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Abbey Brewing Co.

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Abbey Brewing Co.Abbey Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.8/5
Based on:
10 Beers
43 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 45
Visits: 57
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1115 16th Street
Miami Beach, Florida, 33139
United States
phone: (305) 538-8110

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Reviews: 45 | Visits: 57
Photo of DavidBart
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

As a bar, it was a nice change from the pretentious South Beach. As a craft beer bar, which is what I was looking for, it fell way short. Draught selection was poor. They had a lot of bottles, which I really didn't even get into, because I was looking for fresh draft beer. They have several house beers, but considering the name, I don't even think they brew anything themselves. I sampled a few of them and none were impressive. They only had about 10-12 lines, and the other options weren't great. It's just off the main strip which is Lincoln Rd. Nice location on a quiet block. Decent, friendly crowd. Moderately priced, but some were on the higher end. Some draughts were $12. St. Bernardus, I believe, and a few others. And that's for a goblet. My impression that the Abbey Brewing name is that it's a gimmick to lure in the craft beer crowd. But, to someone like myself, who considers him self an entry level aficionado, it was a let down. (961 characters)

Photo of JulioH
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice place on the beach, carries some nice beers on tap. Normally they serve some of their own beers, made for Abbey Brewing, as well as other beers. A beer bottle menu is also available, loaded with Belgian ales and some craft beer.

Also available, liquor. (259 characters)

Photo of alexgmoney
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

If I would have written a review years ago when I learned of this place I would have described it as a go to tiny dive bar. Not much has changed, but they have had great success and have managed to expand quite a bit. The atmosphere is laid back, dim, yet quaint. It has a long wood bar as well as picnic tables to throw back your beer. (336 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

This cozy brewpub features 4 house brews, an additional 10 taps,1 rotating cask ale, and a very choice selection of 20 "world class" bottles. The bottles include 2 Rocheforts, 3 Chimays and 2 Westmalles.
Easy to find and walking distance from the beach (about 1/2 mile}. Small but has a remarkable variety of seating, including 7 seats at the bar, one large u-shaped couch, a few booths and tables. Great service. Relatively clean. Nice relaxed atmosphere. 2 good sized plasma TVs. No food. (491 characters)

Photo of jcb7472
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in for a couple during happy hour on a Tuesday night. During this time (4-7 pm) Abbey brewed beers are $4.50 (instead of $6.50-$7.50). I had two of the Abbey Immaculate IPA. It was pretty good. Not very hoppy or bitter for an IPA, but it was very drinkable and had some nice flavors of citrus and pine. The wife had a rasberry lambic. The bartender was very nice and accommodating. The place was laid back and has a comfortable seats up front near the entrance. By the bar it was pretty smoky inside. I will definitely stop in the next time I'm in this area, maybe to shoot some darts and try some of their other beers. (627 characters)

Photo of jimbomill
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We're visiting South Florida and this was our last night. My older sister was insistent about finding The Abbey, but as we circled 16th St at night time, we couldn't find the place. Finally, we younger sister insisted we try the place that only had the sign "BAR" lit.

BINGO.
Their Double IPA / Barley Wine Cask offering was Green Flash Brewing's Imperial IPA, which my wife and son enjoyed immensely.

The House brews Brother Aaron's Quad and Russian Imperial Stout were enjoyed by my older sister, while I had Brother Don's Double and the Quad. All tastings were true to style and delicious. The Double was my personal favorite.


The place is relaxed, not overly large, the staff is friendly and outgoing. The boss-man, Ray, stopped by to chat with us, discussing his brews and some of the drivers behind his recipes. Hey Ray, we'll be getting back to you about that t-shirt for my sis!

