Brew World Order

Want further proof that craft beer is the newest liquor du jour? Take a look at the Thursday night beer tasting going down at ritzy, vintage-format steakhouse Angelo & Maxie's. A&M's comes from New York City stock - think Madison Avenue suits hoisting a rocks glass in one hand and a mouth-sized chunk of charred T-bone steak skewered on a fork in the other. So if this restaurant is turning to beer to put punters in their warm wood and plush leather seats, you know the tides have changed.

The spirit, at least, remains the same. Starting at 6 p.m. on Thursdays and running until 9, Angelo & Maxie's puts a manly-man deal on tap: $20 gets you an unlimited sampling of 10 to 20 craft selections, carefully chosen by beer guy Chris Montelius of Fresh Beer, Inc. Some weeks, Montelius creates a theme for the beers like "East Coast vs. West Coast" or "Beers of the South." But no matter what, you'll get to taste microbrews from the likes of Stone Brewery, Lefthand, Dogfish Head, and Rogue, all while Angelo & Maxie's throws down an unlimited load of chicken wings, made to your liking. You'll also receive a coupon, good for 10% off your next meal at the steakhouse, just for showing up. (That part is decidedly Florida.)

Bring a crisp Jackson to the MayFair Hotel, located at 3000 Florida Ave. in Coconut Grove, and prepare to drink your weight in the new bubbly. Call 305-445-8177 for more information
Thursdays, 6 p.m. Starts: March 26. Continues through July 30, 2009

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