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New Jaxsons Night Market to feature food and beer monthly downtown

jaxsons_night_festivalBeginning next week and continuing every third Thursday of the month, the parking lot at the corner of Main and Adams Streets downtown will be transformed into a food and beer lover’s paradise. At least that is the hopes of downtown advocate Mike Field. Field’s vision is to create another monthly destination event downtown like Art Walk. Thus, Jaxsons Night Market, a food-centric event is born.

Cities across the country and world have had night market traditions for decades, even centuries. Generally dedicated to casual browsing, socializing, eating and drinking, night markets are traditions that draw eclectic crowds of foodies and curiosity-seekers alike.

In San Francisco, the hugely popular ‘Underground Market’ is a monthly event that brings together foragers and as many as 35 of the Bay area’s best home cooks. In Richmond, BC, on weekend evenings, more than 200 vendors set up shop on a 10-acre site in the Vancouver suburb and get to work on Chinese, Thai, and Italian dishes. Families and foodies line up Thursday evenings all summer in the lower parking lot of Yamashiro Japanese restaurant in the Hollywood Hills to taste gourmet foods like Duck Confit and pulled pork sliders. Jacksonville now joins these cities with as many as 25 food booths and, of course, craft beer.
Several of the vendors guests can expect on the inaugural night of the event include the insanely popular Hawkers Asian Street Fare, The Hyppo makers of popsicles in flavors such as Strawberry Basil and pops made with Intuition Ale Works beer and several local food trucks. In addition, visitors can enjoy foods from the event’s sponsors: Black Hog Farms, Burrito Gallery and Intuition Ale Works.

In a recent article published in the Jacksonville Business Journal, Field says, “There’s a yearning for more stuff to do Downtown. Downtown needs more reasons for people to come down, and Art Walk is such a great excuse for people to come Downtown that normally wouldn’t come Downtown. This is a different kind of monthly event that has a different spin.”

Jaxsons Night Market will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 on the third Thursday of each month in the parking lot adjacent to the Burrito Gallery downtown.

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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Food


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The Beer Guy’s special beers to ring in 2014 – I Know Jax

I told you it was coming! Here is the ‘I Know Jax‘ Beer Guy segment featuring special New Year’s Eve brews!

Be sure to catch all the Beer Guy segments on ‘I Know Jax’ Saturday and Sunday nights at 9:30 on CW17 in Jacksonville.


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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in I Know Jax, The Beer Guy


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Engine 15 expanding, building new brewery and tap room on Myrtle

engine15logoIf you had not already noticed, Jacksonville’s beer scene is absolutely on fire. In just little over five years our river city has gone from just a few beer-centric restaurants and brew pubs to sporting seven full-fledged craft breweries, scores of beer bars and a healthy amount of restaurants that focus on craft beer. And now comes even more proof that the beer scene is alive and kicking here, Luch Scremin co-owner and brewer at Engine 15, the Jacksonville Beach pub, has announced plans to open a production brewery, tap room and outdoor beer garden on Myrtle Ave. near downtown.

According to a Jacksonville Times-Union article Scremin expects to have the brewery operational in 90 days. It will feature a 20 barrel brewhouse that will allow him to brew his five core brands leaving the smaller four barrel brewhouse at the Jacksonville Beach brewery free to create small batch specialty beers.

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Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Craft Beer Brewery


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Beer news and events segment new on ‘I Know Jax’

A few weeks ago, Joe Talentino the producer, director and host of ‘I Know Jax’ came to me with an idea: how about a beer news and events segment? The focus, as is the shows, would be on local events and happenings in the world of craft beer. Well, that was right up my alley, so we shot the pilot below last week.

If you have an event that includes a craft beer component. Drop send me a message here or an email at so I can include it on my calendar  and maybe put it on the air on ‘I Know Jax.’

And be sure to tune in to ‘I Know Jax’ on CW17 Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. and midnight.


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Charity event in Daytona to benefit The Arc features Beer Guy seminar

Arc-of-Volusia-LogoJoin the Arc of Volusia County for beer, wine, great food, demonstrations and seminars all on the banks of the Halifax River in beautiful Daytona Beach, Fla. The event, to be held Saturday, July 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. is to benefit the Arc’s programs to provide hope, growth and change to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Dubbed Splendor in the Glass, the event will feature tasings from S.R. Perrott Distributor for Fine Wines and Craft Beers including Stone and Boulder Brewing. Food tastings will be provided by such restaurants as Sloppy Joe’s, Alfredo’s Italian Restaurant, Fletcher’s, Blue Grotto, Gene’s Steakhouse, The Plaza Ocean Club, Ruby Tuesday, Mr. Dunderbak’s, The Club House Restaurant, and Jersey Mike’s.

But, food and drink are not the only attractions to this fun-filled charity event. If you always wanted to know more about the four main ingredients in beer, you will have the opportunity to attend an informative and entertaining presentation by Marc Wisdom, the Beer Guy. This presentation tells the stories of how the various ingredients in the world’s favorite alcoholic beverage were discovered. Other presentations include beer and food pairing advice from Renegade Reps, and wine tasting tips from PRP Wines. You can even see how beer is made as the home brewers club of Sanford prepare a batch on site!

