When a new company goes from a few founders to a staff of dozens in under two years, smooth cooperation and collaboration aren’t always easy to achieve. Too many chefs spoil the Miami craft beer broth, right? But to M.I.A. Beer’s Taproom Manager Claudio Meniocci, the company’s cohesion between all levels of staff sets the company apart, and that makes all the difference.
“The chemistry we have within our own team, I think that’s a big one,” Meniocci said. “From ownership, to management, to the brewers, to the front of house staff to the back of house staff – we all communicate about everything: everyone has a hand in picking ideas for beer, in naming the beers, in coming up with events, and we build from that.”
You can watch the teamwork in action at M.I.A.’s Anniversary Party on Saturday, February 20 from 2 to 10 p.m. (with the taproom staying open until 2 a.m.)
Not only a birthday party, the fest marks another step in the company’s growth, and serves as a launch party for the brewery’s canning line, introducing three (out of four) M.I.A. beer favorites in cans: Tourist Trappe (belgian triple 9%), Miami Weiss (hefeweizen 5.8%), Mega Mix (pale ale 5.2%) and Domino, (pilsner 6%, to be released soon) – a step which Meniocci thinks couldn’t come soon enough.
“It’s something we really needed to do,” he said. “We’re growing but the market is growing so fast around us that we wanted to bring a can or a bottle to market to solidify our space on the shelf.”
In addition to the cans, there will be some special bottle releases, including a new collaboration with Cigar City brewing “The Oud Couple,” a sour brown ale aged in Californian pinot noir barrels; M.I.A.’s anniversary ale, an imperial stout with cocoa nibs and vanilla beans “Little Friend,” both of which you can say hello to for $18. The collaboration beer with Coppertail Brewing, “Crossing Streams” will also be available.
Both cans and bottles will be available at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., which are being simultaneously launched in several Total Wine and Whole Foods locations. Meniocci sees cans hitting the shelves as just the beginning.
“I wanna walk down the beach and watch people popping 6-packs of Miami Weiss, that would be amazing,” he said.
A thriving company really has to rely on a team of people who genuinely support their product and care about their work. And if Meniocci’s thoughts on what sets M.I.A. apart is any indication, the brewery has only one direction to move: up.
“I think M.I.A. has an awesome style, like we have – for lack of a better word – ‘swag.’” he said, and then continued, “there’s got to be a better word for swag! (pauses to look away, then grins) … Pizzazz!”
You can find M.I.A.’s complete list of over 70 beers here. The event happens inside (and outside) of the M.I.A. Tap Room in Doral. Beers will cost $5 or $6 depending on amount. In addition to the beer bonanza, DJ Otto von Schirach & DJ Juan Luv will be providing the soundtrack while you decide which of the many food trucks you’d like to devour.