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!
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