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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.

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Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Beer News


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Bold City re-releases Archie’s Rhino Rye Pale Ale at zoo event

RhinoRyeReRealease_Slider_R1Bold City Brewery has been creating craft beer in Jacksonville for over six years. During that time they have said goodbye to several beers and added a few others. But, on February 8, the brewery will be welcoming back a popular brew that has been on hiatus for a while. Archie’s Rhino Rye Pale ale will be re-released at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens at a gala party for the benefit of rhinoceros conservation.

The brew has earned consistent praise including a rating of four out of five stars on and 3.5 stars out of five on beer tracking and rating social media site user, Drowland, described the beer, “There’s a really nice fresh hop aspect and a definite spice kick. The flavor is lightly bitter and hoppy, slightly fruit, with pine and citrus, and another definite rye spice kick. This is tasty and goes down too easy.”

Originally released in 2011, is a smooth and drinkable pale ale made with rye malt that can sharpen flavors and add complexity, crispness, and subtle spiciness as well as dry out a beer. At 6.5% ABV, the beer rides on the higher end of alcohol content for a pale ale.

Since Archie’s Rye Pale Ale is named for the Jacksonville Zoo’s oldest male rhino, the re-release party will open with a ceremonial toast on the Rhino Overlook followed by a beer-themed dinner featuring bites prepared using Bold City Brewery beers. The evening will provide fun for all with rhino activities and live music on Shaba Terrace at the zoo. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and continues until 9:00 p.m. Tickets are available through the Zoo on their website.

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Posted by on January 21, 2015 in Bold City Brewery


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Bold City Brewery’s Brian Miller interviewed on ‘I Know Jax’

Bold City Brewing Company was the first craft brewery in Jacksonville. Established in 2008, the mother and son team of Susan and Brian Miller have created a local brewery that is a real favorite. Most Friday and Saturday nights find the tap room full of friendly and thirsty folks ordering such great beers as Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale, Killer Whale Cream Ale and Mad Manatee.

Recently, Joe Talentino of ‘I Know Jax,” interviewed Brian in the brewery’s tap room. Click the video below to see the entire interview and be sure to tune in to CW17 Saturday and Sunday nights at 9:30 p.m. for more brewer interviews and Beer Guy segments.

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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery


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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.

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Jacksonville on the ballot for BeerCity USA 2012

Recently the yearly BeerCity USA ballot for 2012 was finalized and, after a successful write in campaign, Jacksonville is now represented on the list. National Beer Examiner Charlie Papazian began the annual competition in 2009 as part of National Craft Beer Week. Since the inception, Asheville, NC home of Highland Brewing and soon to be home of Sierra Nevada’s and New Belgium’s east coast brewing operations, has won the title. Albeit, in 2009, Asheville did tie with Portland, OR.

But, this year Jacksonville is in the running and that means all bets are off and northeast Florida is about to get on the craft beer map. That is not just home town pride speaking. Jacksonville has a real chance. In the past three years this river city by the sea has stormed the craft brew scene and is becoming a true brew force to be reckoned with. With five breweries currently operating in the area, one more opening by the end of the year and several more in the works, Jacksonville is poised as the next great American beer destination.

Intuition Ale Works

Quenching the thirst of beer lovers since November of 2010, Ben Davis the owner and chief brewer at Intuition is a man with a passion for beer. His west coast and Belgian inspired brews elicit rave reviews from Tap Room patrons and beer lovers around the city. A visit to the brewery Tap Room will yield up rp twenty choices of freshly brewed beer worthy of a pint or two.

Bold City Brewery

Begun back in 2008, mother and son team Brian and Susan Miller became the true beer pioneers of Jacksonville when they opened Bold City in an old furniture warehouse alongside the railroad tracks in Riverside. Since then the duo has garnered a fanatical following that often fills the parking lot of the brewery on Friday and Saturday nights.

Green Room Brewing

When Eric Luman decided it was time that the Jacksonville Beaches had their own brewery, he started work on bringing Green Room into existence. The laid-back brewery – the name is a surfing reference that describes the tunnel inside a waves curl – attracts beachcombers and party people alike. Taps in the Tap Room feature house brews as well as other Florida-brewed beers.

Mile Marker Brewing

In the nation’s oldest city of St. Augustine, the team at Mile Marker have been putting out quality brews and making lots of friends along the way. Though the Tap Room is a bit out of the way, it manages to attract beer lovers who seek out fresh, tasty beer after a day of exploring the historic district.

Pinglehead Brewery

The new kid on the block, Pinglehead, is actually a reincarnation of Brewer’s Pizza. In a bid to be able to distribute the beer they brew in the Orange Park brewery, the guys decided to convert from a brew pub to a full-fledged brewery. Thirsty patrons can still get Pinglehead brews at the bar of Brewer’s Pizza and soon they will be able to purchase the brews in other local establishments.

With these brewery choices, brewery restaurant choices like Ragtime, Seven Bridges, and A1A Ale Works, Engine 15 brew pub, and many, many well-tapped restaurants, Jacksonville is a shoo in for the 2012 BeerCity USA title. Voting goes live May 1 and closes on May 13. Watch for the link here and prepare to vote Jacksonville in for this year’s title.

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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Beer, Beer News


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