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Intuition to present proposal for downtown brewery

intuition planAccording to an article by the Jacksonville Business Journal, Intuition Ale Works is set to make another shot at building a brewery in downtown Jacksonville. The location is reported as being at the corner of A. Phillip Randolph Boulevard and Bay Street just steps from the Baseball Grounds, Veterans Memorial Arena and Everbank Field.

Ben Davis, owner of Intuition has been looking for a suitable location to expand his burgeoning brewery for several years now. A previous attempt to build downtown on the Shipyards property was thwarted by the city. The proposed new location is just a few blocks the Shipyards.

Davis is scheduled to appear before the Downtown Development Review Board Thursday to pitch his idea. The proposed brewery would occupy an existing building with an attached brick warehouse. Plans submitted to the city reveal a rooftop biergarden along with an indoor tap room.

Intuition has made several attempts to find a suitable building or location over the past few years with Davis stating that his ideal location would be in the city core because of his desire to be part of downtown revitalization. The brewery’s Smoke IPA, and IPA brewed with smoked malts, was brewed specifically to be sold at downtown breweries and to support the “Downtown is on Fire” campaign.

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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery


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Gainesville gains another brewery; First magnitude Brewing Company

firstmagA university professor with a Ph.D. in Education Administration seems an unlikely fit for founding and opening a craft beer brewery. Nevertheless, John Denny (a.k.a. Dr. John) and a group of friends are planning the opening of their Gainesville, Fla. brewery, First Magnitude Brewing Company for the weekend of August, 23.

The story of First Magnitude is a familiar one; a group of friends got together and came up with an idea for opening a craft beer brewery. The four friends all had other jobs and children making the idea of opening a brewery risky, but worthwhile in their opinion. So, with plenty of help from the Florida beer community, the group began the process of putting together a winning formula for a brewery in the burgeoning Florida market. As stated on the brewery’s website, their formula spoke to the group’s desire, “… to make excellent beer, have a great space for people to come and enjoy a pint, be an exceptional place to work, and be a big part of our local community.”

The team consists of Denny, Meg The Losen who serves as president and managers of all things outside of brewing, Christine Denny who serves as communications and outreach manager, Wells The Losen who is in charge of distribution along with financial responsibilities and Eric Dreyer who, with Denny brews the beer for the company.

There is no shortage of talent in the brewing team with Denny having won several awards in Florida beer competitions. He also serves the community as an active BJCP certified judge. He also co-produces and hosts Homebrew Talk, a popular program on Gainesville’s community Internet radio. Dreyer has brewed more than 150 batches since he began brewing in 2007. Over the years he has accumulated more than 35 medals in beer competitions including a Best of Show pale ale.

First Magnitude will feature three year-round beers when they open, the brewery’s website describes them:

Siren Blond Ale

“…brewed with an American two-row pale malt base with a generous amount of Vienna malt and a touch of Victory to add complexity and aid in head retention. Warrior hops are used for bittering, and the floral and spicy notes come from a combination of Hallertau Mittelfrüh and German Tettnang hops. Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5%.”

72 Degree Pale Ale

“72° features American two-row as a base malt with Munich malt to balance the hop flavor and Crystal malt to provide color and a bit of sweetness. Chinook hops provide the bittering while Cascade and Centennial hops are used for flavor and aroma. The aroma is enhanced by dry hopping. ABV: 5.5%.”

Drift English Mild

“…brewed with American two-row pale malt as a base and has Crystal 20, Munich, Brown, Aromatic, Chocolate and Black Patent malts for a complex malt profile. Warrior hops are used for bittering and Hallertau Mittelfruh adds a subtle hop character. British Ale yeast gives it just a hint of fruity esters and a well-rounded flavor that will have you asking for another pour. “

You can visit the brewery’s tap room beginning Saturday, August 23 at:

1220 SE Veitch St.

Gainesville, FL 32601

Hours are 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery


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Rogue Ales tasting at Total Wine & Spirits in Jacksonville

Rogue-Brewing-NationRogue, as are many breweries, was founded by a group of home brewers bent on sharing their beer and philosophy of life with as many people as would listen. To that end, the company was founded by Jack Joyce and Bob Woodell, University of Oregon fraternity brothers, along with another friend, Rob Strasser, Jeff Schultz an avid home brewer.

