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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 earning 98 out of 100 points. On 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 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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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Beer, Intuition Ale Works, Local Brewery


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Shipyards out for Intuition

The search for a suitable location for the expansion of Intuition Ale Works continues. A few weeks ago, brewery owner Ben Davis submitted a preliminary site plan for a brewery, tap room, and beer garden to Jacksonville leaders. His plan called for the brewery to be built on a portion of the Shipyards property on the northside riverfront between Berkman Plaza and the sports complex. The city declined to split the property, so Davis is looking again.

Davis is looking because his nearly two-year-old brewery is running out of capacity. His brewery on King Street on the edge of the Riverside neighborhood is brewing constantly since they became the first Florida brewery to can their beers. In January Intuition began canning there three most popular brews; People’s Pale Ale, I-10 IPA, and Jon Boat Coastal Ale.

“We just can’t keep up with demand,” Davis says. In the last year his brewery produced 2,200 kegs of beer and Davis says he hopes to increase that to 6,000 next year. With the size constraints he has now, that may be a tall order to fill.

Because Davis needs a building with high ceilings to accommodate large fermentation tanks, he is having a difficult time locating a building. His hope is to be able to put his second brewery downtown to present a strong image of Jacksonville to residents and visitors alike. But, after looking at several buildings, he has still not found one to suit his needs. An article a few weeks ago in the Jacksonville Business Journal indicated that if Davis cannot find a suitable building downtown he may scrap the idea of a second tap room and put a brewery only into an industrial building on the westside or near the airport.

The thought of the brewery going outside the city core has some participants on local discussion boards like Metro Jacksonville up in arms, though. Many have suggested buildings in the Springfield warehouse district may be a solution, others have suggested downtown buildings that are currently unoccupied. For now though, Davis is still looking.


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Belgian National Holiday Feestdag to be celebrated with tastings and special events

The original flag from 1830

The original flag from 1830 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Often revolution is sparked by existing passions roused to a boiling point by a work of art, music, or theater. Such is the case with the Belgian Revolution of 1830 in which the Belgian people rose up against the Dutch to wrestle its independence from The Netherlands in part as the result of the opera La muette de Portici. The opera dramatizes the historical uprising of Masaniello against Spanish rule in Naples in 1647.

With the aid of French intellectuals and armed forces, as well as the Catholic clergy who were against the Protestant Dutch King William I, the Belgian people fought for full independence. Because the European powers of the time feared Belgian may become a republic or get annexed to France, a monarch was found to lead the country from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in Germany. On July 21, 1831 the first Belgian king, Leopold of Saxe-Coburg was installed and the date became the Belgian National holiday known as Feestdag.

Since Belgium is known as one of the world’s greatest beer countries, it seems only fitting to celebrate their national holiday with beer-centric celebrations. Here in Jacksonville, there are several events taking place that you will not want to miss including a tasting, beer specials, and a special Bier Garden event at the Jacksonville Suns game.

The first event, takes place tomorrow night at Total Wine and More in the St. John’s Town Center with a tasting of Belgium’s top selling ale, Palm. Palm is a Belgian Pale Ale that was originally produced as competition to the pilsners and lagers that were becoming popular throughout Europe. It is described as neither heavy nor bitter with toasty malt aromas, slightly bitter orange flavors, and a tart, refreshing finish. The tasting at Total Wine will go from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

In addition to the tasting, all four European Street Cafes are celebrating with several specials. Look for beer specials on all week, a happy hour all day on Saturday, July 21 starting at 10:00 a.m. on Palm and Bright Lights White, a new Belgian-style Wit from Intuition Ale Works.

The new Belgian-style Wit from Intuition was fermented with the Celis yeast strain, the same strain used in Hoegaarden in Belgium. Ben and his crew also used a combination of Belgian Pilsner Malt, German Malted Wheat, and Munich Malt along with some flaked wheat and oats. To that grain bill, the wizards at Intuition added acidulated malt or what the Germans call Sauer Malt to give the beer a subtle tang. All the spice flavors percieved in the beer come from the yeast, as Ben says no spices were added.

Estreet is also celebrating with the popular Beer and baseball event at the Jacksonville Suns baseball game Saturday night. Every month baseball fans and beer-lovers alike can spend a night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in the European Street Café Bier Garden located in the left field area. For one low price fans can get admission to the game, all the beer you can drink and all the Estreet food, including Monster German Wieners, Estreet sandwiches and wraps, cole slaw and chips from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p. m. The price is just $20 and tickets are available at all European Street locations.

In addition, the guys out out at Engine 15 along with Carolyn Graham of Brown Distributing are planning to pull out a few surprises, Carolyn says, “It’ll be delicious, I promise.” Festivities begin at 2:00 p. m.


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Intuition Looking at Shipyards for Second Brewery

A few weeks ago we reported that Ben Davis, owner and brewer at Intuition Ale Works was looking for a second location to build another brewery. He has looked at several sites including the old Library downtown at Ocean and Adams Streets as well as the old Claude Nolan Cadillac building on the edge of Springfield on Main Street.

While both buildings have their advantages, neither was the exact fit Davis was looking for. So, he has turned to Design Cooperative to help him put together what he called yesterday a, “very preliminary” sketch of a proposed new building. The building would be situated on the property that was to be developed as The Shipyards before the project failed and the city took ownership of the land.

Davis’ plan is to build a two-story brewery with offices, hospitality space, a tap room, a beer garden, and outdoor tailgating and events areas. The site chosen is directly adjacent to the river and would provide scenic vistas to tap room and beer garden patrons. The proposal also allows for future expansion should the need arise.  The preliminary plans have been submitted to Don Shea, executive director of the Jacksonville Civic Council and adviser to Mayor Alvin Brown’s office, and Jerry Mallot, president of JaxUSA Partnership. However, the land has not yet been acquired.

Intuition is in need of a second location to keep up with demand for its canned beers, People’s Pale Ale, I-10 IPA, and Jon Boat Coastal Ale. Since their introduction earlier this year the brewery has seen a huge positive spike in sales and the current brewery has been straining to keep up. The new brewery building would allow Intuition to brew beer for canning in one location and their popular specialty beers at the other.

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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Beer, Intuition Ale Works, Local Brewery