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Recall Notice: Intuition Ale Works recalls entire 2015 Underdark release

UNDERDARK_2_poster-460x710For the past few years, Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville, Fla. has hosted an annual release party for their highly popular Underdark Imperial Stout. But, this year’s release, the third in the series has met with a snag. In a surprising email released Monday, May 18, 2015, Intuition owner Ben Davis has issued a recall for the entire release of 2015 Underdark.

In the email, Davis sites that testing results indicate that the batch is infected with lactobacillus, a harmless but destructive type of bacteria that causes sour flavors to develop and is used in beers that are meant to have sour characteristics. Lacto, as it is known in beer circles, is a highly aggressive yeast that can easily run rampant in a brewing environment. The infection, Davis says, was traced back to one of the older bourbon barrels used to age the 2015 batch of Underdark.

The brewery has expressed a concern that, because of the lacto infection, the beer in bottles may continue to ferment causing significant internal pressure on the glass and increasing the chance of the bottle exploding. Davis, recommends that unopened bottles of the beer should be stored in a cool place to minimize the rate of fermentation and that unopened bottles should be transported in a box for safety. It is also recommended that bottle should not be left in a car if it will be left alone in the heat for any length of time.

Unopened bottles should be returned to the Intuition tap room at 720 King Street during its regular business hours of 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays. A cash refund of $15  or $25 tap room credit will be issued per unopened bottle.

Read the entire email from Intuition owner Ben Davis below.

Intuition Ale Works is announcing a total recall of our 2015 Underdark barrel-aged stout. We have found through testing that the 2015 batch contains lactobacillus that is causing unwanted sour flavors to develop in the beer.

Lactobacillus is commonly used to deliberately sour beers like lambics, Flanders reds and other Belgian styles, and our staff has enjoyed tasting the way this year’s Underdark has developed. We traced it back to one of the older bourbon barrels that we used for the 2015 batch of Underdark.

However, we realize that a sour stout was not the intended style of this year’s Underdark, and it is not what you purchased. We are therefore offering a full refund to anyone who chooses to return their unopened 2015 bottles.

The unopened bottles of 2015 Underdark should be returned to the Intuition Ale Works tap room at 720 King Street. We will issue a $15 cash refund per bottle, or $25 Intuition gift card per bottle that can be used towards purchases in our tap room.

Please bring the Underdark bottles to the tap room in person during opening hours (Tues – Fri 3-11pm; Sat 1-11pm). It is illegal for us to accept shipments of beer and the beer could potentially explode during transit through the postal service. No refunds will be issued for opened bottles of Underdark.

In the meantime, please store bottles of 2015 Underdark in a cool place before returning them. We are concerned that the beer will continue to ferment in the bottle which will cause excessive pressure and the bottles could potentially explode, especially if they are stored in a warm environment. Avoid transporting bottles of 2015 Underdark in your car if it will be left unattended in the heat for an extended period of time. To be extra cautious we recommend storing and transporting bottles in a box.

We have found there to be significant bottle-to-bottle variation in lactobacillus content and your bottle(s) of 2015 Underdark may not have developed sour flavors, especially if they have been stored in a cool environment. Please note, however, that the beer may sour as it ages.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. We have recently hired a Quality Assurance manager to avoid repeat incidents in the future and for us to make the best beer possible going forward.

We understand that many of you traveled to Jacksonville specifically for the release of this year’s Underdark vintage so there is no time limit for returning bottles and receiving a full refund or gift card. We deeply appreciate the trust you put in Intuition Ale Works and we thank you for your support.

Ben Davis
Founder, Intuition Ale Works

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Intuition Ale Works

 

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Intuition fourth anniversary week packs in the events, beer

IntuitionAleWorks (1)This week marks the beginning of Intuition Ale Works’ fourth anniversary celebration. During the week there will be a number of special events and one-off releases to celebrate with everything culminating on Saturday, November 22 at the brewery for a huge bash.

As has been the custom over the past four years with the brewery, guests can purchase beer “Passports” that will be stamped each time one of the special brews is drunk. Try 20 or more of the special brews and you earn a growler of beer and can register to win a $100 tap room credit. Only 100 passports will be printed, so if you want to participate, get to the tap room Tuesday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m. to grab yours.

Some of the beers to try include:

Tuesday, November 18: State Line w/ Habanero

Wednesday, November 19: Cantaloupe Saison w/ Cracked Pepper

Thursday, November 20: Smoke IPA w/ Pineapple

Friday, November 21: Golden Graham Jon Boat

Each beer will only be available the day it is released and Saturday the 22nd when all the beers will be available in the brewery and tap room.

In addition to special beers, the brewery will be featured at a number of special events throughout the area. These events include a Belgian beer dinner at Black Sheep Restaurant, a beer and cheese pairing, tap takeovers and a special brunch as dinner event at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails.

