After a meteoric rise, the days of visiting a brewery tap room in Riverside may be over. Thursday, July 6 a Jacksonville city fire marshal made a visit to the Rosselle Street home of Bold City Brewing Company and promptly shut down the brewery’s long-open tap room.
The news broke through an email sent by co-owner Brian Miller. In the email Miller told of how the brewery had been inspected for the past eight years without a glitch. This year the marshal found an issue.
“The fire marshal,” Miller explained in his email. “Has determined that our original certificate of use does not allow us to operate our tap room that has been operating as is with zoning approval for nine years.”
Over the years since Bold City opened the first craft beer brewery in Jacksonville, the little tap room of the brewery has become a popular gathering place on Thursday through Saturday evenings. The tap room was so popular in fact that patrons often spilled over to a larger area in the brewery and out into the parking lot.
An article in the Friday, July 7 Jacksonville Times-Union quotes a city spokeswoman, Marsha Oliver, as saying there are a variety of violations. Violations other than the occupancy issue were not listed.
In his email, Miller promises to reopen the Rosselle tap room as soon as possible. He also asks supporters to visit Bold City’s new downtown tap room located at 109 East Bay Street.