Abbey Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 81
Beer Avg: 3.83
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
4.05/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
I give this place a "4" in atmosphere because I like sh*thole bars. If you don't like an earthy, smokey, hole in the wall, walk a couple blocks and pay 30$ to get in and 15$ for a heiniken. Personally, I think this bar would be better in the grove, but hey, if I'm on the beach this is a never-miss. The beer selection is by far the best in this area of Miami, they have an adequate selection of bottles, good and unusual beers on tap, and some above-average house brews.
The place is cool as hell, it's not on the strip, if Bukowski came to Miami, he would have hung out in the Abbey. The bartender knows your name after about 4 visits, and the crowd is chill enough that you could walk in with shorts on and a oil-stained t-shirt and not get sneered at. Screw the clubs, go to the Abbey.
06-15-2006 06:04:34 | More by SigEp
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I visited the Abbey Brewing Co. on a business trip to Miami and it was a sight for sore beer drinking eyes. I spent the majority of the week drinking wine and some regular beers but when I found this place on the weekend I was in heaven. As other reviews note, the selection is not overly large but the bottles they have are a very respectable selection of mainly Belgian's. They also have a nice old bottle collection above the booths that rund down the left side of the bar. The Abbey beers themselves were impressive. I had the 12 degrees, IPA and Russian Imperial Stout and I really enjoyed the 12 and RIS the most. I talked to the brewer/bartender himself and he was a very nice and knowledgeable guy. I complemented him on his beers and the bar and he said they take 1st place in a one bar race on South Beach. So true since most of the bars and clubs there don't feature a large selection of beers.
12-09-2005 22:09:04 | More by ggaughan
3.93/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
This sure doesn't feel like South Beach...dark, smokey, small, no pink flamingos...
Pretty cramped with booths immediately on the left, bar on the right with 12 or so taps including the 4 house beers (Quad, IPA, Imp Stout, Dub). Quad, IPA, Stout were nice representations of their respective styles. Interesting reading the prior reviews because the guest tap selection doesn't seem to change all that often. Other taps were Bernardus Wit, Rogue Hazelnut, Anchor Steam, Spaten, etc. Bottle selection was top notch, mostly Belgian or Belgian styled, Rochefort, Unibroue, Chimay, etc. Good stuff.
Food consisted of a deep fryer and some hotdogs. Nothing special at all. Service suffered because there was one guy responsible for tending bar, taking orders and serving food. Not his fault, but slow nontheless.
Far removed from the countless trendy hotspots, this is a low-key, solid, beer drinking stop while in South Beach.
07-24-2005 00:49:30 | More by jrancan
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
This place is about a 15-20 minute detour off of I-95, but definitely worth it if you happen to be passing through the area.
Tried two of their beers, the IPA and the Imperial Stout, both of which I thought were excellent. The IPA had a load of hop flavor, but not as much bitterness as you'd expect, a nice change of pace, I thought. The Imperial Stout, as the other reviewers have pointed out, is sublime. Creamy, roasty, not too sweat, chocolatey, with a nice foamy BROWN head. They had two other beers on tap, a Belgian abbey style quadrupel, and a bock. Interestingly, the IPA was around 6% abv, but the other three were in the 10% range. Strong beers, and the Stout was served to me in a regular 16oz American pint glass. Definitely gave my liver a workout.
Not much to say about the atmosphere. One long room, with a high ceiling, a row of booths on one side, a decent sized bar on the other. A stack of community papers (those radically bent free papers you find in most major cities, with the funny R-rated comic strips and 20 pages of ads for massage parlors) sat at one end, and two TV's playing sports on the other, so even if you don't strike up a conversation with the friendly bartender, you can always find something to occupy yourself while sipping a beer.
Besides their 4 beers, there was also some Rogue Chocolate Stout and Nut Brown ale, Anchor Steam, St Bernardus (wit or abt 12?), Old Thumper on cask (real cask?, I dunno, I didn't ask), a few others, about 12 taps total plus the hand pump. Plus bottles. Not a single macro brew in sight.
I didn't try the food, none of it looked good to be honest. And since the bartender was the only person on duty, I figured he must be the one making it, which means it's all probably frozen pre-cooked type product.
I wouldn't eat the food unless I was very hungry, and it was my only option. But that's the only remotely bad thing I have to say about this place, go there, enjoy the beer, the beer is good.
04-17-2005 14:46:13 | More by futaboots
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3
This little pub sells a lot of beer, open to 5 am nightly. Cigar smoke but good air conditioning, standing room outside and into the Spanish grocery next door (they don't mind and sell a lot of soft drinks). Its also quieter out there. a bit of food, and a kick-arse selection of beer unmatchable by the many art deco places nearby. 14 taps including 4 of their own, and a hand pump cask. The owner is the brewmaster and a perfectionist. Don't miss the Russian imperial stout. Also a couple dozen top bottles of the world, including Westys, St Bernadus (the Witt was on tap) and Rochforts. Raymond's own brews can skate on the same ice. If you are in the area, go out of your way.
