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Craft beer: A catalyst for neighborhood revitalization

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Springfield building under renovation to house the Main & Six Brewing Company. Photo by MetroJacksonville.com

Just a few months ago, I stood before members of the Jacksonville City Council several times to express my support for breweries that wanted to open in the Springfield National Historic District. I used my three minutes of speaking time to hammer some facts about the benefits of breweries to re-emerging neighborhoods like Springfield. My goal was to impress upon the voting members of the Land Use and Zoning (LUZ) committee how breweries across the country have been instrumental in the revitalization of communities.

In its article, “Craft beer’s big impact on small towns and forgotten neighborhoods,” published, June 13, online housing news site Curbed captures the same information I spoke of in an in-depth article.

The article, by Patrick Sisson, weaves a compelling tale of how breweries have brought new life to forgotten towns and neighborhoods across the country. It even holds Jacksonville’s King Street Beer District out as an example of an abandoned commercial district that has seen an amazing turn around due to craft beer and craft beer breweries.

For my research, I dug up numerous stories of down-trodden areas that were brought back to life when a craft beer brewery moved in. Notably — and also mentioned in the Curbed article — is the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. Before Great Lakes Brewing Company set up shop in 1988, the neighborhood situated immediately west of the  Cuyahoga River, was a deteriorating district marred by abandoned buildings and plagued by drugs.

Today the Ohio City neighborhood is thriving with six breweries, shops, restaurants, night clubs and residential buildings. It is a prime example of the power or craft beer to bring people in to a neighborhood they would otherwise ignore. It illustrates how a brewery tap room can become a gathering spot that can serve as a catalyst for conversation about gentrification.

Today, in Jacksonville, we in the midst of a beer-fueled revitalization of multiple forgotten neighborhoods. The neighborhood known as Silvertown adjacent to Riverside and home of the city’s first craft brewery, Bold City Brewing Company, is seeing a rise in property values and an influx of new residents intent on restoring the historic homes and residing close to the bustling beer-centric nightlife hub of King Street.

Other local breweries such as Intuition Ale Works and Engine 15 Brewing Company have opted to utilize existing building stock in crumbling areas. Intuition took up residence in an old warehouse in the city’s Sports District nearly a year ago and has seen astounding success and growth because of the decision. Engine 15 bought a couple of warehouses in the crumbling LaVilla neighborhood. The addition of a small tap room at the brewery has seen an influx of suburbanites curious to visit the location.

In Springfield the addition of Hyperion Brewing Company on long neglected Main Street has already brought visitors from other parts of the city that had long eschewed the area. Soon, a new night club/restaurant, Crispy’s, will open providing another reason for outsiders to travel to the inner city. And, in late September or early October, Main & Six Brewing Company will join the other new-comers and older properties like Wafaa & Mike’s, Uptown Kitchen & Bar and  Tapas Old World.

With more breweries planned for the coming year, Jacksonville is poised to become the next great beer destination in Florida. One can only hope that they decide to settle in one of Jacksonville’s other abandoned districts to breathe life once again in to the Bold New City of the South.

Read the entire Curbed article here.

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Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Beer, Beer News

 

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Jax Beer Week 2016: Menu for Beer vs. Wine dinner at Kitchen on San Marco released

kosmKitchen on San Marco, Jacksonville’s premier farm-to-table restaurant has released details on the Beer vs. Wine event with Engine 15 Brewing happening at this Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are $55, call the restaurant for details.

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Check out the menu below:

Menu

First Course

Testa/Pickles/Grilled Bread

J’ville Lager

Steele Shooting Star Aligote

 

Second Course

Pork Sugo/Cornbread/Chicken Cracklins

Soured Society

Kuleto Frog Prince

 

Third Course

Ham Rib/Cabbage/Cucumber/Datl BBQ

Nutsack

Boneshaker Zinfandel

 

Fourth Course

Crispy Pork Shank/Squash Duck Confit Hash/Poached Egg

Mad Max

Kuleto India Ink

 

Fifth Course

Candied Bacon Doughnut/Caramel

Straight 30W

Taylor Fladgate Tawny Porto

 

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2016 in Beer, Jacksonville Beer Week

 

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Jax Beer Society launches “Half Mash” scavenger hunt at Gastrofest

Jax Beer Society logoAs a kid, I loved scavenger hunts. There was something adventurous about getting a list of odd items to find and then headed of on the trail to find them. This spring, the Jax Beer Society has taken that idea and given it a beer-centric twist. Beginning at Gastrofest Saturday, March 19, 2016, hunters can seek out great beer in Jacksonville and, if they are crafty enough to tick off everything on their “to-find” list, score a couple of tickets to the Beer Society’s Jax Beer Week soiree Mash In.

Dubbed the “Half Mash,” the scavenger hunt has beer-lovers visiting each of the eight local craft breweries and three Associate Business Members to complete their list. At each stop hunters are to snap a photo with their smartphone in front of the Jax Beer Society poster. Then they are to post the image to social media and tag it with the hashtags: #jaxbeersociety #jaxaletrail #drinkitinjax.

Intrepid scavengers who complete the hunt by Thursday, March 31, 2016 will be rewarded for their skills with a pair of tickets to the Jax Beer Society Mash In on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Look for the Jax Beer Society tent at Gastrofest to get a “wild card” photo that can stand in for any one scavenger hunt photo. Enthusiasts can also pick up a pair of free bright red sunglasses that are sure to be all the rage at the event.

