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5 courses, 5 beers at Black Sheep dinner

black-sheep-roof-1-988x768Perhaps the best physical feature of Riverside’s Black Sheep restaurant is its roof-top bar/dining area. Add the inventive flavors of Chef Waylon Rivers’ food and a cold craft beer and you have all the ingredients for a magical evening.

To make just such an evening come true for diners and imbibers, the restaurant has scheduled a roof-top, walk-around tasting dinner paired with beers from the award-winning Aardwolf Brewing Company of San Marco

This is a casual event so come anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Sunday, August 28. But, be sure you will have enough time to enjoy five different courses prepared by Chef Waylon Rivers all paired with beers from Aardwolf Brewery.  Cost is $60 plus tax and gratuity.  Please call (904) 380-3091 to make reservations.

Tasting menu and pairings are listed below:

purslane, peach gel, basil, thai chili

watermelon mignonette, micro coriander

smoked pork shoulder, gnocchi, shiso, benne

short rib, truffles, radish, chard

profiteroles, coffee and cocoa nib ice cream, spiced mexican chocolate

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Posted by on August 22, 2016 in Beer Dinner


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Jax Ale Trail Documentary — Aardwolf Brewing Company

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.

If you missed the first episode of the series you may view it here.

The second Installment of the student film takes us to Aardwolf Brewing Company in the San Marco neighborhood of Jacksonville. In this episode we talk with Corey one of the bartenders and brewery staff about the history of the building were Aardwolf is housed, the plans for the future and we taste some of the delicious beers produced by the brewery.

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Posted by on December 17, 2015 in Beer Education


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Jax Ale Trail a success six-months in

jax-ale-trailSix months after its debut, the Jax Ale Trail is being lauded as an unqualified success. Launched in early December 2014, the Jax Ale Trail is a self-guided tour of Jacksonville’s eight craft breweries. Trail followers can pick up a “Passport” at one of the breweries on the Trail or the Visit Jacksonville office on Laura Street in downtown Jacksonville. By presenting the passport and ordering a beer at each brewery on the Trail, visitors earn a stamp. Fill the passport up with a stamp from all eight breweries on the Trail and trailblazers earn a Jax Ale Trail t-shirt when they turn the completed passport in at Vist Jacksonville office downtown.

By the numbers, over 14,000 passports have been distributed since the inception of the program, more than 400 completed passports have been turned in by visitors from 25 different states and five different countries.

Here are some of the highlights from the past six months:

  • 416 completed Jax Ale Trail Craft Beer Passports mailed to Visit Jacksonville
  • 323 (78%) were from Florida, 93 (22%) from out of state
  • 281 (68%) from Duval County and surrounding areas, 135 (32%) from visitors from other areas including:
    • 25 States: Ala., Calif., Fla., Ga., Hawaii., Ia., Ill., Ind., La., Mass., Md., Maine, Mich., Minn., N.C., N.D., N.J., Nev., N.Y., Ohio, Pa., S.C., Texas, Utah, Va.
    • 5 Countries: USA, Canada, France, Brazil, Scotland

Jacksonville’s eight local craft breweries include Intuition Ale Woprks, Bold City Brewery, Aardwolf Brewing Company, Green Room Brewing, Engine 15 Brewing Company, Pinglehead Brewing Company, Veterans United Craft Brewery and Zeta Brewing Company.

For more information on the Jax Ale Trail go to

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Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Beer News


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Brews for Branches events at local breweries salutes Earth Day, Greenscape

brew_for_branchesLocal Jacksonville breweries Intuition ale Works, Aardwolf Brewing Company and Bold City Brewing Company have teamed up to celebrate Earth Day and honor Greenscape of Jacksonville with a three-part party, membership drive and fund-raiser.

The first event will take place on Thursday, April 23 – the day after Earth Day – at Intuition with a special keg tapping ceremony of a very special beer brewed in conjunction with Aardwolf specifically for the event.

“We brewed a single hop IPA with Simcoe hops,” said Andrew Cattell, head brewer at Intuition ale Works. The beer was also aged on oak to give it nutty, vanilla, caramel, coconut and wood flavors.

The drive for awareness and membership continues on Thursday, May 7 and Aardwolf Brewing Company in San Marco. Guests will have an opportunity to speak with Greenscape personnel while they once again enjoy the collaboration brew created especially for the event.

The final event of the series takes place at Bold City Brewing Company on Friday, May 15. Guests will have a final opportunity to support Greenscape and speak with members of the organization. They will also have one last chance to taste the delicious brew created especially for the event.

Greenscape began in 1975 as an organization dedicated to helping downtown Jacksonville and its surrounding neighborhoods become greener places to live. Today, the organization is credited with over 250,000 trees added to our local canopy. By working with the City of Jacksonville in an advisory capacity to establish the City’s Landscape Ordinance, serving on the Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Committee, JEA’s Tree Coalition, and the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission, Greenscape continues to further the awareness of the importance of our tree canopy to the health and economic well-being of our community.

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Posted by on April 2, 2015 in Events


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Oktoberfest comes to Jacksonville’s Memorial Park

Oktoberfest2013_IntuitionOktoberfest is breaking out all over Jacksonville over the next few weeks. This week brings the Second Annual Art Walk Oktoberfest (see article here) and the first Oktoberfest at Memorial Park put on by the Memorial Park Association (MPA). The event, which takes place October 3 and 4, is being put on to help raise the last $40,000 of $200,000 needed to obtain matching funds from the city for restoration of the 90-year-old park.

Annually MPA receives donations averaging $45,000, 95% of that income is spent on park maintenance, promoting the park and improvements to supplement city efforts.  MPA pays for additional mowing, tree trimming, debris removal, fertilizing and planting of new shrubs and annuals.  MPA board members collectively donate in excess of 500 hours working in the park and promoting MPA’s mission of preserving and enhancing this gem.

