The Miami Dolphins clearly know how to draught.
The renovated Sun Life Stadium will toast the team’s home opener on Sept. 27 with two new taprooms, serving 16
cq varieties of Florida craft beer on tap and 15 others in bottles and cans. There will be as many as 52 craft beers available — including national and local breweries, such as four from Palm Beach County.
The Dolphins are emphasizing local beers. All of stadium’s draft craft beer will be from Florida.
“Our fans have told us that they want more variety and more local flavors, not only in the food they eat, but in what they drink,” said Ben Metzger, the Dolphins’ director of concessions. “We wanted great beers from great breweries that represented a wide range of tastes. Our hope is that fans will be able to come and get the beers that they already know and love, but also be able to try and discover new ones that will become new favorites.”
Due South Brewing’s Caramel Cream Ale and Saltwater Brewery’s Screamin’ Reels IPA — a Palm Beach Post Beer of the Week — will be available in cans. Tequesta Brewing Co.’s Der Chancellor golden ale is in bottles. Funky Buddha Brewing’s Floridian wheat ale, Hop Gun IPA and Crusher IPA will be on tap, alongside other South Florida craft breweries such as Miami’s Wynwood Brewing, Doral’s MIA Brewing, the Islamorada Beer Co. and Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing.
Metzger said the stadium wanted to serve beer that paired well with South Florida’s weather.
“Many of the breweries are developing beers that are tweaked to the local palette, or are perfecting beers that just taste great on a hot and humid Florida day,” He said. “This allows us to offer that breadth – so you’ll be able to enjoy a great pilsner, hefeweizen, or blonde ale; but then still be able to carry a couple fantastic IPAs for the people who are craving hops.”
(Hat tip to Palm Beach Post Dolphins beat writer Hal Habib for getting his hands on the beer list.)
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