I wish I got there for Happy Hour as the House beers drop to $4.50 and they are well worth it. If I'm ever back in this area, I am returning, happily. (1,044 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

An old-style bar serving craft beer in the middle of Miami Beach.
Loud, slightly smoky, small but comfortable.
Attentive and friendly staff working hard.
Music is thumping some serious rock and malt, I could here it across the street easily though the door was open. Dark inside with just a handful of dim lights and two bog flat screens working with a couple or ceiling fan lights to try to illuminate the place.
I liked the place but after one beer I had to beat feet due to the oncoming headache from the smoke and overall volume of conversation and music. I'll try earlier next time.
The brew selection is not numerous but it is well thought out. (650 characters)

Photo of Hbat68
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I was introduced to the world of microbrews by this place in 1996, since then I've never gone back to mass produced beers. The Abbey is a local's pub, unadulterated by South Beach's hype, it has all the local charm and ambiance that you can expect from a hole-on-the-wall pub but an amazing selection of brews. Owner Ray and bartender Dave at the bar have been the team to make this place the kind where everyone knows your name and once you visit you will find their beer selection to be equally unforgettable. No hype, no shiny lights, no hot servers, just great people and beer. Try Brother Aaron's Quadrupel, extremely flavourish belgian-style quad. (653 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

We checked this place this past week when we were in town for the Sox/Marlins series. We stopped next door at the Yardbird to eat some food since food was not offered here.

Atmosphere: Pretty dark inside. Shades were down to keep the bright Miami light out, but the lights were dimmed low too. Park benches and table to the left and small bar to the right. Traditional brewery signs thorughout the bar.

Quality: Even though the beer is made in Melbourne, FL for now, the quality was still there and they had some nie guest taps to offer as well. The stout, quad, and IPA was enjoyed by all of us.

Service: It was daytime, so service was good and we got the chance to speak with the owner/brewmaster.

Selection: Draft selection limited us to 10-12 choices, but they also had a decent bottle selection to choose from too.

We went there during happy hour and got a good discount on the normal price of the beer. Too bad they don't offer food, but the restaurant next door had a nice southern fare to choose from. Next time in Miami, we will hit this place up once again. (1,072 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Fresh off the plane from NC, my wife and I headed for South Beach for a bit of lunch and some good beer. The former was easy to find, the latter much harder. I had this place as my first place to visit and lucky enough, we pull up and there is a parking spot right in front. What luck! The place is quite small and rather dark inside. The selection was pretty impressive. I had the IPA and it was pretty tasty. I was hoping we could have food here but unfortunately, they didnt have food. I think the bartender said they could have food delivered, but I wasnt really interested in off-site food. This is probably one of the only places in the South Beach area to find some decent beer. Lincoln Street ped-mall is right around the corner and some great food spots are there. (773 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

So right away I have to say the service is great. I met the brewer while there who enjoyed a beer with me and discussed his technique and preferred styles. The location is in busy southbeach, Miami just a short walk from where you can leave your wife alone for a few hours if you trust her with your credit card. Its kind of a hole-in-the-wall type place as the brewing is done off-site however the friendly staff and beer quality make up for it. The selection was somewhat limited however multiple styles are available. The Russian imperial stout was definitely my favorite with the IPA being excellent as well. (612 characters)

Photo of gixxerman
4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Finally made it to Abbey after numerous trips to South Florida. I am glad I did. I stopped in around 5PM, it was sunny outside, but almost pitch black inside.

Small bar, not many patrons when I stopped in. Not sure how crowded it could even get given its small size. I opted for a house IPA, which was very good. I chatted with the barkeep, he was very friendly and knowledgeable. Place smelled like stale smoke, even though nobody was smoking while I was there.

Cool place with a friendly neighborhood feel. Nice change of pace from the rest of the area. (558 characters)

Photo of Mosley1212
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here with my girlfriend on a recent trip to Miami Beach. The place was a little smoky, dark, and air conditioned. Other than the smoke, it was a nice place to visit.

The bartender was amazing. He was super friendly and knowledgeable.

The selection was pretty good. We tried the two house brews (Immaculate IPA and Father Theodore Stout). Other than that, they had a couple of guest beers and two seasonals (one was an IPA/barleywine and the other was a cask).

Didn't try the food, but they only had snacks. Popcorn, white castle burgers, and other things. Nothing I wanted to try at the time.

