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May  2012

American Craft Beer Week 2012American Craft Beer Week

May 14 - 20, 2012

American Craft Beer Week is the national celebration of America's small and independent craft brewers, their impact on American culture, and the love affair that craft beer enthusiasts have for their favorite American made craft beers. There are many events all around the country, listed on Some local events:

Monday May 14 The Local Craft Food and Drink is hosting a Brewery Ommegang party to kick the week off.

Tuesday May 15: The World of Beer Dadeland is having Oskar Blues night. The first brewery to can craft beer is introducing Deviant Dale's, an award winning American double IPA.

Wednesday May 16: Sports Grill South Miami will host a Terrapin tap takeover featuring their biggest and most hoppy beers. Anthony's in Pinecrest is having a special beer dinner. See sidebar on the right.

Thursday May 17: Total Wine will have an IPA class and sampling. The "Hooray for IPA" class will discuss the history and importance of the style.

Friday May 18: Lucky Liquors 7807 Bird Road is having a craft beer tasting.

There are many other events; a local distributor has a Facebook page  with more listings. It includes events around South Florida. 


Beer Cicerone Program Logo  


The Cicerone Certification Program seeks to improve beer quality by certifying the knowledge and tasting skills of those who sell and serve beer. Knowledgeable beer professionals mean better beer for beer consumers and better business for brewers and businesses who sell beer.

When it was launched, the Cicerone Certification Program brought a new concept to the beer & hospitality industries. Namely, that selling and serving beer wasn't just a simple matter of popping the top off a longneck. After decades of virtual uniformity, beers were no longer all the same; serving them well required knowledge about many styles and flavors. And despite common belief, beer was not immutable. The actions of servers, bars and distributors could spoil beer's flavor. And finally: that beer's broad range of grain, hop and yeast flavors expressed in a wide variety of styles made an unbeatable partner for many foods.

Maibock_Style_May_2012Style of the Month
Maibock is a beer brewed for release in April and drank at May celebrations (A German tradition). Maibocks are beers that are usually lighter in color and have more assertive hop aromatics and bitterness than other Bock beers. Bock beers originated in the Northern German city of Einbeck. In the 1600s the Bavarians wanted to make something like these beers. Thus Bock ("Billy Goat") beers were made and became quite popular. Why? Power and finesse; Bocks are strong and malty with a smoothness developed over months of aging. Maibocks also have a noticeable maltiness and viscosity, because even though Maibocks are lighter in color, the good ones still retain the higher alcohol content of the original Bock beers. Maibocks are very similar to another strong lager style called Hellesbock, which basically means "pale" or "blond" bock.
This Month
Cervezas monthly beer tasting is on Tuesday, May 8 featuring 15 beers for $20.  Craft Beer Week events TBA.
Titanic Brewing  Brewer Steve has his Dry hopped IPA and Gnarly Barley Barleywine ale on. Several guest taps are on as well.


Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza 10205 So Dixie Hwy  Pinecrest is celebrating Craft Beer week with $4. craft pints all week. On Wednesday May 16 they are having a beer dinner featuring Holy Mackerel Beers.
New Beer Places 


 Local Brewery Update:

Due South Brewing It's official, May 12 is opening day at Due South in Boynton Beach. Soon, their beer will be in pubs all around South Florida.

See their Facebook page for updates.


The Barracuda Bar and Grill 3035 Fuller St. in  Coconut Grove is now under new ownership. They have increased their craft beer selection. On May 16, celebrate craft beer week with craft beer cocktail specials.


LoKal Burgers and Beer 3190 Commodore Plaza, in Coconut Grove is having Think Local - Drink Local night on May 15 with special release Florida beers.


Gravity Brewbar is coming soon to the Wynwood District of Miami. The idea here is to have "creative top quality locally produced craft beer." I'm ready when they are! Coming soon.


Wynwood Brewing Co. is in the planning stages. A full production brewery and tap room are in the works. Stay tuned...

From Larry...

May is looking big for craft beer here in South Florida and nationwide. American Craft Beer Week is being celebrated from May 14 - 20 all around the country. Locally the craft beer scene continues to grow and prosper. On the brewery openings front, Due South is opening on Saturday May 12. It took many months of work and 'fighting city hall' to make this happen. Two other breweries,.both in Miami's Wynwood Design District,  are on the drawing boards. Hopefully they are ready for all the work it takes to get these operations up and running. The Beer Blast is changing too; I am adding a new column called "Style of the Month". Each month I will share my knowledge about a particular style. It will be about the style's origin, flavors and other details as each style dictates. This month there is also an article about the Cicerone program for better beer knowledge and service. I am currently studying for the first exam and hope to announce my certification sometime soon. In the meantime, remember to Drink Locally and support local breweries wherever you are.


This just in...Tonight, Tuesday May 1, The Grove Spot 3324 Virginia Street, Coconut Grove is holding their second annual beer pairing dinner. Come on out for "Great old German beers paired with some exquisite foods for a great evening and new ideas" Starts at 7:00 PM






Larry Goeser
Miami, Florida
Good Beer Larry