Two Saturdays ago, a beer bar with a no-bullshit name opened up in the shadow of the Shops at Sunset. From its trio of giant booze fridges, Cervezas
(5835 Sunset Dr., South Miami) serves up an international selection of bottled brews, including Canada's Labatt Blue
, China's Tsing Tao
, and Britain's Boddingtons Pub Ale
. As co-owner Carlos Duran says: "Even for people who don't like beer, we've got a beer for them. There's something here for everybody."
For his part, Carlos suggests Cooperstown, New York dubbel Ommegang Abbey
and Belgium's St. Bernardus Abt 12
. We here at Short Order, however, always go local. So why not try Jupiter, Florida's Monk in the Trunk Organic Amber Ale
-- it's a tasty copper-colored beer with equal kicks of nuttiness and maltiness. Next, order up a dry, fizzy Native Lager
or the citrus-spiked Key West Southernmost Wheat
, both of which are brewed in Melbourne. Then, end your run around the Sunshine State with a stop outside its borders ... The Holy Mackerel 2009 Special Golden Ale
, originally made in Fort Lauderdale, is now produced by Gordash Beer Co. in Greenville, South Carolina -- but it still tastes like it came from the backyard.
Now, tonight and tomorrow, you can capitalize on this brand-new bounty of booze. From 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. each day, Cervezas will be holding its official beer bonanza opening party. Go with Carlos' or Short Order's picks -- hell, do both -- because the beer, normally $4 - $6 per bottle, will be flying out the fridge at three bucks a pop.