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Bold City Brewery Has a Full Slate of Events Coming Up

Our friends over at Bold City Brewing always seem to have a lot going on. Brian and the crew work hard to keep you supplied with fresh, tasty beer both at the Tap Room and in bottles at your local grocery and liquor store. As if that were not enough, they are constantly providing opportunities for unique ways to taste their outstanding brews. The end of March and in the beginning of April the gang has a whole slew of events to keep their legions of fans happily sipping away at a cold brew. Check out the list below for all the details.

Saturday, March 31 starting at 11:00 am for VIPs ($15) and 12:00 noon for general admission ($5) Metro Jacksonville ( is sponsoring an event in the Bold City parking lot that will round-up a collection of Jacksonville’s food trucks for the Jax Truckies: The Jacksonville Food Truck Championship. Attendees can purchase food tickets for $1 each or 20 for $18. This is a great opportunity to sample the great food these trucks have to offer and support the food truck movement that is sweeping the nation. Admission is limited to the first 300 attendees.

On the same day, representatives from Bold City will travel to Gainesville to pour their brews at the Greater Gater Beer Festival. Magnolia Parke at 4700 NW 39th Avenue will play host to this annual event from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Included with your admission ($25 in advance, $30 online, $35 at the door) are unlimited samples of over 100 beers, unlimited food samples from local restaurants, and entertainment. Get more information at

Saturday, April 7 will see brewery favorite, Kustom Deluxe performing in the Bold City Brewery.

Saturday, April 14 the gang will travel back to Gainesville for another great beer festival. This time it is the Hogtown Beer Festival to be held at the beautiful Kanapaha Botanical Gardens located at 4700 Southwest 58th Drive. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $75 for VIP. Expect to see a lot of great beers from most of the breweries in Florida as well as regional brews, food pairings, educational seminars, and home brewing demonstrations. There will also be a lineup of stellar entertainment including Robin Rutenberg & Friends a fabulous ( and talented Jacksonville group. Get lots more information at (

Sunday, April 15 join the brewery crew at Moon River Pizza (, 1176 Edgewood Ave S # 2, for the ‘L’ Coffee Stout release to be served with Moon River breakfast pizza. They will also be serving Killer Whale Cream Ale and Fritz-mosas (mimosas made with Fritz heffewiezen). Music for the party will be provided by John Emil. The release brunch will be held from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Tuesday, April 17 will be Bold City Night at Brewer’s Pizza in Orange Park. Details to be announced.
Friday, April 27 is the 19th annual Folio Weekly Beer Festival ( at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium 3800 St. John’s Bluff Blvd. The Bold City bunch will be set up with tastings of their great brews and along with the other awesome beers, food, and entertainment.

As you can see, Brian, Susan, and the rest of the Bold City family do not believe in sitting still for long. Be sure to attend the events above and tell them you heard it here!


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Busy Spring for Beer Events

Beer season has definitely arrived with the proliferation of events centric to the world’s most popular beverage. In the next few months there are two beer weeks – the Jacksonville Beer Week and Craft Beer Week – each with their own bevy of events from beer festivals to tasting dinners to pub crawls. If you can’t find something to do that centers on beer this right now, you just are not trying hard enough.

Upcoming highlights include:

Jacksonville Beer Week – April 2 through 7

Monday, April 2

Kickback’s Gastropub – Local beer night

Tuesday, April 3

Intuition Ale Works – Celebrating local beers, the Tap Room will feature guest taps of Florida-brewed beers through Saturday.

Wednesday, April 4

Sun-Ray Theater – “Beer Wars” will be screened at 5:00 PM and followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with local brewers Ben Davis of Intuition Ale Works and Eric Lumen of Green Room Brewing. All beers on tap at the cinema will be local only!

Engine 15 – Special beer and food pairing of Oak-Aged Simcoe Imperial IPA paired with steam burger sliders and coconut rice ice.

Thursday, April 5

Engine 15 – The guys who write the Times-Union’s beer blog and column Amber Waves – Ed Stansel and Roger Bull – will be tapping their own beer named appropriately Amber Waves Amber Ale. Proceeds for this event go to the St. John’s Riverkeepers.

Brewer’s Pizza – Local IPA night featuring IPAs from Intuition Ale Works, Bold City Brewery, Green Room Brewing, and the debut of their own double IPA Landslide IPA. Plus they will have a special IPA soup and bread to pair with the hoppy brews.

