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Folio Weekly Beer and Music Fest Wrap-up

In its nineteenth year the Folio Weekly Beer and Music Festival once again delighted beer lovers that streamed in from the First Coast and cities far and wide. Conversation in line waiting outside for the doors to open revealed that this event continues to be one of the premiere beer events in the southeast drawing revelers from as far away as Ohio and Maine.

Once inside the cavernous Morocco Shrine Auditorium on St. John’s Bluff Road on Jacksonville’s southside, it was immediately apparent that it would a long, entertaining, and satisfying evening of beer and food tasting.

In addition to over 200 beers to taste, there were several restaurants set up with samplings of their foods. Two that stood out were Fionn MacCool’s with braised pork belly with crunchy slaw and Tijuana Flats with chicken tacos. Though we did not get to taste their food, Mojo Bar-b-q took first place as favorite restaurant of the guests.

As we strolled the floor we came across beers both familiar and new, a section of ciders, and another section of local brews. In the cider section, Jack’s Hard Cider proved to be a crisp, not-too-sweet, and refreshing choice.

In the local breweries section we came across Bold City Brewery where both brewer Brian and his mother Susan were busy pouring all their beers from barrels decorated with an inflated killer whale in honor of their superb cream ale named for the majestic animal. Right next to them were the guys from Engine 15 pouring a very special surprise beer — Green Flash.

The import room held more treasures in the form of Stella, Leffe, Hoegaarden, and Estrella. And just outside the import room was the Bier Garden with hookas from The Casbah, food from Mojo’s, a rock climbing wall, corn hole, a DJ, and beers such as Landshark, Shock Top, and Rolling Rock.

In all, the event was a worthy addition to the tradition Folio has continued over the years. It makes one wonder what stops will be pulled out for next year’s 20th anniversary event.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Beer, Beer Festival

 

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19th Annual Folio Weekly Beer and Music Festival Set for this Friday night

For nearly 20 years Folio Weekly has been throwing a party: an annual beer party, that is. This Friday marks the 19th Annual Folio Weekly Beer and Music Festival at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium on St. John’s Bluff Road. This year the event will boast over 200 beers to sample, food from multiple local restaurants, hookahs from The Casbah, and much more.

Scott Russell of North Florida Sales lists great beers such as Sweetwater, Stella, Leffe, Redhook, Boddington’s, Bass, Kona, Woodchuck, Southern Tier, Blue Point, and Murphy’s that will be present. He also mentioned that several awesome local brews from Engine 15, Green Room, and Bold City will be represented. With a few surprises thrown in, there is sure to be something for everyone at this event.

Way back in 1993, just as the craft beer world started its relentless onslaught on the big boys of the beer world, the Folio Weekly began throwing the once a year party. In the 19 years since the suds festival has grown and become an annual rite of passage for spring in Northeast Florida. Calling themselves the originators of the First Coast beer festival scene, the Folio is rightly and justifiably proud of the event that draws 2,500 of their closest beer buddies for a night of brew, food, music, and laughter.

Tickets for the event are available at multiple outlets – see Folio’s website for locations — and are $20 in advance for general admission and $25 for VIP, which gets you in an hour early. Tickets at the door are $5 more. Doors open to VIPs at 6:00 pm Friday, April 27 and 7:00 pm for general admission.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Beer, Beer Festival

 

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Bold City Brewery Has a Full Slate of Events Coming Up

Our friends over at Bold City Brewing always seem to have a lot going on. Brian and the crew work hard to keep you supplied with fresh, tasty beer both at the Tap Room and in bottles at your local grocery and liquor store. As if that were not enough, they are constantly providing opportunities for unique ways to taste their outstanding brews. The end of March and in the beginning of April the gang has a whole slew of events to keep their legions of fans happily sipping away at a cold brew. Check out the list below for all the details.

Saturday, March 31 starting at 11:00 am for VIPs ($15) and 12:00 noon for general admission ($5) Metro Jacksonville (www.metrojacksonville.com) is sponsoring an event in the Bold City parking lot that will round-up a collection of Jacksonville’s food trucks for the Jax Truckies: The Jacksonville Food Truck Championship. Attendees can purchase food tickets for $1 each or 20 for $18. This is a great opportunity to sample the great food these trucks have to offer and support the food truck movement that is sweeping the nation. Admission is limited to the first 300 attendees.

On the same day, representatives from Bold City will travel to Gainesville to pour their brews at the Greater Gater Beer Festival. Magnolia Parke at 4700 NW 39th Avenue will play host to this annual event from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Included with your admission ($25 in advance, $30 online, $35 at the door) are unlimited samples of over 100 beers, unlimited food samples from local restaurants, and entertainment. Get more information at www.floridabeerfestivals.com.

Saturday, April 7 will see brewery favorite, Kustom Deluxe performing in the Bold City Brewery.

Saturday, April 14 the gang will travel back to Gainesville for another great beer festival. This time it is the Hogtown Beer Festival to be held at the beautiful Kanapaha Botanical Gardens located at 4700 Southwest 58th Drive. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $75 for VIP. Expect to see a lot of great beers from most of the breweries in Florida as well as regional brews, food pairings, educational seminars, and home brewing demonstrations. There will also be a lineup of stellar entertainment including Robin Rutenberg & Friends a fabulous (http://www.robinrutenberg.com) and talented Jacksonville group. Get lots more information at (www.hogtownbeerfest.com).

