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Bubba Burger Grill breaks loose some unbelievable beer specials

Summertime is typically when you find backyard grills lit and burgers sizzling away over the flames. The guys are sitting around the grill laughing and sharing cold beers out of a cooler chock full of ice. Inside mom is busily slicing tomatoes, rinsing lettuce, and preparing coleslaw or potato salad. That romantic image is what the makers of grills and barbecue condiments around the world want you to have. It sells an ideal summer to the gullible masses. The reality of a backyard cookout is more often than not, a dirty grill that must be scraped before it is useable, oppressive heat that causes sweat to roll down your face and into your eyes, billows of choking smoke blowing into your face, and voracious bugs biting and stinging the grumpy fellow with the spatula.

The Bubba Burger Grill restaurant at Baymeadows Road and the east 295 Beltway wants to take you away from all that aggravation and end make getting a great burger and ice cold beer a little easier on you and your wallet. Starting tomorrow you can roll on over in the air-conditioned comfort of your car and enjoy special prices on food and drink.

And when they say specials on drinks, they really mean it. With a new emphasis on local and craft beers, the great folks over at Bubba Burger Grill Baymeadows are offering pitchers – that’s right pitchers – of craft beer for only $7! To make it even better, they are now serving Intuition Ale Works brews. They are also offering all bottled brews for the astounding price of just $2! And, for those you prefer a little tequila with their burgers; pitchers of margaritas are only $6.

You may know the name Bubba Burger from the frozen hamburger patties of the same name in the freezers at your grocery store. Bubba Burger Grill is a division of the same company and do the cooking for you with awesome specialties burgers and sides like the Chuckwagon, the Hellfire Bubba, and parmesan truffle fries. And, if you are feeling particularly adventurous, try the Bubba Dippers; thick cut, hickory smoked bacon strips fried to perfection served with Bubba Burger Grill’s proprietary Maple Mallow dipping sauce. It sounds absurd, but the sweetness of the sauce and salty smokiness of the bacon is a match made in heaven.

The drink specials begin tomorrow, July 20 at the Baymeadows Bubba Burger Grill location only. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Beer, Food, Restaurant


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Beery Treats for Your Best Friend

Beer is a social beverage. Sure, there are those who prefer to drink alone, but for most sharing a beer after work or on the weekend with friends is a ritual they cherish. And now, even if your friends are not available for a night at the local brew pub, you can still share a brew with your best friend – sort of.

Baking Under the Influence, or BUI to the hip and in-the-know, just announced today that is is offering freshly baked dog treats made from the spent grain of Intuition Ale Works. Baking Under the Influence is a local business that bakes a variety of goods including cup cakes with beer or other alcoholic beverages as an ingredient.  The dog treats are made from a recipe with are made from the spent grain, peanut butter, flour, bananas, and eggs. Hops are definitely not in the treats as they are toxic to dogs.

Violet Olds-Skinner, co-owner of BUI, said, “We made them because I always thought it’d be fun to do something for the dogs knowing that the spent grain is usable and good for them…  Making dog treats is something I’ve always wanted to do and what better way to do it than with the beer byproduct!”

OldS-Skinner says that she plans to sell the treats at the King Street Farmers market beginning tomorrow, June 6. The treat will also be available at Park Street Paws later and perhaps even at the brewery. If the treats catch on, BUI would like to create versions from the spent grains at the other breweries in the area. Named for Olds-Skinner’s rescue dog, Clementine, the treats have been tested and approved by their namesake.

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Posted by on June 5, 2012 in Beer News, Food


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Lola’s Burrito Joint Set to Open This Week in Riverside

Just last week Beer:30 opened on King Street in the Beer District, this week another new place is opening with an incredible array of beers and a menu to knock you socks off. Lola’s Burrito Joint will offer the name-sake burritos, but it will also offer an array of foods described by Carlos Ramirez, chef and partner, as Latin street food. The restaurant is the brainchild of Ramirez and the team responsible for Carmine’s Pie House a few blocks down King Street.

The interior of the new watering hole cum restaurant is a lively mishmash of Latin influences with a centerpiece of a mannequin astride a motorcycle. It is vibrant, exciting, and definitely outside the usual. Bright reds, and yellows adorn the walls and Latin murals, paintings and artwork abound.

But, even the best restaurant cannot survive on looks alone. Fortunately, Lola’s has an outstanding menu as well. Look for empanadas, quesadillas, tacos, and wings as well as a bevy of burritos. And don’t forget the beer. Lola’s will host over 50 taps including two very unique Unibroue towers with Blanche de Chambly, Blonde de Chambly, Maudite, and Ephemere flowing through them.

Ramirez says the name is the result of a brainstorming session, “We were looking for a name with presence; Lola’s seemed to have it.” He says that the new restaurants, “Wants to be conscious to the neighborhood. Keeping true to the legacy of Riverside.”

Ramirez plans to have the doors open later this week to welcome his new neighbors and begin making his mark.


Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Beer, Food, Imports, Restaurant


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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 (, 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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Jax Beer Week Unmitigated Success

From the first event Monday night at Kickback’s to the grand finale Saturday at Mellow Mushroom, the first ever Jacksonville Beer Week can only be described as an unmitigated success. The fact the entire week was pulled together in less than a month speaks volumes for the organizational skills of all involved and foretells an even better event next year.

News of the week spread quickly through word of mouth and social media. As new venues were added the website for the week was updated and the list of beer-centric things to do grew rapidly. It seemed like new events were added on a daily basis until the week went from an idea to fruition. Each event built upon the previous one to build a fun-filled week that is sure to be the buzz of town until the next Jacksonville Beer Week next year.

Some of the highlights of the week included the above mentioned local beer day at Kickback’s on Monday. This was followed by a slew of events on Tuesday including a special beer and food pairing meal at Pele’s Wood Fire, a tapping of a special collaborative beer brewed at Intuition Ale Works by the crew from Mellow Mushroom, a ladies only beer tasting at the Cork & Keg in Fruit Cove, and a special Stone Brewing tasting at Brewer’s Pizza in Orange park. Wednesday brought a showing of the fantastic craft beer vs. mega brewers movie “Beer Wars,” which was followed by a lively discussion panel afterwards. On Thursday the guys at Mile Marker Brewing in St. Augustine transformed their brewery into a movie theater and screened two of the greatest all-time beer movies out there: “Beerfest” and “Stanger Brew,” Engine 15 tapped a special beer brewed by the Florida Times-Union’s Roger Bull and Ed Stansel, writers of Amber Waves beer blog. In addition Grassroots in Riverside hosted a tasting of brews from Intuition, Bold City, Brewer’s Pizza, and Michael Payne owner of the soon-to-be-open Aardwolf Brewery in San Marco. Friday night saw the first annual Springfield Brew Crew Downtown Pub Crawl, a tap takeover of Florida beers at Green Room Brewing that included of 40 local and Florida beers, and Engine 15 hosted a tap takeover that boasted 10 local taps and a special firkin made just for Beer Week. The week closed with the Grand Tasting at Mellow Mushroom at Tinseltown. The final event included beer tastings from most of the local breweries, music from Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, food from Mellow Mushroom, and a brewer’s panel discussion.

With the great success of this year’s event it is safe to assume that there will be another next year with even better events and a greater selection of local and Florida beers. The most difficult part will be waiting for it to begin again.


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