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Piero Rodriguez, one of MIA Beer Company’s founding brewers, was killed in a Sunday morning car crash

By Carlos Frías

The last thing Piero Rodriguez said as he left work late Saturday night was how much he was looking forward to spending Father’s Day with his young son.

He would never make it home.

Rodriguez, one of the founding brewers of MIA Beer Company in Doral who helped shape the craft beer scene in South Florida, was killed in a car crash early Sunday morning, Doral police confirmed. He was 34.

“We are completely devastated,” said brewery owner Eddie Leon. “It’s a sudden loss that we’re all having a hard time coming to terms with.”

Rodriguez had been working double shifts, Leon said, brewing in the morning and often tending bar at the brewery at night to make extra money. Friends feared it might have been exhaustion that forced him to lose control of his late-model Acura on Northwest 33rd Street at the tight curve in the 8900 block, just minutes down the street from the brewery. He struck a light pole, wasn’t wearing his seat belt and was ejected, according to police. He was pronounced dead at Kendall Regional Medical Center at 2 a.m. Sunday.

“He was telling everybody how excited he was to see his son,” Leon said.

Rodriguez was a pioneer in South Florida’s craft beer community, but he was an adopted Miami son.

He was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he shared a birthday — Sept. 13 — with his two brothers. He was a mentor to his young brother, Ruy, and a confidant to his older brother, Jairo.

“He was my first friend,” Jairo Rodriguez said.

The family emigrated to Miami when Piero was a senior in high school, as his parents sought better opportunities in the United States. But moving to a new country or school didn’t faze him.

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June 21, 2016

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