Abbey Brewing Co.
Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
4.31/5 rDev +2.4%
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!!
04-20-2010 08:15:35 | More by LucienDeRubempre
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
02-25-2010 15:32:09 | More by claytri
4.08/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
02-20-2010 04:45:34 | More by rmchair
4.8/5 rDev +14%
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!
01-01-2010 15:37:26 | More by avenuepub
4.14/5 rDev -1.7%
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!
12-17-2009 11:34:09 | More by woodychandler
4.74/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
12-06-2009 19:35:15 | More by SevaTse
4.14/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
02-19-2009 00:04:38 | More by Gilgemesh
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
01-18-2009 20:34:19 | More by jwhawkins81
4.88/5 rDev +15.9%
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
01-09-2009 18:42:17 | More by jayme
4.44/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
01-04-2009 23:24:47 | More by bucksatan
Abbey Brewing Co. in Miami Beach, FL
93 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.