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Abbey Brewing Co.

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Abbey Brewing Co.Abbey Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.7/5
Based on:
7 Beers
88 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.22
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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Photo of Mosley1212
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Blaise68
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

Photo of adkirkish
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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!!

Photo of claytri
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of rmchair
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of avenuepub
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Photo of SevaTse
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of Gilgemesh
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of jwhawkins81
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of jayme
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
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

Photo of bucksatan
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of GJ40
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in a quick visit at The Abbey while visiting South Beach with my family. It's well off the main strip in a more residential part of Miami Beach. The exterior is simple with a small logo on the window and a large neon sign that says "BAR". The interior is narrow but deep with a high ceiling and lots of dark woods. There's a bar on one side and wooden booths on the other.

After consulting the beer list, I went with their own IPA. I really enjoyed it. It was very close to the west coast style with lots of hop flavor and a nice graprefruit bitterness.

They offer two other beers that they brew; a Trappist style and an Imperial Stout. They also have 10+ others on tap (including DFH 90, Rogue Dead Guy, Delerium Tremens, Pilsner Urquell and Old Thumper on cask) and 20+ bottles (with Chimays and lots of other Belgians).

The beer was a bit pricey ($5.50 for their own IPA) but I suppose it's reasonable for Miami Beach.

I've adjusted my scoring a bit based on the commitment this place shows in such a craft beer starved area. This place is as good as you'll find in Florida and could hold its own in many other parts of the country. Miami could use more bars like this!

Photo of jim102864
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited April 10th while on business in Miami (what a great town). A simple neon "bar" sign over the entrance and a small sign with the pub's name on the front door were the only evidence a bar was within. Looked like a run down professional building of some kind. Narrow with only a few wooden bench style booths. Dark, creamy brown wood all about giving it a British pub feel. I bellied up to the bar and observed the suprisngly solid tap list (this is, after all, Florida). Kriek on tap was a pleasant suprise, particularly served in a goblet. I'm estimating there were about a dozen taps. Something in the order of 40 bottles plus three or four of Abbey's own brews on tap. Unibroue's Maudite also on tap. The business aquaintance I was with ordered the bar's own brew, an ipa, which was also served in proper glassware, ie imperial pint glass. Nice and efficient gent behind the bar. One of the locals was sipping from a nonic. He said he was a professional who worked nearby and said Abbey was the best around. After this experience, I couldn't agree more. A great find in an area not known for quality beer. Definitely worth the visit if you're looking for good brew. No food, so make this your pre and post-dinner stop.

Photo of sloejams
4.05/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

As luck would have it the place I was staying at was just a block away from Abbey Brewing when I was down for Winter Music Conference a few weeks back. Being basically on vacation (is DJing really work?) I got out of the beautiful Miami sun and popped in to this dark, cavernous hole-in-the-wall for an afternoon beer.

They were just opening and Ray, owner and brewmaster, was in and very welcoming. He let me try samples of his house brews before I made my choice. They had 4 offerings of their own flowing as well a great selection of crafts and Belgians. I went with their IPA, but truth be told their RIS was the best of the bunch - I just wasn't ready for something that bold.

Ray told me about his brewing - done off sight in Melbourne. We chatted about beer. I always appreciate good, personable service and Abbey seemed to really push that.

The one drawback would be the food. No doubt about it this is a beer bar and not a place for dining. I ordered the pretzel which was ballpark priced and actually oversalted to the point where I was scraping the salt off. In the end I just gave up - it was not very good. The other food ran from microwaved White Castles to Bugles.

In all - I thoroughly recommend swinging by for a tasty beer when in South Beach.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Abbey Brewing is a surprising place due to its rather notoriously non-beery locale. And Abbey offers a friendly environment that feels like a traditional bar. Beer-wise there is plenty to choose from including a couple of very good house-brewed beers.

I visited Abbey twice during a recent Miami visit, on a weekday afternoon and a weekend night. During both visits I was impressed by the efficiency and friendliness of the bartender (Dave-from-Philly). Service was very good, and Dave was full of info about the place, having worked there as the bar manager since opening in 1995.

