Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Oh, sorry, just talking Shakespeare to my beer again.
It’s February already, a time to awaken our passions and re-prioritize the loves in our lives: IPAs, double IPAs, stouts, berlinner weisses, etc.
Luckily, Miami craft beer fans have many reasons to fall in love with all of the tasty brew events happening this month. Let’s leap into it:
Feb 4., 6 p.m. – Wynwood Beer Garden’s Super Nintendo Tournament @ Cafeina
Go back to a simpler time where parents were concerned with the amount of violence in video games by reliving the mother-of-all games with gratuitous violence, Mortal Kombat. The Cerveceria 23 event at Cafeina in Wynwood guarantees select $5 (European) craft beers and $2 BBQ bites. Just don’t be a sore loser and throw a beer at the T.V., the ultimate party FATALITY!
Feb 6, 4 p.m. – Beer Class with Sam Adams’ Jim Koch Live Stream @ Total Wine
For only $10, you can join in on a beer class that will not only shed a little light on one the most famous and lucrative craft breweries, Boston Beer Company, but also give you a chance to taste some of the newest Sam Adams incarnations including: Nitro IPA, Nitro Coffee Stout, and a Nitro White Ale. Tickets are sold out except for the Miami Beach Total Wine location, so act fast!
Feb 12, 9 p.m. – Sud Swap’s Valentine Edition @ MIA Brewing
True lovers of craft beer and cassettes will come together to share and trade their finds at the monthly Sud Swap, presented by Miami Beer Tour and this time hosted at M.I.A. Brewing.
If you’re new to the scene and not sure what this is about, now’s the perfect time to come be a (bar)fly on the wall as there’s no cover this time around. Local beer lovers will come together to share or trade their aged brews; hard-to-find beers, or beers they’ve purchased out of state.
The music-loving brewheads will also have OMEGA 101 FM playing only the finest vinyl or cassette tapes acquirable, with the band Life Turns to follow.
Feb 13, 12 p.m. – Wakestock @ gastroPod Miami and J.W.B. Taproom
Fresh off an impressive, three-category win at the RateBeer awards, J. Wakefield Brewing has much to celebrate at their 1 year Anniversary event, Wakestock.
The “Best New Brewery in Florida” will be hosting a bevy of Florida breweries including selections from Barrel of Monks and 7th Sun Brewing, but what has Miami craft beer fans pulling a spit take is the inclusion of several breweries like Lost Abbey and 3 Floyds which are nearly impossible to find casually on draft.
Given that pours are $5 per 6 ounces, your valentine budget may want you to skip Jared’s this year, or at least tell your sweetie every kiss begins with J…(W.B.) Given that it’s literally the best brewery in Florida (according to RateBeer Awards given) she might be down with that.
February 14th – Sourtimes Day @ World of Beer Midtown
While many valentines lovers will be sharing their chocolate stouts and floral IPAs, World of Beer Midtown truly knows the flavor profile of Valentines Day: sour.
The WOB team promises a day of 5 selections of the sour or chocolate variety, which could include anything from berliner weisses, lambics, saisons…. all of the beers that give you a face only tasting something sour, or watching a couple make out, can accomplish.
Feb 18, 6 – 10 p.m., Buck’s Beer Garden, feat. Sixpoint Brewery @ Raleigh Hotel
The water temperatures these months don’t always call you to the beach, but $5 Sixpoint brews might.
Admission is free but you can make it your own beer fest with a $30 all-you-can-drink pass.
Feb 20, 2 p.m. – M.I.A. Brewing 1 Year Anniversary
It seems like only yesterday, we all watched Most Wanted Brewing grow from a pink posse of beer lovers serving samples at every beer fest into a fully-realized brewery complete with quite-arguably, the nicest tap room in Miami. Not too much info has been given about the event, but it’s sure to be celebration with live music, special tappings and lots of local love.
Feb 27, 7 to 11 p.m. – Crafted: A Craft Beer and Food Pairing Event
An event for where the foodie and the beer(ie) meet, Crafted aims to pair 30 of the country’s best breweries with local chefs, creating a culinary pairing delight. In addition to the bites provided by the chefs, the event will include a cheese and chocolate station, for those who know how to prioritize.
As an upscale, unlimited tasting event, tickets at $90 are no joke, but in a season where South Beach Wine and Food Fest tickets are $100 minimum, Crafted is a deal. Plus, when it’s the team behind Grovetoberfest, Sprung! and everything else you’ve had a good time at this year, you know you’re in good hands.
Feb 27, 3:30 p.m. – Local Craft Beer Seminar as part of South Beach Wine and Food Festival
It seems almost ludicrous that this is the only beer event at SOBEWFF this year, but it still serves an important evangelizing purpose to all the wine enthusiasts with enough loot to spend $55 on a one-hour tasting event.
Artists need investors. The very fact that this is an event shows the foothold that Miami craft beer is making. So grab your rich aunt and join the Miami Herald’s Evan Benn and, you guessed it, Jonathan Wakefield as they explain to her why El Jefe is nothing to be scared about.
This list will be updated as more love-worthy events roll in. Enjoy the month (I added a bonus drinking day, Feb. 29, just for you)!