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Riverside-Avondale pub crawl Sunday to benefit St. Johns Riverkeeper | jacksonville.com

My friends over at the Amber Waves blog posted an article about a fun and philanthropic pub crawl coming up this weekend. Get all the details at the link to their blog below.

Riverside-Avondale pub crawl Sunday to benefit St. Johns Riverkeeper | jacksonville.com.

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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Events, Pubs

 

St. Augustine pub crawl takes to the water

Pub crawls are a fun way to visit several bars and sample the drinks at each. On any given weekend, thirsty crawlers can find haunted pub crawls, beer-centric pub crawls, historic pub crawls or food-centric pub crawls in St. Augustine. But, until now, there was no pub crawl offered for those with a nautical inclination.

watertoursThe idea came to “Booze Director” Deana Paimes one day while she and her husband were relaxing at the Vilano Pier after a day out on the Matanzas River. Docked at the pier Paimes saw the Jax Water Tours boat and struck up a conversation with the owner Captain Brooks. The discussion came around to the topic of pub crawls and a light bulb went off in Paimes’ head; why not combine the beautiful sites that are only available from the water with music, laughter and a pub crawl?

After more talks and some logistical maneuvering, Paimes’ vision was brought to fruition. Guests board the Osprey at the Vilano Pier for a three and one half hour cruise that takes them to three pubs along the Matanzas. On board the Osprey guests are offered a beer and treated to music and breath-taking views.

“If you are looking for a relaxing boat ride filled with Debbie Downers,” Paimes says. “This is not the boat for you. We will be having fun, floating to each destination while listening to music and laughing along the way.”

Guests can board the Osprey at the Vilano Pier Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and enjoy a beer before the 2:00 p.m. departure. Once the party pontoon pushes off, guests can expect to make stops at The Conch House, Beaches Restaurant and the Kingfish Grill for drinks and food.  The cruise ends with the boat docking at Vilano Pier again at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for the cruises are $25 per person and are available at the Jax Water Tours website. Or contact Jax Water Tours at 904-322-7194.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2014 in Pubs, Relaxing, Travel

 

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World of Beer set to open on Jacksonville’s Southside

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Last September an article appeared on this blog about the soon to be open World of Beer on the Southside in the Tinseltown area. At that time the estimated opening date was November 2012. Then, in October, another article appeared here that said the opening date had been moved to February 2013. Well, those articles were clearly not accurate. But, take heart! World of Beer – Southside is definitely opening next week to the great relief of its owners and management and the great enthusiasm of Jacksonville beer lovers.

World of Beer started in 2007 as the dream of two entrepreneurs from Pensacola. Scott Zepp and Matt LaFon, brain-stormed and opened the first World of Beer in the Westchase community of Tampa, Fla. Since then things have only gone up. In 2010 the duo’s concept caught the eye of former Outback Steakhouse president Ben Novello and former Outback Steakhouse Executive Jim Pollard. With the backing of these industry titans, World of Beer (known affectionately as WoB) expended its concept of an approachable craft beer bar nationwide.

In fact, according to the company’s website, World of Beer is, “…is a truly uncommon establishment where the experience is as essential as the product.” And this philosophy is evident in the extensive training the company puts all new-hires through. Before any team member can hit the floor of a WoB location, they must go through two weeks of Beer School where they learn not only what beers they will serve, but also the history, flavor profiles and characteristics of the brews they will serve.

The website goes on to say, “…having the most extensive beer selection is not enough. It is important that a broad spectrum of patrons, from the beer aficionado to the casual beer fan, can enjoy the best beers on the planet and increase their beer knowledge in a comfortable and upbeat setting. By combining a friendly environment with an exceptionally knowledgeable staff, World of Beer creates an atmosphere where patrons feel at home, as if they are visiting a neighbor and not just a neighborhood bar.”

Tony Vera, General Manager of the store opening next week in Jacksonville, has been with the company two and a half years and is a believer in the company’s deeply-rooted belief that craft beer should be approachable to all.

“Hospitality and product knowledge are what separate us from other bars,” Vera says. “Our goal is to be a neighborhood bar where you can go to meet great people and enjoy great beer.” It does not hurt that his store will open with 50 craft beers on tap and approximately 550 bottled beers.

“We have an entire cooler of Belgian beers that includes an entire shelf of Trappist ales. We also have a cooler of German beers, and a wide selection of craft ciders.”

