Friday, October 1, 2010
Style File: Beer Joints
If you love the suds but are bored with the usual beer selections at most bars, we know what you're thirsting for! Raise your glass, 7's Belkys Nerey bellys up to the bar to show us some spots with unique brews in tonight's Style File.
WSVN - Oktoberfest may be wrapping up around the world, but beer drinking is just getting started here in the magic city,
Roy Mauder: "Isn't this what America is all about, having a beer in your hand, and having a good time."
At the DRB, which stands for the Democratic Republic of Beer, you'll walk into a world of unique brews.
Sean Gautier: "We don't have customers, we have citizens."
This cozy downtown bar has the largest selection of beers in Miami, and what looks like a beer bible with about 14 pages of suds from more than sixty other nations.
Sean Gautier: "As of right now we're just over 500 beers. Our menu is constantly changing. We reprint it two or three times a week."
Pamela Wilson: "There's nothing like this in South Florida. This place has the most beers that I've seen anywhere. Like here you can get beer from Ethiopia, I mean some crazy places."
But, when we asked how they stored hundreds of beers in such a small space, we were told it's top secret.
Sean Gautier, Manager, The DRB: "It's all behind the mysterious curtain, and that's where it's kept cold. No one goes behind the curtain. It's got a lot to do with smoke and mirrors and ninjas and they're all just running around like crazy."
AJ, Customer: "All I know is it comes to me and that's all that matters."
Something else cool the DRB offers, a passport program, where you can track all of the beers you've tried online and earn rewards.
AJ Alvero: "Every time I come here I try something different, from a new country usually too. I'm having a Sneiderhouse beer, it's from Bulgaria."
There's also a secret hide-away for true beer lovers. Tucked behind an art deco hotel on Harding Avenue in Miami Beach is Lou's Beer Garden.
Lou Ramirez, Owner, Lou's Beer Garden: "It is the only place where you can come and find true American microbrews, from a Mabach to a Belgium-style IPA to a seasonal Pumpkin Ale."
You'll usually find about a dozen seasonal beers on tap and eight to 10 bottled beers. Lou even recruits locals to be part of his tasting panel to help select the beers.
Kevin Murphy: "He's carrying a variety that a lot of bars don't have and we appreciate that. Lou listens to us 'cause we are quite a bit into the beer and he'll try to get different brands that we like."
Roy Mauder: "This is actually a beer from my home town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is Oktoberfest, it's a good taste of home."
There's also a wide variety of beers for the ladies here.
Jennifer Becker: "I'm typically not a beer drinker, but I love the selection they have here. I love the Apricot beer, they have a cider beer."
And just like wine pairings, the grub here is designed to go along with the beer.
Lou: "We offer you serious beer, but we offer serious food. Every time you take a bite of food and sip of beer it should marry together."
The outdoor atmosphere is charming and there's even a pool to enjoy.
Guy in the pool: "I like to have a couple of beers, get something to eat, jump in the pool then walk home."
So all you lovers of suds have some new watering holes, cheers!
The DRB also has a great menu that's set up globally, so you can match your eats with your beer.
FOR MORE INFO:
255 Northeast 14th Street
Miami, FL 33132-1620
Lou's Beer Garden
7337 Harding ave
Miami Beach, FL 33141