Smokin’ Hot Local Brews: Harry’s BBQ Night Pops Again!

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It’s about time to roll out the ole smoker again, as Harry’s Pizzeria welcomes Wynwood Brewing Co. for a night of beer and BBQ in Miami’s Design District on Tuesday, May 19th beginning at 6:30pm! After popping up its first BBQ night back in August with Athens, GA’s Terrapin Beer Co., Michael Schwartz’s casual neighborhood joint is pairing up with Miami’s own Wynwood Brewing Co., as well as chef Leonardo Maurelli, an Alabama-based chef who has known Michael since the beginning of Michael’s Genuine Home Brew’s story.  Tickets are now live HERE for BBQ Night in Pizzaland!

“We don’t know what the menu is yet which is always part of the fun, but we will be playing off of the classic flavors of smoky, tangy BBQ,” explains Wynwood’s assistant brewer David Rodriquez, who you may recognize as the beard behind the jockey box from March’s Buck’s Beer Garden events. “Pop’s Porter is a dark, medium bodied beer with coffee and chocolate notes that pair well with the deep, rich smoke you get from a rub. Wynwood IPA and Magic City American Pale Ale both have a nice bitterness that also plays well off spice.”


Bucking the Trend: Dave doing his bearded brewer thing at Buck’s Beer Garden’s inaugural event at The Raleigh South Beach on March 5. Our last April event is this Thursday with Funky Buddha Brewery.

When it opened its doors in 2011, Wynwood Brewing Co. was the first craft production facility in Miami, soon receiving recognition on the national stage.  In 2014, Pop’s Porter took home a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, akin to the James Beard Foundation Awards for the craft beer industry — huge for Miami and its emerging craft brewing community which no doubt got a jolt from this coup.  Wynwood’s mission has a familiar ring to us at The Genuine Hospitality Group, to bring “fresh, delicious, and creative beers” to South Floridians.  May and June bring a big milestone, David shares.  Wynwood will take their beer beyond growlers at the Tap Room and begin bottling La Rubia and Pop’s Porter in a limited addition 22-ounce format. Harry’s always seems to have at least one Wynwood style on its 4-tap system, and its bottling gives us more flexibility in terms of what we can offer from its portfolio in the future.

“For me, pale ales are the way to go when it comes to BBQ,” David continues.  “They have the perfect balance of caramel maltiness and bitterness.”

So what of the BBQ… We are excited to welcome chef Leonardo Maurelli of Central in Montgomery, Alabama who was there when Michael was introduced to Back Forty Beer Company at a 2011 Auburn University event for tornado relief.  A native of the Republic of Panama, Leonardo shares his unique multicultural take on traditional southern dishes and cuisine. We know he will bring the BBQ mojo on a collaborative menu with Harry’s own chef de cuisine Daniel Ramirez!
Tickets are $68 and include it all — an indoor and outdoor stationed menu of BBQ, sides and dessert, all you care to drink Wynwood beer (special treatments, too!) from our counter, tax and gratuity. We love mixing it up at Harry’s Pizzeria and can’t wait to start the summer off with some BBQ!



Buck’s Gets Funky in April

Buck up and join the conversation by following #bucksbeergarden. Thanks for sharing!

Buck up and join the conversation by following #bucksbeergarden. Thanks for sharing!

BucksFlyer02 (1) Get ready for our monthly switcheroo!  We’re excited to announce our local brewery partner for Buck’s Beer Garden & Bonfire’s April 2 and 16 events is Funky Buddha!  Find special bottles of the Boca brewery’s Barrel-Aged Muy Bonita Apple Pie Brown Ale in The Raleigh South Beach’s Oasis, along with favorites like Cabana Boy Wheat Ale, Crusher IPA, Hop Gun IPA, Floridian Hefeweizen, and OP Porter which will begin rotating on Restaurant Michael Schwartz’s new White Bar dual tap tower on Monday. Funky Buddha Brewery was founded in 2010 and is committed to producing bold craft beers that marry culinary-inspired ingredients with time-honored techniques. Its mantra is big, bold flavors, made exactingly with natural ingredients. Perfect. Huge thanks to Wynwood Brewery’s Dave Rodriguez for making our inaugural March such a smashing success.  See you next month, when we’ll also have trucker hats and tees on the menu!

Genuine Upcoming Events Alert: Cover-Free & Proud!

