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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 and Aardwolf featured on WJXT news prior to Jags game

Jacksonville brewery representatives from Bold City Brewing and Aardwolf Brewing appeared on WJXT, the local CBS affiliate last night prior to the nationally-boradcast, prime time airing of Thursday Night Football from Everbank Field. In the interview Brian Miller of Bold City and Preben Olsen of Aardwolf answered questions about the craft beer movement and why consumers seem to be gravitating towards the scene.

The Jaguars and the City of Jacksonville hosted a pre-game tailgate party that included local craft beer along with several national brands.

View the entire segment at the link below.

http://www.news4jax.com/news/craft-beer-featured-at-tailgate/30304542

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Beer News

 

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Jax Beer Week — Day Four

jaxBeerWeek2013Dahlia’s Pour House

The gang at Dahlia’s will be offering thirsty Jax Beer Week revelers $4 IPAs.

Bold City Brewing Co. 7:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m.

The crew at Bold City are treating their guests to a Florida Tap Takeover featuring spectacular brews from across the great state of Florida. The tap list includes:

  • Cask & Larder Black Ale (Winter Park, FL)
  • Big Storm Brewery Wavemaker Amber Ale (Odessa, FL)
  • Due South Brewing Roasted Cocoa Stout (Boynton Beach, FL)
  • 7venth Sun Brewing Graffiti Orange (Dunedin, FL)
  • Tequesta Brewing Company Terminally Ale and Irish Red Ale (Tequesta, FL)
  • Cigar City Brewing Humidor Series IPA (Tampa, FL)
  • Pensacola Bay Brewing Lil’ Napoleon IPA (Pensacola, FL)
  • Florida Beer Company Gaspar’s Porter (Melbourne, FL)

Blackfinn American Grille 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Intuition Ale Works will stop by the Finn to pour one of thier classic brews: Intuition Jon Boat Coastal Ale.

While visiting enjoy:

  • Complimentary Tastings of Intuition Jon Boat
  • Passed Appetizers
  • $3 Craft Drafts
  • $4 Import Drafts
  • $10 Burger or Flatbread and Draft Beer Feature
  • Happy Hour Food and Drink Specials

Grassroots Natural Market 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Grassroots will host a Jacksonville Beer Tasting featuring Ben Davis owner and brewer at Intuition Ale Works who will bring a special cask brew. Also at the tasting will be a cask brew from Green Room Brewing in Jacksonville Beach.

Beer Specials

Intuition Ale Works, Kickbacks Gastropub, Pele’s Wood Fire, Broudy’s, Beer:30, European Street Riverside, Black Sheep Restaurant, O’Brother’s

 

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Beaches Summer Fest 2012 a rousing success

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Beaches Summer Fest 2012 took place on a perfect late summer night complete with cool breezes and wonderful company. As mentioned in the preview article on the event last week, beer people are innately generous and the organizers of this great event are no exceptions. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and based on mere observation, it looks like the charity can expect a rather large contribution.

The event showcased a virtual who’s who of the Jacksonville brewing scene. There were breweries, vendors, distributors, and beer celebrities all in attendance.

All five local Jacksonville breweries were represented at the event including:

Intuition Ale Works with their I-10 IPA and Triad Belgian-style Tripple

Pinglehead Brewing with Landslide Double IPA and Moon Dance Oatmeal Stout

Bold City Brewing with 1901 Red Ale and Rhino Rye Pale Ale

Green Room Brewing with Pablo Beach Pale Ale and Cherry Key Lime Wit

Engine 15 with Old Battle Axe and JamMin Jasmine Saison

But local breweries were not the only breweries in attendance. Also present were Swamp Head Brewery from Gainesville, St. Somewhere Brewing from Tarpon Springs, and the new kid on the block Three Palms Brewing from Tampa. Another fine brew being poured at the event by Eric Jankowski of Micro Man Distributors was Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat.

While beer is always a major draw at these events, the food at this one was nothing less than spectacular as well. There was truly something for everyone ranging from fine cheeses presented by Grassroots Natural Market to sinful desserts created by Alley Cakes. Highlights included fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs with chipotle-strawberry barbecue sauce from The Perfect pair Catering Company, The Tree Hugger hummus wrap from On the Fly Sandwiches & Stuff, and Gator Burgoo from Brewer’s Pizza. Also providing food for the event was Ocean 60 Restaurant who brought Grouper Ceviche.

Another aspect of the evening was the adventurous and toe-tapping sounds of Firewater Tent Revival. On their Facebook page, the band describes itself as, “Punk rockers gone rogue. Now we are a knee slapping beer drinking good time band. We play eclectic bluegrass and old country drinking songs.” They certainly had the room jumping. And for those looking for mellower sounds the duo of Paxton and Mike entertained folks on the outdoor deck with their acoustic stylings.

The event also featured an impressive array of items up for silent auction including an extremely rare 11.5 ounce bottle of Westvleteren 12 Trappist Ale that, at last look, was going for $100. Other items included beer company mirrors and signs, a Long Board branded bicycle and surfboard, gift baskets, experiences, and impressive artwork.

And if all of the beer, food, music, and auction items were not enough to keep you entertained, the evening also provided a prime opportunity to see and be seen with Jacksonville’s brew-centric glitterati. Among that group flitting from table to table was the social butterfly Regina Heffington, the Jax Brew Bitch herself. Also spotted was Michael Payne of the soon-to-be-opened Aardwolf Brewing Company, Steve Rushe owner of Beer Junto, and Ed Stansel of the Times-Union’s Amber Waves beer blog. Susan and John Miller of Bold City Brewing were also spotted roaming the event as was Mark Stillman and Eric Lumen of Green Room Brewing. Bob Sylvester of St. Somewhere made the trek to the event as well, to pour his outstanding Belgian-influenced brews as did Randy Reaver of Three Palms from Tampa.

