Miami Brew Bus and Hotel Gabriel team up for customizable brewery tours

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No doubt about it: Miami craft beer is on the rise, as evidenced by the growing number of brewery openings, large-scale beer festivals, and even the birth of an official Miami Beer Week.

As the craft beer community continues to grow, so does the tourism surrounding it — and one hotel has taken notice.

Last month, to kick off the first Miami Beer Week, the Gabriel Miami launched a new tour in collaboration with Miami Brew Busoffering customers their own beer concierge service.

But hotel guests aren’t the only ones who can participate, says AT Molina, owner of the Miami Brew Bus. new times. The general public is also welcome.

Miami Brew Bus officially launched in 2020 but was quietly derailed by the pandemic. When business started picking up steam in early 2021, Molina says, he started looking for ways to reach new customers.

Now, hotel guests and locals alike can head to The Gabriel in Downtown Miami for a special summertime tour of the fully customizable brewery.

Molina says the tour collaboration was a knee-jerk response to the question often asked by craft beer-loving tourists, “Where can we get good local beer?”

“The hotel likes to support the local community whenever they can, so they decided to launch a service to make it easy for people to explore the city’s breweries, the quintessential local business,” says Molina, which serves as a guide through the local brewery. stage. “We have a reputation for mojitos and margaritas, but we also have an amazing community of local business owners with our breweries. I take great pride in showing people not only our breweries but also the different neighborhoods of Miami.”

The service is available seven days a week for hotel guests and locals. Prices vary depending on the type of package and the number of people on the tour, ranging from $75 to $150 per person. Each visit can accommodate between half a dozen and up to 50 people. Tours can be booked by visiting the Miami Brew Bus website.

Along the way, Molina provides thoughtful recommendations for food and beer pairings as guests navigate the city’s exotic local flavors. Stops include craft beers across Miami-Dade, including neighborhoods like Wynwood, Brickell, Doral, and Little Havana. Molina goes even further by ensuring that tour guests have the opportunity to meet the brewers themselves, ask questions and learn directly from the brewery staff.

While weekend tours include three stops, a daily weekday tour includes two breweries. Tours begin and end at the Gabriel, with a stop at the Union Beer Store in Little Havana. A local VIP tour also takes place in a vintage VW microbus, which seats seven passengers and offers more customizable pickup and drop-off options.

“It really is an authentic Miami craft beer experience. We have a growing craft beer scene, and I’m thrilled to be able to share that with people,” says Molina. “You have great breweries all over town and you want to experience them; this is a great way to do it.”

The Gabriel Hotel Miami. 1100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami; 786-577-9700; miamibrewbus.com.

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