Wynwood brewery organizes family-friendly cleanups after late-night monthly Art Walks

Concrete Beach Brewery at 325 NW 24th St. in Wynwood is organizing the monthly cleanups.
Concrete Beach Brewery at 325 NW 24th St. in Wynwood is organizing the monthly cleanups.

Every second Saturday of the month, Art Walk gathers hundreds in the Wynwood district, where people enjoy street art as well as gallery events and food trucks.

But once the party ends, what’s left behind is usually garbage covering the streets and sidewalks.

Beginning Nov. 15, Concrete Beach Brewery is creating an after-party event out of every second Sunday, with a family-friendly community cleanup.

Jesse Morris, who oversees the taproom, known as the Social Hall, at Concrete Beach Brewery, said the idea came out of “respect and dignity” for the art and the neighborhood.

“Wynwood belongs to the brewery as much as it belongs to everyone else,” Morris, 31, said. “We take a lot of pride in being a part of the Wynwood neighborhood, and helping to keep it clean will help make sure people from all walks of life and all parts of Miami feel comfortable visiting.”

The brewery will give out a complimentary beer to volunteers of drinking age once the garbage collection is completed. The one-hour event will run from 11 to noon.

Alan Newman, co-founder of Concrete Beach Brewery, said community involvement is at the foundation of their mission.

“We are thrilled to be part of the fabric of the Wynwood community and are more than happy to lend our resources whenever we can,” Newman said. “The Wynwood Community Clean-Up is a very direct way for us to partner with the BID and have an immediate impact on quality of life by cleaning up after Art Walk.”

To help the event come together, Morris enlisted the support of the BID, the Wynwood Business Improvement District.

Tom Curitore, 52, is the BID’s executive director. He joined efforts with Morris, providing materials for the cleanup.

“This was a proactive approach to get the community involved,” Curitore said. “It’s a good partnership between the property owners and the people who enjoy the neighborhood.”

Before Concrete Beach’s construction was completed, Morris gathered the brewery’s team to collect litter on their street. Now that they have settled in, he said it’s a good time to establish the event and expand it to anyone who wants to volunteer.

Garbage bags, pails and gloves were some of the materials distributed to the volunteers and about 30 bags containing bottles, food receptacles, cigarette butts and tree trimmings were collected.

Juliana Barraza, who participated before, said she is going to bring her family to the next one.

“I’m excited to help make the neighborhood clean and set a positive example to other people,” said Barraza, 36. “I’m going to bring my kids because I want them to know that they need to be responsible for the environment and the community.”

If you go

▪ What: Concrete Beach Brewery “Wynwood Community Clean-Up”

▪ When: 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 15; 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 13

▪ Where: 325 NW 24th St., Miami

▪ For more info: http://concretebeachbrewery.com