Bottoms up: 5 beerific Miami Craft Beer Week events of 2016

Stone Crab Stone: Actual stone crabs were harmed in the making of this beer.
Stone Crab Stone: Actual stone crabs were harmed in the making of this beer.

Beer week is back. From Jan. 23-30, dozens of South Florida restaurants, bars and breweries are strutting their stuff, showcasing the best local and national craft beers available. Here’s our guide to the best events of the week: 

1. Captain Jack’s Stone Crab Stout at Mignonette

Tampa-based Coppertail Brewing collaborated with Jupiter’s Tequesta Brewing on the new Captain Jack’s Stone Crab Stout (pictured): a full-bodied, malt-heavy stout with Florida stone crabs added to the brew kettle. Serious. It’ll be on tap starting Jan. 26 at Mignonette, 210 NE 18th St., Miami. The restaurant is running a special: Two pints of Stone Crab Stout in keepsake glasses, plus a shellfish tower of oysters, clams, shrimp and stone crabs, all for $100. Mignonette also will have Barrel-Aged Eldermother, a Coppertail collaboration with MIA Brewing, on draft all week.

2. MIA Brewing Dinner at Pinch Kitchen

New Miami restaurant Pinch Kitchen, 8601 Biscayne Blvd., is partnering with MIA Brewing in Doral for the first installment of a new Craft Collab beer-dinner series. At 7 p.m. Jan. 26, Pinch will treat guests to an amuse bouche and reception beer followed by a five-course beer dinner. Tickets are $75 and include tax and tip, available

3. Cigar City Takeover at Tap 42

Tampa-based Cigar City is taking over several taps on Jan. 28 at Tap 42, 1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Five of the brewery’s limited-release beers — Guayabera, Cold Brew IPA, Cubano Espresso, Lue Gim Gong’s and White Oak Jai Alai — will be on draft until the kegs run out.     

4. Home Brew Class at Craft Beer Cartel

Buy a man a beer, and you’ll quench his thirst for a moment. Teach a man to brew, and he’ll have beer for life. Fort Lauderdale’s Craft Beer Cartel, 557 SW 12th Ave., hosts its monthly homebrew class from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 30. Reserve your tickets at Also, Craft Beer Cartel is offering 10 percent off all local beer six-packs. 

5. Miami Beer Fest at Marlins Park

Close out Craft Beer Week in a big way from 5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 30 as the fourth annual Miami Beer Festival comes to Marlins Park. Sample dozens of local, national and international craft beers, plus food trucks, live music and more. Tickets are $40-$50, available at

Evan S. Benn is Miami Herald food editor: @EvanBenn