The event will also include an exciting and fun scavenger hunt, fitness demonstrations from Younger You Fitness, and creative photography exhibition by Tambria.

As if that were not enough, you can also participate in a silent auction and bid for unique specialty items, gift baskets, Bahamas or North Carolina mountain vacations and much more.

Tickets to the event are $50 per person and include all food, drink, and activities. The Arc has also made arrangements for discounted hotel rooms if you wish to spend the night in Daytona. Just use Exclusive “The Arc Rate Code” to receive a special Arc Rate at these participating resorts:

To purchase tickets online go to:

Or call: 386-274-4736

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Posted by on July 14, 2013 in Events


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Jax Beer Week — Day One

jaxBeerWeek2013Pele’s Wood Fire: Bell’s Brewing Co. Beer Dinner

In little over a year, Pele’s Wood Fire has established itself as a true destination restaurant. With over 50 craft beers on tap and many more in bottles, it has also proven itself as a gourmet eatery that is truly plugged in to what its guests are seek. So, it is not a surprise that they are opening this year’s Jax beer Week with an extravagant dinner paired with beers from Bell’s Brewing Co.

The menu, prepared by Chef Micah Windham, features his trademark flair for using organic ingredients with an artisan’s flair.

First Course

Prosciutto basil and tomato sandwich, beer cheese dip paired with Bell’s Amber ale.

Second Course

Arugula shaved fennel salad, spiced candy pecans, grapefruit segments, Oarsman vinaigrette served with Bell’s Oarsman a tart German style beer.

Third Course

Banana leaf wrap trout stuffed, beer bacon risotto, butter sauce paired with Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.

Fourth Course

Brown butter seared gnocchi duck confit, beer duck demi, shaved parmesan reggiano served with Bell’s Best Brown Ale.

Fifth Course

Ravioli with buffalo ragu, fresh tomato, garlic oil, basil, hand-pulled mozzarella paired with Expedition Stout.

Sixth Course

Hanger steak with Tuscan fries and a third coast malt shake, “Steak & Shake.” Paired with Third Coast Old Ale.

Seventh Course

Double Cream Stout infused vanilla pot de crem, beer candied nuts, baked cocoa nib meringue served with Bell’s Double Crème Stout.

The cost for the dinner – if tickets are still available — $75 per person including tax and gratuity.
Reservations must be made by calling 904/232-8545. Only 40 seats available.

Brewer’s Pizza: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Brewer’s will host a night with Grassroots Natural Market. The guys from Grassroots of Riverside will come out and drink some brews, rub elbows and pour some beers for sampling.

M Shack

All week the burger wizards at the Beach’s M Shack will be featuring beer and burger parings. You could eat there every day, all week and still not have them all! But, from the looks of the menu, you sure will wnat them all.

M Shack daily specials include both beer and food combined:
  • Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA paired with Asian Burger, Sirracha Cole Slaw and Hoisin BBQ sauce & pepper jack cheese $9.95
  • Cigar City Maduro paired with Truffle Portobello Burger with Bacon Smoked Gouda and Sherry Glaze $12.45
  • Sea Dog Blueberry paired with super kale salad, apples, avocados,pecans, raisins, ginger garlic dressing $12.45
  • Narragansett Lager paired with classic combo with all beef Hebrew national hotdog $9
  • Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout paired with The Medurable: cheeseburger topped with foi gras and caramelized onions $24.95
  • Julian Cider paired with the Rooster and the Pig sandwich: marinated chicken breast, smoked ham and an over easy egg. $18.50

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LetsPour to give away free beer for a year

The Great American Beer Festival is just a few short weeks away. Beer lovers from around the country and the world will descend upon Denver, Colo. in droves beginning Oct. 11. Along with the beer lovers will be a contingent of beer-centric businesses to help make finding and getting beer into their hands easier. One such business is LetsPour, the leading social commerce site for highly sought-after beers.

LetsPour will be in attendance at GABF to introduce themselves to the thousands of beer drinkers that will be filtering through the convention center. Those who visit their booth will have an opportunity to win up to $50 in free beer from the site. You read that right; they are giving away free beer – a lot of it.

“We love beer and beer enthusiasts,” company CEO Raghar Kher said. The company specializes in getting enthusiasts, “…beer they would otherwise have a hard time finding.”

And to make things just a bit more exciting, the company is running a special promotion on its website in which one lucky beer geek could win a year’s worth of free beer. In order to be eligible to win, simply visit As with most promotions, there is no purchase necessary to win. The winner will receive a free six-pack of beer every month for a year.

Based in Seattle, Wash. LetsPour is more than just another commerce site. They are a social site where members can rate and review beers.” Kher says. Members can even ask questions before they buy, read cheeky reviews, and get tasting notes from independent critics.

If you are going to GABF, visit the LetsPour crew at Booth #151.

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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Beer


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