There’s no question that artisanal beers and spirits are taking center stage – just look at the new names in craft breweries and distilleries in South Florida in recent months, including J. Wakefield Brewing and Concrete Beach Brewery in Wynwood and Alchemist Distillery, to name a few. And the revival in handcrafted whiskies, rye, vodka, rum, even bitters – all the components of fine cocktails – reaches across the globe. CRAFT: Spirits and Beer returns Jan. 30-31 at the Fillmore, Miami Beach, offering opportunities for both the trade (Fri.) and the public (Sat.) to taste, network and learn about the latest.
“Industry predictions show an upswing for new-on-the-scene producers of vermouth from Spain and the United States as well as an increase in agave-based spirits,” says CRAFT founder Jennifer Massolo, one of South Florida’s cocktail program gurus. The trade part of the event also tackles practical matters for those in the biz, like finding the right distributor and understanding state beverage laws.
Consumers and the trade alike can get a taste of the challenges of aging and barrel management with noted 37-year Master Scotch Whisky Distiller Mike Nicholson Friday night at J. Wakefield Brewing 120 NW 24th St in … Read More