Abbey Brewing Co.

Abbey Brewing Co.Abbey Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
3.75/5
139 Ratings
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
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
139
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.18/5
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
67
pDev:
9.57%
 
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

we had such a good time in here, our first stop on an all day self guided miami brewery tour. they have been at it for a long time, and they make some great beers. tiny little space, room for no more than 50 probably, and that would be packed. it was mellow when we were there, a cool old wooden bar room, english pub feeling, no frills, beer drinkers beer place. impressive menu of house brewed beers and interesting guest bottles from all over the world, including some unexpected rarities. i was especially impressed with their belgian styles they make, the dubbel and the special quad were exceptional, but they were all very well done. the flight was generous but super aggressive, something like six ounce pours of each beer they brew, and a lot of them are super strong, so we got our buzz on early drinking through these. ambiance was cozy and relaxed, i like the dim lighting and the diverse clientele, it has a real old school feel. our service was kind and prompt, and prices were fair in here. what a little gem this place is! a cool contrast to all the pricey new shiny things in the area. looked like they stay open super late too which is cool for a beer spot. one of the surprise highlights of the trip, really dug what they have going on in here, and the beer is very very good.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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 GJ40
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 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!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

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)

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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 costanzo_mike
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
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 paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

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.

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Photo of jrancan
3.93/5  rDev -6%
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 -5.7%
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 gixxerman
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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 CBrodbeck
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of ggaughan
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of jim102864
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of StoutBoi
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Jredner
4.22/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of SevaTse
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of harpus
3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
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 JeffSK
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of cyrushire
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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Abbey Brewing Co. in Miami Beach, FL
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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