Concrete Beach Brewery is a beer brewery (naturally) located at the heart of the Wynwood Arts District in Miami, Florida. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because their craft beers are a staple of most Epcot festival drink menus. You may have also heard of their Kungaloosh Spiced Ale, available at Tiffins and Nomad Lounge in Animal Kingdom. Well, there is another place you can sample this beer: at the source! Plus, a special sneak-peek bonus beer… a taste of Galaxy’s Edge Ale!
In what would probably be the most unlikely place to source a Disney review, we find ourselves in Wynwood. If you look hard enough, there are a few Disney details hidden amongst the graffiti, as well as some other worthy mentions:
There’s so much construction in the area, you nearly pass right by the location, which blends in with the rest of the art and graffiti. A rusted metal arch with the word “Brewery” on it serves as your main point of reference.
A closer look at the metalwork/graffiti art, but I know y’all really just came here for the brewskis.
You walk right into an outdoor bar, with most of the taps visible for patrons:
There’s a really nice outdoor patio with varied seating.
The menu shows their entire beer selection currently on tap. Some varieties are available in cans, and you also have the option for growler refills. Y’all already know what we’re here for: Galaxy’s Edge Ale and the Kungaloosh Spiced Ale
Art lines the walls of the brewery’s indoor bar seating.
There’s a central bar with lots of seating indoors as well, and you can see the big fermentation tanks in the back. (More on that later.)
And finally, the beers:
Galaxy’s Edge Ale – $7.50 (for a 12 oz. pour, 7% ABV)
The flavor notes listed on the menu describe this ale as “Tart, Citrus, Crisp”, and that couldn’t be closer to the truth. It’s juicy, refreshing, and deceptively easy to drink. I, for one, always go for either insanely hoppy IPAs or deep dark porters, and this is obviously neither (it’s an ale!) That being said, I hate fruity beers… but this is perfect. It kind of tastes like a beer-cider hybrid due to its effervescence and crispness. While we aren’t 100% sure this is the final rendition of beer that will make it to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, we sure hope it is. A few of these and the 600-minute waits won’t seem so bad.
Kungaloosh Spiced Ale – $7.50 (for a 16 oz. pour, 6% ABV)
The Kungaloosh Spiced Ale is a solid, unique choice in that it’s made with sorghum and spices like cinnamon and cardamom. Despite being the darker of the two beers, it still went down smooth and wasn’t too syrupy (perhaps a bit more body would’ve been nicer… but maybe not on a hot park day.) Comparing this one to the Galaxy’s Edge Ale wouldn’t even be fair because while they’re both ales, they’re both in completely different flavor profile categories.
One of the cool parts about visiting the brewery is that you can peer right into the actual beer-making facilities.
Many of Concrete Beach Brewery’s usual house beers are available in cans (and at most Publix locations in Florida,) but the Kungaloosh and the Galaxy’s Edge Ale unfortunately are not.
The good news is, you can still get a 64-ounce growler full of it.