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Jax Ale Trail celebrates one year, documentary series

jax-ale-trailThe Jax Ale Trail, an award winning marketing effort by the fine people at Visit Jacksonville, has just turned one. As a means to put Jacksonville’s burgeoning craft brewing industry in front of potential visitors, it has been an overwhelming success. Consider these numbers as proof of the program; since its inception in December 2014, more than 20,000 people have used their Jax Ale Trail Craft Beer Passports, and almost 900 craft beer enthusiasts from 39 states and five countries have completed their Jax Ale Trail Craft Beer Passports. While it is well known that the Jacksonville craft beer scene is made up of a lively and fiercely loyal crowd of followers who embraced the Ale Trail, nearly 30 percent of all completed passports were from out-of-towners.

“It is with great pride that we look back at the accomplishments of the Jax Ale Trail in this first year. What started as an idea to showcase our already existing breweries and turn them into a tourism attraction has really taken a life of its own, putting Jacksonville on the national map as an emerging beer destination,” said Katie Mitura, Director of Marketing and Communications for Visit Jacksonville, the city’s tourism marketing organization.  “It makes us extra proud to see visitors coming from other cities and countries to drink our great local beer and explore Jacksonville.

To add to the accolades heaped on Visit Jacksonville for the Ale Trail, Livability.com just named Jacksonville as one of the top 99 best cities with the best beers in the country. For the inaugural listing, the website was looking for cities that met three criteria: they are good places to live, they are consumers of craft beer and they are producers of the best beer around. Jacksonville fit the bill handily.

Coincidentally, last month I was approached by a group of college students who were looking to make a series of documentary films about the Jax Ale Trail. They were looking for a someone to act as host for the programs who had knowledge of the Jacksonville beer scene and of craft beer in general. I was honored to fill the position and had a lot of fun making the four short films they produced.

Over the next few days I will post one of their films per day. They range in length from around eight minutes to 13 or so minutes. Some feature interviews with brewers or owners while others simply show off the brewery and their beers.

Of the breweries on the Jax Ale Trail Bold City Brewing Company, Green Room Brewing Company, Aardwolf Brewing Company and Engine 15 Brewing Company are featured.

The first stop was Bold City Brewing Company.

 

For more information on the Jax Ale Trail visit www.JaxAleTrail.com.

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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in Bold City Brewery, Local Brewery

 

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Bold City re-releases Archie’s Rhino Rye Pale Ale at zoo event

RhinoRyeReRealease_Slider_R1Bold City Brewery has been creating craft beer in Jacksonville for over six years. During that time they have said goodbye to several beers and added a few others. But, on February 8, the brewery will be welcoming back a popular brew that has been on hiatus for a while. Archie’s Rhino Rye Pale ale will be re-released at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens at a gala party for the benefit of rhinoceros conservation.

The brew has earned consistent praise including a rating of four out of five stars on BeerAdvocate.com and 3.5 stars out of five on beer tracking and rating social media site Untappd.com. RateBeer.com user, Drowland, described the beer, “There’s a really nice fresh hop aspect and a definite spice kick. The flavor is lightly bitter and hoppy, slightly fruit, with pine and citrus, and another definite rye spice kick. This is tasty and goes down too easy.”

Originally released in 2011, is a smooth and drinkable pale ale made with rye malt that can sharpen flavors and add complexity, crispness, and subtle spiciness as well as dry out a beer. At 6.5% ABV, the beer rides on the higher end of alcohol content for a pale ale.

Since Archie’s Rye Pale Ale is named for the Jacksonville Zoo’s oldest male rhino, the re-release party will open with a ceremonial toast on the Rhino Overlook followed by a beer-themed dinner featuring bites prepared using Bold City Brewery beers. The evening will provide fun for all with rhino activities and live music on Shaba Terrace at the zoo. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and continues until 9:00 p.m. Tickets are available through the Zoo on their website.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2015 in Bold City Brewery

 

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Free Beer from Bold City, All You Have to do is Find Them

It is sure to be a “Whale of a Summer” for Bold City Brewery lovers as they launch their summer tour and give away plenty of free pints, pint glasses, and T-shirts. In an article on the Amber Waves beer blog of the Florida Times-Union, Ed Stansel advises followers to keep an eye on Twitter for stops on the tour today through Thursday, June 7.

According to the article, “On Tuesday, they’ll be hitting businesses in Riverside and Deerwood. Wednesday, you’ll find them in Fernandina Beach. And Thursday, they’ll be visiting Orange Park, Ortega, Riverside and Murray Hill.”

The gang from Bold City will Tweet their location approximately 10 minutes prior to arrival on Twitter and will stay at each location for 45 minutes. Ten lucky customers at each location will receive Killer Whale pint glasses or T-shirts. In addition, the brewery crew will buy pints of Killer Whale for patrons at each stop.

Killer Whale Cream Ale is one of the breweries most popular brews and has been a mainstay in their tap room nearly from its opening. Cream ales were originally brewed to compete with lagers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast portions of the United States. They are generally light in color, low in hop bitterness and maltiness; they are generally crisp and smooth on the palate. Killer Whale falls squarely into these characteristics and is a satisfying brew perfect for hot, humid Florida afternoons.

Follow Bold City Brewery on Twitter at: @boldcitybrewery.

 
 

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Bold City to Sell Six-Packs

Bold City Brewery has set a number of firsts in Jacksonville; they were the first craft beer brewery, they opened the first tap room, they were the first to introduce the concept of the growler, they were the first to bottle their brews, and now, they will be the first to sell bottled six-packs of locally-brewed craft beers in the Jacksonville market. Sure, Bold City brews have been available in bottles at local grocers and liquor stores, but only in bombers and case packs. Now, if you want more than a single bomber and less than 12 bottles of beer from Bold City, you will have the option.