Mile Marker Brewing – Double Feature Night! The St. Augustine brewery will host screenings of “Beerfest” and “Strange Brew,” two classic beer movies.

Friday, April 6

Engine 15 – Jax Beer Tap Takeover! Five Engine 15 beers on tap, one in a firkin, and Old Battle Axe through the Randall. In addition to this, ten beers from the other local brewers.

Green Room Brewing – Florida beer tasting of more than 25 Florida-brewed beers.

Downtown Jacksonville – The Downtown Pub Crawl presented by the Springfield Brew Crew and sponsored by Intuition Ale Works. Get all the details and purchase tickets at All proceeds for this event benefit The Bridge of Northeast Florida an after-school education program for disadvantaged and urban core children.

Saturday, April 7

Mellow Mushroom Southside – Grand Tasting with unlimited tastings of local and Florida brews. For more information and to purchase tickets go to All proceeds for this event go to the Daniel Foundation. Shuttle service will between Intuition and Mellow Mushroom to be furnished by the Jax Brew Bus.

Hogtown Craft Beer Festival

Gainville’s Kanapaha Botanical Gardens will be the venue for the Hogtown Craft Beer Festival April 14. Look for a slew of Florida and local brews at the festival sponsored by the Hogtown Brewers a home-brewing club located in Gainesville. There will also be food from local resaturants and entertainment. Tickets are $35 for general admission, $75 for VIP. Proceeds benefit the St. Johns Riverkeeper and the Alachua Conservation Trust. See their website ( for more info and tickets.

Folio Weekly Beer and Music Festival

For the past 19 years the Folio Weekly has been throwing this beer bash and this year is no exception. Friday, April 27 the Morocco Shrine Auditorium will once again host more than 200 beers, food from local restaurants, a chicken wing eating contest sponsored by Whisky River, hookahs from The Casbah, and more fun than should be humanly possible. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $25 for VIP in advance and $5 more at the door for each.

Craft Beer Week – May 12 through 18

While events for Craft Beer Week are still being firmed up, the capstone event is already planned and in the offing. The Craft and Import Beer Festival will be held May 18 at the Veterans Memorial Arena. The unbridled success of this festival has necessitated the opening of the third level of the Arena so even more great beer can be stuffed in. There are more than 35 breweries scheduled to attend with over 200 beers to sample. Proceeds for this event benefit the Southside Business Men’s Club. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $45 for VIP. Purchase tickets and get more info at:


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Jax St. Paddy’s Parties All Over Town

Top o’ the morning to you, faith and Begorrah, erin go bragh and any other Irish cliché you can think of is sure to be part of the vernacular tomorrow as the world celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. Known as the biggest drinking holiday of the year, surpassing New Year’s Eve and Oktoberfest, this holiday always brings out the leprechaun in all of us.

Pull on your favorite green outfit, swear to stay away from green beer (its just not natural!), and set out for one of dozens of St. Paddy’s celebrations throughout the area. Here’s a list to help you find some of the best parties and happenings:

Brewer’s Pizza in Orange Pak opens at noon and is offering a number of Irish and Irish-style brews (try the Pinglehead Red) and traditional Irish stew to go with the brews.

Engine 15 at the beach will be serving a selection of Irish-style brews as well tomorrow. Get there early and expect a lively crowd of revelers dressed in green to greet you.

European Street at the beach is throwing a St. Paddy’s party featuring Irish folk band Meridian. Be one of the first 100 people to arrive and receive free 20oz Killian’s Irish Beer dimpled mug. Fill your mug with $2 Killian’s and be in the running for schwag all day! The other E-street locations will feature the same beer specials and giveaways as well.

The Jacksonville Landing is offering a whole slate of events all weekend to celebrate the wearing o’ the green. On Friday night the Courtyard hosts the Hooter’s Green Bikini contest and live music from The Ride. Saturday, plan on a day of Irish music and dancing, green beer, and a green fireworks display to end the day.

Fionn MacCool’s at The Landing opens at 8:00 AM Saturday for a traditional Irish breakfast and great beer specials the rest of the day. You can be sure that there will be plenty of Irish music and fun to go with the huge selection of tap beers to be found at this great pub, too.