Hunters are encouraged to have fun – within the bounds of good taste – with their photos and, of course, enjoy a pint of good beer at each stop. The eight local breweries participating in the Half Mash include:

A list of Associate Business Members can be found on the Jax Beer Society website at: http://jaxbeersociety.com/members/.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2016 in Beer, Events

 

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Engine 15 applies for Myrtle Street rezoning

E15bBeaches brewery Engine 15 opened their Myrtle Street production brewery about a year and a half ago. The idea all along has been to have a taproom and beer garden at the new brewery, but zoning laws have restricted the brewery from realizing that dream. That may changing soon as E15 applied for rezoning that will allow them to build and open a taproom to compliment the already finished outdoor beer garden.

In a recent conversation at the Myrtle Street property, owners Luch Scremin and Sean Bielman agreed that the process has been a long and sometimes frustrating one. The current zoning or the property — light industrial — prohibits the sale of product directly from the manufacturing facility. The rezoning request will alleviate that problem and make way for the planned taproom to open.

E15aIn addition to the taproom, the brewery owns an early 1900’s factory building that was once used to manufacture glass. The building is an industrial beauty with a wall of opaque blue windows along the back and airy rafters with glass windows above. When the rezoning is complete, the brewery plans to use the space for special events and rental.

Other recent news from E15 comes in the form of an announcement that the brewery is planning on expanding into making both hard ciders and meads.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2016 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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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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Engine 15 brewing at Myrtle Street facility

Engine15_largeWay back in November of last year, we brought you the news that the owners of the popular Jacksonville Beach brew pub Engine 15 had purchased a duo of buildings in the LaVilla neighborhood near downtown (see article here). Their aim was to create a larger working brewery with a tap room and bier garten on Myrtle Street. Well, after months of refurbishing the old warehouse buildings and installing brewing equipment, it seems that the brewhouse is finally getting some use.

Over the past few months, whenever we run into Engine 15’s co-owners Luciano Scremin and Sean Bielman, the question is always, “How is the new brewery going?” Yesterday, in a post on the Engine 15 Facebook page, the two answered that question definitively in a video post.

“It’s finally alive,” Scremin says in the video with Bielman standing beside him and wort boiling happily behind him.

Known for their expansive list of craft beer at the beaches brew pub as well as their own brews, the Engine 15 team hope to expand the brewery’s reach outside the Jacksonville area with the increased capacity afforded by the new facility. But, they also hope to create a synergy in the LaVilla neighborhood with the tap room and bier garten to restore vibrancy to the area. Much in the same way the opening of Bold City Brewing Company and Intuition Ale Works has helped to gentrify the Silvertown neighborhood on the northern end of the King Street Beer District.

With beer finally being brewed at the new facility, Engine 15 is well on its way to bringing its goals within reach. We will be waiting for further announcements regarding the opening of the tap room in the near future.

Learn more about the brewery by watching the following video from P.207 Productions.

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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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Two upcoming beer dinners feature local brews

beer-flight-picAnother successful and event-filled Jacksonville Beer Week is concluded and in the history books. But, the beer events have not stopped coming. This week news has broken of two new beer dinners planned for later this month.  Both event feature beer from local breweries and promise spectacular eats.

On Wednesday, June 25, enjoy a five course dinner paired with beers from Engine 15 Brewing Company in Jacksonville Beach. The dinner will be held at Roy’s, also in Jacksonville Beach. The restaurant’s name is a nod to its founder chef Roy Yamaguchi who opened the first Roy’s in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1988. Roy’s is a Hawaiian and Asian fusion restaurant that focuses on seafood. Guests who attend the beer dinner can expect to find Roy’s signature influences throughout the dinner.

The menu for the evening includes:

Nairagi Crudo (compressed melon, hijiki salad, kimchee oil, smoked sea salt, micro wildflowers, fresh jicama chips) paired with (904) Weissguy

Focaccia panzanella (baby heirloom tomato, blackberry, spiced sunflower seed, curly endive, arugula, lemon olive oil) paired with Old Battle Axe IPA

Poutine (duck, pommes frites, herb chicken gravy, brie cheese whiz, citrus sweet-n-salty dust) paired with Route 90 Rye Pale Ale

Steamed buns (malt-smoked brisket, Asian style Romesco, sunomono salad) paired with Christmas Quad

Chocolate-covered cherry panna cotta (macadamia nut tuiles, vanilla crème anglaise) paired with Nut Sack Brown

Tickets for the dinner are $60, plus tax and tip. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. For reservations, call (904) 241-7697

The second beer dinner this month will be held Thursday, June 26 at Whole Foods Market in Mandarin. Whole Foods has been holding beer dinners since their Jacksonville store opened and is known to throw a great dinner party. Their five course meal will be paired with Intuition Ale Works beers and feature recipes pulled directly from the pages of the award-winner Cooking with Intuition cookbook. In addition, the dinner will feature a beer created especially for Whole Foods; San Jose Session IPA.

As an added bonus, guests who show their dinner ticket at the bar can receive one 4-ounce sample of People’s Pale ale.

The menu for this dinner features:

King Street Stout gouda wheat bread and People’s Pale Ale beer cheese soup, paired with People’s Pale Ale

Chinese salt-and-pepper shrimp over cilantro Siracha slaw, paired with Jon Boat

Lightly steamed oysters with I-10 Mignonette sauce, paired with I-10 IPA

Prosciutto-wrapped stuffed chicken with braised leeks and English cheddar, with a San Jose Session IPA pan sauce and paired with a limited edition Whole Foods beer

King Street Stout chocolate cupcake with maple stout butter cream and chocolate-dipped pretzel garnish, paired with King Street Stout

Tickets for this dinner are $40, all-inclusive. If you wish to attend this dinner, you must register at Whole Foods’ website. Click here to register and purchase tickets.

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 June 7, 2014 in Beer Dinner

 

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