Conjunto Beer: Miami Brewers Team Up For Ultimate Collaboration

Categories: Booze Hound

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Commercial brewers from across the county are teaming up to create the ultimate Miami collaboration beer: Conjunto, which literally means "group." The idea was Tony Albelo's, the man behind Grovetoberfest and Sprung beer festivals.

The collaboration includes both Miami breweries and brewpubs: Wynwood Brewing Company, Miami Brewing Company, Most Wanted Brewery, Abbey Brewing Company, Titanic Brewery and Gordon Biersch Brewery.

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"I had this idea, 'you know, we should do a collaboration in the joint venture type way' to make people notice Miami craft beer," Albelo said. "The breweries were much more receptive and collaborative that I had expected."

The brewers and Albelo met up at Titanic and hashed the idea out over some Titanic beer flights. Albelo originally wanted to include every Miami brewer who is a part of the Brewer's Association.

Conjunto has a double meaning. It is a term that is associated with a traditional Cuban and Caribbean genre of music that includes bands with up to seven members who play a medley of instruments, with each member contributing a part to the unique sound of the band.

It also represents the pioneering spirit shared by Miami brewers, Albelo said.

Gordon Biersch is getting in on this, so you know it has got to be good. Gordon Biersch is a multi-state brewery that is based in San Diego, one of America's best beer cities.

The style and exact recipe is still in the works, but Albelo said that all ingredients will be local. Most Wanted and Wynwood breweries will be brewing test batches and the plan is to introduce 22-ounce or 750 milliliter bottles of it at the 2013 Grovetoberfest, which will be held on October 19. Albelo said the plan is to make it an annual special release with style variations.

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Location Info

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Peacock Park

2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove, FL

Category: General

Wynwood Brewing Company

565 NW 24th St., Miami, FL

Category: General

Most Wanted Brewery

10400 NW 33rd St., Miami, FL

Category: General

Schnebly Redland's Winery

30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead, FL

Category: General

Abbey Brewing Co.

1115 16th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Titanic Brewery and Restaurant

5813 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Music

Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

1201 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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2 comments
Philip
Philip

It's progress, but we still have a LONG way to go to before we have anything close to what true craft beer meccas like both Portlands (Oregon and Maine), Philadelphia, and San Francisco have going on. But I'll take the baby steps!

cptspliff
cptspliff

I think it's an amazing idea! Being a homebrewer myself (2LiveBrews) we have been intrested in ways to bring miami/south FLA into the craftbeer spot light. With being such a melting pot of natoinalities and cultures, we have so much to offer in style diversity and taste. Its great to see all these guys (whom a few I know) roll up their sleeves and come togther for a greater cause! This goes to show people that brewering is a tight knit community, with each other more than willing to help each other out. Great stuff

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