Tuesday, November 18

Black Sheep Restaurant ~ Belgian Beer Dinner

Chef Waylon Rivers prepares a five course dinner served on the beautiful rooftop bar featuring a different Belgian-style beer brewed by Intuition with each course.

Tickets are $75 and are very limited. To reserve your seat at the table, call the restaurant at (904) 380-3091.

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters ~ Blonde Coffee Stout Tapping

Both the Riverside and Jacksonville Beach Bold Bean locations will be tapping a very special collaboration brew on Tuesday. The Intuition team worked closely with Bold Bean to create the Blonde Coffee Stout, a unique special release brew with oats, cocoa nibs and Brazilian coffee. The beer will only be available at Bold Bean and in very limited quantities, so when it’s gone, it’s gone!

Wednesday, November 19

Intuition Ale Works Tap Room ~ Beer and Cheese Pairing with Cypress grove Chevre

On Wednesday Intuition is hosting a special beer and cheese pairing with Cypress Grove Chevre, an award-winning artisan goat cheese maker, in the brewery bar. Debbie from Cypress Grove and Riley from Intuition will be on hand to guide the pairing of five cheeses and five beers, including a unique one-off. Special glassware will be provided by Cypress Grove, along with other goodies. Tickets are $20 and are extremely limited. Get yours now at this link: http://IntuitionAnniversaryBeerAndCheese.eventbrite.com

Engine 15 ~ Intuition Pint Night

The beaches brew pub will feature seven Intuition brews on tap including: Barrel-Aged Amsterdam Falafel, Noir Belge, Double Elimination, Truck Stop Stout and three core beers.

Thursday, November 20

World of Beer Southside ~ Intuition Tap Takeover

Join the Intuition crew at World of Beer Southside for the biggest Intuition tap takeover ever! WOB will be pouring at least 20 of Intuition brews starting at 6:00 p.m. In addition there will be fun swag giveaways.

Jaxsons Night Market ~ Cooking with Intuition

The brewery partners with Jaxsons Night Market this month to celebrate beer, food and community. Contributors to their cookbook, Cooking with Intuition, will be selling a number of dishes prepared with Intuition brews at the Market and Cari will be selling signed copies of the cookbook.

Also, cans of King Street Stout will be available at the Intuition Biergarten for the first time outside of the tap room.

Friday, November 21

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails ~ Brunch for Dinner Dual Anniversary Party

Intuition and Moxie celebrate their shared  anniversary with Brunch for Dinner on Friday night starting at 10:00 p.m. This late-night bash will feature an incredible lineup of beers all paired with Chef Tom Gray’s brunch-inspired small plates. Featured beers include Duuuvaaal, Shotgun Shack and several brunch-themed beers brewed just for the occasion.

The Jax Brew Bus will be making a special roundtrip from Riverside.

Tickets can be purchased at http://moxiefl.ticketleap.com/brunch-for-dinner/.

Saturday, November 22

Intuition Ale Works ~ Anniversary Bash

The party starts at 1:00 p.m. and will feature a long list of special release and barrel-aged brews created just for the occasion. Add to that food trucks in the street featuring fare by Funkadelic and Driftwood BBQ, on-site t-shirt printing by Fretto Prints and a raffle to support the Florida craft beer political committee with a chance to win a Yeti cooler bag customized by Burro Bags or an UNDERDARK package that includes bottles of all three vintages and lots of swag, and you have the makings of an epic party.

Sunday, November 23

Mellow Mushroom Avondale ~  Hangover Brunch

Shake off an epic week with a Hangover Brunch at Mellow Mushroom Avondale on Sunday morning. The ‘Shroom will feature 10 of Intuition brews on tap to pair with their already awesome brunch menu, including some breakfast one-offs and the return of Contraption, a special release double IPA.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Beer, Intuition Ale Works

 

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Intuition Ale Work’s King Street Stout to be available in cans soon

kingStKing Street Beer District co-anchor Intuition Ale Works was the first brewery in Florida to can beers. The initial release included the brewery’s flagship People’s Pale Ale, their popular West Coast-style IPA, I-10 IPA and their easy-drinking Jon Boat Coastal Ale. Along the way there was at least one cancelled release — the popular Belgian-style brew known as Duuuvaaal — because of a dispute with a Belgian brewery with a similar name. But, in perhaps one of the most anticipated announcements from the brewery, Cari Sanchez-Potter posted to Facebook and the brewery’s blog that King Street Stout will make its debut in cans August 2.

According to the company’s website King Street Stout is an, “Imperial stout brewed with two-row malted barley and a variety of roasted and caramel malts.” Tasters will notice notes of coffee, chocolate and rich malts in this deep, black brew. Though the beer will be packaged in 12-ounce cans, at 8.4% ABV one can easily serves two when poured into snifters.