“People have always asked me, when I’m out and about or here at the brewery, why don’t we do six packs.” said owner Brian Miller in his weekly newsletter to brewery fans today. The wait, and the questions, will be over next week when Miller expects bottles of Killer Whale Cream Ale to be available for thirsty beer-lovers at local outlets.

 

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Bold City Hosts Chron’s Disease Fund Raiser Tonight

It is always amazing the philanthropy that is so prevalent in the brewing community. But, all you have to do is take a look at the walls of the Tap Rooms of most local breweries and you will notice posters for many different causes. Some advertise a benefit for that St. John’s River, others are for disadvantaged children.

Tonight, Bold City Brewing is holding a benefit for the Chron’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Because, one million, four hundred thousand Americans suffer from IBD, Bold City decided to do something to help. Tonight for every pint that you purchase, $1 will be donated to further research.

In addition to the per pint donation, a silent auction will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Again all proceeds will be donated to the Chron’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

To top it off, live music will be provided by One Night Stand.

If you would like to have a few beers, bid on the auction, and enjoy some music, stop by Bold City tonight at 2670-7 Rosselle Street. The folks at Bold City will be happy to have you and your purchases will help support a worthy cause.

 

Bold City “L” Coffee Stout Release Brunch

As I previously mentioned here, Bold City is planning a release brunch for their new “L” Coffee Stout, made with Bold Bean coffee. The brunch will take place tomorrow, Sunday April 15 at Moon River Pizza (www.moonriverpizza.net), 1176 Edgewood Ave S,  # 2, from 11:00 until 2:00.

Brian Miller, the brewer at Bold City says his new coffee creation has come out even better than expected, which is saying a lot considering the high quality of his other brews. In addition to the new stout, Dan of Moon River Pizza will by fashioning some awesome breakfast style pizzas to accompany the new brew. Expect to find a traditional breakfast pizza consisting of eggs meat and cheese, a veggie-style pie, and a dessert pizza created specifically for the new stout. While pizza may seem like an odd choice for a brunch, these pies sound out-of-this world good!

Other Bold City brews will also be available for your drinking pleasure including Killer Whale Cream Ale and Fritz-mosas (mimosas made with Fritz heffewiezen).

As if the new coffee stout and pizzas were not enough, the folks at Bold City and Moon River have also arranged for entertainment by slide guitar great John Emil. This accomplished artist has performed at major music festivals like the Telluride Blues and Brews Fest, the Lake Occonee Music Fest, the Florida and South Florida Folk Fests, and the Decatur Blues and Bluegrass Festival. Emil has supplied music for are “Dateline,” Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations,” CMT’s “Cribs,” and several international wildlife and nature documentaries.

All of these ingredients combine to make what is sure to be a fun and exciting release brunch at Moon River Pizza.

 

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Jacksonville Beer Week Starts Monday

The week that has been eagerly awaited by beer lovers all over the First Coast is almost here; Jacksonville Beer Week! Events keep getting added on a daily basis. If you cannot find a beer-centric event that appeals to you next week, you really are not trying very hard!

Here is the list as of today.

Monday, April 2nd

  • Local beer night @ Kickbacks Gastropub (happy hour all day on local beer! 5 beers from Intuition Ale + 5 beers from Bold City + 5 beers from Green Room on tap plus visits from brewery representatives)
  • $4 pints of local and coffee-inspired brews all week @ Bold Bean Coffee

Tuesday, April 3rd

Wednesday, April 4th

  • Screening of Beer Wars @ Sun-Ray Cinema at 5:00pm followed by Q&A with local brewers Ben Davis of Intuition Ale Works and Eric Lumen of Green Room Brewing. Only local brews on tap at the cinema!
  • Special beer/ food pairing @ Engine 15 (Oak-Aged Simcoe Imperial IPA paired with steam burger sliders and coconut rice for $10)

Thursday, April 5th

  • Tapping of Amber Waves Amber Ale @ Engine 15 (all proceeds benefit St. Johns Riverkeeper – you can’t make good beer without good water, right?!)
  • Local beer tasting @ Grassroots Natural Market from 4:00pm – 8:00pm (samples of Intuition Ale cans & Bold City bottles + casks from both Intuition Ale & Bold City + homebrew from Michael Payne of Aardwolf)
  • Local IPA night @ Brewers Pizza (featuring IPAs from Intuition Ale Works, Bold City Brewery & Green Room Brewing plus their upcoming Landslide double IPA and an IPA soup and bread to pair with)
  • Double feature movie night @ Mile Marker Brewing (screenings of “Beerfest” and “Strange Brew”)

Friday, April 6th

  • Jax Beer Tap Takeover @ Engine 15 (five Engine 15 beers on tap + one Engine 15 in a Firkin + Engine 15 Old Battle Axe through the Randall! And ten beers from Intuition, Bold City & Green Room.)
  • Florida beer tasting @ Green Room Brewing (25 Florida beers on tap, some breweries for the first time ever in Jax!)
  • Downtown pub crawl presented by Springfield Brew Crew and sponsored by Intuition Ale Works. For more information and to purchase tickets click here. (Crawl starts at The Landing at 5:30pm and the $15 ticket includes a souvenir cup, a drink ticket good for one local beer, discounts at each venue, prize drawings at each venue, and a prize drawing for some truly awesome prizes at the final stop – including a Mug Club membership from Intuition Ale Works)

Saturday, April 7th

 

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