Construction began in June of 1988 in Ashland, Ore. along a very scenic little stream called Lithia Creek. The fledgling brewery was set up in a basement with a 60-seat Pub above. They began with a 10 barrel brewing system and, when the brew pub opened in October 1988, produced only two beers; Amber and Gold.

Looking to spread the Rogue love and increase the profitability of the brewery, Joyce soon set out to find another, perhaps better situated, location to produce beer.

In early February of 1989, Jack set out in search of the perfect place for another Rogue Pub. As the result of an unusual snow storm, Joyce found himself stranded on the Historic Bay Front of Newport, Ore. There he met up with Mohave Niemi, founder of the famous Mo’s Clam Chowder restaurant. She took him to the original Mo’s, gave him a bowl of hot clam chowder and told him about her dream of living above a Bar. She also told him that she might just have the perfect spot for the next Rogue Brew Pub. Her building, the Front & Case Building, had 1,100 square feet of empty store front and an 800 square foot garage. Mo offered the vacant space and the garage to Joyce at a very generous price, under two stipulations: that a picture of Mo herself, naked in a bath tub, be forever displayed at the Pub  and that Rogue “feed the fisherman”, meaning that we give back to the local community.

Soon after that, construction began on the Bay Front Brew Pub. By May of 1989, construction was complete and Rogue’s second brew pub opened.

In the same month, after a chance encounter with Joyce at an airport, John Maier, a former Senior Technician with Hughes Aircraft Co. and Seibel Institute graduate, joined Rogue as head brewmaster. Maier had made a name for himself while working with Alaska Brewing Company. He describes Rogue Ales’ practice of crafting a wide range of regular, seasonal and specialty ales to Rogue’s philosophy “that variety is the spice of life.” To date, Rogue has produced more than 60 different ales using a non-pasteurized process with no preservatives, all natural ingredients (many from the Pacific Northwest including all of their malts and hops) and special proprietary yeast known as “Pacman.”

The company now operates locations in California, Oregon and Washington and distributes its beers both nationally and internationally. They have also expanded into spirits and manufacture a line of distilled beverages including whisky, rum, vodka and gin.

Total Wine & Spirits in the St. John’s Town Center in Jacksonville, Fla. is hosting a Rogue tasting on Thursday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15 dollars and are available at the store. Ticket sales will be capped at 24 attendees. For more information, contact Total Wine & Spirits (904) 998-1740.

Rogue Beers to be tasted:

XS Dead Guy

Tasting Notes: Deep amber copper color. Buttery peanut brittle, orange blossom tea aromas follow through to a rich chewy and fruity full body with nice notes of caramel drizzled dried apricot and roasted grains and spice. Finishes with a long, tangy grilled grapefruit and chocolate fade.

Irish Lager

Tasting Notes: An Irish style lager with a smooth mellow flavor and an apple crisp finish. Perfect for floating Guinness!

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

Tasting Notes: Ebony in color with a rich creamy head, earthy flavor and a mellow, chocolate finish.

Chocolate Stout

Tasting Notes: Ebony in color with a rich creamy head. The mellow flavor of oats, chocolate malts and real chocolate are balanced perfectly with the right amount of hops for a bitter-sweet finish.

Chipotle Ale

Tasting Notes: Roasted chipotle peppers produce an eye opening chile flavor in this deep golden ale with a malty, smoky aroma and smooth, crisp flavor.

Beard Beer

Tasting Notes: No notes from brewery. This beer was made from yeast found in the beard of the brewery staff.

Chateau Single Malt

Tasting Notes: Single Malt Ale has a malty aroma and is deep golden in color with a dense creamy head. It is medium bodied with a lush rich maltiness from the Dare™ malt.

American Amber Ale

Tasting Notes: Tawny in color, with a coffee aroma, tight head and a delicate roasted malt accent. Generous use of hops and a smooth finish.

Cap’n Sig’s Northwestern Ale

Tasting Notes: Deep red in color, this ale starts off with a floral, slightly citrus hop nose, hop flavor soon fades into the malty backbone of this red ale.

XS Imperial Red

Tasting Notes: A big beer with a spicey fruity aroma, chewy mid palate of figs and spice and a long lingering finish. Deep burgundy in color with tremendous drinkability.

Dead Guy

Tasting Notes: In the style of a German Maibock, using our proprietary Pacman ale yeast. Deep honey in color with a malty aroma and a rich hearty flavor.

