J. Wakefield Brewing

J. Wakefield BrewingJ. Wakefield Brewing
J. Wakefield BrewingJ. Wakefield Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

120 NW 24th St
Miami, Florida, 33127-4414
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Tacoma_Dan from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Solid visit with COVID precautions in place. Great service from two servers and was able to get the table closest to the bar. Restroom was a bit dirty and didn’t have paper towels which was really the only negative. Nice selection of stouts and sours. Able to get the last full pour of DFPF 2020 before it blew. PreOrdered a couple bottles and bought a four pack to go as well. If you are a Star Wars, Marvel, or comic/sci fi fan, you’ll love the art and murals in the taproom. Highly recommended and will visit again if in town.

Jun 22, 2020
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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Visited with my wife on a recent trip to Miami, Florida.

Tried the following:
J. Wakefield Stush Berliner (sample)
J. Wakefield Bye Bye Bye (sample)
J. Wakefield 24th Street Brown Ale (can)
J. Wakefield The Magic Man & El Diablo (sample)

Beers ranged from good to phenomenal, my wife enjoyed her El Jefe Hefeweizen. Service was nothing to write home about (a bit too cool for school), but we didn’t really care. Awesome artwork inside the brewery, music was in our wheelhouse, beautiful patio outside. Our overall experience was excellent, and we would definitely come back.

Mar 21, 2020
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heymikew from California

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This brewery/taproom is smack in the center of the popular Wynwood neighborhood.
Their beers are excellent. The place is currently on the "in" list and full on the weekends.
It's worth a visit for the great Star Wars and other murals on the walls alone. Despite the crowds, staff endevors to get a beer in your hand promptly

Feb 01, 2020
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Was able to hit their (newly?) renovated location with the wife last week as part of a work trip. Wahoo! Super cool Star Wars/Comic Book nerd look and feel. Several stouts and a couple IPAs & Sours on tap. None of their best stuff was available for pour or takeaway but we enjoyed our time. Three of the 5 on tap were a touch sweet and fairly similar in taste which was a letdown. Wife; who has no idea and doesn't care about "hype" (I take her along with me) felt that stouts from her visits to Trillium/HF/Side Project/Perennial/Prairie were better (to her palate).

As someone who has been privileged enough to travel all over the US and try amazing beer....my two cents are that this SoFL spot is held in high esteem by being the only descent brewer South of Tampa and Colab'ing with superior brewers.

Jan 30, 2020
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nrb1 from Florida

4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

My favorite South Florida brewery. They do great IPA's and stouts with a good selection on tap. They also do collaborations with great brewers (last time I was there it was with Equilibrium) and generally have those collab brewers' beers available in cans. Gives locals access to beer that you would normally never see here. Outdoor area with pizza is comfortable.

Dec 16, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Vibe: I stopped by the brewery on an early Thursday afternoon. It wasn't crowded and there were about a half dozen people there. It wasn't an overly large place and had a couple of tables inside and outside and seating at the bar inside.

Quality: Beers were served in glassware at the proper temperatures.

Service: It wasn't crowded when I was there but they had two people working behind the bar

Selection: The place had about 15 beers available on-tap, most of which were from the brewery and three of which were from guest breweries (there were ones from Ology and Southern Prohibition when I visited). The were generally available in two serving sizes (i.e., 5 ounce snifters and larger 13- or 16-ounce glasses).

Food: This place isn't an eatery, but they did have about six types of Bolivian empanadas and a couple variety of flavored popcorn available for purchase as snacks.

Oct 10, 2019
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robotic_being from Florida

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Went for the first time ever for Wakefest weekend in Feb, 2019. Awesome atmosphere, wonderful beer, pretty quick service and decent selection. Would go back for sure just to see the cool STAR WARS murals in and outside the brewery.

Feb 04, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Really enjoyed going to J Wakefield tonight. Bartenders were terrific – very knowledgeable about beers, and also gave me some recommendations from around the area. Music was good, beers were great.

Bartender was terrific - he knew I was really into craft beer and made some great recomendations of some other Miami bars which were fantastic.

Location of J Wakefield is great - right near Wynwood Walls and am amazing neighborhood. A must stop if you are in Miami.

Dec 12, 2018
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Mattg21_ from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I love wynwood and JWB has the best beer to offer. I've got for sporting events, nightcaps, and just to chill. Everyone should check this place out if they are in the area.

Sep 11, 2018
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Gavage from Nevada

4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Another brewery in the Wynwood section that is a bit offset from the road with some parking spots in front. Fits the vibe of the area with artful walls and a bit of Star Wars stuff behind the bar. There is a small stainless top bar with a view of an electronic menu mounted behind the taps. Several high tops and some larger tables fill the space. A refrigerator has beer to go on the back wall.

On this visit there were 8 on draft and 2 in cans. Stopped here twice on my trip and every beer I had was good and my favorite was the brown ale. Service was very friendly and prompt. Very enjoyable place to have some beers.

May 02, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

In the middle of the Wynwood art district, the brewery is a worthy stop with a variety of different styles of beer. They’d also had a few different beers in cans to go.

Feb 21, 2018
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RunBeerFood from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Great Star Wars vibe and always playing good music. Amazing food trucks outside. Staff is helpful and cool. They always have some great beers on tap and probably the best bottle releases in south Florida. Real dope spot.

Jul 11, 2017
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JAStheAce from Florida

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Star Wars and superheroes all over the place here. Not too fussy despite being in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. Very laidback atmosphere with some big screens to watch sports. Bartenders are helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. Every once in a while, you may get lucky when the brewery puts on some of their heavy hitter beers. Prices are just about $1-$2 more than you would want to pay but they do give out pretty generous taster pours so you can try a beer before committing and buying a glass. They do flights as well. Overall, great spot to drink beers with friends.