King Street will be available in 4-packs and retail for $10.99 at the brewery’s tap room for the first few months.

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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Beer, Intuition Ale Works

 

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Intuition Ale Works creates two brews for One Spark

onesparkAt a recent kick-off party for the Downtown is on Fire initiative, Intuition Ale Works debuted their Smoke IPA. But, if recent wins by the brewery are any indication, it seems that they are just as on fire as downtown. For the second year in a row, the brewery has been tapped as the Official Brewery of One Spark, billed as ‘The World’s Crowdfunding Festival.’

Intuition will be brewing two limited release beers for One Spark 2014 instead of just one like last year. According to a press release from the brewery, demand for last year’s One Spark Kölsch was so high that the decision was made to add another brew to the lineup this year.

In addition to One Spark Kölsch, a smooth German-style ale with mild hops and a crisp finish inspired by the kölsch beers of Cologne, Germany, Intuition will brew One Spark Alt. The new beer is inspired by the altbiers brewed in Dusseldorf, Germany and is an amber malty brew with a smooth finish. Interestingly, the beers are examples of the two ale styles produced in otherwise lager-dominated Germany.

Intuition Ale Works founder Ben Davis decided to create the second brew due to the wildly successful nature of the One Spark event last year as well as the enthusiastic acceptance of One Spark Kölsch. Of the event, Davis said, “People can use One Spark to directly support the ideas of others. As a Jacksonville native and small business owner, I know that supporting our downtown core with events like these and contributing to the spirit of innovation will be vital to our city in years to come.”

One Spark is a five-day event that connects people with great ideas to the resources they need to bring those ideas to fruition. The festival runs from April 9 to April 13, 2014 in a 20-square-block, multi-Venue gallery in downtown Jacksonville, Fla.  Artists, entrepreneurs and innovators display their ideas for all to see and vote on. Attendees vote on the projects they like the best to distribute nearly $300,000 in funds.

Davis has proven to be an outspoken and unwavering downtown advocate with his involvement in the afore mentioned Downtown is on Fire campaign. His Smoke IPA was inspired by and created exclusively for downtown Jacksonville only as part of the movement and should be appearing on tap at bars and restaurants in the city core now. For a list of locations serving Smoke IPA, go to the Downtown Marketing Collaborative’s website: http://www.downtownisonfire.com/promotions.

One Spark and One Spark Alt will be available on draft at the One Spark Festival in the San Marco Dining District Food Village and at beer kiosks set up throughout downtown Jacksonville during the festival.

 

 
 

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Downtown is on Fire with downtown exclusive Smoke IPA from Intuition

dtonfireLast night there was a party on the roof of the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) to kickstart the Downtown is on Fire movement. In a nutshell the movement’s goal is to showcase downtown Jacksonville to the rest of the city and the world as a place that is hip, happening and a whole lot of fun.

There were speeches from local shakers and movers like Terry Lorrince, Executive Director of Downtown Vision, Inc., David Wingard of Wingard Creative, the masterminds behind the Downtown is on Fire initiative, Ben Davis owner of Intuition Ale Works and Bill Prescott of the initiative itself. But, the star of the event was the beer.

Ben and his creative team at Intuition created a beer specifically for sale only in downtown Jacksonville named Smoke IPA. As the name indicates, the beer is made with malts smoked with cherry and oak woods that give it a delicious smokey and sweet quality you will be hard pressed to find in any other IPA on the market.

The name of the beer — as well as the downtown initiative — are nods to the Great Jacksonville Fire of 1901. In eight hours, the fire burned 146 city blocks, destroyed more than 2,368 buildings, and left almost 10,000 residents homeless. It is said the glow from the flames could be seen in Savannah, Ga, and the smoke plumes in Raleigh, NC.

But, the Downtown is on Fire catchphrase and initiative are less about burning things and more about heating things up. The Downtown Collaborative says it best on the Downtown is on Fire website, “As excited as we are about drawing more people to the Downtown area, we don’t expect to reinvent the wheel. In truth, these embers have been burning for some time now, and we exist only to stoke the flame. Our city holds a colorful history, bright future, and endless possibilities. At the center of it all is Downtown, where we believe amazing things can happen. Where all it takes is a spark to start a fire.”

One of those sparks is the beer created by Intuition. The Florida Times-Union’s Matt About Jax caught a bit about the beer on video at the event. Watch it at the link below.

http://bcove.me/tqq1f6n3

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Beer, Intuition Ale Works

 

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Intuition Ale Works’ Underdark is coming, prepare yourself

UNDERDARK-poster-460x710Once per year Intuition Ale Works releases a beer that has become a legend in the craft beer community. This year, on Saturday February 1st, the brewery will release their coveted Underdark Imperials Stout. Last year’s release of the inky black brew garnered rave reviews at RateBeer.com earning 98 out of 100 points. On Beeradvocate.com the brew attained 94 out of 100 and an Outstanding rating.

