Lost City Brewing wins Brew Miami’s “Best Brew” award

Brett Shweky/Sports Director

Riccardo Silva Stadium was the home of the 2018 Brew Miami event on Saturday, Feb. 10, and with the craft beer industry on the rise in South Florida, multiple local breweries came to the university to show off their product.   

Brew Miami is a craft beer and food pairing festival, which is hosted by FIU and the Miami Brewers Alliance. Almost 20 local breweries and 20 local food vendors attended the festival, and advertised their products.  

“Currently, we’re still home brewers. We started home brewing around 2012,” said Lost City Brewing Production Manager, Kenneth Barbot. “Originally we were under another name [4th Age Brewing], however about two years ago we decided to rebrand and go commercial.”

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One of Lost City’s most popular beers is their flagship flan sweet milk stout, a beer that was on display during Brew Miami, and which also helped the brewery clinch the Judge’s Best Beer award.

“It was between me and two other judges. We decided to go with something that was much different, something that was very unique,” said Haidar Hachem, a beer tasting judge at the Brew Miami event.

Some of their other flagships include the Lemongrass Golden Ale, a beer that has also earned awards during beer festivals.

Barbot, who is also in charge of the marketing for Lost City Brewing, explained how attending events, like Brew Miami, helps small breweries take the next step.  

“We’re in the process of opening our brewery in North Miami,” Barbot said. “So right now, we love to go to festivals to get our name out there. We get our product known.”

Lost City Brewing has signed a lease at 12207 NE 13th CT, but has yet to announce an exact opening date. Barbot believes the brewery should be open in about year.

Along with Lost City Brewing, other breweries at the event used Brew Miami as a platform to advertise their product.

“The vision of craft beer in Miami is to get it known,” said FOH Manager Brian Palmer of Concrete Beach Brewery. “For the longest time people would just think about Heineken, Corona, Stella, beers like that. But we wanted to bring them something different.”

Lost City Brewing won “Best Brew” award at Brew Miami 2018. Photo by Nicholas Poblete/PantherNOW

Concrete Beach Brewing is in Miami at 325 NW 24th St, and has been creating craft beers for South Florida for sometime.

The Havana Lager, which is a Vienna-style Lager, is one of their primary beers, along with the TangeRica, a Tangerine Imperial Pale Ale.  

The brewery is located next to Wynwood Brewing Company and also J Wakefield Brewing, establishing a craft beer connection throughout the area.

“We broke ground around the same time as Wakefield Brewing did,” said Palmer. “We’re all sort of a family, everyone dictates a different style. Wynwood for example makes a really good porter and blonde ale and Wakefield makes good sours and off the chain stouts. We’re all just trying bring craft beer to Miami.”  



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