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Intuition fourth anniversary week packs in the events, beer

IntuitionAleWorks (1)This week marks the beginning of Intuition Ale Works’ fourth anniversary celebration. During the week there will be a number of special events and one-off releases to celebrate with everything culminating on Saturday, November 22 at the brewery for a huge bash.

As has been the custom over the past four years with the brewery, guests can purchase beer “Passports” that will be stamped each time one of the special brews is drunk. Try 20 or more of the special brews and you earn a growler of beer and can register to win a $100 tap room credit. Only 100 passports will be printed, so if you want to participate, get to the tap room Tuesday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m. to grab yours.

Some of the beers to try include:

Tuesday, November 18: State Line w/ Habanero

Wednesday, November 19: Cantaloupe Saison w/ Cracked Pepper

Thursday, November 20: Smoke IPA w/ Pineapple

Friday, November 21: Golden Graham Jon Boat

Each beer will only be available the day it is released and Saturday the 22nd when all the beers will be available in the brewery and tap room.

In addition to special beers, the brewery will be featured at a number of special events throughout the area. These events include a Belgian beer dinner at Black Sheep Restaurant, a beer and cheese pairing, tap takeovers and a special brunch as dinner event at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails.

Tuesday, November 18

Black Sheep Restaurant ~ Belgian Beer Dinner

Chef Waylon Rivers prepares a five course dinner served on the beautiful rooftop bar featuring a different Belgian-style beer brewed by Intuition with each course.

Tickets are $75 and are very limited. To reserve your seat at the table, call the restaurant at (904) 380-3091.

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters ~ Blonde Coffee Stout Tapping

Both the Riverside and Jacksonville Beach Bold Bean locations will be tapping a very special collaboration brew on Tuesday. The Intuition team worked closely with Bold Bean to create the Blonde Coffee Stout, a unique special release brew with oats, cocoa nibs and Brazilian coffee. The beer will only be available at Bold Bean and in very limited quantities, so when it’s gone, it’s gone!

Wednesday, November 19

Intuition Ale Works Tap Room ~ Beer and Cheese Pairing with Cypress grove Chevre

On Wednesday Intuition is hosting a special beer and cheese pairing with Cypress Grove Chevre, an award-winning artisan goat cheese maker, in the brewery bar. Debbie from Cypress Grove and Riley from Intuition will be on hand to guide the pairing of five cheeses and five beers, including a unique one-off. Special glassware will be provided by Cypress Grove, along with other goodies. Tickets are $20 and are extremely limited. Get yours now at this link:

Engine 15 ~ Intuition Pint Night

The beaches brew pub will feature seven Intuition brews on tap including: Barrel-Aged Amsterdam Falafel, Noir Belge, Double Elimination, Truck Stop Stout and three core beers.

Thursday, November 20

World of Beer Southside ~ Intuition Tap Takeover

Join the Intuition crew at World of Beer Southside for the biggest Intuition tap takeover ever! WOB will be pouring at least 20 of Intuition brews starting at 6:00 p.m. In addition there will be fun swag giveaways.

Jaxsons Night Market ~ Cooking with Intuition

The brewery partners with Jaxsons Night Market this month to celebrate beer, food and community. Contributors to their cookbook, Cooking with Intuition, will be selling a number of dishes prepared with Intuition brews at the Market and Cari will be selling signed copies of the cookbook.

Also, cans of King Street Stout will be available at the Intuition Biergarten for the first time outside of the tap room.

Friday, November 21

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails ~ Brunch for Dinner Dual Anniversary Party

Intuition and Moxie celebrate their shared  anniversary with Brunch for Dinner on Friday night starting at 10:00 p.m. This late-night bash will feature an incredible lineup of beers all paired with Chef Tom Gray’s brunch-inspired small plates. Featured beers include Duuuvaaal, Shotgun Shack and several brunch-themed beers brewed just for the occasion.

The Jax Brew Bus will be making a special roundtrip from Riverside.

Tickets can be purchased at

Saturday, November 22

Intuition Ale Works ~ Anniversary Bash

The party starts at 1:00 p.m. and will feature a long list of special release and barrel-aged brews created just for the occasion. Add to that food trucks in the street featuring fare by Funkadelic and Driftwood BBQ, on-site t-shirt printing by Fretto Prints and a raffle to support the Florida craft beer political committee with a chance to win a Yeti cooler bag customized by Burro Bags or an UNDERDARK package that includes bottles of all three vintages and lots of swag, and you have the makings of an epic party.

