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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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Growler wars end in Florida, 64-ounce growlers legal beginning July 1

beertogoIn case you were wondering what that odd cheering noise was a few weeks ago, it was the collective voices of Florida craft beer lovers and producers shouting in joy that Governor Rick Scott signed the bill that made half-gallon growlers legal in the state. That’s right, until just recently, craft beer could not legally purchase craft beer growlers in sizes other than one-quart or one-gallon sizes. A fact that pegged the state as one of only two that prohibited the half-gallon growler (Utah is the other one). But, after several years of legal wrangling, mega-beer producer back-stabbing and good ol’ boy favoritism, craft beer lobbying prevailed and the containers will become legal July 1, 2015.

To commemorate the ruling and the states newly-found sensibility, breweries are staging special events and offers. One of the most interesting is the offer Ben Davis — a crusader in the growler wars and owner of Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville, Fla. — has proposed a sort of trade-in. For each one-gallon growler turned in at the brewery’s tap room July 1–4, a shiny new half-gallon growler will be provided along with a complimentary fill of one of Intuition’s core brands. Davis is so adamant about ridding the world of Intuition gallon growlers, that he has come up with a rather interesting way to dispose of them. Check out the video below for the details.

Free the Growler! from Ben Davis on Vimeo.

Just around the corner from Intuition at Bold City Brewing Company, a special Imperial cask ale will be tapped on Thursday, July 2. And on Friday, July 3 the tap room will open at noon with tappings of  Barrel-Aged Super Secret Stout and Barrel-Aged Chinook IPA that will be available for 64-ounce growler fills. But, the tap room will be closed on Independence Day, so get your fills before then.

Out at Jacksonville Beach, patrons of Gren Room Brewing Company can celebrate the new 64-ounce growler freedom with a new beer and half-price half-gallon growler fills. The new brew is called Citrus Paradisi Pale Ale and is an American pale ale dry hopped with Amarillo hops and aged on fresh Florida grapefruit. To grab a half-gallon of this new beer just buy a new Green Room 64-ounce growler for $6 and get a fill for just $5.

Statewide, ,any tap rooms will stop at 6:40 p.m. to toast the passage of the 64-ounce growler law. Be sure to stop in to your favorite whether it be Funky Buddha in South Florida, Cigar City in Tampa, Grayton Beer Company in Santa Rosa Beach or any of the many other great breweries around the state to toast the new growler freedom.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Beer News

 

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Jax Beer Week 2014, Tuesday, May 27

jax_beer_week_2014Day three of Jax Beer Week and things are really heating up! Today’s events include special releases and tappings in a number of locations. Check back every day this week for listings of what is happening and where. Also, follow our social media feeds for more up-to-the-minute information. You can access our feeds from www.JaxBeerGuy.com.

Green Room Brewing Company
Beaches area beer-lovers have been flocking to Green Room Brewing Company since surfer-turned-brewer Eric Lumen opened the doors. His inviting and comfortable tap room is always full of lively conversation whether the surf is up or not. And then there is the beer, Green Room is home to a number of innovative brews that are sure to please the palates of the most discriminating beer aficionado.

For Jax Beer Week, Green Room will tap two special brews. The first of the two is Dawn Patrol, a breakfast stout with lactose, oats, vanilla, coffee, and cocoa nibs.

Intuition Ale Works
Tucked away in a building that bares more than a passing resemblance to a grey and foreboding prison, Intuition Ale Works has been creating beer alchemy for over three years. Owner and brewer Ben Davis has a fanatic following that is as passionate about beer as it is about supporting the community. A trait that is common to all of the local Jacksonville breweries but, due to the efforts of Davis and his general manager Cari Sanchez-Potter, Florida politicians are kept on their toes and local charities know they have a partner.

For Jax Beer Week the King Street Beer District anchor has decided to release a different one-off, or one time release beer, per day. The first is listed below, look for the rest listed on the day of the week they will be released.

Tap Room Release – Hopped-Up Saison

Pinglehead Brewing Company/Brewer’s Pizza
Taproom release – Pinglehead Banana Pancakes ale.

The Blind Fig Gastropub
A relative new-comer to the King Street Beer District, The Blind Fig has been wowing taste buds since their beginnings as a popular local food truck. Now, with a premier spot on the corner of King Street and College Street, the gastronomical wizards at the eatery are planning a Cigar City Brewing Company beer cocktail for happy hour.

European Street Café – Park Street
A Riverside, Park Street tradition for years, the European Street Café is also the go-to place for excellent craft and import beers. Under the watchful eye of Andy Zarka, E-Street serves a wide variety of German, Belgian and other import beers along with some of the best American craft beers. And, with a happy hour that runs from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily – even on the weekends – that features two-for-one brews, how can you go wrong?

