Why Macbeth Brewing Shouldn’t Be Canceled In Miami
By David McNew/Getty ImagesFor nearly two decades, Macbith Brewing Company has been brewing in downtown Miami Beach.
The brewery, which opened in 1976, is still a staple of the local music scene, and it has had a longstanding partnership with the city.
In 2017, however, the Miami-Dade City Council voted to phase out the brewery and to rename it The Macbiths.
The council, led by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, said it was “no longer in the best interest of the community” to continue to operate the brewery.
It is not the first time that the city has shut down a brewery.
Last year, a similar vote was passed in the city of Fort Lauderdale, which was followed by a similar one in San Juan.
The Miami Herald reported on the city’s decision to shut down the brewery in February, noting that the brewery had “never really made a dent in the Miami entertainment scene,” and that its closure had “drastically changed” the cultural fabric of the city, according to the newspaper.
The Macbys are still in business and the Miami Beach Police Department did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment on the decision to discontinue the brewery or to provide more details on the council’s decision.
The mayor, however,, said the decision was made based on the fact that “there are too many tourists coming to this city to be able to support another brewery.”
“We were in a position to do this because we wanted to support our downtown, our culture, our businesses, and this community,” Gimenez said.
“It was a difficult decision, but we felt it was in the right to do it.”
For its part, the Macbetts have continued to grow, and they are planning to open a second location in Miami’s Wynwood district, according the Miami Herald.
In the meantime, the brewery is still going strong.