Celebrate Miami Gras

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Concrete Beach Brewery is taking it to the streets! On March 4th from 12-6pm, the brewery is closing Northwest 24th Street in Wynwood for Miami Gras, a block party celebrating the intersection of Miami, Mardi Gras and Carnaval cultures, as well as the launch of a beer with the same name.

Much like typical Mardi Gras festivities found on Bourbon Street, Miami Gras will be a high-energy street festival fusing culture, music, food and drinks to celebrate the international diversity of Miami. Guests will be able to dance the afternoon away to Bad Apples Brass Band, South Florida’s premier New Orleans style brass band, and also watch samba dancers from Unidos de Miami Samba School.

After dancing up an appetite, guests can enjoy food by Wynwood newbie Crazy Poke, who will be making fresh bowls of fish salads finished with sauces made with Concrete Beach’s Tropic of Passion Wheat Ale and Miami Gras beers, as well as slices of giant guava king cakes made by local La BoulangerieGrumpy Greg’s will be serving up Cajun food and Aja! Latin Food Truck will also be on hand.

And what’s a brewery festival without beer? Miami Gras is a French-style saison inspired by the heritage of New Orleans, the eclectic cocktails of Bourbon Street and the outburst of cultures that come alive during the season of Carnaval. The dry yet fruity beer is brewed with orange-blossom honey and juniper berries, and has notes of pepper, citrus and spice.

Since Miamians are known to do things a little differently than the rest of the country, the brewery is encouraging guests to join in on its Miami Gras festival by embodying the spirit of their own carnaval and dressing the part. Those who arrive in costume will have the chance to win a VIP party at the Social Hall for up to 10 people.

Concrete Beach has partnered with the Rhythm Foundation for the event and will be donating $1 from each Miami Gras beer sold during the event, up to $1,000, to the non-profit organization. The Rhythm Foundation presents concerts, events and festivals by established and innovative artists from around the world and South Florida, and also manages the historic North Beach Bandshell for the City of Miami Beach. 

Miami Gras will be available for a limited time only on tap at the Social Hall and in limited release 12 oz. 6-pack cans available at select retailers across Miami. To find where it’s available, visit the beer finder: http://concretebeachbrewery.com/beers/find/

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