John Wakefield's journey started with a humble Mr Beer homebrew kit before quickly accelerating to the point where his brewery is now viewed as one of the best producers of imperial stouts and Berliner weisse in the world. Even before opening the brewery, John's beer had been turning heads, earning him numerous home brew awards and recognition within Florida's craft beer community. So, when he decided to raise $55,000 via crowd-funding to open his own brewery, he hit the target within 30 hours and J Wakefield Brewing was born in January 2015.
Since then, with the help of Head Brewer Maria Cabre, they have gone from strength to strength, helping put Miami firmly on the map as a craft beer destination. J Wakefield are known for delivering seriously flavour-packed beer, from award-winning fruited Berliner weisse Dragon Fruit/Passion Fruit (DFPF), to a succession of rich, barrel-aged imperial stouts. They're also not averse to using unusual ingredients in classic styles, such as their coconut-infused hefeweizen El Jefe.
We've worked with J Wakefield on two beers in Miami - What U NNeed and I Get Murky - while we produced the much-loved Pulse 8 in Manchester, as well as two barrel-aged variants of the base beer for Pulse 8.
FESTIVAL BEER LIST
Tank Tops & Squats (w/ Burial), 4.8% Saison-style ale with oranges (v)
Space Oddity (w/ Equilibrium), 6% Denali dry-hopped Berliner Weisse with boysenberry and passion fruit (v)
El Jefe, 6.5% German-style hefeweizen with coconut added (v)
A long time ago... (w/ TRVE), 6.5% New England-style IPA with mangoes and agave, double dry-hopped with Strata and Citra (v)
That's the Ticket, 13% Pastry Stout with coconut, caramel, chocolate and sea salt
* (vg) = vegan