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Wynwood Brewing, Miami’s First Craft Brewery, Closes Taproom
Miami’s seminal craft brewery, Wynwood Brewing closed its taproom doors for good on February 4.
Founded by Luis Brignoni and his father, Luis “Pops” Brignoni, Wynwood Brewing poured its first beer in 2013. “The brewery paved the way for dozens of new breweries to open in Miami and its surrounding areas,” according to EATER “putting the city on the world beer map.”
Wynwood was acquired by Craft Beer Alliance in 2018 and subsequently by Anheuser-Busch in 2019. And even though the taproom has now closed, the brand will continue to be brewed at another neighboring brewery, Veza Sur, which is also owned by Anheuser-Busch.
Words to Drink By
”Beer drinkers spend roughly one out of four of their beer dollars on a beer from a small and independent brewer and independent brewers still sell more than one out of eight beers in the United States.” – Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association.
Exploding Beer Keg Kills Two In Brazil
Two friends have died after a beer keg exploded while they were setting it up during a party in Brazil.
Valdeir dos Santos Ferreira, 38, and Julio Cesar Venancio, 39, were installing the beer keg in the backyard of a home in Sao Joao de Meriti in the state of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday reports the Daily Mail.
Although it is exactly unknown what caused the explosion, the Drinks Business reported that a local beer vendor speculated “a valve failure or the barrel’s CO2 regulator could have failed and caused the explosion.”
The trader, Rodrigo Kaminski, added that the keg “may not even have had a safety valve” and he claimed that images he had seen showed it was an old keg, which should have been scrapped, but admitted that “only forensics will be able to confirm what actually happened”.
Unfortunately this is not the first “death by beer Keg” reported in Brazil. In 2021 another a Brazilian man, Gilson do Nascimento, was killed in September while trying to fix a keg of beer he had ordered for a family birthday party.
The 43-year-old was reported to have been attempting to fix the rented beer keg with only foam coming out, according to Rio Grande Do Sul who first reported the story.
The beer keg exploded and killed Nascimento as he was preparing to celebrate his birthday at his home in the town of Campo Bom, in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.
According to Metro “Joao Luis Giovanelli, president of the Association of Microbreweries, said the brewery and delivery company involved are being questioned to establish whether there was a failure in the equipment supplied.