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Abbey Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Abbey Brewing Co.Abbey Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 86
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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 harpus
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%

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.

harpus, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of alexgmoney
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%

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.

alexgmoney, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of adkirkish
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

adkirkish, May 23, 2010
Photo of Scoats
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

Scoats, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of marzen
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

marzen, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

kylehay2004, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of jcb7472
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

jcb7472, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of JulioH
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

JulioH, Jun 29, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

chinchill, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of jrancan
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

jrancan, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of PorterLambic
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

PorterLambic, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

SaCkErZ9, May 01, 2012
Photo of esti
4/5  rDev -5.2%

esti, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of gixxerman
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

gixxerman, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of johnwkraft
4/5  rDev -5.2%

johnwkraft, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of sloejams
4.05/5  rDev -4%

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.

sloejams, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of SigEp
4.05/5  rDev -4%

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.

SigEp, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of rmchair
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

rmchair, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of futaboots
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

futaboots, Apr 17, 2005
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

BeerBelcher, Feb 26, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

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)

TurdFurgison, Dec 22, 2007
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4.14/5  rDev -1.9%

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!

woodychandler, Dec 17, 2009
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4.14/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

Gilgemesh, Feb 19, 2009
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4.14/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

jim102864, May 02, 2008
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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

Flyer, Nov 13, 2007
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Abbey Brewing Co. in Miami Beach, FL
94 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.