Sunday, November 23

Mellow Mushroom Avondale ~  Hangover Brunch

Shake off an epic week with a Hangover Brunch at Mellow Mushroom Avondale on Sunday morning. The ‘Shroom will feature 10 of Intuition brews on tap to pair with their already awesome brunch menu, including some breakfast one-offs and the return of Contraption, a special release double IPA.

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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Beer, Intuition Ale Works


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Piraat beer sponsors Talk Like a Pirate Day contest

PiraatThe First Coast has had its share of pirates and pirate invasions. On any given day, pirate impersonators can be found strolling the streets of St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach is practically overrun by the Captain Jack Sparrow look-alikes during the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. So, it is only logical that the internationally recognized “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” held annually on September 19, is a big deal in this part of Florida.

The importer of Piraat beer, Global Beer Network, have taken the fun of the day one step further by sponsoring a contest that asks beer and pirate enthusiasts everywhere to submit their best pirate impression on video. Organized in alliance with the Talk Like A Pirate organization, the contest is both an online video contest and real-life, in-person pirate impression contest at participating pubs, bars and restaurants across the U.S.

The grand prize winner will win a year’s worth of Piraat beer, the official beer of pirates everywhere.
The contest runs through September 30, 2014. Winners will be announced October 1. Entries can be submitted on the Piraat Facebook page, To enter, simply “like” Piraat’s Facebook page and post your video. Check back to see if your video was chosen to be featured!

Piraat is a Belgian Triple Ale. The beer was created centuries ago to accompany sailors setting out on long voyages. In the 17th and 18th centuries, captains needed beer with high food value that could be kept fresh for an extended period of time. Piraat, due to its high ABV (10.5 percent) and second fermentation, was the perfect type of brew for these voyages. A pint a day was the ration passed down by the captain to his crew. Piraat has a well-rounded body and rich flavor. The powerful glow builds from the inside with a deep golden hue and soft haze. The beer is aggressively hopped and features copious amounts of malt. It features a mild sweetness coupled with colorful aromas, fresh bread, spices and tropical fruits for a complex taste.

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Imports


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Trappist ales spotlighted on ‘I Know Jax’

Not long ago the news that one of the world’s rarest beers, Westvleteren 12, will be released for sale next week. In the video below I talk about this extraordinary beer on “I Know Jax” with my cohort Joe Talentino.

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Beer, Belgian, Events


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Gnome Week Celebrated with Multiple Events in Jax

There has been a recent uptick of interest in all things gnome. From the animated movie Gnomeo & Juliet to the photos circulating the Internet of zombified gnomes attacking helpless garden flamingos, gnomes are on a roll. This week the hype comes to its pinnacle, June 6-9 is gnome week and the 6,666th anniversary of gnomes discovering the magic water that brews magical beers. And, there are a number of celebrations taking place throughout Jacksonville to commemorate the illustrious occasion.

Gnomes are widely considered mystical spirits of magic and alchemy that were first mentioned in the 16th century by Swiss alchemist Paracelsus. He described them as just two spans high (about two feet), reluctant to interact with humans, and able to move through solid rock as easily as we m,ove through air. They are often associated with mines or underground streams. According to legend, a village of gnomes discovered that the waters of Cedrogne Spring in what would become Belgium had magical properties. It was said that the water could heal numerous ailments so the gnomes soon began using the water to brew beer. Naturally, that beer held on to the magical properties of the water.

This week, come drink with Carolyn Graham of Brown Distributing, she will be hosting several events where there will be beer born of that ancient spring in Belgium from  Brassiere d’Achouffe. The fun begins Wednesday and continues through Saturday.

Wednesday, June 6
Engine 15 Brewing Company from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tastings of several brews from Brassiere d’Achouffe.

Thursday, June 7
Cork & Keg from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
More great brew to taste.

Friday, June 8
Total Wine & More from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Brassiere d’Achouffe poured by Marc Wisdom, Jacksonville Craft Beer Examiner and I Know Jax’s the Beer Guy.

