Some people may not realize that South Florida produces some of the tastiest craft beer that you will ever find in this area of the nation. What better time to determine which one is your favorite than at a July 4th get-together? Put the burgers on the grill and settle down with a beer that possesses a distinct hops flavor as you catch up with old friends. You couldn’t ask for a better way to spend the July 4th holiday than with fine friends, fantastic fireworks and taste worthy craft beer.


Walls South American Red Ale

Concrete Beach Brewery
325 N.W. 24th St.
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 796-2727

The inspiration behind the craft beer produced at this unique brewery is the city of Miami with its various flavors of arts & culture. The Concrete Beach Brewery can be found nestled in the Wynwood Arts District, earning its own cultural reputation for craft beer. Learn about each of the beers by taking their talked about tour and then decide which ones you want to purchase for the July 4th BBQ. The craft beers produced here at the brewery are so popular that they can also be found for sale at many local hotels and stores. Some of the tastiest house beers include Walls South American Red Ale, Passionfruit Wheat Ale and Wynwood Brewing Pops Porter. Any of these will be a huge hit on July 4.


Gulfstream Cream Ale

LauderAle Brewery
3305 SE 14th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 653-9711

LauderAle Brewery began as an original concept, and seasoned beer drinkers will tell you that some of the best craft beer in South Florida comes straight from LauderAle Brewery. Located near Port Everglades, the brewery may seem small scale, producing 40 barrels per month, but, they pride themselves on cultivating authentic ales. Keeping the good of the environment in mind, the majority of materials that were used to build the tasting room are either natural or recycled. As LauderAle continues to expand, the owners plan on distributing some of their craft beer to five local bars. July 4 may just find your guests taste testing Gulfstream Cream Ale, Black Mamba Stout, Mr. White’s Wit or Smoke Stack Stout. What will your favorite be?


Sweet Potato Casserole Strong Ale

The Funky Buddha Brewery
1201 NE 38th St.
Oakland Park, FL 33334
(954) 440-0046

If you are searching for some fun, head over to The Funky Buddha Brewery. This is one of the largest craft microbreweries in South Florida. With a name like Funky Buddha Brewery, the beers are just as distinctly unforgettable as the brewery’s name. Two of the best beers for the money may be Sweet Potato Casserole Strong Ale and Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. The brewery lives by the motto, “Our beer is bold with flavor and exceptional in character.” You will find that you have finally found Beer Nirvana, once you have checked out what is available. Plenty of craft beer fanatics can fit into the 3,000-square-foot tap room. The Funky Buddha Brewery distributes its beers to South Florida locations that are convenient to your zip code. This beer is sure to draw a big July 4th BBQ crowd.

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Islamorada Citrus Ale

Islamorada Beer Company
82229 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036
(305) 440-2162

Now, if you want to experience that island state of mind while searching for the best South Florida craft beer, Islamorada Beer Company is the place to go. Laid back lager is a way of life. The brewery pursues perfection and they were one of the first to start the local craft beer market in the Florida Keys. If you stop by to purchase some of the beer on a Sunday, you just may not leave for a while because Sunday is known as “Sandbar.” Grab a beer and head to the water to do some drinking and wading. Check out the Islamorada Citrus Ale and the Old Road Coffee IPA.


La Nada

J Wakefield Brewing
120 NW 24th St.
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 254-7779

It all began when John received a home-brew kit as a gift and ended with this entire brewing company that has gained worldwide recognition. Beer that is out of this world, such as the most desirable Miami Madness beer, keep beer connoisseurs coming back for more. John’s favorite beer is La Nada (The Nothing). Try it and see what you think. The walls of the brewery are covered with murals of Star Wars characters and comic book lithographs. There is some kind of promotion going on every day in the Tap Room. On weekends, John is excited to invite the public to tour his brewery. For your July 4th BBQ, find JW Beer at a number of convenient locations such as World of Beer 4 in Miami.

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A longtime resident of Palm Beach County in South Florida, Hope Wilkos divides her passions between writing, fashion and scuba diving. With the gift of self-expression, Hope has used her writing skills to cover memorable events over the last five years and share that thrill and accomplishment with her readers. To achieve your goals, Hope strongly believes that you must “Follow Your Dream.”