to stay for at least into late September. Which means locals and travelers will both be searching for that roomy yet tucked-away, indoor hang for daily enjoyment. Well we’ve found a good one to add to the list: Biscayne Bay Brewing‘s shiny new taproom. Don’t let the Doral location deter you from delving into the depths of South Florida, we are the first to champion the fact that if something is good, it doesn’t matter how long the distance might be to get there, so long as you don’t miss out. This is one of those good things.
Although their beers have been in production for quite some time, the taproom has been open for just shy of a month. And like a truly good beer, the place is hard to find amongst its corporate business neighbors, but the cheeky doodles that greet you on a wall-length chalkboard as you walk in are clues that you’ve come to the right place. Bred from the passions of a history buff owner (formerly of Coral Gables’ The Local), the brewery and taproom have adopted a wood-barreled, maritime theme that pirates and treasure hunters will be fond of. A freshly poured limited release in one hand, X has marked the spot.
Head Brewer’s Choice: Miami Pale Ale
The beer menu is impressive, a majority of self-produced brews intermingled with guest beers like Lagunitas on tap. You might already be familiar with their more popular core offerings like their light Saison, the La Colada Porter (which uses coffee beans from La Carreta), and their Double Nine IPA carried by outposts around South Florida, but each of Biscayne Bay’s barrel-aged and nitro beers are only available in the taproom. After taking a tour of the production facility and its towering ceilings, we dove into the world of barrel-aged pours like El Roble (aged in Stranahan Whiskey barrels), and Buenas Noches with its heavy notes of chocolate – a perfect nightcap for our stay.
Pro Tip: Get the nitro IPA for a softer, creamier approach to hops.
One month is enough to be warmly welcomed into a burgeoning local beer scene, Doral now being the home of a handful of Miami heavy-hitters. In a short time, Biscayne Bay Brewing has already stepped up its food menu, incorporating its own beers into every dish on a rotating mix of local twists. The place currently lays host to trivia and industry nights, but will soon boast live music and more to draw in a crowd of curious socialites. Whether you’re looking to chat with fellow beer snobs or discover something invigorating for all the senses, Biscayne Bay Brewing’s infectious charm comes from its proud and joyful team, a beacon of light that has found its home in a place whose community is growing before their eyes.
Photos by Natalia Pascual