Top Chefs Name Favorite Beers: Flying Dog in Heat Wheat Among Them

Categories: Booze Hound

The restaurant industry basically runs on booze and cigarettes, so it's no surprise that most chefs have more than a little knowledge when it comes to libations. Pair a trained palate with a taste for craft brews -- and you've got yourself some serious experts on all things beer.

So in honor of American craft beer week, we spoke to some of Miami's hottest chefs about what USA-made brews they're into imbibing. See their faves after the jump.

See also:
- SweetWater Brewery to Bring Craft Beers to Miami
- Five Amazing Craft Beers from San Diego, a Microbrew Mecca

Giorgio Rapicavoli, Eating House
"My favorite American craft beer is Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat. It's a phenomenal American hefeweizen out of Maryland. Not many American wheat beers capture the true flavor of a German hefeweizen but I think this one may be even better than most German beers."

Jose Mendin, Pubbelly
"Cigar City's Florida Cracker for its citrus and coriander notes. It's a great Florida white ale that is like a combination of a Belgian white and a German hefeweizen."

Dean James Max, DJM Restaurants: 3030 Ocean (among others)
"Cucumber Saison, Cigar City. I love the saison style of beer for its sour acidity, which pairs wonderfully with seafood. The cucumber element gives it the perfect subtle balance and crisp freshness. The smooth beer is great on a hot summer day with some chilled seafood or even some crispy Key West Pink shrimp. I really like to support my local Florida breweries; Cigar City is a world-class company that has won many awards for their interesting brews."

Location Info

Eating House

804 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant


1418 20th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

3030 Ocean Restaurant

3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

MC Kitchen

4141 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Tosca Miami - CLOSED

210 23rd St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Bulldog Barbecue and Burger

15400 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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David Minsky
David Minsky

Nice thumb. The Flying Dog label art was inspired by Ralph Steadman, who also designed labels for the company.

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