Black Friday brings 2014 release of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout

goose-island-bourbon-county-stoutFor many, the day after Thanksgiving — referred to as Black Friday — is a day of getting up before the rising sun, standing in lines for hours to grab great prices on electronics and other gifts meant to reside under a Christmas tree. But, for beer lovers in the United States it means something different. Black Friday marks the annual release of Goose Island Brewing Company’s coveted Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS).

Once a year the brewing experts at Goose Island pull out all the stops and release several varieties of this brew that has been rated as one of the top 20 beers in the world. This year, the brewery has gone over the top in several cities including Jacksonville, Fla. to host a release event that will live on in the memory of those lucky enough to attend. This year’s event will feature partnerships with local artisans Edgewood Bakery and Brew Five Points, in addition to custom Goose Island gifts to the first 200 beer fans in line.

Continuously pushing boundaries and flavor profiles of the lauded beer collection, this year’s BCBS varietals include: Coffee, in partnership with Intelligentsia, Vanilla Rye, Barleywine and Original. First crafted in 1992, Goose Island’s BCBS has paved the way for the art of aging beer in bourbon barrels, and is widely considered the standard of excellence for this specialty craft beer category.

This is the fifth year Goose Island is releasing Bourbon County Brands on Black Friday. In 2013, at the release event in Chicago, more than 500 people lined up to experience the Bourbon County phenomena firsthand. In 2014, with special Black Friday events in additional cities featuring unique collaborations with local artisans from coffee roasters to donut makers, the company expects an even greater turnout.

In Jacksonville, Beer:30 at 1271 King St. in Riverside will host the festivities.


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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery


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Florida’s growler battles make it to CBS This Morning

9INV_BEER_BATTLEThere is a fight going on in the hallowed halls of the Florida legislature. And, like many fights, this one is fueled by beer. But, not in the manner of two drunken bar patrons slugging it out over a spilled beer or the attentions of a lovely lady, this brawl is over growlers — jugs filled from beer taps for patrons to take off-premises for consumption.

Currently, Florida law allows breweries to fill growlers with their own beer in only one-quart or one-gallon sizes. The problem is that the national standard for growler size is one half-gallon. Indeed, Florida is the only state in the union that completely bans half-gallon growlers.

The fight has raged for years and breweries throughout the state are not shy about talking about their disdain for the current state of the law. In Jacksonville, Ben Davis of Intuition Ale Works is particularly vocal on the subject and has even gone so far as to hire a lobbiest to bring the brawl to the capitol’s steps.

Today, the fight went national on the CBS This Morning television program. Read the full story of a bar owner,Guy Piasecki  bucking the system by lawyering up to get the law changed here:

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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Beer News


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Know your beer glasses, a new infographic

Glassware is just as important to the craft beer experience as the beer itself. I haven long been an advocate of using the proper glassware to accentuate and showcase beer to its fullest extent. And, if you think about it, serving beer in a glass that helps to capture a beer style’s distinct nuances is no different than serving brandy in a snifter, a Tom Collins in a Collins glass or a champagne in a flute. It just makes sense.

But, the sheer number of beer styles and their accompanying glasses can be intimidating. Enter the fine folks at Hangover Revivol, a company that produces and distributes hangover prevention tablets in Australia. John Powers, the company’s marketing executive, created an infographic entitled ‘The Ultimate Beer Glass Guide’ that explores the various designs, what they do, and which beers belong in them. Look below to see the infographic.

“With this graphic,” Powers explains, “You can learn your snifter from your stein, and your seidel from your shaker!”

To learn more about Hangover Revivol, follow this link:




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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Infographic


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Intuition fourth anniversary week packs in the events, beer

IntuitionAleWorks (1)This week marks the beginning of Intuition Ale Works’ fourth anniversary celebration. During the week there will be a number of special events and one-off releases to celebrate with everything culminating on Saturday, November 22 at the brewery for a huge bash.

As has been the custom over the past four years with the brewery, guests can purchase beer “Passports” that will be stamped each time one of the special brews is drunk. Try 20 or more of the special brews and you earn a growler of beer and can register to win a $100 tap room credit. Only 100 passports will be printed, so if you want to participate, get to the tap room Tuesday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m. to grab yours.

Some of the beers to try include:

Tuesday, November 18: State Line w/ Habanero

Wednesday, November 19: Cantaloupe Saison w/ Cracked Pepper

Thursday, November 20: Smoke IPA w/ Pineapple

Friday, November 21: Golden Graham Jon Boat

Each beer will only be available the day it is released and Saturday the 22nd when all the beers will be available in the brewery and tap room.