But, though the event was by all accounts one of the most well-conceived and executed beer events in the area and, judging by the smiles of others and personal experience, a complete and utter blast, it is important to remember that there was a mission behind the celebration. That mission was to raise funds to fight the debilitating disease, muscular dystrophy. To that end Jamie Gillis, one of the event organizers, speaking on behalf of the Beaches Summer Fest Team of 8, said that the event had garnered an, “estimated $18,500 and counting.” This estimate came as of Tuesday, Sept. 18 with contributions still coming in.

Worth noting is that all of the vendors, distributors, caterers, and musicians donated their time to the event. Even the Courtyard by Marriott, at which the event was held, donated its facilities to the cause. This means that every dollar that came in to the event will make its way to the MDA for them to use in their search for a cure with nothing held out and no one to pay.

Keep abreast of plans for next year’s event by following the Beaches Summer Fest page on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/beachessummerfest. You may also continue to make contributions to the cause by going to: http://www2.mda.org/2012beachessummerfest.

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Beer, Beer Festival, Food

 

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Craft beer and football; a match made in heaven

Football season is upon us and that means there will be plenty of gridiron action to go around on weekends and several other nights of the week. Whether you are a diehard NFL fan or a rabid college football fan, one thing is certain; you will need plenty of cold suds to wash down your football obsession. If the makers of the macro lagers have it their way, you will be drinking tasteless, overly-chilled, fizzy, watery, yellow liquids that they pass off as beer. But, if you are looking for something that packs a flavorful kick to go along with the crushing action on your television, turn to the many craft beer choices you have to refresh you during the gladiatorial combat.

News outlets all over the country are touting craft beers to go along with your Saturday or Sunday afternoon games. And, why not? The craft beer industry is rapidly growing and making inroads to the hearts, minds, and taste buds of football fans from Florida to Alaska and everywhere in between. Esquire Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, and others have all published their picks for the best craft beer from each NFL city. Some choices are spot on, while others make a craft beer lover scratch their head. Regardless of what you think of the so-called expert choices, craft beer is certainly on the minds of the national media and beginning to get the respect it is due.

Locally, here in Jacksonville, there are myriad choices for beer to go with your football addiction. Men’s Health suggests you try Bold City Brewing’s Fritz’s Hefeweizen along with your gameday brats and hot dogs. They also recommend Bold English Old Ale is you seek a more robust beer. Esquire says to try Engine 15’s Rye of the Tiger pale ale as a companion to your football frenzy – just be careful to not get the Survivor song with a similar name stuck in your head. MSNBC’s Bites segment on the Today show recommends another Bold City brew Mad Manatee for its piney, hop-forward flavor and proximity to Everbank Stadium. And Craftbeer.com suggests taking a cooler full of Intuition Ale Works cans to your tailgating party.

Something else Jaguars fans can enjoy on home game days is tailgating with the crew from Intuition Ale Works. All you have to do is mosey on over to Lot H outside the stadium, look for the Intuition van and enjoy great beer, good food, and all manner of fun. This Sunday, Sept. 16, the guys from Tailgate32 will be joining the bunch from the brewery along with representatives from Big Green Egg.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Beer

 

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Bold City to Sell Six-Packs

Bold City Brewery has set a number of firsts in Jacksonville; they were the first craft beer brewery, they opened the first tap room, they were the first to introduce the concept of the growler, they were the first to bottle their brews, and now, they will be the first to sell bottled six-packs of locally-brewed craft beers in the Jacksonville market. Sure, Bold City brews have been available in bottles at local grocers and liquor stores, but only in bombers and case packs. Now, if you want more than a single bomber and less than 12 bottles of beer from Bold City, you will have the option.

“People have always asked me, when I’m out and about or here at the brewery, why don’t we do six packs.” said owner Brian Miller in his weekly newsletter to brewery fans today. The wait, and the questions, will be over next week when Miller expects bottles of Killer Whale Cream Ale to be available for thirsty beer-lovers at local outlets.

 

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Bold City “L” Coffee Stout Release Brunch

As I previously mentioned here, Bold City is planning a release brunch for their new “L” Coffee Stout, made with Bold Bean coffee. The brunch will take place tomorrow, Sunday April 15 at Moon River Pizza (www.moonriverpizza.net), 1176 Edgewood Ave S,  # 2, from 11:00 until 2:00.

Brian Miller, the brewer at Bold City says his new coffee creation has come out even better than expected, which is saying a lot considering the high quality of his other brews. In addition to the new stout, Dan of Moon River Pizza will by fashioning some awesome breakfast style pizzas to accompany the new brew. Expect to find a traditional breakfast pizza consisting of eggs meat and cheese, a veggie-style pie, and a dessert pizza created specifically for the new stout. While pizza may seem like an odd choice for a brunch, these pies sound out-of-this world good!

Other Bold City brews will also be available for your drinking pleasure including Killer Whale Cream Ale and Fritz-mosas (mimosas made with Fritz heffewiezen).

As if the new coffee stout and pizzas were not enough, the folks at Bold City and Moon River have also arranged for entertainment by slide guitar great John Emil. This accomplished artist has performed at major music festivals like the Telluride Blues and Brews Fest, the Lake Occonee Music Fest, the Florida and South Florida Folk Fests, and the Decatur Blues and Bluegrass Festival. Emil has supplied music for are “Dateline,” Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations,” CMT’s “Cribs,” and several international wildlife and nature documentaries.

All of these ingredients combine to make what is sure to be a fun and exciting release brunch at Moon River Pizza.

 

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