Green Room at Jax Beach opens at noon on Saturday and has their own version of an Irish Red – Irish Red Tide – on tap and ready to quench thirsty partiers at the beach,

Bold City Brewery will be tapping its Irish Red Ale at 1:00 PM to get the party rolling. The party doesn’t end there, though. There will also be a flip cup tournament, Irish stew from their on-site caterer, and a performance by The North Florida Emerald Society Pipes & Drums at 6:30.

Lynch’s Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach is throwing the granddaddy of all St. Paddy’s parties with stages both inside and outside the popular pub. I suggest you get there early and wear your party shoes.

O’Brother’s Irish Pub in Riverside is hosting a street party in conjunction with Folio Magazine that will feature an outdoor food court, five bars, live music, and loads of shenanigans. The party starts at 2:00 PM and goes all night!

The Tilted Kilt will be also be putting on a street party in Tinseltown featuring live music, plenty of beer, and the best looking, kilt wearing servers anywhere in the city.

Intuition Ale Works, puts The Red Man Irish red on tap at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Riverside brewery will also feature on-site St. Paddy’s Day T-shirt production.

With a list like this, you should have no difficulty finding an event to attend. Just be sure to wear your green and drink responsibly.


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Boldly Going Where No Jacksonville Brewery has Gone Before

Jacksonville’s own Bold City Brewery has been garnering a lot of national attention lately and with good reason. Since opening on Rosselle Street in the Riverside/Avondale area in 2008, Bold City has been turning heads. They were the first craft brewery in Jacksonville, they are owned by a mother and son team, they were the first in the area to bottle their beers for distribution to local grocery stores, and they were the first local brewery to serve their beer at local sporting events.

In the tradition of many of the great breweries of the Old Country, Bold City is a true family effort, too. Members of the Miller family (no relation to the other brewery by that name) man the taps in the tap room, assist with cleaning out fermentation tanks, marketing their brand, and bottling the beer. On Wednesday evenings you can usually find the whole family manning the bottling station as they cap and crate pallets of beer.

The brewery’s journey towards success began back in 2002 when Brian Miller – the son of the mother and son team – began home brewing beer. He joined the local brewing club, C. A.S. K. and soon after began collecting accolades on his brews. Soon after that the idea of running a brewery began to grow in the back of his mind. The seedling grew to a fully formed idea and Miller approached his mother Susan with the plan for the Jacksonville brewing icon. After researching the idea thoroughly, Susan Miller left her job at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida to join the Bold City team.

In Brian’s own words, “The concept of opening a business, any business, can be a scary one, but at some point, you have to allow yourself to dream about what could be and push forward with your aspirations.” So, with an infusion of capital supplied by a mortgage on Susan’s home, the two set out to build a brewing empire all their own.

Today Susan manages the business aspects of the operation including the Tap Room and dealing with suppliers. Brian has turned the brewing reigns over to his longtime assistant and has taken over the job of Brewing Operations Manager. In the more than three years since the brewery has opened, Bold City has expanded the size of their equipment and their facility. Recently they took out the wall of an adjoining unit in the warehouse they are situated in and built a third cooler.

And all that hard work has paid on in spades not only with legions of fanatical followers, but recently three separate and highly-respected publishers have honored the humble group.

Men’s Health named Bold City in its article “The Best Beers from NFL Cities” citing Fritz’s and Bold English in its write up, “Try Fritz’s Hefeweizen for a sterling example of a German wheat beer, or the Bold English Old Ale if you’re looking for deeper flavor.”

Draft Magazine, in its article on breakfast beers (yes, beer is now a breakfast drink alongside Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s) recommended Killer Whale Cream Ale paired with croissants.

And, Rate Beer, one of the ‘Net’s most popular and authoritive beer websites, named Bold City as one of the Top 50 Breweries to visit in the world. Bold City was ranked right up there with Sierra Nevada in California and St. Sixtus in Belgium.

Never let it be said that a man’s dream cannot come to fruition; at least not around Bold City brewery. Brian and the gang may have something to say about that. And, though it took plenty of hard work and long hours, the great folks at the brewery wouldn’t change a thing.

Until next time,

Long Live the Brewers


Marc Wisdom


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Blue Fish Restaurant Teams with Bold City for First Beer Dinner

On Wednesday, February 8th Bold City Brewery and The Blue Fish Restaurant and Oyster Bar will be holding a beer dinner. In the past, Blue Fish has done several very successful wine dinners. But, this is their first beer dinner. And what a great first outing they have coming with one of Jacksonville’s favorite local breweries.

