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Second craft brewery wins rezoning approval and green light to open in Jacksonville’s Springfield Historic District

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Last night, Tuesday, December 13, 2016, Hyperion Brewing Company officially became the second brewery to receive approval to open on Main Street in the Springfield National Historic District. With a Jacksonville city counsel vote consisting of 18 yeas and one nay, the brewery helmed by Alexandra McKeown and brewer Troy Orton will open at 1740 Main Street.

As I have noted in the past, this is exactly the type of business needed to help revitalize the Main Street Business District and bring other, quality businesses to the area. Time after time other cities have seen breweries bring enormous boosts to areas in need of restoration.

And, I am not the only one that says breweries bring gentrification. James Fallows, a freelance writer who, and his wife Deborah spent three years working on a project for The Atlantic that sought to find out what factors lead to the success of American cities following the Recession of 2007-2008. In the article, Fallows created a list of items that indicated a city was bouncing back. The final item on his list is of particular interest to beer-lovers.

“One final marker,” Fallows wrote. “Perhaps the most reliable: A city on the way back will have one or more craft breweries… A town that has craft breweries also has a certain kind of entrepreneur, and a critical mass of mainly young customers.”
Fallows was not the only advocate for craft breweries as economic engines for change. An article in USA Today published July 6, 2016 cites multiple examples of how craft breweries improved down-trodden and undesirable neighborhoods.

“The arrival of a craft brewery,” the article stated. “Was also often one of the first signs that a neighborhood was changing.”

One example cited by the article is the story of how Great Lakes Brewing Company transformed the downtown Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio from a decaying district, “Marred by abandoned buildings and boarded-up stores,” to a thriving market district complete with a renovated market, specialty shops, bars and restaurants.

The examples of what a craft brewery can do for a neighborhood are even visible right here in Jacksonville. To provide proof of the benefit craft breweries can have on a neighborhood at a Land Use and Zoning committee meeting, I looked at property values in the Silvertown neighborhood of Jacksonville where Intuition Ale Works maintains a brewery and Bold City Brewing Company has both a brewery and a tap room.

The results of my informal and unscientific study showed a staggering 18% increase in property values over the past eight years. It also showed an increase in home renovations and property sales. This is significant because Bold City opened in 2008 — eight years ago — followed by Intuition in 2010.

With Main & Six Brewing Company and now Hyperion Brewing Company coming within just a block of each other, Main Street is poised for rapid growth. This growth can only serve to increase property values for long-suffering Springfield residents who, though the neighborhood is growing and attracting younger families and professionals, have longed for a catalyst to spark the rejuvenation of the Main Street shopping district.

Only time will tell if the addition of Hyperion and Main & Six breweries will foster more interest in Main Street from other businesses. But, if the examples of other urban neighborhoods holds true, things are definitely looking up. In the meantime, Springfield residents will soon have the benefit of being able to walk to their own local breweries. And that ain’t bad.
 
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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Beer, Local Brewery

 

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Jax Ale Trail celebrates one year, documentary series

jax-ale-trailThe Jax Ale Trail, an award winning marketing effort by the fine people at Visit Jacksonville, has just turned one. As a means to put Jacksonville’s burgeoning craft brewing industry in front of potential visitors, it has been an overwhelming success. Consider these numbers as proof of the program; since its inception in December 2014, more than 20,000 people have used their Jax Ale Trail Craft Beer Passports, and almost 900 craft beer enthusiasts from 39 states and five countries have completed their Jax Ale Trail Craft Beer Passports. While it is well known that the Jacksonville craft beer scene is made up of a lively and fiercely loyal crowd of followers who embraced the Ale Trail, nearly 30 percent of all completed passports were from out-of-towners.

“It is with great pride that we look back at the accomplishments of the Jax Ale Trail in this first year. What started as an idea to showcase our already existing breweries and turn them into a tourism attraction has really taken a life of its own, putting Jacksonville on the national map as an emerging beer destination,” said Katie Mitura, Director of Marketing and Communications for Visit Jacksonville, the city’s tourism marketing organization.  “It makes us extra proud to see visitors coming from other cities and countries to drink our great local beer and explore Jacksonville.

To add to the accolades heaped on Visit Jacksonville for the Ale Trail, Livability.com just named Jacksonville as one of the top 99 best cities with the best beers in the country. For the inaugural listing, the website was looking for cities that met three criteria: they are good places to live, they are consumers of craft beer and they are producers of the best beer around. Jacksonville fit the bill handily.

Coincidentally, last month I was approached by a group of college students who were looking to make a series of documentary films about the Jax Ale Trail. They were looking for a someone to act as host for the programs who had knowledge of the Jacksonville beer scene and of craft beer in general. I was honored to fill the position and had a lot of fun making the four short films they produced.

Over the next few days I will post one of their films per day. They range in length from around eight minutes to 13 or so minutes. Some feature interviews with brewers or owners while others simply show off the brewery and their beers.

Of the breweries on the Jax Ale Trail Bold City Brewing Company, Green Room Brewing Company, Aardwolf Brewing Company and Engine 15 Brewing Company are featured.

The first stop was Bold City Brewing Company.

