It’s hard to believe that even amidst a global pandemic, Miami’s restaurant scene is witnessing a serious boom. While we’ve had to say goodbye to many beloved strongholds around town, plenty of highly-anticipated eateries are finally opening their doors after having pushed back their launches–poised to fill culinary voids. Suddenly, our food & beverage options are skyrocketing to new heights and one of our absolute favorite new additions is the innovative Thai Brewery and Kitchen, EST.33.

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Tucked comfortably on the top floor of Brickell City Centre, an undercover destination for luxurious and comforting go-tos like Tacology and Marabu, EST.33 Thai Craft Kitchen & Brewery is already making itself at home in just under a month. When we say that this was one of the best dining experiences we’ve had in a long while, we’re not exaggerating. From the brewery tour and peek into their smoke room upon arrival to the space’s sleek, modern interior, inviting staff and open-air kitchen, everything about the fusion-forward eatery screams the word ‘powerhouse’.

Boon Rawd Brewery Company Limited, which produces Singha and Leo beers (their signature lion immediately greets you with a wink), is the first-ever and still number one brewer in Thailand, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that they would back what is technically America’s first Asian-inspired brewery, and Miami’s only one with its own kitchen. The name EST. 33 is an homage to the start-up of the company’s brewery in Bangkok in 1933, so let’s talk about the beer in question.

From the mind of Head Brewer and Miami native, Todd Space, the beer selection will satisfy both the leisure beer drinker and the avid craft addict. There are currently four perfected beers on the menu: the malty 33 Pale Ale, the Aromatic Snowy summer wheat, the light and sweet Vienna-style One & Only Kopper, and the Legend Lager which is favored in Thailand for its golden body. Our advice would be to snag a flight and try them all, then come back over the next few months as they continue to expand their refreshing selection. Space’s love for beer can of course be tasted in each of his creations, but it must also be noted that when he’s not being a mad scientist at the brewery, he’s also running his own professional brewer training with the Master Brewer Academy right here in Miami.

We know that ordering a cocktail at a brewery is like ordering a salad at a burger joint, but we have to take a moment to comment on how complex and delicious the drinks here are, too. The Malakor, their take on a Thai-fueled margarita features the smoky undercurrent of mezcal; we appreciated the cooling hint of cucumber in the Moscow Mule-inspired Shiso Lit; and relished in the sweet decadence of the Thai Me Up with its toasted almond lychee cream. If beer isn’t your thing, just know that their mixologists have eliminated any excuses you might have not to come here.

The impeccable service brought back the friendly atmosphere that usually comes with a brewery–leaving on a first-name basis with your waiter is always a plus. A perfect vessel for appreciating their extensive menu where Asian flavors meet the distinctive techniques of American barbecue, with Executive Chef Oliver Lustado at the helm. Shared plates feature crowd favorites like crunchy papaya salad, steamed shrimp and pork dumplings, and spiced crispy wings. The stunner here were the red curry crab croquettes fried to perfection and still haunting our dreams at night.

The mixed baby greens salad with its creamy sesame dressing is not to be missed, especially if you want to trick yourself into believing that you’re making healthy decisions. It’s hard not to try the Pad Thai when it’s on a menu, and this one is decidedly solid. The lamb chops are a perfect marriage with Thai flavors sitting atop a pungent Massaman peanut curry base. But the overall show-stopper items come from the smoker–a perfect chance to show off the restaurant’s love for American BBQ. The pork ribs are succulently tender, fall-off-the-bone, lathered in an Asian-rub, and accompanied with the proper fix-ins to make your own bao buns if your heart so desires.

The eatery has just recently launched their lunch hours, so you have even more options to dig right in. And we highly suggest that you do. It’s one of those experiences that is so on point from start to finish, you forget that only in Miami can you have a 5-star dinner inside of a shopping center. We know that heading to Brickell isn’t always easy what with the traffic and construction, but we assure you that this place is well worth the effort.

701 S Miami Ave, Unit 412A Brickell City Centre

EST. 33 is open Sunday-Wednesday from 11:30AM-11PM, and Thursday-Saturday from 11:30AM-12AM. Happy Hour is still from 3-7PM on Monday-Friday and the Executive lunch preset menu is still available Monday-Friday from 11:30AM-4PM.