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. More »