Abbey Brewing Co.
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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
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
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
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
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)
12-22-2007 16:34:28 | More by TurdFurgison
3.98/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
05-01-2012 13:48:05 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.16/5 rDev -1.2%
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!
12-28-2008 21:24:55 | More by GJ40
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
02-26-2008 16:41:25 | More by BeerBelcher
3.88/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
06-29-2011 21:33:49 | More by kylehay2004
3.93/5 rDev -6.7%
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
4/5 rDev -5%
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.
06-21-2011 01:44:49 | More by gixxerman
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
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
Abbey Brewing Co. in Miami Beach, FL
93 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.