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Christmas Day of 2005… Natalie Wakefield—John’s wife—gifted him with a $50 Mr. Beer homebrew kit. At the time, John had obtained his Masters degree in accounting and taken the occasional culinary class. What started off as a hobby quickly grew into a lifestyle—the lifestyle of a brew master.
It wasn’t luck that got John where he is today—it was trial and error. He had to earn the respect of other brew masters, which in turn, landed him an internship at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL.
Since, John has become a staple in the craft beer community. He has won multiple home brew competitions and has gained world-wide recognition. According to ratebeer.com, his Dragon Fruit/ Passion Fruit Berliner Weisse is currently ranked number eight among the top 10 beers of the world.
John took this respect and recognition and utilized it as a platform to push off from. He is one of the first brew masters to utilize a crowd-funded campaign—CrowdBrewed—in order to raise $55,000 to open his own brewery. To his surprise, his goal was reached within 30 hours of the campaign going live.
After much hard work, dedication and perseverance, J Wakefield Brewing finally opened its doors in January 2015. With almost a decade of home brewing experience and a stint at Cigar City Brewing, brewmaster Johnathan Wakefield is always aiming to make quality beers that don’t always fit the norm; such as DFPF and Miami Madness.
Today, J Wakefield Brewing resides in Wynwood Miami—one of the most eclectic and art driven districts. The brewery boasts wall-length murals of Star Wars characters, along with comic book lithographs. Come in to J Wakefield Brewing today and try John’s favorite beer, La Nada (The Nothing).