The Rum Line Opens November 6: Flaming Scorpion Bowls and Panther Coffee Cocktails

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The Rum Line via Facebook
Flaming Scorpion bowls and Panther Coffee-infused cocktails.
The Rum Line, a Caribbean-inspired bar that features (as the name implies) rum-centric cocktails, opens Thursday, November 6.

The outdoor cocktail lounge, adjacent to Lure Fishbar at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, is owned by New York City restaurateurs John McDonald, Joshua Pickard, and Josh Capon of Mercer Street Hospitality (also owners of Lure). Lure Fishbar's Robert Ferrara will serve as bar director, who is charged with bringing classic cocktails, like the Hemingway daiquiri, to life.

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

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Miami's Best Halloween Cocktails

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Pumpkin latte with lots of booze.
Halloween is almost here, and it's time to break out our killer clowns, vampires, and superheroes.

The best part of this holiday is that it brings out everyone's inner child. But while kids have to settle for dumping out their trick-or-treat bags hoping for the "good" candy, we grownups can indulge in treats of the boozy kind.

With that in mind, here are our favorite Halloween cocktails served at Miami restaurants and a recipe for your costume party at home.

See also: Halloween 2014 in Miami: The Spookiest Restaurant Parties

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Florida Breweries Shine at Beerfest 2014 (Photos)

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All photos by Laine Doss
Miami Brewing Company's Big Rod Ale is always a winner.
Saturday's New Times' Beerfest at Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park had a lot going on: a great band, people sporting pretzel necklaces and lederhosen, and giant turkey legs roasting on an open flame. But, of course, the thousands of people who attended had one thing on their mind -- great beer.

From fantastic seasonal pumpkin beers that tasted like autumn in a glass to crisp IPAs, the selection didn't disappoint. What Beerfest proved, however, once and for all, is that South Florida's local beer scene is alive and well, with some of the best beers at the festival being brewed right here in out backyard -- including some kick-ass home brews that stood tall with the big boys.

See also: Wynwood Brewing Wins Gold Medal at Great American Beer Festival

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New Times' Beerfest 2014 Is Saturday: Here Are All the Beers

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Photo by Max Reed
Two beers are better than one.
New TImes' Original Beerfest turns Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park into Beer City, U.S.A., this Saturday, October 25, so we figured we'd whet your appetite with a complete list of the beers being served.

We suggest using this as a checklist. Or rating chart. Or a way to take tasting notes on the beers you loved so know what to order next time you're at the brewpub.

A few notes:

Beers in the Brewmaster/VIP section are only available from 6 to 7 p.m., when Brewmaster/VIP ticketholders have free reign for their extra hour of sampling. Also, the beers are listed in alphabetical order, so don't think we're secretly ranking them or anything. Any brewery is subject to change their beer selection, and certain, rare beers might be limited in availability. In other words, the earlier you arrive at Beerfest, the more fun you'll have!

Also, make sure you check Mack House's Moustache Rye'd, brewed especially for Beerfest. That's right, New Times has their own beer! Because that's how we roll.

See also: Mack House Brews New Times Beer, Get Your Taste Only At Beerfest This Saturday

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Mendez Fuel Gets a Crowler Machine, Fills Cans

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Mendez Fuel's custom take-home crowler can.
Mendez Fuel, the Coral Gables gas station with a growler-filling machine, now has a "crowler-filling" machine. The difference? The former fills bottles; the latter fills cans.

The crowler machine was invented by Oskar Blues Brewing Company in Colorado and the brewery sells the devices to other breweries. Basically, it is a miniature canning machine. The crowler fills and seals a can with beer for a one-time use. Oskar Blues has sold the machine to other breweries in Florida, such as Cigar City, Cycle, and Due South.

See also: Mendez Fuel: A Gas Station With Growler Fills

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Beerfest 2014 Is Saturday: Two Dozen Beers to Watch Out For; Last Chance for Discount Tickets

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Liliana Mora
Drink beer with your buddies at Beerfest!
The 17th Annual New Times' Original Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, happens this Saturday and it's going to be epic, people.

If you love beer, there's absolutely no better way to spend your day than sampling over 100 different beers waterside at Fort Lauderdale's beautiful Esplanade Park.

See also: Homebrewers Wanted for New Times' Beerfest Competition

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MIA Brewing Hiring for Taproom Positions

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Photo courtesy of MIA Brewing Company.
MIA Brewing Company needs brewery professionals for its soon-to-open taproom.
Construction of the taproom at MIA Brewing Company is nearly complete, and the brewery is looking to fill several positions behind the bar.

Owner Eddie Leon has about a dozens spots to fill (including part-time) in the coming weeks as he prepares to open the taproom at MIA Brewing. Leon says interviews have already begun. Management positions for the taproom have already been filled. The top man is Claudio Menicocci, who was the former manager at World of Beer in Dadeland.

See Also: MIA Brewing Company Opens for Production

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Use This Code and Save $10 On New Times' Beerfest Tickets, On Sale Now

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Max Reed
The 17th Annual Original New Times Beerfest is Saturday, October 25.
The 17th Annual New Times' Original Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, is setting up to be a truly epic local beer event, returning to Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park this year with more beer -- and more fun -- than ever before.

Beer brewers from all over the state and the country come to show local drinkers their stuff. Even local homebrewers (and maybe some aspiring professionals) can offer their beers to the suds-swilling public.

See also: Ten Best Dinners Under $15 in Miami

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Julio Cabrera Mentoring Young Miami Bartenders

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Julio Cabrera: Mixologist mentor.
Most people take time to consider the care taken by the chef to prepare their meals. But, until recently, the same respect wasn't always afforded to bartenders. But if you really think about what's in that cocktail, you'll find the same, if not more attention to detail. Before a bartender serves you that drink, there were bitters to be made, juices to be squeezed, and even fresh herbs to be grown. A mixologist, more than ever, is a noble profession that takes years of training. Cantinero Julio Cabrera wants to mentor the next round of bartenders coming up.

The award-winning mixologist is much in demand, having been named a managing partner at the Regent Cocktail Club and consulting on cocktail programs for Little Havana's Ball & Chain and the Thompson Miami Beach. But even with a full dance card, Cabrera feels its necessary to take time out to share his skills. The master mixologist has teamed up with Bacardi to teach a cantinero's master class, sort of an advanced degree in bartending.

See also: Julio Cabrera: Gentleman Bartender

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Third-Annual Homebrewers Bash at Lokal Begins Tonight

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Wild Oak Artisan Ales will be among the brewers at Lokal's third-annual Homebrewers Bash.
The real Oktoberfest ended several days ago, but in Miami the spirit lives on in the third-annual Homebrewers Bash at Lokal this Wednesday and Thursday.

It will be the third year in a row that local homebrewers gather in Coconut Grove and offer free samples of some of the finest brews in town. Each night will feature three brewers. The event kicks off a weekend of nothing but beer that ends with a larger festival nearby, Grovetoberfest in Peacock Park.

See also: Barley Works Wins Grovetoberfest Home Brewers' Competition

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