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Jax Beer Week — Day Two

jaxBeerWeek2013Brewer’s Pizza: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Brewer’s Pizza in Orange Park, has been quietly churning out exceptional beers through its in-house brewery, Pinglehead Brewing Co. But, for the second night of Jax Beer Week Brewer’s will host Florida Beer night with special guest Carolyn Graham from Brown Distribution. Brewer’s will be featuring taps from all of their favorite local breweries and others from all over Florida.

Beer Specials

You can also find beer specials at these and many other bars around the area. Look for the official Jax Beer Week posters.

Solids & Stripes
Mellow MushroomFleming Island
Taps – Fleming Island

 

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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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Intuition mentioned on Sports Illustrated website

If you had any doubt that Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville, Fla. was a world class brewery, those doubts should be put aside in light of Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column yesterday, Aug. 6. King is a sports columnist on Sports Illustrated magazine’s website SI.com and is known for occasionally ending his columns with a tidbit about his coffee and beer infatuations. On Aug. 6 he lamented the lack of a Starbucks in downtown Jacksonville and mentioned that Intuition’s brews gave Sweetwater 420 a real run for its money.

King’s said in his column, “The Beer of the Week (and trust me, there was a lot of competition, particularly from Intuition Brewery in Jacksonville) is Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale, which made me think I was back in Seattle. Really crisp and wonderful on the palate.”

But, for locals, Intuition’s People’s Pale Ale takes the top honors. One needs look no further than beer rating website Beer Advocate for confirmation. On Beer Advocate, users are allowed to provide a short review of beers they have tasted and then assign the beer a rating in five different categories; appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and overall impression.

On the site both beers fare well and fall in to the good category. Local drinkers of People’s may disagree with that assessment and find the beer to more than merely good, but that is the rating on the site. Commenters said the brew was, “Surprisingly hoppy for a PA (Pale Ale),” and “A nice hoppy aroma with obvious citrus and piney notes.” Others thought that the brew was closer to an IPA than a Pale Ale with a nod towards big Pale Ales such as Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale. Overall the beer earned an 83 out of 100 average score from reviewers.

Sweetwater 420, a regional beer brewed in Atlanta, Ga., also rated an 83 from site users; however the site’s originators and top tasters known as “The Bros” rank the brew an 80, giving People’s a slight edge. Reviewers said 420’s aroma “is more English hop than the pine/fruit west coast hops,” and its flavor was “All malt taste with a minimal amount of hop flavor, just mildly spicy.”

Whichever way you look at it, though, both brews are quality beers just made in different sub-styles. Where People’s is a true west coast Pale Ale with it big, near IPA hoppiness, 420 is a milder less hoppy Pale Ale more reminiscent of an English style. Jacksonville, locals will likely line up on the side of People’s while Atlanta beer-lovers are sure to stand behind their local favorite 420. And that is as it should be, locals sticking up for their home-town favorites.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Beer, 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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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