“He was a wise man who invented beer.” — Plato
And as it turns out, a friendly man, too. Today’s post is the second of three consecutive this weekend about making friends making beer. Before putting a face to a name, introductions to brewer James Retzler of Due South Brewing Co. (Boynton Beach,) cellarman and assistant brewer David Rodriguez of Wynwood Brewing Company (Wynwood, Miami) and brand manager John Linn of Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park) were made of the liquid kind. Tasty first impressions at our restaurants lured us to their respective tap rooms to learn more. These people make the future bright for a healthy brewing culture in South Florida, and we could not be more thankful for their passionate commitment to the craft. We think that’s cause for celebration every day. So cheers to American Craft Beer Week. We’re proud to now be able to toast it with homegrown brews of our own.
David Rodriguez, Wynwood Brewing Company
565 NW 24 Street
Miami FL 33127
(305) 982-8732 or (305) 640-5043
Harry’s Pizzeria was about to introduce its new gluten free crust. We invited some friends to taste the new pies, including the Miami Herald’s Evan Benn. He had just returned from doing some reporting for a Business Monday story on Wynwood Brewing Company. Naturally, the consensus was a gluten free beer for our casual neighborhood joint’s list was in order, and what better than to hear the perspective of a brewer on the gluten free beers we were testing? Brewmaster Nik Mebane and founder Luis Brignoni had to join! What followed was a visit to their tap room complete with brewery tour where we met David, and lots of delicious beer at our Miami restaurants, including my personal favorite “La Rubia” American Blonde Ale now on-tap at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.
The Genuine Kitchen: Three words to describe your job.
David Rodriguez: Delicious liquid engineering
TGK: Who is your brewery crush right now?
DR: There are so many to choose from! I’d say my brewery crush is Green Room Brewing up in Jacksonville Beach. They have fantastic beers and one of my favorites is Count Shakula a chocolate oatmeal stout.
TGK: If you could make a collaborative beer with a local brewery which would it be and what would you make together?
DR: We will most definitely collaborate with local breweries in the near future. Again, it’s difficult to pick just one. I see us collaborating with M.I.A. Brewing in Doral. I could see us brewing a white IPA or a spiced beer. Also, I’d like to team up with J. Wakefield and Gravity Brewlab to do some funky sours.
TGK: What should we get excited about drinking from Wynwood Brewing Company this summer?
DR: We are releasing an imperial red, pilsner, and but brown in the coming months. But what I’m really excited for is our Beat The Melon–a watermelon wheat beer.
TGK: What would you like to eat with it?
DR: Hedy’s panna cotta of course!