Abbey Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
3.79/5
Abbey Brewing Co.Abbey Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1115 16th Street
Miami Beach, Florida, 33139
United States

(305) 538-8110 | map
abbeybrewinginc.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
11
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
55
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
46
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
7.25%
 
 
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of harpus
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1

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.

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Photo of Brian_Pheiffer
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Photo of alexgmoney
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

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.

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Photo of adkirkish
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

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.

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Photo of DavidBart
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

As a bar, it was a nice change from the pretentious South Beach. As a craft beer bar, which is what I was looking for, it fell way short. Draught selection was poor. They had a lot of bottles, which I really didn't even get into, because I was looking for fresh draft beer. They have several house beers, but considering the name, I don't even think they brew anything themselves. I sampled a few of them and none were impressive. They only had about 10-12 lines, and the other options weren't great. It's just off the main strip which is Lincoln Rd. Nice location on a quiet block. Decent, friendly crowd. Moderately priced, but some were on the higher end. Some draughts were $12. St. Bernardus, I believe, and a few others. And that's for a goblet. My impression that the Abbey Brewing name is that it's a gimmick to lure in the craft beer crowd. But, to someone like myself, who considers him self an entry level aficionado, it was a let down.

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Photo of bsm80x
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Photo of Scoats
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of marzen
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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.

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Photo of Nrod
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.81/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

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.

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Photo of jcb7472
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of JulioH
3.89/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

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.

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Photo of jrancan
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of esti
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of gixxerman
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Griphon
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of johnwkraft
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of sloejams
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

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.

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Photo of SigEp
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

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.

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Photo of rmchair
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Abbey Brewing Co. in Miami Beach, FL
3.79 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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