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the 6-acre park was designed by the Olmstead Brothers landscaping company and dedicated on Christmas Day 1924. The park was created to honor the more than 1,200 casualties Florida suffered during World War I.

Friday night, October 3, is VIP night at the festival. For a donation of $125 guests receive a stein, three beers, a pretzel and all you can eat German food including vegetarian options.  In addition, VIP guests can return to the festivities the next day at no additional charge and stein fills for just $5. VIP tickets are only available to MPA members at the association’s website. But, the public is encouraged join. For VIP ticket and membership information visit:

If VIP is not your thing, or in your budget, general admission tickets for Saturday, October 4 are $40 each and entitle guests to a souvenir Oktoberfest stein, one free stein fill, a giant pretzel and live German music.

Returning to Jacksonville once again for this event is Oompah band The Swinging Bavarians. The traditionally dressed band, made up of musicians mostly from the same family, provide rousing German music, yodeling, toasts, slap dancing and authentic ambiance.  Other entertainment will include the crowning of the King and Queen of Oktoberfest, stein holding contests and other traditional German games.

Beer at the event will be provided by local brewers Intuition Ale Works, Aardwolf Brewing Company and Veterans United Craft Brewery.

Food will be plentiful due to a partnership with the Jax Truckies food truck group. Trucks that are expected to be in attendance include: Bold City Pops, Delish Kebabs, Jalapeno Truck, Son of a Butcher and Super Food Truck. Each food truck has committed to creating and serving at least one German dish for the event.

General admission tickets for the event are $40 at the gate or, if purchased online before the date of the event, $35. General admission tickets are available at:

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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Beer


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Aardwolf to celebrate one year of great beer

aardwolfIt seems like just yesterday rumors began flying around the local craft beer scene that Michael Payne, the mastermind behind Pinglehead Brewing Company, and Preben Olsen, formerly the beer byer or Grassroots Market in Five Points were collaborating on a brewery. In those days the thought was something of a dream; two great beer minds coming together to bring even more great craft beer to the burgeoning Jacksonville scene. The brewery was dubbed Aardwolf and the duo set out to take local tap rooms and beers up a notch.

Tomorrow the realization of the dream celebrates its one-year anniversary with a party at the brewery and several special one-off beers. The party is not for the brewery’s anniversary in a traditional sense, most businesses celebrate one year in operation, Aardwolf has been open for 18 months. The anniversary being celebrated tomorrow is of the brewery serving its own beers for the first time.

To commemorate the occasion, a slew of one-off and special beers have been produced including:

  • Apple Cinnamon Ol’ Ale
  • Strawberry Habanero Farm to Table Saison
  • Lime Ginger Hasselhoffenweisse
  • Chocolate Orange Styrofoam Pony

Party attendees can also purchase a special one-year anniversary pint glass.

To keep partiers fed, On The Fly food truck will be serving their regular are in the parking lot.

The party begins at 3:00 p.m. and goes until 11:00 p.m. Aardwolf Brewing Company is located at:

1461 Hendricks Ave.
Jacksonville, FL

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Posted by on September 12, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery


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Jax Beer Week 2014: Thursday, May 29

JaxBeerWeek2014So far the 2014 edition of Jax Beer Week has been stellar with events that have been fun, interesting and even a bit educational. But, we are not done yet! Tonight there are more great events to attend and plenty of outstanding beer to taste. Be sure to visit one or more of the venues below to show your support for the craft beer revolution.

Also, do not forget that UBER — the innovative car service — is offering free rides (up to $20) during Jax Craft Beer week to insure that you can enjoy yourself and still get home safe. Simply follow the link below and sign up using promotional code JaxBeerGuy.

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Green Room
Taproom release — Mayor Bee, an American Blonde Ale brewed with Green Room harvested honey and Katherine, a white IPA brewed with New Zealand hops. Katherine is named for a great white shark that was swimming off Jacksonville Beach recently.

Pinglehead Brewing Company/Brewer’s Pizza
Taproom release — Intuition Belgian Hoppy Blonde

Intuition Ale Works
Taproom release — Bay & Rosemary Jon Boat

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails
Last year, Chef Tom Grey left Bistro Aix, the San Marco restaurant he helped turn into a Jacksonville must-visit eatery to concentrate on a new venture. The result of his creative juices is the sparkling new Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails in the St. John’s Town Center.

Grey’s new foodery is dedicated to taking American comfort foods and giving them a gourmet twist. By all accounts he has succeeded masterfully.

A strong advocate of craft beer, Grey will be featuring a special Cigar City happy hour for Jax Beer Week.

Zeta Brewing Company
Coming soon to Jacksonville Beach, Zeta Brewing Company is in the midst of installing their brewing equipment. Brewer Chris Prevatt has been hard at work converting part of the current Zeta restaurant to a full-fledged brewery.

Get a look at what is happening at Zeta and enjoy more Cigar City Brewing Company fun for Jax Beer Week.

World of Beer — Southside
The Southside beer powerhouse known as World of beer will be featuring a San Marco favorite tonight for Jax Beer Week. Join the fine folks from Aardwolf Brewing Company for a night of special beers and free glassware (for the first 50 guests). Be sure to taste several of the brews that have never before been let out of the tap room. Featured drafts will include:

  • Red Lightning
  • Sesqui Saison
  • Hasselhoffenweisse
  • Belgian IPA
  • The Waiting Dark
  • Belgian Pale Ale
  • Nonchalant IPA
  • Eastbound and Brown

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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Jax Beer Week


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