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Jax Ale Trail celebrates one year, documentary series

jax-ale-trailThe Jax Ale Trail, an award winning marketing effort by the fine people at Visit Jacksonville, has just turned one. As a means to put Jacksonville’s burgeoning craft brewing industry in front of potential visitors, it has been an overwhelming success. Consider these numbers as proof of the program; since its inception in December 2014, more than 20,000 people have used their Jax Ale Trail Craft Beer Passports, and almost 900 craft beer enthusiasts from 39 states and five countries have completed their Jax Ale Trail Craft Beer Passports. While it is well known that the Jacksonville craft beer scene is made up of a lively and fiercely loyal crowd of followers who embraced the Ale Trail, nearly 30 percent of all completed passports were from out-of-towners.

“It is with great pride that we look back at the accomplishments of the Jax Ale Trail in this first year. What started as an idea to showcase our already existing breweries and turn them into a tourism attraction has really taken a life of its own, putting Jacksonville on the national map as an emerging beer destination,” said Katie Mitura, Director of Marketing and Communications for Visit Jacksonville, the city’s tourism marketing organization.  “It makes us extra proud to see visitors coming from other cities and countries to drink our great local beer and explore Jacksonville.

To add to the accolades heaped on Visit Jacksonville for the Ale Trail, Livability.com just named Jacksonville as one of the top 99 best cities with the best beers in the country. For the inaugural listing, the website was looking for cities that met three criteria: they are good places to live, they are consumers of craft beer and they are producers of the best beer around. Jacksonville fit the bill handily.

Coincidentally, 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.

Over the next few days I will post one of their films per day. They range in length from around eight minutes to 13 or so minutes. Some feature interviews with brewers or owners while others simply show off the brewery and their beers.

Of the breweries on the Jax Ale Trail Bold City Brewing Company, Green Room Brewing Company, Aardwolf Brewing Company and Engine 15 Brewing Company are featured.

The first stop was Bold City Brewing Company.

 

For more information on the Jax Ale Trail visit www.JaxAleTrail.com.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in Bold City Brewery, Local Brewery

 

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Bold City Brewing Company to open downtown Jacksonville brewery and tap room

l106579-11092009-newTo paraphrase a local marketing tag line, downtown Jacksonville is on fire.  Bold City Brewing Company has announced that it will open a small-batch brewery and tap room on Bay Street adjacent to the Cowford Chophouse project already underway.

Bold City is the third Jacksonville brewery to announce plans for downtown – or near downtown – facilities. Last year Intuition Ale Works revealed plans to build a new brewery, tap room and restaurant near the sports complex and several years ago Beaches brewery Engine 15 Brewing Company purchased several buildings on Myrtle Avenue for a production brewery and eventually a beer garden and tap room.

The new location places Bold City squarely in the center of the growing downtown entertainment district known as The Elbow. Neighbors include the already mentioned Cowford Chophouse from the Forking Amazing restaurant group as well as 1904 Music Hall, Underbelly, Burro Bar and Dos Gatos.

With a smaller production system, the downtown brewery will focus on more varieties of beers rather than the brewery’s core brands. This provides brewers a greater amount of latitude for experimentation and bolsters creativity. It also will allow the main brewery on Roselle Street to continue to focus on producing core brands for both keg and can distribution.

Hours of operation have not been announced yet, but the brewery is shooting for an August or September opening date for the new location.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2015 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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Growler wars end in Florida, 64-ounce growlers legal beginning July 1

beertogoIn case you were wondering what that odd cheering noise was a few weeks ago, it was the collective voices of Florida craft beer lovers and producers shouting in joy that Governor Rick Scott signed the bill that made half-gallon growlers legal in the state. That’s right, until just recently, craft beer could not legally purchase craft beer growlers in sizes other than one-quart or one-gallon sizes. A fact that pegged the state as one of only two that prohibited the half-gallon growler (Utah is the other one). But, after several years of legal wrangling, mega-beer producer back-stabbing and good ol’ boy favoritism, craft beer lobbying prevailed and the containers will become legal July 1, 2015.

