Johnathan Wakefield, Founder and brewmaster of J. Wakefield Brewing
Why he’s Food 50: Others may have put South Florida’s beer scene on the map, but J. Wakefield has circled it, underlined it and bolded it.
After only one year in business, Johnathan Wakefield’s craft brewery in Wynwood has turbocharged South Florida’s place in the craft beer world. His story is one that resonates with homebrewers and beer lovers anywhere: Trained accountant with a knack for cooking takes up brewing in his kitchen, gets hooked, finds funding, opens one of world’s most heralded craft breweries.
Wakefield’s mouth-puckering tart Berliner weisse beers brewed with fresh Florida ingredients like the top-rated Dragon Fruit Passion Fruit have garnered him high praise, as have his collaborations with Stone, New Belgium and other major craft breweries. At last month’s RateBeer awards, Wakefield took home honors for best new brewery in Florida and second best new brewery (out of 5,600) in the world. His beer isn’t just good — it’s fantastic.
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Where to find him: J. Wakefield Brewing, 120 NW 24th St., Miami; 786-254-7779.