Cheers! South Florida’s spirited startups serve up innovation


As you are toasting the New Year, chances are you can thank a South Florida startup for that libation.

While Miami is well known for the bars, restaurants and party culture serving up the drinks, the vibe doesn’t stop there. Local startup companies are creating concepts in just about every aspect of the spirits industry, including brewing and distilling, packaging, selling and dispensing — even creating the perfect ice for each glass. Made-in-Miami apps simplify placing and paying for orders at crowded bars and can have wine, beer and spirits delivered to homes on demand. Many were founded by millennials, meaning their friends and neighbors are their test markets.

Take Miavina, for example.