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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 www.JaxAleTrail.com.

 
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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 BeerAdvocate.com and 3.5 stars out of five on beer tracking and rating social media site Untappd.com. RateBeer.com 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.

Follow Bold City Brewery on Twitter at: @boldcitybrewery.

 
 

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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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Bold City Brewery Has a Full Slate of Events Coming Up

Our friends over at Bold City Brewing always seem to have a lot going on. Brian and the crew work hard to keep you supplied with fresh, tasty beer both at the Tap Room and in bottles at your local grocery and liquor store. As if that were not enough, they are constantly providing opportunities for unique ways to taste their outstanding brews. The end of March and in the beginning of April the gang has a whole slew of events to keep their legions of fans happily sipping away at a cold brew. Check out the list below for all the details.

Saturday, March 31 starting at 11:00 am for VIPs ($15) and 12:00 noon for general admission ($5) Metro Jacksonville (www.metrojacksonville.com) is sponsoring an event in the Bold City parking lot that will round-up a collection of Jacksonville’s food trucks for the Jax Truckies: The Jacksonville Food Truck Championship. Attendees can purchase food tickets for $1 each or 20 for $18. This is a great opportunity to sample the great food these trucks have to offer and support the food truck movement that is sweeping the nation. Admission is limited to the first 300 attendees.

On the same day, representatives from Bold City will travel to Gainesville to pour their brews at the Greater Gater Beer Festival. Magnolia Parke at 4700 NW 39th Avenue will play host to this annual event from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Included with your admission ($25 in advance, $30 online, $35 at the door) are unlimited samples of over 100 beers, unlimited food samples from local restaurants, and entertainment. Get more information at www.floridabeerfestivals.com.

Saturday, April 7 will see brewery favorite, Kustom Deluxe performing in the Bold City Brewery.

Saturday, April 14 the gang will travel back to Gainesville for another great beer festival. This time it is the Hogtown Beer Festival to be held at the beautiful Kanapaha Botanical Gardens located at 4700 Southwest 58th Drive. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $75 for VIP. Expect to see a lot of great beers from most of the breweries in Florida as well as regional brews, food pairings, educational seminars, and home brewing demonstrations. There will also be a lineup of stellar entertainment including Robin Rutenberg & Friends a fabulous (http://www.robinrutenberg.com) and talented Jacksonville group. Get lots more information at (www.hogtownbeerfest.com).

Sunday, April 15 join the brewery crew at Moon River Pizza (www.moonriverpizza.net), 1176 Edgewood Ave S # 2, for the ‘L’ Coffee Stout release to be served with Moon River breakfast pizza. They will also be serving Killer Whale Cream Ale and Fritz-mosas (mimosas made with Fritz heffewiezen). Music for the party will be provided by John Emil. The release brunch will be held from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Tuesday, April 17 will be Bold City Night at Brewer’s Pizza in Orange Park. Details to be announced.
Friday, April 27 is the 19th annual Folio Weekly Beer Festival (http://folioweekly.com/beerfest.php) at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium 3800 St. John’s Bluff Blvd. The Bold City bunch will be set up with tastings of their great brews and along with the other awesome beers, food, and entertainment.

As you can see, Brian, Susan, and the rest of the Bold City family do not believe in sitting still for long. Be sure to attend the events above and tell them you heard it here!

 
 

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Boldly Going Where No Jacksonville Brewery has Gone Before

Jacksonville’s own Bold City Brewery has been garnering a lot of national attention lately and with good reason. Since opening on Rosselle Street in the Riverside/Avondale area in 2008, Bold City has been turning heads. They were the first craft brewery in Jacksonville, they are owned by a mother and son team, they were the first in the area to bottle their beers for distribution to local grocery stores, and they were the first local brewery to serve their beer at local sporting events.

In the tradition of many of the great breweries of the Old Country, Bold City is a true family effort, too. Members of the Miller family (no relation to the other brewery by that name) man the taps in the tap room, assist with cleaning out fermentation tanks, marketing their brand, and bottling the beer. On Wednesday evenings you can usually find the whole family manning the bottling station as they cap and crate pallets of beer.

The brewery’s journey towards success began back in 2002 when Brian Miller – the son of the mother and son team – began home brewing beer. He joined the local brewing club, C. A.S. K. and soon after began collecting accolades on his brews. Soon after that the idea of running a brewery began to grow in the back of his mind. The seedling grew to a fully formed idea and Miller approached his mother Susan with the plan for the Jacksonville brewing icon. After researching the idea thoroughly, Susan Miller left her job at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida to join the Bold City team.

In Brian’s own words, “The concept of opening a business, any business, can be a scary one, but at some point, you have to allow yourself to dream about what could be and push forward with your aspirations.” So, with an infusion of capital supplied by a mortgage on Susan’s home, the two set out to build a brewing empire all their own.

Today Susan manages the business aspects of the operation including the Tap Room and dealing with suppliers. Brian has turned the brewing reigns over to his longtime assistant and has taken over the job of Brewing Operations Manager. In the more than three years since the brewery has opened, Bold City has expanded the size of their equipment and their facility. Recently they took out the wall of an adjoining unit in the warehouse they are situated in and built a third cooler.

And all that hard work has paid on in spades not only with legions of fanatical followers, but recently three separate and highly-respected publishers have honored the humble group.

Men’s Health named Bold City in its article “The Best Beers from NFL Cities” citing Fritz’s and Bold English in its write up, “Try Fritz’s Hefeweizen for a sterling example of a German wheat beer, or the Bold English Old Ale if you’re looking for deeper flavor.”

Draft Magazine, in its article on breakfast beers (yes, beer is now a breakfast drink alongside Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s) recommended Killer Whale Cream Ale paired with croissants.

And, Rate Beer, one of the ‘Net’s most popular and authoritive beer websites, named Bold City as one of the Top 50 Breweries to visit in the world. Bold City was ranked right up there with Sierra Nevada in California and St. Sixtus in Belgium.

Never let it be said that a man’s dream cannot come to fruition; at least not around Bold City brewery. Brian and the gang may have something to say about that. And, though it took plenty of hard work and long hours, the great folks at the brewery wouldn’t change a thing.

Until next time,

Long Live the Brewers

Cheers!

Marc Wisdom

 

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