I would recommend stopping in here if you are in the area. (669 characters)

Photo of Blaise68
4.94/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I recently tagged along on conference my wife was attending in South Beach. I planed a little fishing and relaxing but soon found myself desperate for a good beer. This is no easy task in South Beach. So I jumped on the Advocate and hunted up the local watering holes. It steered me right to the Abbey.

The Abbey is a truly great bar with one of the finest selections I've had the pleasure to sample. On top a fantastic quad of their own design they have a great selection craft brews from around the world which I worked thru on 4 separate visits while in town! Ray, Dave and Carlos all were excellent tenders and guided me thru the choices. If you're in SOBE this is a must visit.

Heads up though, its hidden in the middle of a few unoccupied storefronts and can be hard to notice. It makes it all the better when you go in. Enjoy! (837 characters)

Photo of adkirkish
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I came to the Abbey Brewing Company (not to be confused with the Lost Abbey Brewing company), on my never ending quest to find quality brews in Florida. I was anticipating something greater than what I found.

The bar is smoky like alot of other joints in So Fla and it's small and cramped. The seating is hard wooden booths.

I wasn't too impressed with the beer selection. They had 3 different kinds of belgians on tap and when I asked the server where they were from, they are contract brewed and brought into the pub. Beer like that, personally I would like them fresh and brewed on premise.

I do however say, that you should pay a visit, if you're looking for something different in the south beach area. I think this is a good start for somone who has never been to a good beer bar.

There was some type of food selection, nothing all too impressive, and I didn't stay long enough to find out. (904 characters)

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Loud music as is the norm in MIA. The bar itself is really to my taste; dark ,smoky, plain and uncluttered, with the unfortunate but inevitable blight of a flatscreen tuned to sportz. When I came there was nothing in the cask (weak!) and when I asked the barkeep he said that it had been empty for 2-3 weeks and they had no idea when they were getting anything for it. On the positive side I had excellent pours of Big Foot and Prima Pils, and while I wasn't terribly taken with the house beers they are quite acceptable if you dig the particular styles. Anyone who goes, be sure to make some noise about the cask, lets git that sucker filled, South Florida BA's!! (664 characters)

Photo of claytri
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What a great bar. I found them on VZNavigator, and headed over. The streets to the right of 15th have different names than the roadsigns on 15th have for them. So if using GPS be prepared.

I walked in and found a very inviting place where their was good beer, good music, and you can still smoke at the bar. The bar was playing good stuff over the sound system, but then an excellent slide guitar player showed up and we got a live show. This really is my kind of place, and I wish I had had more time to enjoy.

The beers were top notch. Their own were excellent, and the visitors were a great selection of top notch beers.

The service was very good, the owner was attentive and welcoming as well.

If you're in the Miami area, and can make it to the Abbey, do so it will be well worth the trip. (800 characters)

Photo of rmchair
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is just around the corner from the west end of the Lincoln Road outdoor mall, so the location is excellent with parking nearby.

The atmosphere is great for guys drinking beer. No frills to distract you. The beer choices were excellent, with some rare guest draughts like Chimay White, but one big note- the beer is not brewed on the premisis. The "house" beers do taste fresh, though, and they are certainly interesting. The stout I had was sweet. The Abbey is probably an apt name as I would guess they are using belgian yeast for everything.

If you want food, you can order in from a stack of menus, or you can step around the corner to a number of good restaurants. Likewise, the Hoffbrau restaurant is three blocks away.

The price is high until you remember it is south beach. (795 characters)

Photo of avenuepub
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I loved this place. Its a little hole in the wall location in a strip mall in Miami Beach. It's a gem in the beer wasteland that is Miami but it also stands up to some of the best places I've been anywhere.

I love the personality...it's obviously non corporate and run by people that love beer. They have only 12 taps(no macros) but all are high quality. The printed and lamenated menu give the impression that they don't change their taps all that often but if you ask the bartender what they have you will get a list of special offerings that are not on the menu. The beer is fresh and you can tell they maintain their lines, it's a short draw system which I really think helps improve the quality of the beer they serve. They have 4 house made beers all of which are very good. The cask of Goudens Carolus was outstanding.

