Craft Commander Will Moderate Young Republican Beer Summit Tomorrow

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It's only January, and 2015 is already proving to be a busy year for beer in Florida. With legal challenges to both the state's growler law and brewery tasting rooms, there should be lots to talk about at the Miami Young Republicans Beer Summit at Town Kitchen & Bar.

These topics will be points of discussion, and perhaps debate, this Tuesday at 7 p.m. Anybody wanting to know more about these two issues should attend the summit. Marco Leyte-Vidal, Miami's Craft Commander, will moderate the event, which will include some of the state's movers and shakers.

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Darwin Brewing Co. Takes Over Taps at MIA Brewing Friday

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Miami's rapidly growing craft beer scene will get a little more international when Darwin Brewing Company takes over MIA Brewing's taps this Friday night.

Darwin Brewing Company is owned by Darwin Santa Maria, a Peruvian brewer and James Beard Award-winning chef who has been winning over palates at Darwin's on 4th, his restaurant and brewpub in Sarasota, since 2011. Building on the success of house-made brews that feature ingredients from the Andean and Amazonian regions of Peru, Darwin Brewing Company opened in May 2014. It features the full line of his beers, as well as snacks and pub fare inspired by the street foods of Peru.

Santa Maria began his brewing operation with flavors like chicha morada and maracuya (passionfruit). His cacao-infused beers paired well with his Peruvian menu, and they became a favorite among locals. However, Florida law restricted their sale beyond the restaurant; thus, the idea of the full-time brewery was born. "We built the production brewery because people love our twist of making Andean craft brews, the love and passion that we have to make beer with culinary ingredients," Santa Maria explains.

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Tonight: Rare Tapping of Founders CBS Imperial Stout at Kush

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Tonight, Kush in Wynwood is tapping a keg of Founders CBS Imperial Stout. The tapping part of a takeover event that is also feature several more of Founders brews.

Founders CBS is a rare, highly sought-after beer. It received a perfect 100 on both Beer Advocate and websites. The beer is so rare that it hasn't been made since 2011.

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Repour Homemade Cocktails: Isaac Grillo Arrives at Albion Hotel

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Isaac Grillo transporting a freezer to his new cocktail bar.
South Beach's creative cocktail scene is growing with the announcement of Isaac Grillo's Repour Homemade Cocktails at the Albion Hotel .

Grillo, who was named the Ultimate Miami Bartender by Magic City Casino, is opening his own establishment in the former Drogerie space at the boutique Lincoln Road hotel. The bartender-turned-bar-owner is doing a complete remodel to make the space homey and inviting. "My vision of having just a superchill environment is really taken from growing up in Colorado," he says.

See also: Isaac Grillo and Nick Nistico Win Miami USBG Legacy Cocktail Showcase

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Third Annual Miami Beer Festival Returns to Marlins Park

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The Miami Beer Festival returns to Marlins Stadium in 2015.
Oktoberfest doesn't come for another nine months, but beer festivals in Miami are almost a year-round occurrence. Miami is getting the year started with the 3rd Annual Miami Beer Festival, which returns to Marlins Park on January 31.

The festival is less than two weeks away, but there are still tickets. According to MBF organizers from Los Angeles-based DrinkEatPlay, about 900 tickets are available.

See also: Inaugural Miami Beer Festival to Take Over Marlins Park January 19

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All Aboard the Tequila Express: Four Stops, Mucha Tequila

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The Tequila Express is back in Miami!
The Tequila Express is back in Miami for its third time, but the party leaves the station just once -- so make sure you don't miss the bus, so to speak.

On Thursday, January 29, from 6 to 10 p.m., The Tequila Express, presented by Tequila Herradura and New Times, pulls into the station, so to speak, and passengers will hop on four busses that will transport them on a journey to four different restaurants throughout Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. Consider it an upscale scavenger hunt of sorts, but instead of seeking out squirrels, a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt, and an old souvenir ashtray of Miami Beach -- your search quenches your thirst for tequila!

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Anheuser-Busch Sued For Deceptive Beck's Label

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Anheuser-Busch is being sued for deceptive beer labels in federal court.
Anheuser-Busch contiinues to face criticism over what consumers say are deceptive import labels on beer packaging, this time in relation to Beck's beer.

Just last month, Anheuser-Busch settled with Miami consumers Gustavo E. Oliva and Lady J. Suarez, who claimed they were misled into thinking Kirin beer was imported from Japan. They believed they paid more for the brew than they should have.

See also: Anheuser-Busch's Kirin Settlement in Miami Gives Households Price of a Six-Pack

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Tiki Horror Nights Comes to Blue Starlite Drive-In

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Would you let this man buy you a tiki drink?
Calling fans of so-bad-they're-good movies and classic cocktails.

Tiki Horror Nights is coming to Blue Starlite Drive-In at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. By the way, this is not a tropical-themed haunted house. Tiki Horror Nights can best be described as a live version of Mystery Science Theater 3000 with booze.

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Tonight: Gravity Brewlab, J. Wakefield Brewing, and MIA Brewing Open to the Public

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Friday is the time to drink some beer.

Several beer-related events are happening this weekend, but there are three milestones in Miami-Dade County: J. Wakefield Brewing launches its tasting room, as does MIA Brewing. Gravity Brewlab is tapping two inaugural kegs of its first official brew, Sunshine State of Mind, at Lokal.

See also: Gravity Brewlab Prepares to Launch First Official Beer in Miami

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Anheuser-Busch's Kirin Settlement in Miami Gives Households Price of a Six-Pack UPDATED

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You'd think it was Japanese, wouldn't ya?
Sometimes you can make money simply by drinking beer. A class-action settlement will give Miami households up to $50 in brewski. The reason: Anheuser-Busch made people think Kirin beer was imported from Japan.

On December 17, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida Judge Robert W. Thornton Jr. approved a settlement between the St. Louis beer giant and Miami residents who purchased Kirin beer thinking it was imported from Japan. Under the terms of the settlement, according to, people who bought Kirin between October 25, 2009, and this past December 17 will receive up to $50 per household if they can show proof of purchase.

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