Lilt Lounge at the Epic: Oysters, Caviar and Champagne Cocktails

Photo by Carla Torres
Well aren't you excited that it's a three-day weekend? If you're staying in town and are in need of some food and drink, you might want to check out Lilt, the new lounge at the Epic.

You'll find live music and champagne cocktails poured tableside from a trolling champagne cart. Oh, and don't forget the oysters with green apple caviar and cucumber granite. Don't worry, it's faux caviar.

See also: Lilt Lounge to Open at the Epic

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Cigar City Beer Pairing at Verde: Imperial Stout Limited Release and Grouper Cheeks (Photos)

All photos by Carla Torres
Beer-pairing dinners attract the most devoted of beer snobs. Only true craft beer lovers would drive down from Fort Lauderdale for one. Especially when the beer involved Tampa brewer Cigar City and the chef happens to be the one who opened the Cigar City brewpub in 2008.

Cigar City rep Eddy Torres joined chef Nicolay Adinaguev at Verde last night for the restaurant's first beer pairing. Short Order was invited to attend the dinner.

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Biscayne Bay Brewing Company to Hold First Public Tasting at Key West Brewfest

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Biscayne Bay Brewing Company will showcase its beers to the public for the first time during this year's Key West Brew Fest.
Another Miami brewery is poised to open in the coming months, yet for the past year the general public has not had a chance to taste any beer from Biscayne Bay Brewing Company.

That will change, however, when the brewery is handing out samples of its beer at the Key West Brewfest this weekend. The beer festival kicked off yesterday for the Labor Weekend and ends on Monday. Dozens of Florida beers will be featured, including several from Miami, but Biscayne Bay Brewing is no where to be found on the website.

See also: Biscayne Brewing Company Coming to Brickell/Little Havana, Plans to Open By December

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Bacon Cocktails for National Bacon Day (Recipe)

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Bacon meets booze. Everyone's happy.
Welcome to the start of a fantastic holiday weekend. This last-hurrah of summer contains not one, but two memorable days.

In addition to celebrating Labor Day, this weekend we pay tribute some something near and dear to our hearts. Bacon!

Saturday is National Bacon Day and, while it may be slightly lesser known than that other holiday, it's a pretty good excuse for a celebration. We imagine a world where National Bacon Day is filled with sales (all bacon half off!); cookouts (with bacon, of course); and parades. (Can you just imagine the marching band decked out in curly tails and snouts?)

Until that day, we're going to raise a glass to our favorite meat candy with some of these bacon-infused cocktails.

See also: Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Labor Day Grilling, Bacon, and Meatballs

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Make Your Own Tiki Cocktails for Labor Day, Courtesy of Gui Jaroschy and Trevor Alberts

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Drunken Dragon's Voodoo Lady
So you think you can't make tiki drinks at home? Think again. In celebration of Labor Day, we've rounded up a couple of recipes from the two tiki authorities in town, Gui Jaroschy (Broken Shaker) and Trevor Alberts, to keep you cooled off in this unbearable heat.

"Tiki drinks have always grabbed my attention right away," says Jaroschy, who recently revamped the cocktail menu at SoBe's new Asian gastropub Drunken Dragon.

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Mojito Madness Now Available at TK's at the Villa Mayfair

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Courtesy of TK's at Villa Mayfair
Cuba is the birthplace of the mojito, so it should be no surprise that the cocktail can be found almost anywhere in Miami, especially at TK's at the Villa Mayfair where Mojito Madness is now available.

Mojito Madness is an all-mojito cocktail menu. It includes at least 20 flavors: classic, watermelon, vanilla coffee, island, chipotle cacao, pineapple, banana coconut, beet, wild berry, mango, raspberry, chocolate mint, strawberry, apple, orange, blueberry, strawberry banana, peach, coconut, chocolate mint and elderflower. The cocktails are priced at $10 each and are available all day at TK's.

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The Mighty, Mendez Fuel, and Other Locations Tap MIA Brewing Kegs Tomorrow

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Look for these MIA Brewing tap handles at several Miami bars this Friday.
MIA Brewing Company's official launch is not until September 1, but it appears that Miami's thirst for beer cannot wait, because several more locations throughout the county will tap its kegs on Friday.

The Mighty, Clandestino Pub and Mendez Fuel Mobile Gas Station will tap kegs from MIA Brewing before the brewery officially launches. World of Beer in Dadeland, as well as dozens of other locations, will receive kegs Monday. Is it safe to say the official launch has already begun?

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Cigar City Beer-Pairing Dinner at Verde Thursday

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Everything pairs well with beer, according to chef Nicolay Adinaguev.
When thinking of Verde, Stephen Starr's restaurant at Pérez Art Museum Miami, craft beer doesn't necessarily spring to mind. Yet this Thursday, chef Nicolay Adinaguev will be collaborating with brewmaster Wayne Wambles of Tampa's Cigar City to create a beer-pairing dinner that will be sure to please all beer snobs.

Adinaguev knows the beer well, as his history with Cigar City goes back to 2008 when the brewery first opened. Adinaguev was the opening chef at the brewpub, so the beer-pairing dinner came naturally. "This is the perfect opportunity to work with Cigar City again," says the chef.

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Meet Heineken's Tequila Barrel-Aged Lager, Desperados

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Courtesy of Desperados
There's a new beer in town, and it goes by the name of Desperados. Part of the Heineken portfolio, Desperados is unlike any other beer on the market. The Latin-inspired beverage has been blended with tequila barrel-aged lager and notes of lemon flavor.

Desperados originally launched in central France and has made its way to the States, soft-launching in Miami during this past Ultra Music Festival. You might have seen the beer at events during WMC, Swim Week, or most recently the Mad Decent Block Party, where the response was tremendous, says brand manager Raul Lopez.

If you weren't in attendance at any of the above, you've for sure spotted the dozens of Desperados billboards and advertisements in town and wondered what the hell it is.

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Latin American Brewery 5 Rabbit Cerveceria Makes It to Miami, Beginning With Brunch

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Doug Fairall
The story of a brewery taking its distribution to Florida has traditionally followed a path that begins with nerve-racking and continues to apprehension. For large regional brewers in the recent past, our market has been a tough nut to crack, both in terms of volume and client base. It took years for breweries such as New Belgium and Founders to make their way to the Big Orange. Such a fate has not befallen one of America's first Latin American microbreweries, 5 Rabbit Cervecería, a small operation out of Bedford Park, Illinois.

Owner Andres Araya has taken his Latin-inspired beers to Florida, making this his third state to acquire distribution. It's being managed by Cavalier Distributing, which has brought in Sixpoint Brewery, Two Brothers Brewing Co., and Mission Brewery, among others.

See also: Todd Erickson Talks Beer, Hosts Ommegang Pairing Dinner at Haven

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