In case you haven’t yet familiarized yourself with our UPCOMING EVENTS page now would be the time to do it! We have some new ongoing activities that are easy and fun to participate in without the commitment of a cover charge to enter.  Hope to see you out there!

Clam Bake feb 2015GRAND CAYMAN | Clam Bake Take Three!
Saturday, February 28, 6:00 p.m.
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, 47 Forum Lane, Suite 4103, Canella Court, Camana Bay

Kick off your shoes and enjoy a relaxing evening alfresco on the lawn by the Crescent Fountain. The cost is CI$74 per person and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 345-640-6433 or emailing

HP CG Fave Ingredient_final_for print COCONUT GROVE | Say Cheese with Your Favorite Harry’s Ingredient! Every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month, beginning March 1
2996-98 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Let’s see your best Coconut Grove selfie, and win an I.O.U card good for one pizza and bottle of Michael’s Genuine Home Brew or chocolate chunk cookie on the house at our restaurant in the Design District. All ages welcome! Here’s how it works:
– Find our new storefront at 2996-98 MacFarlane Road, Coconut Grove 33133
– Pose for a selfie with your favorite Harry’s ingredient!
– Post on @Instagram and tag #faveingredient #HPCoconutGrove @harryspizzeria for a chance to win!
Every two weeks we will collect entries and post a winning selfie each 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month on Harry’s Instagram until we open and the real fun begins! First winner will be announced Sunday, 3/1.

BucksFlyer SOUTH BEACH | Buck’s Beer Garden & Bonfire
Thursday, March 5, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
The Raleigh South Beach, 1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139

Beginning Thursday, March 5, we launch Buck’s Beer Garden & Bonfire, a twice-monthly pop-up on first and third Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. in the iconic Raleigh South Beach hotel’s backyard Oasis area. With the name inspired by the antlered subject of the hotel’s logo, Buck’s Beer Garden & Bonfire reimagines Germany’s favorite pastime on Miami Beach, complete with Restaurant Michael Schwartz food concessions and a draft beer bar tapping a new local craft brewery each month, beginning with Wynwood Brewing Company. And chef de cuisine Molly Brandt has a Schwenker grill. Surrounded by bonfire pits, revelers can pop a seat at Buck’s picnic tables, try their hand at lawn games including corn hole, ping pong and giant Jenga and even break open Buck’s DIY s’more kits for fireside roasting. Michael’s Genuine Home Brew will be available at each event, and — in addition to the starting event lineup of La Rubia Blonde Ale, Pop’s Porter, and one of Wynwood’s IPAs –The Genuine Hospitality group Beverage Director @rgoodspeed is installing the hotel’s first tap tower at the outdoor White Bar to rotate a local selection on draft at the restaurant. Click here for more info including menu and tickets (no cover! Just step up to the ticket booth to pay-as-you-go with $1 #bucksbucks)!  Follow #bucksbeergarden on Instagram for the latest news and information.

sprungCOCONUT GROVE | Sprung! Spring Beer Festival
March 7, 2015 from 2:30-7pm in Peacock Park, Coconut Grove, FL

Sprung! Spring Beer Festival comes to Coconut Grove with over 200 beers, plenty of activities, entertainment and great music. The spring time sister of Grovetoberfest, Sprung! is the event we’ve all be looking forward to. We will be pouring our Home Brew and slinging Harry’s Pizzeria infamous polenta bites. See you there!

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.44.19 PM WYNWOOD | Veritage Craft Beer Tasting
April 15 VIP 6PM, General 7PM $45 – $75
Wynwood Walls

Tap into more than 120 craft beers including Michael’s Genuine Home Brew and enjoy delicious food at dozens of tasting stations surrounded by the amazing street art and murals that define one of our favorite neighborhoods in Miami. Click here for tickets!

IndianTuesdayGRAND CAYMAN | Indian Tuesdays
First Tuesdays of the Month, beginning February 3
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, 47 Forum Lane, Suite 4103, Canella Court, Camana Bay

Chef Tony Rozario’s Indian Tuesdays resume at our island restaurant in 2015 as a monthly offering! For $35 CI a person plus gratuity, dinner includes 3-courses served family-style and is available on the first Tuesday of the month. To reserve, please call the restaurant at 345-640-6433 or email

Crafted Beyond the Vines

Today we welcome a new contributor to The Genuine Kitchen!  A New York native and graduate of Boston University, Tess Gostfrand joins The Genuine Hospitality Group as Brand Coordinator after sharpening her PR, marketing and social media skills at some of our favorite establishments including Food & Wine Magazine and McCrady’s Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina… not to mention hostessing among other in-restaurant positions from office management to event production!  Follow Tess on her Instagram @honeyitstmoney and enjoy her work behind the camera on our social media and so much more!