Pele’s Wood Fire
Gnome Gnights three-course dinner with beer pairings for just $30.

Saturday, June 9
Whole Foods from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
More samples and more fun!

Pele’s Wood Fire
Gnome Gnights three-course dinner with beer pairings for just $30.

So, get out your pointy hats, groom your curly white beards, and come taste several of the brews from Brassiere d’Achouffe. You are sure to leave whistling a happy tune – or was that dwarves who did that?

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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Beer, Belgian, Events, Imports


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New Belgian Brews Are Tasty and Thrifty

20120109-161720.jpgBelgian beers have long been my favorites and, as evidenced by my trip to Belgium last year, my passion. I love the variety the Belgian brewers introduce to their brews and the outstanding quality that is virtually guaranteed of a Belgian beer. The Belgian people take their beer seriously and therefor will not stand for shoddy practices or poor quality beers.

Last night my good friend Steve of invited me over to his palatial mansion to taste several new Belgian beers he had come across. The three brews we tried were all from the Brasserie Caulier a brewery situated less than a half mile from the French border in Péruwelz, Belgium. Named for a nearby town where the first brewery was established in 1980 the three beers tasted were Bon Secours Blonde, Bon Secours Brune, and Bon Secours Ambree.

Brasserie Caulier wanted to follow in the brewing traditions of the Brigittine Monks that first settled in the area and established a brewery in Peruwelz around 1628. Brasserie Caulier tells a story about the first brewmaster of the monastery named Father Baudelot who, after celebrating Mass every Sunday at the Chapelle Notre-Dame-between-wood in the village of Bonsecours, would walk home and pay visits to the local taverns along the way. After long evenings of drinking and socializing with the parishioners, Father Baudelot would require assistance getting back to the Abbey. The good Father’s dog, a statuesque St. Bernard, would guide him safely to his home. In honor of the Father and his faithful companion, all Bon Secours brews feature a St. Bernard on the label.

Brasserie Caulier is a traditional brewery that produces beers using the traditional methods. The brews are unfiltered, unpasteurized, and the secondary fermentation takes place in the unique swing-top bottle the company uses. This second fermentation in the bottle leads to an extremely lively bottle evidenced by the “Biere Vivante!!” tag line on the label, which translate to “living beer.” Indeed, it is a very good idea to have your glass nearby when opening the bottle as the carbonation tends to rush to the top of the bottle as soon as it is opened.

The first of the beers we sampled was the blonde. As mentioned above, when poured into a tulip glass the brew formed a thick, white head of fragrant bubbles releasing aromas of sweet malt, lemony citrus, and the earthy spiciness one expects from a Belgian Strong Ale. The appearance of the beer in the glass is hazy yellow which leans towards the golden side. First sip revealed the sweetness of the malts followed by the brightness of the lemon and finally a pleasant herbal character. This beer paired nicely with the homemade gyros my host served for dinner.

Next we broke open the amber from Brasserie Caulier. As with the blonde, this brew poured into the glass with a tall, rising head of attractive and aromatic foam that was dominated by the smell of dark sugars and caramel and the typical Belgian yeast funk. In the glass the beer is a deep orange color with amber highlights. Immediately upon first sip the sweet, caramel nature of the malts washes over your taste buds. In the finish there is a hint of sourness reminiscent of a Flanders Red.

The third and final beer of the evening was the brune. This brew poured a deep brown with a generous slightly tan head. The aroma is of dark-roasted malts, mocha, and some dark fruits. The first sip revealed the dark malts and mocha hints along with dark brown sugars – perhaps molasses — and raisins. Drank alongside some truly outstanding brownies made with chili spices and vanilla made by Steve’s lovely wife Amber, this beer really stood out.

As Belgian beers continue to gain popularity in the United States, it is always a treat to come across a brew that I have not tried before. As was the case several months ago with Antigoon, the Bon Secours beers are a very pleasant addition to my catalog of tasty Belgian brews. While all three of the Brasserie Caulier brews boast 8% ABV, they are very drinkable and pleasant on the palate. If you are looking for inexpensive as well as tasty Belgian brews these three are well worth your time.

Bon Secours Blonde, Bon Secours Ambree, and Bon Secours Brune are available at Total Wine in the St. John’s Town Center for $2.99 to $5.99.

