Hot Hops: 8 Places to Drink Beer in Miami

By Carissa Chesanek  |  June 6, 2014

Summertime is here and the living is easy - especially when sipping on a cold, refreshing brew. Cool off this summer by heading to one of these eight places to get your beer fix. 

The team behind Downtown's popular hole-in-the-wall Bin No.18 recently opened Tap 79 (pictured) in Upper East Side, a cozy gastropub featuring eight craft brews on tap and 22 beers by the bottle alongside chef Alfredo Patino's innovative grub like lamb-feta meatballs (1071 NE 79th St.; 305-381-0946).

Brickell's latest Modern American tavern, Batch Gastropub might have a few specialty cocktails served on tap to pair with dinner, but when hanging at the bustling bar with an order of chicken wings, you'll want to keep things simple with one of the 14 different brews on draft like Angry Orchard and Funky Buddha Floridian (30 SW 12th St.; 305-808-5555).

Lou's Beer Garden has been a local's favorite Miami Beach hideaway for years, with its no-frills poolside location and abundance of craft beers offered, including anything from Double Dead Guy Ale on tap to Banana Bread served by the bottle (7337 Harding Ave.; 305-704-7879). 

Noted as Miami's first craft production brewery, Wynwood Brewing Company is home to a cool, low-key taproom to try out homemade exclusive brews like La Rubia and signature IPA. Bonus: weekly/monthly events that include new beer releases and comedy shows.  

North Miami Beach's Contemporary American newbie El'eat Restaurant and Lounge might look fancy with its elaborate decor and modern plates, but the bar is as chill as it comes, offering equally casual craft hops (40-something varieties) such as Three Philosophers by Brewery Ommegang (3207 NE 163rd St.; 786-440-7104).

Located inside the chic b2 Miami Downtown hotel, Biscayne Tavern is a comfortable gastropub with hearty upgraded pub grub like loaded burgers and housemade potato chips that complement the wide selection of handcrafted specialty beers served on tap, including Caramel Cream Ale from Boyton Beach's Due South Brewing Company (146 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-358-4555).

Sure, The Butcher Shop Restaurant & Beer Garden located in Wynwood is known for its smoked meats and organic chicken, but this cool deli-inspired space with a large, tropical outdoor patio serves an impressive roster of beers too, such as Goose Island Honkers Ale on draft and Swamp Ape by the bottle (165 NW 23rd St.; 305- 846-9120).

The guys that brought us LoKal in Coconut Grove now bring a new burger/beer joint, Kush Wynwood, with its grass-fed patties and well-known brownies served with a bag of "greens," alongside rotating and exclusive tap brews like Cigar City Hotter Than Helles and Sixpoint The Crisp (2003 N. Miami Ave.; 305-576-4500).