For Jax Beer Week, E-Street will be tapping White Oak Aged Jai Alai from Cigar City at approximately 6:00 p.m. Stop by and visit with the folks from Cigar City, enjoy a pint and keep the glass!

The Silver Cow
The newest addition to the King Street Beer District is the love child of fellow beer blogger Regina Heffington, a.k.a. The Jax Brew Bitch. With a classy, yet approachable feel, this new lounge features approximately 20 taps of nothing but the best craft beers and hard ciders. But, on a street full of beer bars what is the main draw for this soon-to-expand hideaway? Some would say the Heffington’s infectious and somewhat raucous laugh, others might say the Cajun-infused small plates she serves from the tiny kitchen in the back. Whatever your reason, be sure to swing by to experience her place and make your own decision.

The Cow will feature a Cigar City Tap Takeover starting at 6:00 p.m. offering several brews from the Tampa brewery that have never before been available in Jacksonville.

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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Jax Beer Week

 

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Jax Beer Week features plenty of events for beer-lovers

jax_beer_week_2014Jax Beer Week begins Sunday, May 25 with a Keg’s & Eggs breakfast and continues all week with beer tastings, tap takeovers, and beer dinners. In its third year, the week focuses attention on locally and regionally brewed beers and the brewers that craft them.

Because events are being added on the fly, the below list is only some of the great events you can attend this week. Follow my Facebook and Twitter feeds for information on events as they are announced.

Go to http://www.JaxBeerGuy.com to follow my social media feeds.

Sunday, May 25

Mellow Mushroom – Southside
Local craft beer lovers know that the Mellow Mushroom restaurants around town all have outstanding tap selections. The owners are also huge supporters of the local craft beer scene. It is fitting then that the pizza joint is hosting the kick-off event for Jax Beer Week. Beers from local breweries will be paired with delicious dishes during the event that also includes Mellow Mushroom breakfast pizzas.

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Engine 15 Brewing Company – Bloody Battle Axes with Black Peppered Bacon, Pickled Okra & Asparagus and special Bloody Mary mix
  • Mile Marker Brewing – Datil Pepper Sausage Ale
  • Green Room Brewing – Dawn Patrol Breakfast Stout
  • Intuition Ale Works – Low Down Porter (w/ coffee, vanilla & cinnamon) and Blueberry Coffee Cake Jon Boat
  • Aardwolf Brewery – Early Bird Special Breakfast Stout (w/coffee, vanilla and cinnamon) and Hasslehoffenweiss Beer-mosas
  • Bold City Brewing – Fritz Beer-mosas
  • Pinglehead Brewing Company – Banana Pancakes Ale

Monday, May 26

Pinglehead Brewing Company/Brewer Pizza
Orange Park seems a long way from the more beer-centric city center and beaches, but that does not mean that there is no craft beer there. On the contrary, Pinglehead Brewing Company, nestled inside of Brewer’s Pizza on Blanding Boulevard has been cranking out awesome brews for several years now – including what may be the best Imperial Red in the country. For craft beer week they have enlisted the help of the rest of the local breweries and will feature a beer from each on their taps. The first beer to be tapped is listed below. Look for the daily special tapping in the listings for the days below.

Engine 15 Brewing Company – Ales for undies “Undie Monday” with Dignity you wear.

M Shack
Matthew Medure is known throughout the metro Jacksonville area for his fine dining restaurant Matthew’s, but he is also the genius behind M Shack in Neptune Beach and St. John’s Town Center. At M Shack, Medure taps into his gourmet cooking experience and applies it to the humble hamburger. But, given the Medure treatment, burgers at his joint are anything but humble. They are juicy, tasty, and absolutely heavenly.

As a tip-of-the-chef’s-hat to Jax Beer Week, M Shack has teamed with Engine 15 Brewing Company to offer a special price on M Burgers when you purchase a pint of Nut Sack, Russian Imperial, Old Battle Axe, or (904) Weissguy.

The special deal is offered at the Town Center location only from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 27

Green Room Brewing Company
Beaches area beer-lovers have been flocking to Green Room Brewing Company since surfer-turned-brewer Eric Lumen opened the doors. His inviting and comfortable tap room is always full of lively conversation whether the surf is up or not. And then there is the beer, Green Room is home to a number of innovative brews that are sure to please the palates of the most discriminating beer aficionado.

For Jax Beer Week, Green Room will tap two special brews. The first of the two is Dawn Patrol, a breakfast stout with lactose, oats, vanilla, coffee, and cocoa nibs.

Intuition Ale Works
Tucked away in a building that bares more than a passing resemblance to a grey and foreboding prison, Intuition Ale Works has been creating beer alchemy for over three years. Owner and brewer Ben Davis has a fanatic following that is as passionate about beer as it is about supporting the community. A trait that is common to all of the local Jacksonville breweries but, due to the efforts of Davis and his general manager Cari Sanchez-Potter, Florida politicians are kept on their toes and local charities know they have a partner.