Apr 24, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

this was the cornerstone of our miami trip, and it was super worth it. what a cool and impressive little brewery, in the heart of the artsy and trippy wynwood neighborhood. a small graffiti covered building with all the brewing capacity way in the back, a short bar, some tv screens with the extensive beer list, a small cooler with beer to go, window seating along the front, room for maybe 50 people tops, and some really neat painting on the walls. neat modern vibe overall, but comfortable and relaxed. they had a bunch of collaborations and guest taps on, as we were in shortly after their wakefest event, but the selection was dynamite. i loved the berliners they had working, and the golden ticket stands as one of my new all time favorite beers. the service was just okay, a not too crowded bar, but it still took a long time to get noticed and served unflattering in such a small establishment. they did "allow us to buy" the cane life series and a few others, which im not sure is available to everyone or not, but we took them up on it for a cool hundred bucks or so, lucky us. the beer here is fantastic, and its innovative, and they are way ahead of the curve, and on top of that, its a real neat place to hang out. however, i can already see the premature hype and prestige manifesting itself in some smug arrogance and general aloofness in here, which in small doses doesnt matter much, but it would be lame if this became the next new school hype machine look at me kind of place, its way cooler than that. loved all the beers, hope they evolve in a humble way, will definitely return here when i make it back to miami. some of the best beers of our whole vacation!

Mar 08, 2017
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Mounty4Life from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Awesome selection and variety plus quality to boot! Love all the collabs with monsters around the country! Here kitty kitty stood out with the upper body strength and richard persimmons!

Jan 13, 2017
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gnartothecore from Florida

4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

One of my favorite breweries. Very cool spot, especially if you're a Star Wars or comic book fan; lots of murals and artwork on the walls (although, nothing with Greedo!!!). Taproom is pretty small, although I've never seen it super crowded unless it's a bottle release. Staff is friendly and engaging, beers are thoroughly on point, usually 15 beers on tap with a few guest taps, and the cooler usually has great stuff to go. My only complaint is the lack of food options.

Jan 06, 2017
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Thirst_trappist from Florida

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Been mostly for bottle releases but it's always a good time with a chill vibe. Lots of Star wars, Gaming decor. I personally enjoy it. The place itself is not a huge space but it's nice and has great art work on the walls

May 24, 2016
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goldspire from California

2.08/5  rDev -52%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2

Mediocre beers with a few that are actually good. Horrible quality control (leaky bottles mostly). Service is atrocious. Clearly doesn't care about the customers and just out to make money. It's a real shame because some seriously good beers were leaking out from here before they opened up. Would not recommend

May 06, 2016
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

One of the best breweries I have visited in the last while. The atmosphere is really great: very small and cozy with amazing wall murals. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the beer. The beer was fantastic as well. It's always great to find flavourful low ABV beers, and they had 3 different berliners when I was there, which were all excellent. Tried a couple of other options as well, which were both great. Will definitely return if in Miami again.

Apr 17, 2016
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Manilovebeer17 from Florida

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Located in one of the coolest areas of Miami called wynwood. This brewery sits back amongst the graft walls and small businesses of the area. His beers talk for themselves in quality. And the tap list is always changing. Star Wars and comic themed interior is perfect for anyone and most fun for nerds like me. Food trucks orate daily.. Always enjoy my visits down.

Mar 30, 2016
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BeerTheater from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

They make good beer, that's most important, but they do tend to suffer from service issues and the space while nice and well situated in an interesting part of Miami, is too small a space when busy. I hope that Mr. Wakefield improves upon his customer service to improve the experience. He has brewing talent though a lot of the beers they serve are decent rather than impressive. Some of his beers do hit the great category which if you're a beer afficianado, then you probably want to pay a visit if you're in town.

Feb 27, 2016
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NizzleEGizzle from New York

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Vibe: quirky, geek-skewed décor (star wars, etc.). But space feels empty and cold. Also, they were playing Adam Sandler movies on the TV when I was there. Boo-hiss.

Quality: They make great beers. That's all there is to say.

Service: the bartenders were fairly knowledgeable, but a little standoffish and loafy. Didn't make it fun to ask for help or suggestions. Although they were very generous with letting me sample before I committed to a beer.

Selection: They had a nice variety of their own beers, a beer in bottles, and a then a Bottle Logic beer, Hopslam, and other awesome third party brews.

Overall: a worthy stop in the middle of a great neighborhood.

Feb 19, 2016
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HarryS from Florida

5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Vibe: A fantastic homey/warm vibe. Everybody is nice. Wynwood.

Quality: Top Notch. Some of the best brews in the game, hands down.

Service: Fantastic! Great bartenders, who are extremely nice!

Selection: I've never been in the brewery, where they didn't have, at the very least, 12 different (JWB) brews on tap. My absolutely favorite brewery!

Jan 13, 2016
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rcamp28 from Florida

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Cool spot. Beer is good, but a little over hyped for what it is in my opinion. Tap room is small and as such doesn't have a huge selection, but it's still worth a visit.

Jan 09, 2016
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tribeerguy70_3 from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great laidback vibe in an area that is on the cusp of being revitalized v. pretentious. The beertenders are friendly and willing to just sit and b/s on beer. No food but rotating selection of quality food trucks and delivery food. Like their rotating specialty taps and various 'theme' nights throughout the week.

Oct 14, 2015
J. Wakefield Brewing in Miami, FL
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