Zika has something more bitter than beer in store for Wynwood on Thursday’s National IPA Day.
Two separate, large outdoor beer events later this month have been canceled over Zika virus fears in Wynwood.
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Lagunitas Brewing in California, which hosts a funky Beer Circus in four major U.S. cities and was coming to Miami for the first time, has canceled the event on August 27 over Zika virus fears in Wynwood.
And Wynwood Brewing Company, which hoped to have its 3-year anniversary party with a blowout on Aug. 20, has rescheduled for the dead of winter, Dec. 10, when mosquitoes are at a minimum.
“With the Centers for Disease Control warning that anyone traveling to the Wynwood area would be put in a health compromising situation, we do not feel that continuing with our first-ever Miami Circus on August 27th appropriate,” the company wrote in a statement. “We value the well-being of our employees, local partners and general public above all else.... “We hope that all in the Wynwood and Miami areas remain healthy and happy.”
Wynwood is the only location in the continental United States where the Zika virus, which causes birth defects when the mother contracts the virus, is known to have been contracted locally.
Several outdoor restaurants and venues, such as the Wynwood Yard and Miami Culinary Tours, have closed indefinitely over the discovery that at least a dozen people have contracted the virus inside a 1-square-mile area that includes Wynwood.
“The CDC and our government have done a great job at keeping us informed. They are taking the necessary precautions to eradicate this problem, so that we can continue to have a neighborhood that’s bustling with people and culture,” said Wynwood Brewing’s cofounder Luis G. Brignoni.