Morimoto Soba

Tasting Notes: The delicate flavor of our roasted Soba brings a nutty finish to this light and refreshing ale. A perfect accompaniment to lighter cuisine.

Rogue Farms Good Chit Pilsner

Tasting Notes: No tasting notes from brewery.

Rogue Farms 19 Original Colonies Meade

Tasting Notes: No tasting notes from brewery.

Brutal IPA

Tasting Notes: An Imperial bitter with exotic traditional floor malts, citrusy, hoppy flavor, stupendous hop aroma.

MoM Hefe

Tasting Notes: Mom Hefeweizen is a refreshing, Belgian style blonde ale, infused with Rose Petals from Eugene, Oregon.

Dads Little Helper

Tasting Notes: Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA is deep mahogany in color with roasted malt and hop aromas and dense creamy head. It enters the palate with intense hop flavor and coats the tongue with a rich maltiness.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Tasting Notes: A nutty twist to a traditional European Brown Ale. Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, a rich nutty flavor and a smooth malty finish.

Mocha Porter

Tasting Notes: Ruddy brown in color, a bittersweet balance of malt and hops with a light cream finish.

Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch

Tasting Notes: No tasting notes from brewery.

Voodoo Donut 2

Tasting Notes: No tasting notes from brewery.

New Crustacean Barleywine Imperial IPA Sorta

Tasting Notes: Not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Just drink it and enjoy!

Integrity Ale

Tasting Notes: Born in a basement in Ashland, Oregon, Integrity Ale is Rogue’s original Golden Ale from 1988. Now John Maier brews it with ingredients from Rogue Farms in Independence and Tygh Valley, and the serigraphed silver bottle is dedicated to 25 years.

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Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Beer Tasting


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Cigar City Brewing Company Hunahpu’s Day 2014 set, but with changes

hunahpu_2014Last year Hunahpu’s Day at Cigar City was a lot of fun. It was also flawed. By midnight the night before the release there was already a hefty line of beer hounds queued up to gain access to the event. A few hours later there were more than 300 lined up. By the time the sun came up the line stretched several blocks, into nearby businesses parking lots with thousands of beer lovers. This prompted the businesses to call the police who consequently issued the ultimatum to the brewery that they either open the event early and get the people off the street or it would be shut down.

Another issue with the event was poor line management, particularly for the most popular beers. Lines for some were hours long and unscrupulous imbibers routinely cut into the line making the wait even longer for those behind them. And worse still, the folks pouring the beer were hired from a staffing agency and had no experience serving. This made for confusion and foamy beer.

To try and cut down on these issues for this year’s event, the brewery has decided to make the event a ticketed festival with maximum attendance set at 3,500. Attendees will not have to purchase tokens to exchange for tastes, instead the single admission ticket will entitle them to sample as many beers as they like for the duration of the event.

In an announcement posted to FaceBook, December 30, the brewery said that bottles of Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout would be available throughout the day. Details on bottle limit have not been announced yet.

The Cigar City Brewing Company Hunahpu’s Day event will take place March 8, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the brewery in Tampa, Fla. Tickets will cost $50. Ticket purchase details have not been released yet, but the brewery has said that members of their El Catador Club will have first opportunity to get the tickets.

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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Beer, Beer Festival, Events


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The New Yorker magazine publishes interactive craft beer growth map

newyorkerEveryone who reads this blog is aware of the extraordinary growth of the craft beer industry over the past 10 years. To illustrate the explosive character of this growth, The New Yorker magazine has published an interactive online map that brings this phenomenon into focus.

The map uses data gathered by the Brewers Association in 2012 and was released recently. The map shows that Florida ranks around the middle of the pack for total number of breweries, but in the upper range for total output. It also shows that in 2013 Florida saw 10 new breweries open, adding to the output and variety available to residents of our state.

Another exciting tidbit the map points out is that Cigar City Brewing Company in Tampa is considered one of the fastest growing breweries in the country with 77% growth in production in 2012 over 2011. Cigar City is ranked 17th of the 50 fastest growing breweries in the nation. Another notable regional brewery ranked in the top 50 is Highland Brewing Company. The Asheville, NC brewery ranks 33rd on the map with 53% growth in 2012 over 2011.

You can view the entire map and glean your own data by following the link below.

Mapping the Rise of Craft Beer

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Posted by on December 28, 2013 in Beer News


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