In addition to special beers, the brewery will be featured at a number of special events throughout the area. These events include a Belgian beer dinner at Black Sheep Restaurant, a beer and cheese pairing, tap takeovers and a special brunch as dinner event at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails.

Tuesday, November 18

Black Sheep Restaurant ~ Belgian Beer Dinner

Chef Waylon Rivers prepares a five course dinner served on the beautiful rooftop bar featuring a different Belgian-style beer brewed by Intuition with each course.

Tickets are $75 and are very limited. To reserve your seat at the table, call the restaurant at (904) 380-3091.

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters ~ Blonde Coffee Stout Tapping

Both the Riverside and Jacksonville Beach Bold Bean locations will be tapping a very special collaboration brew on Tuesday. The Intuition team worked closely with Bold Bean to create the Blonde Coffee Stout, a unique special release brew with oats, cocoa nibs and Brazilian coffee. The beer will only be available at Bold Bean and in very limited quantities, so when it’s gone, it’s gone!

Wednesday, November 19

Intuition Ale Works Tap Room ~ Beer and Cheese Pairing with Cypress grove Chevre

On Wednesday Intuition is hosting a special beer and cheese pairing with Cypress Grove Chevre, an award-winning artisan goat cheese maker, in the brewery bar. Debbie from Cypress Grove and Riley from Intuition will be on hand to guide the pairing of five cheeses and five beers, including a unique one-off. Special glassware will be provided by Cypress Grove, along with other goodies. Tickets are $20 and are extremely limited. Get yours now at this link:

Engine 15 ~ Intuition Pint Night

The beaches brew pub will feature seven Intuition brews on tap including: Barrel-Aged Amsterdam Falafel, Noir Belge, Double Elimination, Truck Stop Stout and three core beers.

Thursday, November 20

World of Beer Southside ~ Intuition Tap Takeover

Join the Intuition crew at World of Beer Southside for the biggest Intuition tap takeover ever! WOB will be pouring at least 20 of Intuition brews starting at 6:00 p.m. In addition there will be fun swag giveaways.

Jaxsons Night Market ~ Cooking with Intuition

The brewery partners with Jaxsons Night Market this month to celebrate beer, food and community. Contributors to their cookbook, Cooking with Intuition, will be selling a number of dishes prepared with Intuition brews at the Market and Cari will be selling signed copies of the cookbook.

Also, cans of King Street Stout will be available at the Intuition Biergarten for the first time outside of the tap room.

Friday, November 21

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails ~ Brunch for Dinner Dual Anniversary Party

Intuition and Moxie celebrate their shared  anniversary with Brunch for Dinner on Friday night starting at 10:00 p.m. This late-night bash will feature an incredible lineup of beers all paired with Chef Tom Gray’s brunch-inspired small plates. Featured beers include Duuuvaaal, Shotgun Shack and several brunch-themed beers brewed just for the occasion.

The Jax Brew Bus will be making a special roundtrip from Riverside.

Tickets can be purchased at

Saturday, November 22

Intuition Ale Works ~ Anniversary Bash

The party starts at 1:00 p.m. and will feature a long list of special release and barrel-aged brews created just for the occasion. Add to that food trucks in the street featuring fare by Funkadelic and Driftwood BBQ, on-site t-shirt printing by Fretto Prints and a raffle to support the Florida craft beer political committee with a chance to win a Yeti cooler bag customized by Burro Bags or an UNDERDARK package that includes bottles of all three vintages and lots of swag, and you have the makings of an epic party.

Sunday, November 23

Mellow Mushroom Avondale ~  Hangover Brunch

Shake off an epic week with a Hangover Brunch at Mellow Mushroom Avondale on Sunday morning. The ‘Shroom will feature 10 of Intuition brews on tap to pair with their already awesome brunch menu, including some breakfast one-offs and the return of Contraption, a special release double IPA.

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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Beer, Intuition Ale Works


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PBR and Bill Murray team up for charity golf auction

bill_murrayBill Murray is best known for his iconic and hilarious roles in such movies as Ghostbusters and Caddy Shack. But, within the golfing community he is also known for his zeal for the game, his Annual Murray Bros. Caddyshack® Charity Golf Tournament and his on-course fashion. His enthusiasm for golf runs so deep, in fact, that in 2001 he opened the Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant with his brothers at World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Fla. And, since the inception of the restaurant the Murray has put on his gold tournament.