I was there during the day and really got to know the 65 yr old bartender that has been working there since the place opened in 1995. Its refreshing to see an owner that values knowledge and experience over youth and a short skirt! As an aside David, the bartender drives 45 minutes to get to work every day...how much must he love his job! (1,170 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

What a non-descript doorway for an entrance! I would have driven right past and we did, indeed, on the initial pass. It was a mere storefront wedged between two seemingly empty storefronts. Venetian blinds hung in the front window. Entering, a surfboard-shaped shelf was to the immediate right with a line of booths running down the left wall with a collection of spent BTs in overhead shelf. All of the way aft were the lavs. The bar, on the right, was a former shuffle-board table. The back bar was an amalgam of wine/rack, stained glass pane, and 13 taps plus a cask hand pump. A bead curtain (think Rhoda's apartment on MTM) hung at the entrance for the kitchen.

Mom: No, too dark plus too smoky and nicotine coated. Think Delilah's, etc. Me? Perfect.

Hours: 1300 to 0500! (778 characters)

Photo of SevaTse
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Awesome place, especially given lack of similar establishments around. Went there on a Friday night, they had house Belgian-styles, some high-end Belgians, and couple domestic micros. Prices and abv were clearly marked, the staff was friendly and the service was quick. Also had a cask engine, that had Smuttynose Robust Porter, but according to the menu the cask selection rotates. One negative thing I noticed was that on the menu it said that their selection changes somewhat rarely. I guess if it's mostly for tourists that should be ok, not sure if I were a local regular, that I could keep coming back for the same, no matter how great, selections on a weekly basis.
Walking distance from Hoffbrau, if you're in a mood for some Germans afterward. (752 characters)

Photo of Gilgemesh
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

After an unsuccessful trip to the Room, which was closed on a Thursday night, on the other side of Miami Beach we drove over to this delight of a little establishment. We almost walked past as it has only a small amount of frontage to the street, but when you enter this small local establishment you can't help but think of your local pub at home. There are less than 12 seats at the bar and only a half dozen booths. Thee beer selection is solid for the 25 selections they offer in bottle/cans. The draft selection is about 10 with one on cask. The night we were there it was Hobgoblin and I found it to be quite nice. I had a bottle a few days later and found it only half as nice, so either their cask pours well, or that's a beer to have on cask. The service was good and the pours were clean and in appropriate glassware. I'll certainly go back next time I'm in the area. (877 characters)

Photo of jwhawkins81
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This is the kind of place I imagine many beer lovers seek out. A place that looks like a dive but serves a great selection of beers. While the beers list isn't extensive it is good across the board.

Stopped in at 2:30 on a Saturday and it was a local guy, me, and the bartender. I tried their Imperial Stout and Trappist Ale, both of which were really good.

The price was a little high with their own IPA being the cheapest at $5.50 and a few 12 oz drafts in the ten dollar range.

Like almost everyone else mentioned Miami isn't a beer town and in a non-beer town a place like the Abbey feels so out of place you can't help be attracted by it. (646 characters)

Photo of jayme
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

sitting at the bar as I write this. if you are in Miami beach - this is a must. currently have 3 house brews on tap (drinking immaculate ipa now) which have been of very good quality. all the patrons and service are extremely friendly, which is a change from nj. must be the weather.

I gave this a 4 for atmosphere since it is small and dark. so some may not appreciate, but those are my favorite types :)

bottom line, if you are on south beach and crave actual beer, go here. it's close to the Lincoln mall as well which is a plus (533 characters)

Photo of bucksatan
4.44/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

An amazing oasis in a desert of horrible strip malls, theme restaurants and bland big chain breweries. Three house brews and several other hard to find imports and micros were all fantastic. Owner Raymond was very helpful and a great guy.

NOTICE: do not judge this place by the exterior as it looks like a shit-hole from the outside. As you are trying to find a parking spot around all the downtown assholes and trendy people you will be thinking that the place looks like it's closed so just pass on by. Don't. Worth seeking out that parking spot on the other side of town and walking.

Eat before you arrive or bring something to eat as the ONLY thing on the menu is White Castle burgers. (691 characters)

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Abbey Brewing Co. in Miami Beach, FL
92 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.