Until next time,

Long Live the Brewers!


Marc Wisdom



Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Beer, Belgian, Imports


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Antigoon Belgian Ale – Something to Throw Your Hands Up About

As anyone who has read my past columns knows, I am a Belgian beer freak. I love all the beers of Belgium for their originality, their audacity, their heritage, and most of all, their taste. That is why when a truly original Belgian beer becomes available I am all for opening it and giving it a go. So, on a muggy north Florida evening, while eating some truly amazing smoked pork, Steve Rushe owner of and I sat down to drink a few Belgian brews.

At the top of the list, and by far the rarest offering that evening, was Antigoon a rather wonderful Belgian double blond ale brewed by Brouwerij De Musketiers in Ursel, Belgium. This brew was developed specifically for a Belgian restaurant in Washington D.C. called Brasserie Beck as the house beer and became such a hit that the brewers and restaurant owners decided to begin bottling it and distributing it wider than just one restaurant. Lucky for us they did, too!

But, before I get to more beer talk, you may be wondering where the odd-sounding name, Antigoon, came from. The name is a reference to a legend out of Antwerp in Belgium about a terrible giant that lived next the river Scheldt. The giant, Druoon Antigoon, seeing an opportunity to make some change, began requiring all ships traveling the river to pay a fee. If the captain paid the fee, the ship was allowed to pass unscathed. If, however, the captain refused, the giant would hook off his hand and toss it into the river. Some folklore exists that claims this is how the city of Antwerp got its name. The Dutch word for the city is Antwerpen literally translates to “hand throwing” in Old English.

What Antigoon did not count on was a brave Roman soldier named Silvius Brabo coming along, defeating him and throwing his hooked-off hands into the river. The legend is so pervasive that there is a statue of Brabo tossing Antigoon’s severed hand into the river in front of the Antwerp Town Hall.

Enough history, let’s talk about the beer. The first thing you will notice is the handsome bottle this brew comes in. The label is painted on to the bottle and depicts Brabo severing Antigoon’s hand, a bit macabre, but still an impressive label. As is only proper of a fine Belgian beer the bottle is closed with a cork and wire cage.

Serve this beer at about 45 to 50 degrees, in a tulip glass, snifter, or over-sized wine glass so that you are able to capture the aromas of grains, sweet malt, spices, and slight floral. The brew should pour a deep golden color with abundant tiny bubbles and a frothy, generous head. When you sip it you should get the sweet malts and spiciness up front. The two balance each other nicely, neither dominating the other. You should be able to pick up subtle notes of apple as well as the floral, leafy notes hinted at in the nose provided by the hops. The finish presents a lingering bitterness that has been masked up that point by the malt and spices.

In helping develop this beer for Beck’s, Thor Cheston, the restaurant’s beer director was recognized by the beer guild in Brussels, Belgium with a knighthood. Not a small honor, that. So, as you enjoy this intensely sessionable, 6.8 % brew, keep in mind that you are drinking the beer of a knight and show the proper respect. Serve the beer correctly as prescribed above, set out some tangy cheese, drop a plate of wonderfully smoked meat, and enjoy!

Until next time,

Long Live the Brewers!


Marc Wisdom


Posted by on July 21, 2011 in Beer


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Beer 101 Seminar at Intuition Ale Works

Yet another great event taking place for American Craft Beer Week: Intuition Ale Works is holding a beer tasting seminar just in time for the Jacksonville Craft & Import Beer Festival on Thursday, May 19th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. This Beer 101 Seminar is a sit-down beer tasting in honor of American Craft Beer Week! And the really great thing is that the Festival is the very next evening so everything you learn you will be able to immeidately apply.

Brewer and brewery owner Ben Davis will talk about the history of brewing and beer and walk you through flights of four different styles of beer: English, lagers, Belgians, and extreme beers.

Light food pairings for each of the flights will provided.

If you purchase your tickets this week you can take advantage of an special early bird pricing! Tickets are $15 if purchased this week and $20 after that. Attendance will be capped for this private event so get your tickets while they last.

Visit the following link to purchase tickets:

Tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Intuition Ale Works Tap Room during regular opening hours (Wed-Sat 3pm to 11pm).


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