Miami's Monthly Sud Swap Is Craft Beer Nirvana
Gramps in Wynwood is a staple of Miami's bar scene. That's not news. However, for one day a month, Gramps transforms into a mini beer festival and becomes the epicenter for the city's craft beer movement.
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Since March, the bar has served as the home to the monthly Sud Swap, a gathering of craft beer seekers looking to meet like minded individuals. For a few hours each month in the courtyard that accompanies Gramps, bottle sharers, homebrewers, and even some professionals join up with artists, musicians, and all the bearded people beer money can buy for a craft beer bacchanal. It's not about going balls to the wall, it's about sharing and giving a gathering point for local beer enthusiasts.
Matt Smith is the face of the Swap, along with artist La Mano Frio and help from Johnny Niño and Arwen Lehman of Craft Brewjas, a women-centric beer group. Gramps owner Adam Gersten gives the group his blessing, and has them booked through the end of 2014.
The idea for a beer swap event has its origins in the Miami Beer Tour where operator La Mano Frio devised a plan for a beer party fused with art, and soon approached Smith with the idea.
Courtesy of Miami Beer Tour The panel, sharing their beer knowledge.
"This event started as a pipe dream while sitting outside Gramps," Smith explained. "We got Funky Buddha Brewery to kick off the first one, got a good crowd, and moved on from there. We organized everything through Instagram...it's easy to link up to everyone on it."