A few weeks ago we reported that Ben Davis, owner and brewer at Intuition Ale Works was looking for a second location to build another brewery. He has looked at several sites including the old Library downtown at Ocean and Adams Streets as well as the old Claude Nolan Cadillac building on the edge of Springfield on Main Street.
While both buildings have their advantages, neither was the exact fit Davis was looking for. So, he has turned to Design Cooperative to help him put together what he called yesterday a, “very preliminary” sketch of a proposed new building. The building would be situated on the property that was to be developed as The Shipyards before the project failed and the city took ownership of the land.
Davis’ plan is to build a two-story brewery with offices, hospitality space, a tap room, a beer garden, and outdoor tailgating and events areas. The site chosen is directly adjacent to the river and would provide scenic vistas to tap room and beer garden patrons. The proposal also allows for future expansion should the need arise. The preliminary plans have been submitted to Don Shea, executive director of the Jacksonville Civic Council and adviser to Mayor Alvin Brown’s office, and Jerry Mallot, president of JaxUSA Partnership. However, the land has not yet been acquired.
Intuition is in need of a second location to keep up with demand for its canned beers, People’s Pale Ale, I-10 IPA, and Jon Boat Coastal Ale. Since their introduction earlier this year the brewery has seen a huge positive spike in sales and the current brewery has been straining to keep up. The new brewery building would allow Intuition to brew beer for canning in one location and their popular specialty beers at the other.