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European Street’s Beer & Baseball a hit

Palm beer

Palm beer (Photo credit: Abi Skipp)

Once a month European Street Cafe throws a party in the Beer Garden located past the left outfield area of the Baseball Grounds known as Beer & Baseball. This month the gathering took place on July 21 which also happens to be the Belgian Independence Day known as Fesstdag. To celebrate, Estreet poured Palm, the number one selling beer in Belgium, and Bright Lights White, a Belgian-style Wit from Intuition Ale Works. Along with the beer there were Estreet sandwiches, soft drinks, and a lot of great people.

The next Beer & Baseball — also the last for this season — will be held on August 11 and will feature Highland Brewing Compay beer. Tickets are available at all European Street Cafe locations. For just $20 you get all the beer you care to drink between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m, all the Monster German Weiners and Estreet sandwiches you can eat, and a ticket to the game.

The video below was shot at the July event.

 

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Beer, Restaurant

 

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Bubba Burger Grill breaks loose some unbelievable beer specials

Summertime is typically when you find backyard grills lit and burgers sizzling away over the flames. The guys are sitting around the grill laughing and sharing cold beers out of a cooler chock full of ice. Inside mom is busily slicing tomatoes, rinsing lettuce, and preparing coleslaw or potato salad. That romantic image is what the makers of grills and barbecue condiments around the world want you to have. It sells an ideal summer to the gullible masses. The reality of a backyard cookout is more often than not, a dirty grill that must be scraped before it is useable, oppressive heat that causes sweat to roll down your face and into your eyes, billows of choking smoke blowing into your face, and voracious bugs biting and stinging the grumpy fellow with the spatula.

The Bubba Burger Grill restaurant at Baymeadows Road and the east 295 Beltway wants to take you away from all that aggravation and end make getting a great burger and ice cold beer a little easier on you and your wallet. Starting tomorrow you can roll on over in the air-conditioned comfort of your car and enjoy special prices on food and drink.

And when they say specials on drinks, they really mean it. With a new emphasis on local and craft beers, the great folks over at Bubba Burger Grill Baymeadows are offering pitchers – that’s right pitchers – of craft beer for only $7! To make it even better, they are now serving Intuition Ale Works brews. They are also offering all bottled brews for the astounding price of just $2! And, for those you prefer a little tequila with their burgers; pitchers of margaritas are only $6.

You may know the name Bubba Burger from the frozen hamburger patties of the same name in the freezers at your grocery store. Bubba Burger Grill is a division of the same company and do the cooking for you with awesome specialties burgers and sides like the Chuckwagon, the Hellfire Bubba, and parmesan truffle fries. And, if you are feeling particularly adventurous, try the Bubba Dippers; thick cut, hickory smoked bacon strips fried to perfection served with Bubba Burger Grill’s proprietary Maple Mallow dipping sauce. It sounds absurd, but the sweetness of the sauce and salty smokiness of the bacon is a match made in heaven.

The drink specials begin tomorrow, July 20 at the Baymeadows Bubba Burger Grill location only. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Beer, Food, Restaurant

 

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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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Lola’s Burrito Joint Set to Open This Week in Riverside

Just last week Beer:30 opened on King Street in the Beer District, this week another new place is opening with an incredible array of beers and a menu to knock you socks off. Lola’s Burrito Joint will offer the name-sake burritos, but it will also offer an array of foods described by Carlos Ramirez, chef and partner, as Latin street food. The restaurant is the brainchild of Ramirez and the team responsible for Carmine’s Pie House a few blocks down King Street.

The interior of the new watering hole cum restaurant is a lively mishmash of Latin influences with a centerpiece of a mannequin astride a motorcycle. It is vibrant, exciting, and definitely outside the usual. Bright reds, and yellows adorn the walls and Latin murals, paintings and artwork abound.

But, even the best restaurant cannot survive on looks alone. Fortunately, Lola’s has an outstanding menu as well. Look for empanadas, quesadillas, tacos, and wings as well as a bevy of burritos. And don’t forget the beer. Lola’s will host over 50 taps including two very unique Unibroue towers with Blanche de Chambly, Blonde de Chambly, Maudite, and Ephemere flowing through them.

Ramirez says the name is the result of a brainstorming session, “We were looking for a name with presence; Lola’s seemed to have it.” He says that the new restaurants, “Wants to be conscious to the neighborhood. Keeping true to the legacy of Riverside.”

Ramirez plans to have the doors open later this week to welcome his new neighbors and begin making his mark.

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Beer, Food, Imports, Restaurant

 

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American Craft Beer Week — Monday, May 14, 2012

Today is the first day of American Craft Beer Week, and here is a listing of the events you can find going on a round town. Check back daily for more great events and celebrate your beer independence!

Poe’s Tavern, 6:30 – 8:00 pm Highland Brewing Company Pint Night

Join Team Hopheads and Highland for fun and pints at one of the beach’s best new taverns; Poe’s. The restaurant is named after the 19th century poet Edgar Allen Poe with a menu that boasts burgers with names like, The Pit and the Pendulum, the Annabele Lee, and the Tell Tale Heart.

Pele’s Wood Fire, 4:30 – 6:30 pm Dogfish Head Tap Take Over

Pele’s has established itself as the place to get great craft beer and awesome wood-fired pizzas and pastas. On Monday they will dedicate a large number of their 50 taps to the awe-inspiring brews of Dogfish Head. Get there early and get a logo pint glass with the purchase of a Dogfish brew.

Engine 15 Brewing Company, 4:00 – 7:00 pm Southeast Beers Theme

Stop in to the Engine and sample brews from the portfolio of Brown Distribution with a southeast theme.

 
 

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