The next tournament take place March 26-27, 2015, but the festivities have already started. Murray Brothers Caddyshack Charity Golf, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Loudmouth Golf have teamed up to auction off a signed pair of the shorts, by Bill Murray himself, as well as the ultimate golf package (to the sold-out, 15th Annual Murray Bros. Caddyshack® Charity Golf Tournament with VIP access, including a meet and greet with the Murray Brothers and hotel accommodations). The winning bidder for each package will receive a PBR Loudmouth sport coat and pants.

Proceeds from both charity auctions will go to purchase an Action Trackchair (worth $14,000) for an injured veteran. This ultimate off-road wheelchair allows the individual using it to go places they never thought possible – mountain roads, campgrounds, the woods, the beach, through mud and snow and more.

The auctions are live at www.ebay/caddyshackgolf.

For more information, read the official press release below.

CHICAGO – Murray Brothers Caddyshack® Charity Golf has teamed up with Pabst Blue Ribbon and Loudmouth Golf to restore freedom for disabled veterans through two exclusive eBay charity auctions. Starting Monday, November 10 through Thursday, November 20, fans of the Murray brothers, PBR lovers and golf fanatics will have a chance to take home exclusive prize packages, with items including a signature pair of PBR shorts signed by Bill Murray or the ultimate golf getaway, complete with a meet and greet with the Murray Brothers. Both auction packages will include a PBR Loudmouth coat and pants for the winning bidder.

Proceeds from both charity auctions will go to purchase an Action Trackchair (worth $14,000). This ultimate off-road wheelchair allows the individual using it to go places they never thought possible – mountain roads, campgrounds, the woods, the beach, through mud and snow and more.

“This donation will significantly improve an injured veteran’s independence and quality of life,” said Dan McHugh, CMO for Pabst Brewing Co. “Every day, the Murray Brothers, PBR and Loudmouth Golf are inspired by the heroes who risk their lives to ensure the future prosperity of our great nation. It’s an honor to be able to support our injured veterans’ recovery and freedom.”

In 2001, the Murray Brothers opened Murray Bros. Caddyshack® at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame, in St. Augustine, Florida. All six of them (Andy, Bill, Brian-Doyle, Ed, Joel and Johnny) created the Murray Bros. Caddyshack® Charity Golf Tournament to give back to the local community. The tournament is an all-inclusive, two-day event held during the spring, combining great parties, fabulous golf, one-of-a-kind concerts and fun, just as the Murrays intended.

What’s on the auction block?

Package 1:  During the 2014 Murray Bros. Caddyshack® Charity Golf Tournament, Bill Murray wore a signature pair of PBR shorts, which became an instant favorite among fans of the actor and the beer. Heralded as one of the ‘best ever’ golfing outfit, the shorts generated thousands of mentions and comments by fans worldwide. Lucky bidders will now have their chance to own this highly coveted collector’s item, in addition to winning a PBR Loudmouth sport coat and pants.

Package 2:  The Murrays and PBR are also offering two playing spots in the upcoming, sold-out, 15th Annual Murray Bros. Caddyshack® Charity Golf Tournament with VIP access, including a meet and greet with the Murray Brothers. The winning bidder and a friend will each receive a PBR Loudmouth sport coat and pants.

For more information on these auction items and to place a bid starting Monday, November 10, please visit:

How to Bid:

Taking place on eBay, the charity auction will commence on November 10, with final bids closing on November 20. Bidder pre-qualification is required for all bids higher than $1,000 and will be conducted through Kombolt. The winner will be notified by a representative via email or phone following the close of the auction. For more information, or to complete Bidder Pre-Qualification, visit

About Murray Bros. Caddyshack® Charity Golf:

Murray Bros. Caddyshack® Charity Golf was created with the mission to partner with various charities to raise monies that provide medical services, educational programs, lifesaving equipment, and fundraising opportunities to better lives in communities across the country. For more information on Murray Bros. Caddyshack Charity Golf, visit

About Pabst Brewing Company

In business since 1844, the Pabst Brewing Company is North America’s largest privately held brewing company. Pabst Brewing’s portfolio includes iconic brands with deep ties to America’s heritage such as Pabst Blue Ribbon, Lone Star, Rainier, Ballantine IPA, Schlitz, Old Style, Stroh’s and Old Milwaukee. For more information on Pabst, visit

About Loudmouth Golf:

Loudmouth Golf is an American sportswear company known for “flamboyant” trousers. A company for the people who enjoy expressing themselves as fun, adventurous, carefree individuals who approach life as one big party. For more information on Loudmouth Golf, visit

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Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Beer News


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Harpoon creates gingerbread spiced beer for holiday season

Summer Beer Can 12-Pack 2 copyHoliday beers are a tradition that reaches back centuries. In the Old World, they heralded the colder winter months with hearty, thick brews that were usually heavily spiced. Today, that tradition continues and the brewers at the Harpoon Brewer have concocted a delicious addition to the offerings.