 

For more information on the Jax Ale Trail visit www.JaxAleTrail.com.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in Bold City Brewery, Local Brewery

 

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Underdark release party to include impressive list of guest beers

UNDERDARK-snifter-173x300As if it were not enough to have Underdark Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout available on tap and for sale this Saturday, February 1, Intuition Ale Works has just released a guest beer list that is in and of itself astounding. The list has beers from such luminous breweries as Funky Buddha, Founders, Bell’s and even Rodenbach.

Underdark is Intuition’s annual release beer and, in its short history, it has garnered a rabid following. The beer began as an amped up version of the brewery’s King Street Imperial Stout but, according to brewer Andrew Cattell, has evolved into its own recipe. Once brewed the beer is then aged for a year in a variety of bourbon barrels.

But, the artistry on this beer does not end there. The week before it goes on sale, Cattell and the brewery staff carefully drain each barrel and blends them together creating a single, phenomenal flavor profile. The beer is then bottled for the big release party.

Like the brewery did for its anniversary party in November, they will close King Street for the party that runs from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. Bottles of Underdark will be available on a first come, first served basis for $15 each. The brewery is also selling vertical two-packs of the brew containing one 2013 and one 2014 bottle.

The guest beers announced for the party include:

Cigar City Brewing Don Gavino’s Big Guava (guava ale aged in Chardonnay barrels)

Funky Buddha Brewery French Oak Hop Gun (American IPA)

7venth Sun Brewing Highly Suspicious (Belgian strong dark ale)

Founders Brewing Company Backwoods Bastard (Scotch ale aged in bourbon barrels)

Rodenbach Grand Cru (Flemish sour ale)

Stone Brewing Co. Imperial Russian Stout

Dogfish Head Beer Palo Santo Marron (American brown ale)

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. Third Coast Old Ale (American barleywine)

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Local Brewery

 

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Bold City Brewing’s Dukes Cold Nose Brown Ale to hit store shelves in cans

l106579-11092009-newThe canned craft beer revolution has really caught on since Oskar Blues rocked the industry by shunning bottles and putting their award-winning brews in aluminum. Just over a year ago, Intuition Ale Works was the first craft brewery in the entire state of Florida to can their tasty brews, now there are many that can including Cigar City and Green Room. The latest local brewery to join the ranks of craft brewers putting beer in tubes, as the Aussies put it, is Bold City.

According to a press release from Bold City:

“Dukes Cold Nose Brown Ale has been canned and is our first canned beer. $1 from every case sold will go to support our local Jacksonville Humane Society!

“Bold City Dukes Cold Nose Brown Ale Cans will be available tomorrow in select areas/locations including ABC liquors, Total Wine & More, Broudy’s Liquors, Beer:30 and Grassroots Natural Market.

“Just around the corner, Killer Whale Cream Ale and Mad Manatee IPA will be canned in the coming months – so please stay tuned for further developments!”

Bold City Brewing Company was the first of the craft area craft brewers and has recently begun a major expansion to keep up with growing demand for their products. Future plans include creating an indoor bier garden in what used to be the brewing space of their brewery on Roselle Street in the Riverside/Avondale area of Jacksonville.

Watch for Bold City beer in cans to hit store shelves beginning Tuesday, June 25.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Local Brewery

 

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Jax Beer Week — Day Four

jaxBeerWeek2013Dahlia’s Pour House

The gang at Dahlia’s will be offering thirsty Jax Beer Week revelers $4 IPAs.

Bold City Brewing Co. 7:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m.

The crew at Bold City are treating their guests to a Florida Tap Takeover featuring spectacular brews from across the great state of Florida. The tap list includes:

  • Cask & Larder Black Ale (Winter Park, FL)
  • Big Storm Brewery Wavemaker Amber Ale (Odessa, FL)
  • Due South Brewing Roasted Cocoa Stout (Boynton Beach, FL)
  • 7venth Sun Brewing Graffiti Orange (Dunedin, FL)
  • Tequesta Brewing Company Terminally Ale and Irish Red Ale (Tequesta, FL)
  • Cigar City Brewing Humidor Series IPA (Tampa, FL)
  • Pensacola Bay Brewing Lil’ Napoleon IPA (Pensacola, FL)
  • Florida Beer Company Gaspar’s Porter (Melbourne, FL)

Blackfinn American Grille 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Intuition Ale Works will stop by the Finn to pour one of thier classic brews: Intuition Jon Boat Coastal Ale.

While visiting enjoy:

  • Complimentary Tastings of Intuition Jon Boat
  • Passed Appetizers
  • $3 Craft Drafts
  • $4 Import Drafts
  • $10 Burger or Flatbread and Draft Beer Feature
  • Happy Hour Food and Drink Specials

Grassroots Natural Market 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Grassroots will host a Jacksonville Beer Tasting featuring Ben Davis owner and brewer at Intuition Ale Works who will bring a special cask brew. Also at the tasting will be a cask brew from Green Room Brewing in Jacksonville Beach.

Beer Specials

Intuition Ale Works, Kickbacks Gastropub, Pele’s Wood Fire, Broudy’s, Beer:30, European Street Riverside, Black Sheep Restaurant, O’Brother’s

 

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