Underdark is a mixture of several of Inuition’s other, popular beers King Street and Truck Stop Stouts that has been aged in bourbon barrels.

Last year’s release was described by Steve Flores owner of Kickbacks Gastropub on Beer Advocate: “Aroma dominated by coffee, slight vanilla and molasses and just a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Very thick. Taste has nice coffee, touch of chocolate and vanilla, lots of roasted malts. Plenty of complexity but I think more layers will be added to the mix with additional aging in the bottle. Alcohol is well hidden. Deep. Dark. Mysterious. Perfect name, spectacular beer.”

The brewery has stated in an email newsletter that they set aside a limited quantity of last year’s release so that beer lovers could compare the beer with some age on it side-by-side with the new release.

As is fitting of such a huge release, the brewery is throwing a party and will shut down King Street like they did for their anniversary in November. In addition to Underdark, there will be a number of guest beers on tap. Hungry party-goers can chow down from two food trucks: Funkadelic and Chew Chew.

The 2014 release of Underdark bomber bottles will go on sale at 12:00 noon for $15 each. Purchasers must show a valid government-issued ID to purchase. A strict limit of two bottles per person will be adhered to. In addition to the beer, Underdark t-shirts ($20) and snifters ($6) will be available.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Beer Festival, Intuition Ale Works

 

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Intuition to celebrate two years with events, dinners, and new brews

A lot can happen in two years; relationships end and begin, friends come and go, the nation survives another election cycle, and Intuition Ale Works continues to produce top-quality craft brews. This week, Jacksonville’s second true craft beer brewery celebrates its second anniversary of brewing beers that are not only beloved by legions of local beer-lovers, but are also innovative and boundary stretching.

During the past year the brewery, located in the King Street Beer District, has undertaken a number of new initiatives including becoming the first Florida brewery to can their brews and initiating a search for a second brewery location. The canned beer became an immediate success with demand sky-rocketing which in turn necessitated the search for a second facility. Several high-profile locations have been considered for the second brewery such as the Hayden Burns Library downtown and a riverfront plot in the old Shipyards area, but nothing has panned out yet. But, the search goes on and owner Ben Davis is hopeful that a new site will be found so that the brewery can expand and meet demand.

This week, however, the theme is one of celebration. The brewery is pulling out all the stops to make this year’s anniversary a memorable one with new brews being released every day, special events, dinners, and seminars, and a blow-out bash on Saturday. In addition, the first 100 to request a Beer Passport and drink a 7-ounce pour of all 20 of the beers on tap this week at Intuition will receive a free growler fill and be entered to win a $100 bar tab.

The lineup of events at the King Street brewery includes:

Monday, Nov. 12: Beer dinner with pairings from local breweries including Intuition and others at Royal Palms Wine & Tapas restaurant in Atlantic Beach. Tickets for the dinner are $60 and include taxes and gratuity. For more information and reservations go to: Beer Dinners.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: The first of the week’s anniversary brews is tapped and Beer Passports are handed out. Also, in the Brewery Bar, Pecha Kucha, a sort of timed presentation synched with PowerPoint slides will take place. Intuition Owner Ben Davis will participate as one of the presenters.

Wednesday, Nov. 14: Davis will host an informative seminar and beer tasting to explain to beer-lovers how beer is made, the process and artistry involved, and how the final product should taste. Tickets must be obtained for the seminar and are cost $15 ($10 for Mug Club members). The seminar includes tastings of ten different beers and snacks. Purchase tickets from http://intuitionanniversarybeerseminar.eventbrite.com/. Intuition brews will also be served at Gas Full Service Restaurant’s beer dinners in St. Augustine. For more information and reservations go to: Beer Dinners.

Thursday, Nov. 15: Beginning at 6:00 p.m. the brewery will hold its annual Mug Club Member Appreciation Party. This event is open to Mug Club members only. You can also get Intuition beers paired with culinary art works at Pele’s Wood Fire Drink Like a Local Beer Dinner. For more information and reservations go to: Beer Dinners.

Friday: Nov. 16: Billed as Anniversary Eve, the fourth anniversary brew will be tapped. Think of this night as the warm up to the big event on Saturday.

Saturday, Nov. 17: The Second Anniversary celebration begins at 1:00 p.m. with all of the special brews on tap and a food court of food trucks. In attendance will be Corner Taco, Mother Fletchers, Driftwood BBQ, and Dig Foods. In addition expect there to be plenty of good beer, fun, and good friends.

Congratulations to the entire crew at Intuition, may you have many more years of prosperity and great beer!

Keep up to date on all the beer happenings and news going on in town at the ALL NEW www.JaxBeerGuy.com.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Beer, Intuition Ale Works, Local Brewery

 

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