This IPA dungeon, located in Miami Beach, provides a mellow ambience and eclectically friendly crowd of locals and tourists. Walking into the dimly lit pub, one can observe the locals chattering about philosophy, regulars donning Classic Rock T-shirts and Europen-esque tourists trickled among the bar’s dark wooden bleachers. To say The Abbey Brewing Co. is an anomaly would be stating it mildly. Perhaps one of the few and oldest dive bars in all of Miami, the place lives up to its word-of-mouth reputation as a man cave that brews its own beer.
The bar’s hand-selected and crafted ales reflect the rich, bold taste of beery goodness, while touching upon South Beach’s penchant for self-expression and art. The owner and creator of this local watering hole, Raymond Rigazio, crafts his own beers alongside “Sam Adams Triple Bock” guru, Jose Ayala. With both their powers combined, the bar is constantly stocked with new selections. In short, these people know their hops and get snazzy with their beer portfolio. In stock now is their original work: The Immaculate IPA, Father Theodor’s Stout, Brother Dan’s Double and Brother Aaron’s Quadruple, respectively.
Some of their handcrafted beers are named after The Abbey’s bar tenders and each blend captures the idiosyncrasies of its loyal employees, while still maintaining the integrity of what makes a fine IPA. Rigazio’s next concoction will be called, "Sister Tina's Triple", after his daytime Bartender and Manager. The art-imitates-life feel gives the beverage selection as much personality and pizazz as the bar itself. A fantastic stop for the lager-savvy explorer.
“The Abbey mix is about 80% local and 20% Tourist. The crowd is awesome. The locals mix well with the tourists and frequently help them out with their beer selections,” said Rigazio of the bar’s welcoming crowd, which gathers in the name of seriously good beer.
The refreshingly charming gem caters to the chill atmosphere vacations are made for, and The Abbey’s prices will not burden the budget conscious adventure seeker. The Abbey has two happy hours, Monday-Friday 3PM-7PM and Thursday-Sunday 1AM-5AM. During these times, the four Abbey House Beers: The Cask Beer, Brooklyn Pilsner and Lost Coast Apricot are just $4.50 a glass. If you are not a beer drinker, all premium well drinks are just $5. The beers not drunk during happy hour range from $6.50-$9.50 a glass, and the drinks from $8-$12, a smidge more if you are a fancy pants ordering a fine 21 year old scotch or a rare Specialty Belgian Ale.
For more information on The Abbey and the Beer Whisperers who run it, visit: http://abbeybrewinginc.com/