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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

 

Plenty of Events to Keep Beer Lovers Busy this Week

Pale Ale

Pale Ale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The beer events keep on rolling through the month of June. Here are a few events that are coming up this week.

Monday, June 18
Engine 15

On June 18, 1812 – 200 years ago – President James Madison signed a Declaration of War naming the British Empire as the enemy. The war was fought for several reasons including trade restrictions, imprisonment of U.S. merchant sailors, the British support of native tribes against national expansion, and insults to national honor. The war saw the sacking and burning of Washington D.C., but it also saw victories in New York, Baltimore, and New Orleans. The victory in Baltimore led to Francis Scott Key writing the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

So, 200 years later, the folks at Engine 15 are setting up a rematch of sorts. In order to determine if the U.S. has superiority over the Brits, a blind beer tasting will be held today, June 18. Each person who participates will be presented with a special flight, dubbed the “The Flight of 1812,” consisting of two American brews and two British brews. Participants will be asked to taste and then rate each beer on a scale of 1-10. At the end of the night, the scores will be tallied and a winner of the Flight of 1812 will be announced.

Tuesday, June 19
Brewer’s Pizza

Last Saturday, June 16, Green Room Brewing celebrated their one-year anniversary with a very special release: Secret Spot Russian Imperial Stout aged in Maker’s Mark bourbon barrels. The brew is a rich mélange of organic cocoa nibs and locally roasted coffee that weighs in at a powerful 10% ABV.

On Tuesday, June 19, Brewer’s will tap a keg of this remarkable brew for consumption in the restaurant only, meaning no growlers will be filled.

In addition, Brewer’s will pay further homage to their friends at the beach by tapping Green Room’s Double Overhead IPA, Pablo Beach Pale Ale, and The Solid White IPA.

Wednesday, June 20
Engine 15

Never ones to sit still long, the guys at Engine 15 will feature an interesting food and beer pairing on Wednesday, June 20. Look for a special pairing of Engine 15’s own Ramming Speed Black IPA with carnitas tacos.

Thursday, June 21
Cork & Keg

In a clash of two worlds, Cork & Keg is featuring a Yin & Yang wine and beer pairing event. Experts from both the wine and beer worlds will be on hand to pour and help you compare the flavors of these two favorite beverages. Look for beers from Ballast Point, Ayinger, and Dogfish Head along side wines from Palm Ridge, Santa Ema, and Four Points among others. Tasters will be treated to appetizers, and a special gift for the $25 event fee.

Saturday, June 23
Northstar Substation

The first downtown pub crawl back in April was so much fun, the folks at Northstar Substation decided they wanted to do another. This time the crawl will begin and end at Northstar with stops at the newly-opened Underbelly, Lit, 1904, and a surprise bar inbetween. Registration will begin at 5:45 p.m. and the group will depart for the first stop at 6:45 p.m. The cost of the crawl is $15 and tickets may be purchased online at either the Northstar website or the Springfield Brew Crew site, or at the event. All proceeds will benefit the Jacksonville Miracle League.

 
 

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Green Room Set to Celebrate Anniversary with Special Release

It’s hard to believe, but Green Room Brewing will be celebrating their first year of brewing tasty beers for thirsty beach residents later this month. To celebrate, Eric Luman, brewer and co-owner, today announced a special, limited edition release. The brew is called Secret Spot Ale, aged on Maker’s Mark barrels with organic cocoa nibs and locally-roasted coffee beans the brew weighs in at 10% ABV.

The brewery will be offering these one-of-a-kind bottles at their Tap Room in Jacksonville Beach beginning at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, June 16. Luman emphasizes that the bottles will be on a first come, first served basis and that only 900 were filled. Secret Spot will also be offered on tap in the Tap Room while the limited supply lasts.

The brewery will also be roasting a whole hog that was raised on Green Room’s spent grain. All proceeds from the pig roast will benefit Keep the Ferry.

 
 

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Free Beer from Bold City, All You Have to do is Find Them

It is sure to be a “Whale of a Summer” for Bold City Brewery lovers as they launch their summer tour and give away plenty of free pints, pint glasses, and T-shirts. In an article on the Amber Waves beer blog of the Florida Times-Union, Ed Stansel advises followers to keep an eye on Twitter for stops on the tour today through Thursday, June 7.

According to the article, “On Tuesday, they’ll be hitting businesses in Riverside and Deerwood. Wednesday, you’ll find them in Fernandina Beach. And Thursday, they’ll be visiting Orange Park, Ortega, Riverside and Murray Hill.”

The gang from Bold City will Tweet their location approximately 10 minutes prior to arrival on Twitter and will stay at each location for 45 minutes. Ten lucky customers at each location will receive Killer Whale pint glasses or T-shirts. In addition, the brewery crew will buy pints of Killer Whale for patrons at each stop.

Killer Whale Cream Ale is one of the breweries most popular brews and has been a mainstay in their tap room nearly from its opening. Cream ales were originally brewed to compete with lagers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast portions of the United States. They are generally light in color, low in hop bitterness and maltiness; they are generally crisp and smooth on the palate. Killer Whale falls squarely into these characteristics and is a satisfying brew perfect for hot, humid Florida afternoons.

Follow Bold City Brewery on Twitter at: @boldcitybrewery.

 
 

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Bold City to Sell Six-Packs

Bold City Brewery has set a number of firsts in Jacksonville; they were the first craft beer brewery, they opened the first tap room, they were the first to introduce the concept of the growler, they were the first to bottle their brews, and now, they will be the first to sell bottled six-packs of locally-brewed craft beers in the Jacksonville market. Sure, Bold City brews have been available in bottles at local grocers and liquor stores, but only in bombers and case packs. Now, if you want more than a single bomber and less than 12 bottles of beer from Bold City, you will have the option.

“People have always asked me, when I’m out and about or here at the brewery, why don’t we do six packs.” said owner Brian Miller in his weekly newsletter to brewery fans today. The wait, and the questions, will be over next week when Miller expects bottles of Killer Whale Cream Ale to be available for thirsty beer-lovers at local outlets.

 

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