To encourage guests to continuously learn about and taste news beers, WoB also has a Loyalty club that rewards members for trying new beers. “It costs $15 to sign up, but for that you immediately get a WoB t-shirt,” Vera says. “At different levels of achievement members get different awards. At 50 different beers tasted, members receive a commemorative t-shirt; at 100 they get a mug. But, when member reach 250 different beers they get a plaque with the saying of their choice on it, displayed at the store for all to see along with a commemorative polo-style shirt.” Vera went on to say that elite members who reach the 500 different beers mark get a catered party with a $250 bar tab.

There are also nightly specials to entice guests to visit. On Mondays, service and health care industry workers enjoy 50% off select drafts from 9:00 p.m. to close. Tuesdays are reserved for Loyalty Card holders who receive 25% off all bottles – the better to drive up their tally towards those great rewards. On Wednesdays college students and faculty get half off select drafts from 9:00 p.m. until close. Ladies get 50% off wine and select drafts all day Thursdays along with active duty and retired military. As if that were not enough, one Sunday per month WoB hosts a Customer Appreciation cookout. And, do not forget about happy hour weekdays until 7:00 p.m. when all drafts and wine is $1 off.

Vera also shared that WoB – Southside plans to obtain several firkins that it will ask local breweries to fill with special treatments of their brews for the exclusive enjoyment of their guests. He also expressed that he is interested in putting in a beer engine that would further educate and delight guests on real ales.

The first Jacksonville World of Beer is schedule to open to the public on Monday, July 1st. The list of brews on tap opening day is impressive and held rather close to the vest. But, after a bit of arm-twisting, portions of the list were shared for publication here.

Look for these beers on tap opening day:

Dogfish Head 61 Minute IPA
• Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
• Petrus Aged Pale
• Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot
• Pyramid Weiss Cream
• Chimay White
• St. Bernardus Abt. 12
• Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin
• Victory V12
• Dogfish Head Aprihop
• Stone Self Righteous
• Brooklyn Silver Anniversary

In addition to the fanfare, and exceptional tap list, of opening day, plan of swinging by Wednesday, July 3rd for a huge Intuition Ale Works event that will feature 25 kegs of the Riverside brewery’s beers and visits by the owner and brewer, Ben Davis.

Vera, who started with WoB as the GM of the chain’s second store located in Sarasota, Fla., says that the Southside store is only the beginning for North Florida. He is charged with helping to develop the area and has his sights on opening locations in Jacksonville Beach and St. Augustine. If the success of the company at its other locations is any indication, Vera’s dreams are likely to soon become a reality.

World of Beer — Jacksonville Southside is located at 9700 Deer Lake Court. Hours of operation are 12:00 noon to 2:00 a.m. daily.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2013 in Pubs

 

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Grape & Grain Exchange hosting tasting of Highland collaboration brew

grapeandgrainThe bustling area of town known as San Marco has long been a destination for great food and wine. But, a new establishment is adding craft and import beer to the mix. Robert Smith, a self-proclaimed “foodie” who has been in the restaurant business since 1987 has opened a new concept for the Jacksonville area with his Grape and Grain Exchange in San Marco Square.

The shop is a hybrid of a package store and a bar. Patrons can choose a bottle of craft or import beer from the cooler and either take it with them or drink it on premises from a clean class presented by the bartender/cashier. But, do not mistake this for one of those package store/bars that are sprinkled around the area and take on a seedier look, this establishment is high-class all the way. The interior is features clean lines, and subdued decorating. Wooden shelves display the small-batch spirits, fine wines, and craft beers that are available and a bookcase in the back of the store contains recipe books that Smith refers to for more esoteric drink requests.

Soon, that bookcase will also serve as the portal to the first speakeasy in the Jacksonville area since perhaps the days of Prohibition. Smith, ever vigilant of hot trends around the country, wants to take advantage of the craft cocktail bars and speakeasy movement that is sweeping the nation. Combine that with the craft beer craze and Smith thinks he has come up with a winning combination.

Tomorrow night, Friday, January 25, Smith will play host to Highland Brewing Company and 7venth Sun Brewing Company for a special tasting of a collaboration between the two breweries. Called Trailblazer, the brew is a 7.7% ABV Belgian-style porter made with raisins in the boil as well as almonds, cacao, and dried cherries in the fermenter. The tasting is $10 and includes tastes of all of Highland’s year round beers as well as one of the first pours of Trailblazer.

The tasting begins at 6:00 p.m. and does not require a ticket. Grape and Grain Exchange is located at 2000 San Marco Blvd.

