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J Wakefield Brewing...now has a Facebook page!

Discussion in 'US - South-Atlantic' started by HopsJunkiedotcom, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. Many of you BA's know about/have heard about Johnathan Wakefield, a Miami homebrewer absolutely famous for his luscious fruited "florida-weisses"(and has brewed with Cigar City several times). Well, now J Wakefield Brewing, his imminent brewery, has a Facebook page, so we can keep up with everything he's doing.

    I can't say enough about how great this is for the Florida beer scene in general, especially southern FL. Like the page on Facebook and prepare for the awesome that is his beer. You won't be sorry

    Cheers!

    J Wakefield Brewing Facebook Link
  2. cirtap

    cirtap Savant (285) Florida Jan 27, 2011

    Following, thanks for posting!
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  3. MasterSki

    MasterSki Site Editor (980) Illinois Dec 25, 2006 Staff Member

    FYI - Wakefield Brewing will have a listing on here as soon as I get an head's up from Johnathan that his license was issued - already got all the brewery and beer info on-hand. Please don't try to 'Add Place'.
  4. gunhaver

    gunhaver Savant (455) Florida May 27, 2007

    wish it was just Wakefield Brewing and not J Wakefield. just looks and sounds better
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  5. I agree, but I'm sure there's a reason behind it. Trademarks or something like that. At any rate, Cigar City person, ahem, you guys should share that on your Facebook page....ahem. :D
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  6. 305BEER

    305BEER Aficionado (160) Florida Jan 4, 2011

    omega noire is pretty damn amazing
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  7. hoppy99

    hoppy99 Aficionado (195) Florida Feb 28, 2009

    Yeah, but that logo with the JWB is pretty nice.
    dachshunddude86 and Bluecane like this.
  8. Can't wait for them to become official!
  9. fhyden

    fhyden Aficionado (180) Florida Sep 4, 2012

    I'm totally stoked for this.
  10. Heatwave33

    Heatwave33 Advocate (540) Florida Sep 13, 2011

    This is great. Definitley looking forward to this becoming official!
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  11. Thanks for the head's up! That man does great work!
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  12. GatorBeerNerd

    GatorBeerNerd Savant (405) Georgia Sep 15, 2007

    Where exactly is the brewery? I know everyone always says Miami, is it actually Miami or one of the surrounding areas? I did not see an address on the facebook page and I am striking out in google searches too.
  13. If there is a location picked, pretty sure there isn't anything there yet. In an interview, JW said if things go well "late 2013" iirc.

    In other words, start stalking him and show up at his house with an empty snifter and some cash. :p
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  14. GatorBeerNerd

    GatorBeerNerd Savant (405) Georgia Sep 15, 2007

    OK, I thought that it was still going to be a bit, but the pic on the facebook page threw me off. I could not tell for sure if that was a pic from CCB's setup, so I HOPED it was a pic of the new brewery already. With relatives in the Miami area, I was going to start prepping them now to buy me beer :)
  15. Let the prepping begin, I say. Yeah from FB, he was at CCB for an internship all week.
  16. MasterSki

    MasterSki Site Editor (980) Illinois Dec 25, 2006 Staff Member


    He's currently brewing on a pilot system in an industrial area near Tropical Park. I'm not sure if that's the permanent home for the brewery or merely a stop along the way. And I wouldn't offer him money for beer unless you want to get him into trouble. ;)

    Basically the brewery is stuck in a holding pattern where he can guest brew at licensed facilities (i.e. Cigar City) or bring his beers to "organized affairs, exhibitions, or competitions, such as homemakers' contests, tastings, or judgings". Until they're licensed, they can't directly charge for the beers (although there are some obtuse workarounds for beer dinners and festivals). The license has been pending for a while now, and it will take some time to get things going once it's issued. It's too risky to keep perishable ingredients on-hand when the time frame is so uncertain.
  17. neobob187

    neobob187 Aficionado (210) Florida Jan 28, 2011

    Very exciting news! !
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  18. jloomis

    jloomis Aficionado (245) Florida Jan 6, 2010

    This is great news Johnathan Wakefield brews some of the best beers I have ever had, and he brews the best Berliner-weisses, Floridaweisses, Whatever-we-wanna-call-em-weisses, I have ever had. Moreover, he is a truly nice guy as well. Luckiily for everyone soon(relatively) his beers will be available on a larger scale.

    Awesome news, Congratulations Wakefield!

    And, are those apples in the IPA boil that he is brewing with Doug?
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  19. Honeydew.
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  20. I haven't had a chance to try any of his stuff yet but friends who have rave about it. Really happy to see the project moving forwards and excited to try some in the future.
  21. urwithdave

    urwithdave Savant (255) Florida May 25, 2008

    John is the real deal. I am very excited to see all of his hard work starting to come together! He is going to blow the scene up....wait for it!
  22. jloomis

    jloomis Aficionado (245) Florida Jan 6, 2010

    Upon closer look and your info I can clearly see them. This should be interesting...Looking forward to this.
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  23. sendsilk

    sendsilk Savant (490) Florida Aug 31, 2007

    JW is a very gracious person and good guy to get to be around. He brews very well respected and tasty beers. He may be somewhat hard to pin down on specifics as far as his potential brewery goes, but there is a reason for that.

    First of all, I can feel for him. When you are asked about your beers/brewery about 1086 times at a 4 hour beer festival (I watched this happen) it gets a little tough to take after a while but he handles it with tact and aplomb.

    Secondly, and this is ENTIRELY MY speculation on the most difficult challenge that JW has to overcome: He is the entirety of what J Wakefield Brewing will be/could become. He is the brewer AND the guy having to make financial/operational/marketing decisions. It's a helluva hat to wear to not only MAKE the beer that everyone loves but decide where to put the location, how to finance it, to hire employees, etc. I'm not doubting that he can pull this off but I'm sure it would be a lot easier if he could be the brewer and 'face' of the brewery with a financial interest taking care of all of the bullshit business aspects that the head brewer should not have to trouble himself with. It's a tremendous responsibility but I am sure that he is fully capable of it. It just weighs a lot on one persons shoulders.

    I look at the beneficial relationship of Joey Redner and Wayne Wambles and think that they really helped each other to become what Cigar City has become. Doctors hire office managers so that they can be caregivers and not worry about having their bills paid in a timely manner. Maybe brewers could use the same assistance. Just my $.02 although no one asked for it and I sure hope my friend JW does not take offense in this since I wish him the best in all sincerity.

    Your friend,
    Matt
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  24. polisanl

    polisanl Savant (250) Florida Aug 6, 2010

    Honeydew + Honey...
  25. Jw347

    Jw347 Aficionado (195) Florida Jun 1, 2007

    Im shooting for 2nd quarter of 2013 opening.
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  26. I've never been happier to misremember something. I thought it safer to say you were opening later than sooner, just in case. Cheers!
  27. BAstoutsNsours

    BAstoutsNsours Initiate (0) Florida Sep 21, 2012

    Any update on this?
  28. polisanl

    polisanl Savant (250) Florida Aug 6, 2010

    September '13 at the earliest...
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  29. flabeer

    flabeer Aficionado (160) Florida May 22, 2007

    Not to be a kill-joy here, but you can't apply for a manufacturers license unless you have a signed lease on a facility.
    brewbetter likes this.
  30. tallhophead

    tallhophead Zealot (80) Florida Mar 13, 2013

    What is a "pilot system"?

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