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