02-17-2005 02:47:16 | More by Sammy
3.73/5 rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
Not that hard to find at at all. It's on a number street, just go to the right number block. Rather small place with a bunch of house beers (stand outs were the 12 degree and the imperial stout. the bock was interesting but not outstanding like the other two I tried). A bar with 12 or so stools, several booths, one dart board. We had a great time and went there both nights we were in SB. It's quite walkable from the center of South Beach activity. Service was friendly. Bonus points: all music came from an iPod attached to a stereo receiver.
12-22-2004 15:59:46 | More by Scoats
4.72/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
The Abbey is a small, dark, friendly bar a bit away from the beach (and therefore also the South Beach posers). Beers are not brewed on the premises - however the house beers are brewed at Tampa to the specific recipes of the Abbey's owner, so it is as good as being a brewpub.
The bar is on the right as you walk in, just past an enclosed cold room where the beers are kept. The taps, and one cask beer engine, are at the side of the bar and go directly into the cold room without any exposed piping where the beer could warm up. At the front, and on the other side of the cold room, is a small area with a dart board. Seating bays are on the left.
The Abbey beers on my visit were IPA (6.2%), 12 (Trappist Double style) (10.5%), Imperial Stout (9.2%), and Bock (10.0%). Also on was Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, St. Bernardus Wit, Dunedin Razzberry Wheat, Anchor Steam, Tucher Hefeweizen, among others. The bottle selection included beers from Ommegang, Moortgat, Lindemans, Samuel Smith, Rochefort, Chimay, Anchor, and Unibroue.
Cask-conditioned Shipyard Old Thumper was tried (several times while we were in town!) and enjoyed very much.
Excellent, knowledgeable staff. Opening hours are 1pm to 5am daily. Basic, instant, but very satisfactory food menu served by the bartender.
An excellent oasis in the sandy Miami Beach beer desert, long may it thrive.
02-16-2004 15:42:05 | More by Imbiber
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
As a former Miami resident, I can tell you that this place is a godsend in the "let's snap on yellow Speedos and ride our chrome Jet-Skis to the techno club" hellhole South Beach has become. Small, dark, friendly, at times boisterous, The Abbey features a terrific collection of micros and imports with a few outstanding in-house brews.
Originally the ancient, odd Pine Tree Bar, The Abbey is a great example of how to create an awesome bar without a cavernous space or $20 million in start-up money. The owners did a great job of using dark woods, stained glass, and cool tile to create a warm, inviting space--they even took the old shuffleboard table and made it into the bar top. Add a pair of ESPNed TVs and a good sound system playing an eclectic mix of jazz, jam band, funk and all things crunchy and fun, and this is a great place to be.
Mercifully, the bar is staffed by very cool people who know a bit about beer instead of the typical wanna-be-actor/model-coked-out-trust-fund-condescending-JACKASSES that plague the area. The owner himself can be found there most nights pouring--and drinking--the tasties.
The Abbey doesn't have a huge selection of brews, but everything they have is well-chosen and of excellent quality. They're listed on an overhead blackboard, along with the night's tap selections.
While the Abbey's in-house beers are brewed in Tampa, they are always fresh and always great. Not to be missed is the infamous Abbey 12, a fantastically rich Belgian Trappist-style ale swimming in spice, dark fruits, malts and alcohol warmth. Their Imperial stout and maibock are also top-notch. The bar also features good wines and a nice selection of cigars. Technically, there's food as well, but it's really just desperation snacks--don't bother.
While it used to be a wonderfully diverse and energetic place, South Beach is now a parody of itself, a laughable slice of hell that anyone with a soul should avoid--unless you enjoy having $20 drinks thrown at you by gaunt prom queens as you're elbowed in the head by Euro-dicks on cell phones and deafened by miserable robot music. However, if you do get stuck here, seek out the Abbey, meet some fun people and enjoy a great night at an excellent brewpub.
12-06-2003 02:14:25 | More by WetCoaster
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5
This is a tiny little brewpub/beer bar 2 blocks off the trendy Lincoln Road Mall, in the art deco South Beach area. Only 4 booths and 11 seats at the bar. No bigger than a package store. Dark wood, dingy and some Marlboro smoking locals. A real beer advocate kind of place. The food was only the frozen to fryer type, this place is all about beer. Open everyday of the year 2pm-2am They offer several of their own beers on tap. I really liked the Imperial Stout, and the Maibock which was great. In addition to their beers they have an impressive lists of bottles such as Rochefort 8 and 10, Westvleteren, Sam Smith, Hoegaarden etc. Thier other taps included Paulaner Oktoberfest, Fullers ESB, Anchor Steam etc. They rotate these around, but always something good and different. If you're ever in Miami/South Beach area it's worth a look. I tried the Abbey over the Gordon Biersch downtown. The prices are a bit high, but just about everything else is too in this area. Go in the summer if you can, it's much more quiet.
07-18-2002 16:47:05 | More by StevieW
Abbey Brewing Co. in Miami Beach, FL
93 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.