Yesterday I had the pleasure of touring the soon-to-be-open Intuition Ale Works. Grand Opening of the Tap Room is scheduled for November 20th and promises to be a great time for all if the preview is any indication.
A group of perhaps 25 beer lovers, including myself and two other Brew Crew members arrived at 1:00 PM yesterday for our preview and, more importantly, to be among the first to taste Intuition’s brews. Upon arrival we were welcomed and given an Intuition pint glass. The brewery is huge! At 12,000 square feet it offers plenty of room for expansion. Lined up on the far wall from where we entered were the fermentation and brew tanks.
We mosied on over where Ben Davis, the mastermind and brew master, awaited us with a cold keg of his signature brew, People’s Pale Ale.
The Ale is refreshing without being overly hopped. It has beautiful color and a very floral nose. Crew members agreed that it was a superior and drinkable ale perfect for a Saturday afternoon drink.
When the rest of the group had gathered in front of the tanks, Ben spoke for a few moments about his brewing philosophy and desire to brew a craft beer that Jacksonville can be proud to call its own. This man knows his beer and is passionate about his product. It shows in the the pale ale he served us first and the other two brews he tapped directly from the tanks.
The second beer we tasted was his red ale. The nose on this awesome brew is very citrus forward and the color is a deep red as the name implies.
Finally, we tasted Ben’s stout. Of the three this was my favorite. Where most stouts tend to be overly coffee or chocolate flavored, Intuition’s is mild, smooth and delicious. This is a brew that will become a very good friend of mine.
For the time-being, Intuition will only be available on tap. But, sometime in the future Ben plans to put in a bottling line. Until then, plan to look for Intuition in bars and pubs throughout the area and, of course, in the Tap Room.
We’ll be there November 20th to welcome this great new addition to the Jacksonville brewing scene.