The menu, which looks fantastic, follows:

First Course
Bold City Killer Whale Cream Ale – not too hoppy, not too malty, light, and refreshing served with succulent mussels Steamed Bold City beer.

Second Course
Bold City Archie’s Rhino Rye Pale Ale – a distinctively flavored pale due to the use of rye grain in the brewing process served with large gulf shrimp, mushrooms, cajun spices, green onion, shrimp stock, butter, and oxford missisippi stone ground grits.

Third Course
Bold City Duke’s Brown Ale – a slightly sweet and nutty brown ale served with grilled bratwurst and Bold City b braised sauerkraut.

Fourth Course
Bold City Smokey Porter – this robust porter is made with cherrywood smoked barley that imparts a truly bold flavor. This exceptional brew is paired with dark beer braised boneless short ribs.

Fifth Course
Bold City Mad Manatee – an American IPA with big herbal and citrus characteristics paired up with blackened fresh catch, red beans & rice, jumbo lump crab with beurre
blanc sauce.

Sixth Course
Bold City 1901 – mamed for the great Jacksonville fire of 2901 this malty, roasty, and complex red ale accompanies beer chocolate bundt cake.

Tickets are available at the restaurant and are $45.00 for the dinner of six courses paired with six Bold City ales.

Welcome drinks begin pouring at 6:30 and dinner service begins at 7:00.


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Bold City Adding More Fun to Craft Beer Week

Our friends over at Bold City Brewing have an interesting and fun contest going on this weekend only. And, to make it even more fun, the reward is a free pint of Bold City Beer! How sweet is that?

Here’s what you have to do:

1. Go to your favorite local bar, pub, or restaurant that serves Bold City beer on tap.
2. Purchase a pint of delicious Bold City beer.
3. Have your photo taken in front of the tap with your Bold City beer in your hand.
4. Drink the beer.
5. Take the photo to Bold City Brewery during Tap Room hours through the end of the day Saturday, May 21.
6. Get a FREE pint of Bold City beer!

How easy is that?

Want to make this sweet deal even sweeter? Take five photos at five different places and the folks at Bold City will give you a free growler fill! Me likey!

Other things I hear from Bold City are that they are brewing a beer that they affectionately are calling “Left Overs.” Why Left Overs, you ask? Because Brian had a bunch of left over grain that needed to be used. So, he threw it all in the brewhouse and is making a beer out of it. He’s not sure what the exact style will be, but he is thinking it will be along the lines of a double IPA. Brian is also working on a top secret Rye Pale Ale that sounds quite intriguing. Watch for an announcement of a release party in the next few weeks.

And don’t forget, tonight is the Jacksonville Craft and Import Beer Festival at the Jacksonville Memorial Arena. Tickets are $45 for VIP admission at 6:00 or $30 for General Admission at 7:00. There will be nearly 250 beers to try and food from 20 local restaurants. Look for the Springfield Brew Crew booth, stop in and say hello!

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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Beer, Beer News, Bold City Brewery


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Hot Beer Flavors for Cinco de Mayo


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So, as a friend put it this morning, “Happy historic event [day that] we have no idea about so we drink foreign beer day!” Ah, my friend Violet is a poet. That aside. there are a couple of interesting brews being poured today around town to quench your thirst for adventurous brews.

Bold City Brewery is pouring a version of their popular Killer Whale Cream Ale that has been infused with Key Lime today. Sounds interestingly like a slice of key lime pie that you can drink. And I am all for drinking my foods!

Engine 15, out at the beaches, is serving $3 Presidente’s all day. But, if you want to get really adventurous you can have the same beer run the a Randall (a device that infuses flavors into beer) that is stuffed with chili peppers and hops for $5 a pint. That should pack a wallop!

And don’t forget that tonight is Ladies’ Night at Intuition Ale Works. Ladies get $1 off of pints tonight and $1 from every pint sold to anyone the entire night goes to Community Connections, an organization that believes every child deserves to have a loving start in life with parents who know how to care for them, safe places where they can play and learn, and a decent place to live. Sadly, many families in Jacksonville are homeless or don’t have access to quality childcare, after school programs and summer programs. Community Connections provides that connection so families can grow stronger every day. For more information, visit

Of course, there are the traditional Cinco de Mayo brews Dos Equis and Corona that many of you will head out for this evening, too. Whatever beer you choose to celebrate the day with, drink responsibly and be safe.


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