The Rum Line: Classic Hemingway Cocktails Coming to New SoBe Bar

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Hand-shaken pina colada. Hemingway approved.
Imagine this. It's Miami Beach circa the late 1940s. You're sitting at a rustic, yet elegant beach bar, enjoying one of those daiquiris you've heard are all the rage with a writer named Hemingway in a little island town called Havana. A warm breeze softly shakes the lights strung up between the palm trees as you sip this glorious, exotic mix of rum, lime, and sugar.

That's the inspiration behind the Rum Line, a new bar set to open adjacent to Lure Fishbar at the Loews Hotel Miami Beach sometime this fall. The outdoor bar, decorated in teak furnishings and strung lights is designed to invoke visions of Ernest Hemingway in Cuba or Bogie and Bacall having a drink and witty banter in Key Largo.

See also: Lure Fishbar's Nautical Cocktails: We Try Them All

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4th Age Brewing Headed to Wynwood, Eater Reports

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4th Age Brewing Company: Is Wynwood gaining a fourth brewery?
When 4th Age Brewing Company's Chris Campos and Daniel Morales began their voyage into beer production, they brewed a modest five gallons a month as a hobby. But when the amount of drinkable frothy concoction swelled to as much as 35 gallons per week, costing tens of thousands of dollars, the two friends considered turning their zythological endeavor into a career.

The guys behind 4th Age Brewing have not spoken publicly about their specific intentions to establish a brewery. State records show Morales and Campos have registered a corporation under the name "Miami Beer Ventures LLC." But a brewery might be coming sooner than we think, at least according to an interview published yesterday on Eater Miami.

See also: 4th Age Brewing: Chris Campos and Danny Morales Hang a Shingle

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Craft Spirits Festival Returns to Coconut Grove Tomorrow

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Local distillers will shake things up at the Craft Spirits Festival.
Tomorrow, on Thursday, October 9, Coconut Grove's Cruz Building will house some of the world's finest craft spirits at the Craft Spirits Festival's Grand Tasting event.

This second annual tasting, held from 7 to 11 p.m., features over 120 distinct spirits by more than 30 exhibitors. In addition to small batch and rare rums, vodkas, gins, and whiskies, the event will offer craft cocktails by some of Miami's best mixologists, giving you a "first taste" of what you can do with these fine spirits.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Bartenders

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New Times Beerfest Introduces Brewmaster Ticket: Exclusive Beers, Early Entry

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Max Reed
Brewmasters make good friends.
The 17th-annual New Times' "Original" Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, returns to Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park Saturday, October 25, and it promises to be one amazing evening filled with music, fun, and beer.

More than 100 brews will be on hand for your sampling enjoyment, including beers from Florida's best local breweries, such as Funky Buddha, Miami Brewing Company, Hollywood Organic Brewing, Cigar City, and Islamorada Beer Company.

See also: Homebrewers Wanted for New Times' Beerfest Competition

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Brooklyn's Sixpoint Brewing Sponsors Bus, Beer Crawl at Kush and Lokal Thursday

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Sixpoint is doing a dual tap takeover at sister bars Kush and Lokal this Thursday.
Sixpoint Brewing has landed a tap takeover in Miami and will attempt to empty all of its 33 kegs this Thursday, October 9, at both Kush in Wynwood and Lokal in Coconut Grove.

To sample all the brews without having to drive, take the Miami Brew Bus, which will taxi participants to both bars. A Sixpoint keg will be on board to make the ride interesting. Tickets for the brew bus cost $10, which includes unlimited rides on the bus plus one pint of brew for the road. The takeover itself runs from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

See also: "Our F-You Stand:" Flush Macro Beer Away at Kush Dissenter Release Party August 13

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Wynwood Brewing Wins Gold Medal at Great American Beer Festival

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Team Wynwood took home the gold at this year's Great American Beer Festival.
Barely a year after celebrating a year on the job, Wynwood Brewing Company brings home a gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival, the country's largest beerfest, which was held from October 2-4 this year.

Wynwood Brewing's flagship beer, Pop's Porter, took first place in the Robust Porter division, with Founders and Tapistry brewing companies (both from Michigan) taking second and third, respectively. The winners were announced on Saturday afternoon.

See also: Wynwood Brewing's First Anniversary: Block Party and Bottle Release

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New Belgium Brewing's 2014 Clips Beer & Film Tour Coming to Miami

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Beer and a movie? Yes, please!
What's better than dinner and a movie? Beer and a mini film festival under the stars.

New Belgium Brewing's annual Clips Beer & Film tour is making the rounds of 21 different cities and, for the first time ever, it's coming to Miami -- because we're officially a beer town, y'all!

On October 24, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Margaret Pace Park will host the event, which features nearly two dozen short films in a multitude of genres from documentaries to comedies. This year's subjects include bananas, ultra marathoners, and a uniformed dude on a bike. Each short film was created by New Belgium fans and submitted to the brewery for inclusion into the festival. The winning filmmakers receive a special beer/trophy and the honor of having their short shown at the roving festival.

See also: Concrete Beach and Brewer's Way Bring Gravitas to Miami Beer Scene

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Garden to Glass: Herbology Cocktail Workshop in South Beach Next Thursday

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Alcohol, one the world's beloved vices, has many uses, and in some cases it could be argued that it is even medicinal. It can wash away a stressful day, numb physical and mental pain, and heighten a celebratory occasion. Never mind the hangover. You can find remedies for that in another article (read: greasy comfort food).

At the Garden to Glass workshop at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, learn from the experts how to make your medicine go down a lot easier with fresh herbs plucked straight from the garden.

"I started as soon as I was old enough," says mixology vixen Bettina Barnoczki, who brings her nine years of bartending experience to cocktail enthusiasts in this two-hour workshop.

See also: SoBeWFF's Garden to Glass: Hardworking Emeril, Herbology and Copious Cocktails

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Homebrewers Wanted for New Times' Beerfest Competition

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Liliana Mora
Make beer. Make new friends.
The South Florida beer scene is really kicking up. From Funky Buddha in Fort Lauderdale to Wynwood Brewing Company in Wynwood, small craft breweries are making Miami a beer city.

What's most exciting is that many of these brewery owners started out as home brewers. Wynwood Brewing's Luis G. Brignoni started his career with a simple home brewing kit he received as a Christmas gift from his dad.

Are you the next big thing in beer? Then enter New Times' Beerfest Home Brew Competition. The competition takes place during the 17th-annual New Times' "Original" Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, which returns to Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park on Saturday, October 25.

See also: New Times' Original Beerfest Returns

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Tobacco Road Closing on October 25, Kickstarter Campaign to Relocate Iconic Bar Starts Next Week

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Last call for Tobacco Road.
For over a century it was the home of bootleggers, gangsters, hookers, musicians, and people just in need of booze and a burger.

Now, come sunrise October 26, Tobacco Road, the oldest bar I n Miami, is closing its colorful doors. Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, the Road will host a closing party that will last all night. At 5 a.m., the bar will announce a final last call, shuttering a true Miami icon.

See also: Tobacco Road Celebrates 101 Years With $1.01 Burgers and Drinks


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