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Abbey Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Abbey Brewing Co.Abbey Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 81
Beer Avg: 3.83
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 woodychandler
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
Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Sammy, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
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
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 GJ40
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

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!

GJ40, Dec 28, 2008
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 BeerBelcher
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
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 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 ggaughan
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

ggaughan, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of jim102864
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
Photo of chinchill
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 Jredner
4.22/5  rDev 0%

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.

Jredner, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of SevaTse
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

SevaTse, Dec 06, 2009
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 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 StevieW
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

StevieW, Jul 18, 2002
Photo of Flyer
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
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 Flounder57
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Flounder57, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of cyrushire
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

cyrushire, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

beernads, Jan 13, 2014
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
Photo of claytri
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

claytri, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Imbiber
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

Imbiber, Feb 16, 2004
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Abbey Brewing Co. in Miami Beach, FL
93 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.