For Jax Beer Week the King Street Beer District anchor has decided to release a different one-off, or one time release beer, per day. The first is listed below, look for the rest listed on the day of the week they will be released.

Tap Room Release – Hopped-Up Saison

Pinglehead Brewing Company/Brewer’s Pizza
Taproom release – Pinglehead Banana Pancakes ale.

The Blind Fig Gastropub
A relative new-comer to the King Street Beer District, The Blind Fig has been wowing taste buds since their beginnings as a popular local food truck. Now, with a premier spot on the corner of King Street and College Street, the gastronomical wizards at the eatery are planning a Cigar City Brewing Company beer cocktail for happy hour.

European Street Café – Park Street
A Riverside, Park Street tradition for years, the European Street Café is also the go-to place for excellent craft and import beers. Under the watchful eye of Andy Zarka, E-Street serves a wide variety of German, Belgian and other import beers along with some of the best American craft beers. And, with a happy hour that runs from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily – even on the weekends – that features two-for-one brews, how can you go wrong?

For Jax Beer Week, E-Street will be tapping White Oak Aged Jai Alai from Cigar City at approximately 6:00 p.m. Stop by and visit with the folks from Cigar City, enjoy a pint and keep the glass!

The Silver Cow
The newest addition to the King Street Beer District is the love child of fellow beer blogger Regina Heffington, a.k.a. The Jax Brew Bitch. With a classy, yet approachable feel, this new lounge features approximately 20 taps of nothing but the best craft beers and hard ciders. But, on a street full of beer bars what is the main draw for this soon-to-expand hideaway? Some would say the Heffington’s infectious and somewhat raucous laugh, others might say the Cajun-infused small plates she serves from the tiny kitchen in the back. Whatever your reason, be sure to swing by to experience her place and make your own decision.

The Cow will feature a Cigar City Tap Takeover starting at 6:00 p.m. offering several brews from the Tampa brewery that have never been available in Jacksonville before.

Wednesday, May 28

The Blind Fig

Remember the gastronimical excellence we mentioned above when discussing The Blind Fig? Well, here is your opportunity to get in on some of that yummy food goodness. The Blind Fig teams up with Engine 15 for a beer dinner featuring tasty pairings and loads of fun.

The dinner will feature four delicious courses and five outstanding brews. Tickets to the event are $50 per person and can be purchased in advance by calling the restaurant at (904) 337-0146 or at the door. The reception beer will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Pinglehead Brewing Company/Brewer’s Pizza
Taproom release – Green Room Brewing Company Thin Mint Stout

Intuition Ale Works
Taproom release — Tequila Barrel-Aged House Boat with Lime & Salt

Black Sheep Restaurant
If there is one thing you need to know about this restaraurant housed in the eye-catching wedge-shaped building just outside of the Five Points area of Riverside, it is that you must try the poutine. The dish – French fries mixed with cheddar cheese curds and covered in rich, beef short-rib gravy – is so good that many guests go just for a fix of it. But, poutine is far from the end of the list of reasons to visit the eatery. Another good reason is the views from one of the only roof-top restaurant seating areas in Jacksonville. And, then there is the craft beer they keep on tap.

To celebrate Jax Beer Week, stop in as the Blk Shp crew taps a special Cigar City keg.

Grape & Grain Exchange
Speakeasies were once the only place for a thirsty person to get a potent potable. But, since the abolition of prohibition, the often glamorous hidden gems have gone by the wayside. But, if you are in the know, you can gain access to one of these backroom bars in San Marco right on the Square. Grape & Grain Exchange offers a self-service style beer cooler and signature mixed drinks in its front room but, behind the bookshelf is a cozy, swanky hideaway the harkens back to the flapper era.

Join the in-the-know crowd for a Cigar City cheese and beer pairing at G&GX for Jax Beer Week. But, be sure to get there early as seating is very limited.

Thursday, May 29

Green Room
Taproom release — Mayor Bee, an American Blonde Ale brewed with Green Room harvested honey and Katherine, a white IPA brewed with New Zealand hops. Katherine is named for a great white shark that was swimming off Jacksonville Beach recently.

Pinglehead Brewing Company/Brewer’s Pizza
Taproom release — Intuition Belgian Hoppy Blonde

Intuition Ale Works
Taproom release — Bay & Rosemary Jon Boat

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails
Last year, Chef Tom Grey left Bistro Aix, the San Marco restaurant he helped turn into a Jacksonville must-visit eatery to concentrate on a new venture. The result of his creative juices is the sparkling new Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails in the St. John’s Town Center.

Grey’s new foodery is dedicated to taking American comfort foods and giving them a gourmet twist. By all accounts he has succeeded masterfully.

A strong advocate of craft beer, Grey will be featuring a special Cigar City happy hour for Jax Beer Week.