Cheers to Craft!

Cheers from our homies at Team Vinecraft!

The CRAFT: Spirits & Beer tasting event starts today at the Fillmore in Miami Beach. It couples two of our favorite things — drinking and dining – featuring local chefs and over 200 craft producers. In its second year, CRAFT draws industry insiders and top-notch influencers to taste expertly paired beers, spirits and cuisine. The craft beer and spirits movement is in full throttle with more and more people devoting themselves to the trade, developing unique brands that are not only delicious but come with a great story. The Genuine Hospitality Group will partake beginning at noon today, pouring Michael’s Genuine Home Brew for the trade and Saturday for the public with distributor Vinecraft. Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed also participates in a seminar today on choosing the right distributor, and tomorrow explores Kilchoman Single Malt Scotch Whisky with a variety of Seattle’s Mancino amaros new to Vinecraft’s portfolio, alongside The Cypress Room chef de cuisine Roel Alcudia and tastes of his Spanish Mackerel Escabeche.

“The goal is to connect distributors with new clients and new restaurants,” explains CRAFT Founder Jen Massolo. “This event serves as a platform to educate people on artisan spirits, the passion behind production and attention to quality and uniqueness of the ingredients and flavors.”

Attendees have the opportunity to taste local brews and small batch liquors that they may not typically go for in a restaurant. Meeting a producer can be endearing and enchanting; Jen hopes locals will want to support their new find and in turn, influence buying patterns. Jen has picked up on some unique trends developing in the beverage industry; there is the growing popularity of mezcal, great small batch American whiskys and fortified wines. Cider has made a come back and brewers are testing all kinds of flavors and varieties. Vermouth has appeared on wine lists more and more, and at CRAFT, Jen is featuring vermouths from Spain to California.

Roel's escabeche getting its "dirt nap" yesterday.

Roel’s escabeche getting its “dirt nap” yesterday.

“CRAFT has evolved a lot since 2013, especially the dining component. We’re pairing chefs and local Miami restaurants with particular artisanal producers,” she continues.  “It’s the greatest happy hour in town!”

Tomorrow Roel is paired with Kilchoman Single Malt Scotch Whisky and prepared Spanish Mackerel Escabeche with pickled vegetables, balancing the scotch’s smokiness with the acidity of the fish.

Our Beverage Director, Ryan Goodspeed, is in a unique position at these events and a great barometer for the booze industry. Ryan wears many hats; he in charge of the beverage program for all our restaurants (buying), the brand chief of Home Brew (selling) and he tends bar! For CRAFT Ryan had a unique idea, instead of creating a cocktail with many complex components he would let the Kilchoman shine. Adding just a few drops of different Mancino vermouths to the single malt whisky, keeping the integrity of the ingredients and honoring the producers.

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At Vinecraft’s warehouse yesterday, getting our ducks in a row for Saturday’s tasting.

Vinecraft is a local distributor that carries wine, spirits and as of November, Home Brew. Owner Paul Owens walked us through his giant distribution center yesterday, home to over 1,400 wines, 2oo liquors and for now, only one beer – ours!  Having worked with Paul and his partner Florent Blanchet for years to procure product for MGFD, the mutual respect for quality and craftsmanship made the Home Brew & Vinecraft partnership a no-brainer.  Everyone at Vinecraft came from a restaurant background, and for Paul, service is the differentiating factor of his business.

“There is a lot of great wine, but not a lot of great service,” he reflects.  So he fills the void, providing Miami restaurants and hotels with quality products and quality people. If a couple comes into Michael’s Genuine to taste wines for their reception, and they can’t find anything they like, he is a phone call away and at the restaurant in 10 minutes with more choices for them. This is the guiding light of CRAFT: Spirits & Beer – creating relationships between producers, distributors, restaurants and their guests.

Tickets are still available for the tasting gallery tomorrow evening and can be purchased here – See you there!