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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Beer, Beer Tasting, Pubs

 

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Bars vie for the title of Great American Beer Bar

Earlier this year the folks at Craft Beer brought the Beer City USA contest to determine the best beer city in the country. The hotly contended challenge ended up in a tie with Ashville retaining its crown for the fourth year even while sharing it with Grand Rapids. Now the same evil geniuses who ran that contest have opened the Great American Beer Bar competition. This time the contest seeks to find the best beer bars in each of five regions in the United States.

The website narrowed down some 3,300 nominations to just the 10 most suggested in each of the regions. Now it is up to you to decide which of the remaining bars will earn the title of one of the country’s Great American Beer bars. Voting for the honor is open to the beer-loving public through September 20.

Florida is represented by RedLight Redlight in Orlando. The popular beer bar is lauded for its smart draft selections and extraordinary cellar list.

Cast your vote on the Craft Beer website at: http://www.craftbeer.com/pages/news-and-events/news/show?title=vote-now-great-american-beer-bars-finals.

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Beer, Beer News, Pubs

 

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World of Beer coming to Tinseltown

Florida beer bar chain World of Beer has filed plans to put in a Jacksonville location in the Tinseltown area. The plans call for the new bar to be built in the former Starbuck’s location at 9700 Deer Lake Court, No. 1. The nearly 3,000 square foot location will join the already crowded beer-centric area near Mellow Mushroom, Tilted Kilt, and Miller’s Ale House.

The typical World of Beer location serves upwards of 30 brews on tap and hundreds of bottled beers. World of Beer’s philosophy is to be welcoming to the hophead as well as the novice beer drinker. It places emphasis on beer increasing the beer knowledge of its patrons in a warm, inviting, and friendly atmosphere.

Based out of Tampa, World of Beer has quickly expanded since opening its first store in 2007. South and Central Florida have had outlets for several years already. Earlier this year rumors were circulating that the chain was eyeing the former Fuel building in Five Points. Today’s news would seem to refute that.

The company’s website states that the Jacksonville location should be open in November.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in Beer, Pubs

 

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Atlanta’s The Fred speakeasy a hidden gem

During Prohibition, speakeasies were relatively common; hidden from the sight of the authorities, they provided the average Joe and the upper crust with a place to get a stiff drink during a time when stiff drinks were, well, prohibited. Over the past few years, the idea of exclusive clubs has had a bit of a renaissance. In cities all around the world, there are clubs were only those who know how to get in are allowed to enter.

In Atlanta, that is the idea around the enigmatically named, The Fred. technically part of the Taco Mac chain, The Fred is far from a sports beer and wing bar. Instead it is a lavishly appointed man cave reminiscent of the most opulent New York steakhouses. One can almost imagine that many high-powered deals were brokered in one of the hideout’s plush booths.

To gain access to The Fred, one must first know where it is. While it is not exactly a secret – a search of the Internet will provide its location – it is in a rather non-descript and obscure location. Upon finding the door emblazoned with a stylized logo and complete with a peephole, a potential guest must press a red button to request entry. The door remains locked from the inside otherwise. The bartender will come to the door and request your admission credentials (a valid Brewniversity card from Taco Mac with at least 13 entries) and show you inside.

If you come during daylight hours, plan to stand for a second to let your eyes adjust. The light levels in The Fred are low and intimate and the colors are dark and rich. On either side of the space are comfortable booths complete with plush cushions and pillows and a curtain that can be pulled for privacy. Further back the bar is surrounded by a curved, dark wood ceiling. The feeling is cozy, comfy, relaxed, and sexy.

Behind the bar is an assortment of taps. By Taco Mac standards, there are only a few taps, but what they have is generally good. Some of the selections on during our visit included 21st Ammendment Hop Crisis, Abita Satsuma Wit, and the ever-present Guinness. If you prefer bottles, The Fred has an interesting list to peruse via iPads that also contain the food menu.

Other articles on The Fred wax rhapsodic about their burger – a Kobe beef cheeseburger topped with fried mac ‘n cheese. We did not go that route, though. Instead we ordered the Guinness Cheese Dip, served with soft pretzel pieces. When the dip arrived it was attractively plated on a long wooden board, the pretzels were cut into bite-sized pieces and toasted for a wonderful texture and crunch. The dip was rich with Guinness beer and packed a bit of a spicy kick that we really enjoyed.

Though we only stayed for a one beer and the dip. Our visit was extremely enjoyable. If you have the means and would like to try an upscale and exclusive-feeling spot, definitely give The Fred a try. But, keep in mind their slogan, “If you know, you know.”

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in Beer, Pubs

 

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