Sunday, April 15 join the brewery crew at Moon River Pizza (www.moonriverpizza.net), 1176 Edgewood Ave S # 2, for the ‘L’ Coffee Stout release to be served with Moon River breakfast pizza. They will also be serving Killer Whale Cream Ale and Fritz-mosas (mimosas made with Fritz heffewiezen). Music for the party will be provided by John Emil. The release brunch will be held from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Tuesday, April 17 will be Bold City Night at Brewer’s Pizza in Orange Park. Details to be announced.
Friday, April 27 is the 19th annual Folio Weekly Beer Festival (http://folioweekly.com/beerfest.php) at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium 3800 St. John’s Bluff Blvd. The Bold City bunch will be set up with tastings of their great brews and along with the other awesome beers, food, and entertainment.

As you can see, Brian, Susan, and the rest of the Bold City family do not believe in sitting still for long. Be sure to attend the events above and tell them you heard it here!

 
 

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Busy Spring for Beer Events

Beer season has definitely arrived with the proliferation of events centric to the world’s most popular beverage. In the next few months there are two beer weeks – the Jacksonville Beer Week and Craft Beer Week – each with their own bevy of events from beer festivals to tasting dinners to pub crawls. If you can’t find something to do that centers on beer this right now, you just are not trying hard enough.

Upcoming highlights include:

Jacksonville Beer Week – April 2 through 7

Monday, April 2

Kickback’s Gastropub – Local beer night

Tuesday, April 3

Intuition Ale Works – Celebrating local beers, the Tap Room will feature guest taps of Florida-brewed beers through Saturday.

Wednesday, April 4

Sun-Ray Theater – “Beer Wars” will be screened at 5:00 PM and followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with local brewers Ben Davis of Intuition Ale Works and Eric Lumen of Green Room Brewing. All beers on tap at the cinema will be local only!

Engine 15 – Special beer and food pairing of Oak-Aged Simcoe Imperial IPA paired with steam burger sliders and coconut rice ice.

Thursday, April 5

Engine 15 – The guys who write the Times-Union’s beer blog and column Amber Waves – Ed Stansel and Roger Bull – will be tapping their own beer named appropriately Amber Waves Amber Ale. Proceeds for this event go to the St. John’s Riverkeepers.

Brewer’s Pizza – Local IPA night featuring IPAs from Intuition Ale Works, Bold City Brewery, Green Room Brewing, and the debut of their own double IPA Landslide IPA. Plus they will have a special IPA soup and bread to pair with the hoppy brews.

Mile Marker Brewing – Double Feature Night! The St. Augustine brewery will host screenings of “Beerfest” and “Strange Brew,” two classic beer movies.

Friday, April 6

Engine 15 – Jax Beer Tap Takeover! Five Engine 15 beers on tap, one in a firkin, and Old Battle Axe through the Randall. In addition to this, ten beers from the other local brewers.

Green Room Brewing – Florida beer tasting of more than 25 Florida-brewed beers.

Downtown Jacksonville – The Downtown Pub Crawl presented by the Springfield Brew Crew and sponsored by Intuition Ale Works. Get all the details and purchase tickets at http://www.sprbrewcrew.com. All proceeds for this event benefit The Bridge of Northeast Florida an after-school education program for disadvantaged and urban core children.

Saturday, April 7

Mellow Mushroom Southside – Grand Tasting with unlimited tastings of local and Florida brews. For more information and to purchase tickets go to http://www.beerweekjax.com. All proceeds for this event go to the Daniel Foundation. Shuttle service will between Intuition and Mellow Mushroom to be furnished by the Jax Brew Bus.

Hogtown Craft Beer Festival

Gainville’s Kanapaha Botanical Gardens will be the venue for the Hogtown Craft Beer Festival April 14. Look for a slew of Florida and local brews at the festival sponsored by the Hogtown Brewers a home-brewing club located in Gainesville. There will also be food from local resaturants and entertainment. Tickets are $35 for general admission, $75 for VIP. Proceeds benefit the St. Johns Riverkeeper and the Alachua Conservation Trust. See their website (http://www.hogtownbeerfest.com) for more info and tickets.

Folio Weekly Beer and Music Festival

For the past 19 years the Folio Weekly has been throwing this beer bash and this year is no exception. Friday, April 27 the Morocco Shrine Auditorium will once again host more than 200 beers, food from local restaurants, a chicken wing eating contest sponsored by Whisky River, hookahs from The Casbah, and more fun than should be humanly possible. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $25 for VIP in advance and $5 more at the door for each.

Craft Beer Week – May 12 through 18

While events for Craft Beer Week are still being firmed up, the capstone event is already planned and in the offing. The Craft and Import Beer Festival will be held May 18 at the Veterans Memorial Arena. The unbridled success of this festival has necessitated the opening of the third level of the Arena so even more great beer can be stuffed in. There are more than 35 breweries scheduled to attend with over 200 beers to sample. Proceeds for this event benefit the Southside Business Men’s Club. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $45 for VIP. Purchase tickets and get more info at: http://www.beerfestjax.com.

 

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