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3 new Bold City brews you must try at downtown tap room

bold_City_DTWhen I talked to Brian Miller, co-owner of Jacksonville’s first craft brewery, Bold City Brewing Company a few months ago about the just-opened downtown brewery and tap room, he told me that his vision was to rotate his brewers through the smaller brewery and let them exercise their creativity. This weekend we will get to reap the fruits of Jeremy Baker’s, one of the Bold City brewers, labors.

Beginning at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 26, Baker’s first brew — The George and the Dragon Oatmeal Stout — will be on tap. Then at 2:00 p.m., The Jam ESB will become available and finally, at 5:00 p.m., The Pryed of Frank and Stein Rye IPA will flow.

Inspiration for the new brews lean heavily towards Baker’s British roots. The name for his stout is drawn from visits to family in England as he grew up.

“The legal drinking age is lower there,”  Baker said in an email from Bold City. “So the first time I could legitimately drink a beer at a bar was just down the hill from my Grandparent’s house. The pub was named The George and the Dragon and George.

The combination of that early drinking experience and the fact that his grandfather’s name is George provided the inspiration for his rich, chocolate forward oatmeal stout. IN keeping with the U.K. theme of the beer, Baker utilized British Phoenix hops in this 5% ABV work of art.

For his 5.5% ABV The Jam ESB, Baker again turned to his British heritage by trying to create a traditional Engish-style pale ale. In this brew he balanced English two-row, mild malts and a touch of crystal/caramel malts with a variety English of hops.

“My goal with this one was to emulate what you would get if you were in an English pub and asked for a pint of bitter,” Baker explained. “This is one of the first styles of beer I fell in love with as a young man.”

The Pryed of Frank and Stein, Baker’s third beer to be released is an English-style IPA brewed with rye that clocks in at 7% ABV and has an American twist — he aggressively hopped the brew with a combination of spicy and earthy hops from the U.S. and Europe. Perhaps most interesting is the highlighted use of experimental hop, HBC 682 said to have a mild and pleasant aroma with herbal, floral and spicy characteristics. In addition, both English and American pale malts were sourced along with distinctive rye malt.

“The ingredients came from all over,” Baker said. “To create a Frankenstein of a beer.”

With Jazz Fest and the opening of Daily’s Place downtown this weekend, you may want to get to Bold City early to stake out a place and try all three of these new additions to the Bold City line up.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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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 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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Beaches Summer Fest set to heat up Jax Beach for MDA

Beer folk are known for their generosity. Often you can find them discussing new beers and offering to buy a pint for conversation mates. Tables of beer lovers frequently purchase rounds for each other to share the fun and show their love for each other. They are also known for their willingness to adopt a good cause and work towards raising money to help it along. Earlier this year we saw the Jacksonville Craft and Import Beer Festival benefit the Southside Business Men’s Club and this weekend you can drink for a cause again at the Beaches Summer Fest for MDA.

Now in its second year, the festival is a described by its creator, Jamie Gillis, as, “A very unique event with no crowds, and direct access to the brewers, chefs, and proprietors in a spacious oceanfront venue.” Entry to the event is limited to 300 with tickets purchased in advance. If there any tickets left on the day of the event, they will be available at the door. But, Gillis says that is unlikely. “This is a sell-out event,” he says due to the venue and charitable cause.

The ‘Fest will feature beer from local Florida breweries including Intuition Ale Works, Bold City, Green Room, Pinglehead, Engine 15, Three Palms, St. Somewhere, and Swamp Head. For those you prefer, wine will be served by Royal Palms Wine & Tapas as well.

Beaches and other area restaurants will also be highlighted at the event. Look for heavy hors d’oeuvres creations from North Beach Bistro, Engine 15 Brewing Company, Joseph’s Pizza, Alley Cakes, On The Fly Catering, Grassroots Natural Market, and Brewer’s Pizza.

Music to keep your toes tapping for the ‘Fest will be provided by Firewater Tent Revival and Paxton & Mike Acoustic Duo.

In addition to the food, drink, and music, the event will also feature a silent auction with local works of art for sale and other great items.

Discounted overnight stays for the event are available from the Courtyard by Marriott or the adjacent Fairfield Suites. Room rates start at $149 for the Courtyard and $99 for the Fairfield with $10 of each room rate going to the MDA. To reserve a room go to: http://cwp.marriott.com/jaxjv/beachessummerfest/.

This year’s ‘Fest is set for Saturday, Sept. 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Oceanfront in Jacksonville Beach. Tickets are $40 in advance. To purchase tickets or get more information go to the event Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/beachessummerfest.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2012 in Beer, Beer Festival

 

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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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