To commemorate the ruling and the states newly-found sensibility, breweries are staging special events and offers. One of the most interesting is the offer Ben Davis — a crusader in the growler wars and owner of Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville, Fla. — has proposed a sort of trade-in. For each one-gallon growler turned in at the brewery’s tap room July 1–4, a shiny new half-gallon growler will be provided along with a complimentary fill of one of Intuition’s core brands. Davis is so adamant about ridding the world of Intuition gallon growlers, that he has come up with a rather interesting way to dispose of them. Check out the video below for the details.

Free the Growler! from Ben Davis on Vimeo.

Just around the corner from Intuition at Bold City Brewing Company, a special Imperial cask ale will be tapped on Thursday, July 2. And on Friday, July 3 the tap room will open at noon with tappings of  Barrel-Aged Super Secret Stout and Barrel-Aged Chinook IPA that will be available for 64-ounce growler fills. But, the tap room will be closed on Independence Day, so get your fills before then.

Out at Jacksonville Beach, patrons of Gren Room Brewing Company can celebrate the new 64-ounce growler freedom with a new beer and half-price half-gallon growler fills. The new brew is called Citrus Paradisi Pale Ale and is an American pale ale dry hopped with Amarillo hops and aged on fresh Florida grapefruit. To grab a half-gallon of this new beer just buy a new Green Room 64-ounce growler for $6 and get a fill for just $5.

Statewide, ,any tap rooms will stop at 6:40 p.m. to toast the passage of the 64-ounce growler law. Be sure to stop in to your favorite whether it be Funky Buddha in South Florida, Cigar City in Tampa, Grayton Beer Company in Santa Rosa Beach or any of the many other great breweries around the state to toast the new growler freedom.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 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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Bold City beers provide inspiration for Publix Aprons beer dinner

l106579-11092009-newPublix Aprons Cooking School located in the Mandarin Publix on San Jose Blvd. has a long history of hosting exceptional beer dinner. Chef Tony Charbonnet has a knack for entertaining as well as educating at the dinners with witty banter and a knowing hand during demonstrations. He also is excellent at concocting delicious food made and paired with amazing craft beers.

On March 25, Charbonnet and his staff at Aprons will host a beer dinner featuring locally brewed Bold City Brewing company beers. THe dinner will feature four courses and five beers.

Dishes included on the menu are:

  • Welcome drink — Killer Whale Cream Ale
  • Kale Salad with Duke’s Brown Ale Vinaigrette paired with Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale
  • Citrus Spice Shrimp Scampi paired with Mad Manatee IPA
  • Coffee Rubbed Brisket & 1901 Roasted Red Ale Mashed Potatoes paired with 1901 Roasted Red Ale
  • Spice Cake with Rhino Rye Cream Cheese Frosting paired with Archie’s Rhine Rye Pale Ale

Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased by calling the Aprons Event Planning desk at 904.262.4187 or online at: http://ww2.publix.com/aprons/schools/Jacksonville/ClassDetailReservations.do?childId=32622

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2015 in Beer Dinner

 

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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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Jax Beer Week 2014: Friday, May 29

jax_beer_week_2014Jax Beer Week is winding down, but that does not mean that the events are slowing down. Be sure to stop by the events below and be sure to sign up for our social media feeds to get more last-minute information on entries. You can sign up forour feeds at www.JaxBeerGuy.com

Also, be sure to check back here tomorrow morning for information on the week’s grand finale event!

Pinglehead Brewing Company/Brewer’s Pizza
Taproom release – Bold City Brewing Company Abbey’s Ale

Intuition Ale Works
Taproom release — Barrel Aged Anniversary IPA

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters
Coffee-holics have been flocking to this home-grown coffee shop for their caffeinated java, but something everyone may not be aware of is that Bold Bean also serves up some of the best craft beers in the area. On any given day you are likely to find beers from many of the local breweries on tap including Intuition Ale Works and Bold City.

Today you can swing by the Stockton Street location in Riverside for a Swamp Head Brewing Company event to commemorate Jax Beer Week.

The Jax Beer Guy has partnered with the UBER car service in Jacksonville. Because of this partnership, you can receive a $20 credit for your first ride by simply using the promo code “JaxBeerGuy” when you register for UBER on your smartphone.

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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Jax Beer Week

 

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