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: 93
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 thefokus
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of nibiru84
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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 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 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 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 Imbiber
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of charlienyc
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of jimbomill
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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 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 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 Hbat68
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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.

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 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 Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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 StevieW
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of ggaughan
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Flounder57
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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