The brewery’s UnFiltered Offering (UFO) line introduces UFO Gingerland this year as a nod to the flavors of the holidays in a unique and unexpected way.

Read more about the beer in the press release below.

BOSTON, MA (November 6, 2014) — Brewed, not baked. Poured, not sliced. Inspired by a classic tale and deliciously spiced. The Harpoon Brewery is pleased to introduce UFO Gingerland, a gingerbread-inspired beer brewed with cinnamon, clove, and ginger. This new seasonal offering from the brewer’s popular UFO series, a line of unfiltered beers, has arrived for the winter season in bottles, cans, and on draft. With a malty sweetness and a clean, crisp ginger finish, UFO Gingerland is a great companion to the New England winter.

Winter is a fantastic beer drinking season, so we had a lot of fun brewing different test batches on our pilot system to come up with the perfect beer to be our first UFO winter seasonal offering,” says Harpoon CEO and co-founder Dan Kenary. “We’ve brewed with ginger many times over the years and love the warm character that it lends to a beer. The cinnamon and clove along with the malt profile balance out the beer nicely with a bit of sweetness. This beer will make for some memorable wintertime gatherings.”

UFO Gingerland Brewer’s Notes:
Style:  Spiced Wheat beer
ABV:  5.2%
Appearance:  slightly hazy, deep orange
Aroma:  gingersnap
Mouth feel:  medium-bodied and well-rounded
Taste:  malty sweetness from the blend of cinnamon spice and Munich malt
Finish:  a touch of sweetness with a clean, crisp ginger finish

UFO Gingerland is available in 6-pack bottles, 12-pack bottles and cans, and draft.

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Posted by on November 7, 2014 in Beer


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New Belgium winter seasonals hitting shelves now

accumulationFor those who are already getting in to the holiday spirit, New Belgium wants you to know that they have you covered. The annual releases of Accumulation White IPA and 2° Below Winter Ale are already on store shelves everywhere and Frambozen will be hitting the shelves on November 11.

Read all about these beers in the official press release below.

Ft. Collins, Colo., Nov. 5, 2014 – With the first snowfall already arriving for some, it’s starting to feel more and more like winter, which means the return of beloved cold-weather favorites from New Belgium Brewing. Accumulation White IPA and 2° Below Winter Ale can be found on shelves now, with Frambozen arriving November 11. This year marks Frambozen’s twenty-first birthday. Frambozen is one of the few New Belgium special release beers to return every year and Accumulation and 2° Below are joining the ranks as festive favorites.

Accumulation White IPA is all about the hops and the wheat. This beer pours an unfiltered white-gold tone as a snowy head drifts atop. Mosaic and Amarillo hops offer an unmistakable tropical aroma. This white IPA is a counterpunch to the traditional practice of brewing dark beers for winter and offers hops that create a nice, bitter balance against soft peach and citrus flavors. Accumulation drinks like a proper American-style IPA, despite its wheat beer appearance and creamy, refreshing notes. Accumulation is available now through January 2015 and comes in at 6.2 percent ABV and 55 IBUs.

Illustrating New Belgium’s love for Belgium-style brewing, 2° Below Winter Ale brings a bright, warming blast of Sterling and Liberty hops with tawny-roasted malts making it the perfect beer after a long day on the slopes. This beer is dry-hopped during fermentation, creating a rosy, floral nose with a hint of pepper spice and estery undertones. Pushing the beer into a final, nearly freezing state brings out a brilliant clarity in the pour. 2° Below is 6.6 percent ABV and 33 IBUs, and available now through January 2015.

For Frambozen, the brewery’s unique Raspberry Brown Ale, it’s a milestone year as the beer turns 21. Named after the Flemish word for raspberries, Frambozen pops with fresh, tart and fruity complexity, backed by nutty, chocolate and caramel malts. New Belgium takes great care in its raspberry selection for this beer – per tradition, the brewery sends delegates to the Pacific Northwest to select freshly picked berries, which then become pure juice that is used during the fermentation stage. Frambozen is 6.5 percent ABV. It is available from November 11 to January 2015.

To find New Belgium beers near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: Pricing varies by location. For a look at New Belgium’s year-round portfolio, visit

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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in Beer Styles


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