Beer list is a nice mix of crafts and imports, and includes one selection from the beer engine and three house-brewed beers (shipped in from Melbourne, FL). I had all three house-brewed beers and thought the quad to be excellent and the imperial stout to be quite good. The IPA could've been better.

Ambiance is a cool friendly vibe. Definitely not your typical South Beach clientele. In fact, drinkers at this bar might be the counter-culture to South Beach culture. Lots of wood provide an old-world feel. Like most bars, this place is not ultra-modern.

Food is a bit of a miss. Eat before you go. I ate a few soft pretzels, which made fine snacks, but do not expect anything approximating a meal here.

Still, I was quite happy with my visits here. If I have the good fortune to return to South Beach, I'll be back.

Photo of Patrick999
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Ah, the Abbey. The other reviewers are right. It's a tiny dive. That's cool...I just wish it wasn't so smoky. It's the smoke that stops me from coming here more often. Without the copious smoking going on, I'd rate the atmosphere much higher. Seriously, all these great beers available, why in the hell are these people smoking so much??? How can you fully enjoy your beer? I don't get it....sucks. That's really the only problem with this otherwise kick-ass bar.

Quality, service - Very good. Proper glassware is used, though they don't make quite as much a show about it as they do at The Room down at the other end of South Beach. Service is attentive and cool, after I downed a glass of Abt 12, the bartender gave me a sample of Brother Aaron's Quadrupel without my even asking for it. Little gestures and things like that go a long way in my book.

Selection is great for such a tiny place. The Abbey's own house beers are great in their own right, but you'll also find plenty of others on tap and in bottles. A beer engine is present.

Food - didn't sample any, but it doesn't look all that appealing. It's a beer bar first, no question, but if you have the munchies, by all means go for it rather than lose your seat at the bar.

Value - Reasonably priced, no complaints.

The only real problem with this bar is the smoking. Tough to enjoy the aroma of an Abt 12 when you're getting blasted with nasty Marlboro smoke.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Seating for 8 along the bar, 4 tables (each seating 4), and a couple tall stools. Lots of woodwork, a large freezer takes up a lot of the space. The bartender liked jazz, but not too loud so that was cool. There were 14 beers on tap, 3 of which were contract brewed for the Abbey Brewing Co. (Indian River Brewing Co.). 22 bottle selections. The house beers were very good, each well done. The other beers offered were all winners, I saw ABT12, Kostritzer, Dead Guy, Pranqster, Pilsner Urquell, Spaten Oktoberfest, Maudite, Tucher, Wittekerke (all on draft), and Chimary blue and white, Rochefort 10, Delirium Tremens & Nocturnum, some Sam Smith offerings, Thomas Hardy's, more from Unibroue and so on in bottles.

Not a lot of food offered, just typical small bar fare (soft pretzels, chicken tenders, but also white castle cheeseburgers [microwave] and homemade empanadas. Prices were reasonable, the priciest draft was ABT 12 ($7.50) and the priciest bottle was Rochefort ($12). Otherwise average $6.00 for a top-shelf draft (unless ordered during happy hour 4pm-7pm, with $1.00 off)

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

on business in Miami I took the good BeerFly and Forum advice and went to check this place out

First off I was a little put off by the smoke in the joint, it just caught me off gaurd being from NY, and I never realized how much it effects what you are smelling of tasting just because I've been away from it for so long. They have great ventilation so the smoke is not horrible but it hit me right away.

If you go and are from out of town don't beat around the bush and try something you can get somewhere else go straight for The Abbey Brewing Co's own beers. It's great stuff. Nice dark wood bar, old school vibe. Good times.

Raymond (the owner / brewmaster) is a super nice guy.

