Encanto de Amor wins Silver!
At this year’s Best Florida Beer Competition, M.I.A. Beer Company took home the Silver Award in the category of European Sours for our Berlinerweisse, Encanto de Amor, made with raspberry and passion fruit. There to accept the award was Owner Eddie Leon, Head Brewer Mike Demetrus, Brewer Rusty Hernandez, Lead Cellarman Cris Laserna, Cellar Person Kat Castro, and Brewery Assistant Ana Jaramillo.
Kat wins scholarship!
Our very own Kat Castro was awarded the John G Doble III Memorial Scholarship from the Florida Brewers Guild on 3/4/17. Kat was the only recipient selected from a large pool of qualified candidates from across the state who applied to attend the World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology at the Seibel Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. MIA Beer Co. also left the Florida Brewers Guild Fest with a Best Florida Beer Championship Silver Medal for its berlinerweisse Encanto De Amor made with raspberries and passion fruit.
Kat’s career at MIA Beer started as a server in the taproom but she soon made the transition to the back of the house working in the brewery under Head Brewer Mike Demetrus. “I hired her last year with no experience for an entry level position. I’ve hired a lot of folks over the years with little to no brewery experience, some with formal brewing educations, some without. I’ve learned that there is something inherent to those who will inevitably reach greatness in our trade; it cannot be taught and for many cannot be learned.” said Demetrus of Castro. “Those few are a slim minority in the pool of those that seek to craft beer for a living. Kat is clearly in that minority. I have seen her tackle large problems alone and with our team, without fear, but resolve.”
She is currently brewing her first beer, a small batch of Gose, that will be released in the MIA taproom in a few months. We are all very proud of her at MIA, and we’re looking forward to tasting her premiere beer!
Retro Porter is Grand Champion!
M.I.A. Beer Company’s RetroPorter was the Grand Champion Winner of the Porter category in the United States Beer Tasting Championship- Winter 2017 Competition