Zeta Brewing Company
Coming soon to Jacksonville Beach, Zeta Brewing Company is in the midst of installing their brewing equipment. Brewer Chris Prevatt has been hard at work converting part of the current Zeta restaurant to a full-fledged brewery.

Get a look at what is happening at Zeta and enjoy more Cigar City Brewing Company fun for Jax Beer Week.

Friday, May 30

Pinglehead Brewing Company/Brewer’s Pizza
Taproom release – Bold City Brewing Company Abbey’s Ale

Intuition Ale Works
Taproom release — Barrel Aged Anniversary IPA

Saturday, May 31

Intuition Ale Works
Taproom release — Lambic

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Got an ugly holiday sweater? Plenty of opportunities to show it off this weekend

uglyUgly Christmas sweater parties are all the rage this year. Over the past few weeks I have been invited to more than a half-dozen. What is it about these laughably gaudy sweaters that hold such a fascination for people? Is it the bright colors, the over-sized Santa face, the glowing nose of Rudolf? We may never know why we find them so charming, but what is inescapable is the proliferation of parties reveling in their tacky appeal.

Three of the Tacky Sweater parties taking place this weekend are being held at local breweries. Green Room Brewing Company at Jacksonville Beach and Bold City Brewing Company in Riverside as well as Mile Marker in St. Augustine are spreading Christmas cheer by hosting parties that benefit different charities.

Green Room’s Tacky Sweater Party is being hosted by the Girls Gone Green, a local advocacy group for healthy living headed by local television meteorologist Julie Watkins. The party will reward the tackiest sweater with a grand prize with other prizes going to attendees as well. Along with the prizes you can expect there to be vegan treats and plenty of good beer. The party starts at 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 13.

Over in the King Street Beer District, Bold City Brewing Company will be throwing an Ugly Sweater shindig of their own. This time the benefactor is the American Lung Association. The party is Saturday, December 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and you will receive a free beer!

Finally, the folks down in St. Augustine at the Mile Marker Brewing Company are getting into the holiday spirit by hosting an Ugly Sweater Party as well. All who arrive at the brewery tap room in an obnoxious holiday sweater or shirt will be rewarded for their lack of taste with a free pint of beer.

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Beer News, Events

 

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Gas Full Service resturant in St. Augustine to host Green Room for dinner

full_submissionKnown for featuring locally grown food, Gas Full Service restuarant is becoming a frequent host for high-end beer dinners and this month is no different.  Later this month — February 20, to be exact — the restaurant will host Green Room Brewing Company for its latest beer and food pairing dinner.

Gas is, in the words of one Yelp! reviewer, well, a gas. The reviewer describes the restaurant as having an “eclectic interior, creative menus, friendly servers, and over-all vibe.” The food can be described as comfort food: items on the menu include Momma’s Meatloaf, Beer Can Chicken, and stuffed burgers. Gas also boasts made daily dessert that make saving room a priority.

For the beer dinner, there will be six beers and five courses, attendees are sure to experience the culinary wizardry that diners at Gas have come to expect. The menu was still being finalized at the time of this writing but, the beer list looks impressive. Expect to taste a number of Green Room favorites along with some new brew paired with gastonomic masterpieces. included are:

  • Mini Session IPA
  • Undertow Barleywine
  • Mary Lee Great Wheat
  • Count Shaka-la
  • India Brown Ale — a collaboration with the soon-to-open Aardwolf Brewing Company
  • Coffee and Cream Ale

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. on February 20. Tickets are $65 and include tax, tip, and a souvenier pint glass for you to keep. Purchase tickets at the restaurant, but hurry, they are sure to go fast.

What can you say about a restaurant named “Gas”? (I even included it in the Top Ten Interesting Florida Restaurant Names chapter in my latest book). But don’t let a name that could be inferred as flatulence turn you away. This restaurant is a labor of love by the young owners and it shows from the eclectic interior, creative menu, friendly servers, and over-all vibe. Featuring locally grown food when possible, Gas serves up interesting twists on your typical diner fare: Momma’s Meatloaf is unlike anything my momma used to make, the Beer Can Chicken brings rural cuisine uptown, and the Stuffed Burger of the Day will surprise your taste buds. In addition to diner fare, Gas also serves more upscale food for those with a more, ahem, discriminating palate. The Local Catch of the Day is cooked in a variety of ways (and each to perfection) and the various steaks will give even the higher-end joints a run for their money. Be sure to save room for dessert, because they’re made daily and seem to be the product of whatever catches the fancy of the dessert chef. The only drawback? When the place is hopping, the acoustics make it very difficult to carry on a conversation, so if you are looking for an intimate dining experience this may not be the place for you. But if you are looking for creative dishes served up with a great selection of beer and a lot of laughter, this place is a gas…

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Beer Dinner

 

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