I highly recommend this place, has to be one of the best in Miami

Photo of Flyer
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I love Miami Beach, if only because there's no place else quite like it in the world. But after a few days the novelty does wear off, and the general shallowness and the lack of any kind of beer culture do start to wear on you. An avergae beer bar would seem like an oasis here -- but the presence of Abbey Brewing Company makes me want to drop to my knees and weep with joy. Small (though far from the smallest) and dark, the first thing that greets you at the door is the cooler. That sets the tone, because the place is casual to grungey, and friendly. The back bar is a mass of dark polished wood featuring a stained glass image of a monk, with lots of steins, glassware, and other good stuff. There's a solid line-up of Belgians, top quality U.S. micros, and others. The place pays attention to proper glassware, although I have to give them a major demerit for trying to serve me Stoudt's very good Doube IPA in a frosted glass -- two different bartenders on consecutive nights! The house brewed stout was excellent. While the overall expertise may not be in the first rank, this is still a great place, and worth going out of your way for.

Photo of Jredner
4.22/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited at 1PM the day after the 2006-7 Super Bowl to pick up a keg of the Imperial Stout for a fest. I didn’t drink (though I’d had their beer before) but I did get a great look at the keg system as I jostled them around to get at the one I needed.

The place is so small. As evidence of that fact the cooler I was wrestling the keg in was right inside to your right...you can touch it as you walk past it to the bar. The bar....dingy, dusty...the bottle collection that adorns the sometimes Abbey-themed decor, sometimes British-pub looking decor is old and dusty. It’s a dive in short....but my kind of dive. The beers they have contract brewed for them are decent to pretty damn good and they have a solid selection of guest taps. Old Chub was on along with a few others when I was there. Definitely the place to go for beer on South Beach. They are also the only place in Florida that sells growlers so bring your growler if you go or buy one from them for $7. I got a growler of the Quad and that set me back $35, but the other offerings are cheaper.

Photo of marzen
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Between the selection of beers on tap and those in the bottle, every beer drinker should find something they'd enjoy. I was cracking up as I read other reviews, because I had the same impression as many other BA's when I first saw the place (just my kind of place-a shit hole, and no I wouldn't bring my mom here but I would sure as hell bring my dad). In fact I almost left thinking it was closed and in fact couldn't be a bar! Parking wasn't a challenge, and it was a Sunday when I went so there were free hot dogs available (which weren't bad, but I did take the offering as an indication of what was available on the menu, and it did indeed appear to be a microwave/toaster oven kitchen). I was a little disapointed they contract brew, until after I tried the beers.

I started off with the Bock, which was the house special that day at $3 a pint. It was a decent bock. After that I had the IPA, which also was pretty good and well hopped as any good IPA should be.

I rated the atmosphere at a 4.5, and even contemplated a 5.0. When you consider the context (i.e. the location) of this establishment, it is utterly unpretencious, and reminded me of a good neighborhood in bar in Chicago.

Photo of harpus
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1

The place was small and dark that was OK. The beer selection was good and the prices were good. The beers that were brewed for The Abbey Brewing Company by Indian River Brewing Company were better then average Micros. The price of the food is high and not good. I ordered Chicken Tenders and it was like two Tyson Chicken Patties cut in to slices for 7 dollars, you could get a whole pack of at Walmart for about 5 dollars. If you are in the area it is worth the trip for the beers, just dont eat the food it is a rip off and what you get.

Photo of SigEp
4.05/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

I give this place a "4" in atmosphere because I like sh*thole bars. If you don't like an earthy, smokey, hole in the wall, walk a couple blocks and pay 30$ to get in and 15$ for a heiniken. Personally, I think this bar would be better in the grove, but hey, if I'm on the beach this is a never-miss. The beer selection is by far the best in this area of Miami, they have an adequate selection of bottles, good and unusual beers on tap, and some above-average house brews.
The place is cool as hell, it's not on the strip, if Bukowski came to Miami, he would have hung out in the Abbey. The bartender knows your name after about 4 visits, and the crowd is chill enough that you could walk in with shorts on and a oil-stained t-shirt and not get sneered at. Screw the clubs, go to the Abbey.

Abbey Brewing Co. in Miami Beach, FL
94 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.