Mendez Fuel Gets a Crowler Machine, Fills Cans

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Courtesy of Mendez Fuel
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.

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Tobacco Road Redux: On Land, Sea, and Wheels

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Photo by Laine Doss
Tobacco Road's players (from left) James Goll, Leo Holtzman, Patrick Gleber, and Joel Riviera announce the bar's future.
Yesterday was a big news day for Tobacco Road, Miami's oldest and most iconic bar, restaurant, and music venue.

What just a few weeks ago sounded like the end of the Road (pun intended), has now turned into a host of open doors and possibilities.

See also: Tobacco Road's New Location Announced on Kickstarter Campaign

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Sugar Yummy Mama to Open Sweet Wynwood Window (Video)

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Giselle Pinto, Miami's Sugar Yummy Mama, is opening a Wynwood Window.
Giselle Pinto, Miami's Sugar Yummy Mama, is the baker with the pink van and television host good looks who came onto the Miami food truck scene in 2011. Almost instantly, our city was charmed in equal parts by Pinto's smile, cupcakes, and her cake pops.

See also: Sugar Yummy Mama: Another Food Truck Enters the Scene, and This Time it's a Van

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Tobacco Road's New Location Announced on Kickstarter Campaign

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Photo by Laine Doss
First a food truck; now more news is coming!
When Tobacco Road closes its doors during the early hours of October 26, it will mark the end of century's worth of music, drink, food, and memories.

The Road, as it is fondly called, has been a speakeasy, a gangster hideout, a brothel, and a bakery. Its liquor license was issued in November 1912. If that's not enough to make it an iconic landmark, how about the fact that nearly every major blues act played at the bar -- with the exception of B.B. King (and we still have a few days for that to happen).

But all things must end. Or must they?

See also: First Peek at Tobacco Road's Food Truck (Photos)

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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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A Day With Daniel Boulud at Swank Farms and Night at DB Bistro (Photos)

All photos by Carla Torres
Are those beans for me?
After spending an entire day with Daniel Boulud, I realized why the 60-year-old chef and restaurateur with 14 properties under his belt is showing no signs of slowing down.

So many chefs have come out of Boulud's kitchens. In Miami alone, I can think of three (outside of his own restaurant, of course) off the top of my head -- Andrew Carmellini and Conor Hanlon from the Dutch, as well as Scarpetta's chef de cuisine Marlon Rambaran.

Boulud visits Miami several times a year. This time around, after 13 years of locally sourcing from Swank Farms in West Palm Beach, he finally thought it would be nice to put a face to the farmers whose produce he's been using. He also cooked for them -- along with a dining room full of fans. Boulud prepared the new fall menu items at DB Bistro Moderne, all of which highlight local purveyors.

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Vegan Pages, Plant-Based Professional Directory, Launches in Miami

More than a way of eating, veganism is a lifestyle. And since people in the plant-powered movement tend to share the same values, it only makes sense that they'd want to find each other -- for both business and personal purposes. But how to do that, exactly?

Clearly none of the main directory sites -- Yelp, Google, Angie's List, etc., are geared toward vegans. So if you're looking for a plant-strong accountant, there's nowhere to turn.

Hence Miami advocate Janay Laing decided to launch Vegan Pages, a new listings website where herbivores across the U.S. can find like-minded professionals.

See also: Seed Food & Wine Festival Day: Miami's Vegans Come of Age

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MIA Brewing Hiring for Taproom Positions

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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Week-Long Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival Starts Today

Photo by Carina Ost
Something fishy's going on in South Beach.
The Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival returns for its second year with a host of dinners and events. Starting today October 22, South Beach will get fishy with dinners, a wine-and-dine around, and a chef showdown before the grand event festival happens on Saturday, October 25, at Lummus Park in South Beach.

See also: Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival: Seeing Seafood and Eating It (Photos)

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Pascal Oudin to Open Brasserie Central in Coral Gables

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Chef Pascal Oudin to open second restaurant in Coral Gables.
Pascal Oudin, the chef/owner of Pascal's on Ponce, known for contemporary takes on classic French cuisine, is opening a new bistro, making Coral Gables a mecca for Francophiles.

See also: Ten Best Restaurants in Coral Gables

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