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Video: Jacksonville Craft & Import Beer Festival, barrels of fun with ‘I Know Jax’ crew

If you are still on the fence about whether to go to the Jacksonville Craft & Import Beer Festival this Friday night, Take a look at this video my friends at ‘I Know Jax’ and me shot a couple of years ago.

 

Tickets to the Jacksonville Craft & Import Beer Festival can be purchased at www.beerfestjax.com and are $55 for VIP and $40 for general admission. VIP ticket-holders are treated to entry an hour early (5:00 p.m.) and access to special beers not available to general admission guests. General admission ticket-holders may enter the event at 6:00 p.m., the festival ends at 9:00 p.m.

As always, be sure to drink responsibly and NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE. If you have had too much to drink please call a cab or, a more stylish option is Uber car service. Simply download the Uber app from your app store and sign up. If you use the signup code, l2jkr, you will receive a $20 credit for your first ride!

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Beer Festival

 

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One Spark features several beer-centric creators

one_sparkLast year Jacksonville played host city to a new and innovative event founded to help artists, inventors and innovators find funding for the projects they are so passionate about. That event, the first of its kind in the world, was a smashing success and brought thousands of people from all over the world to the downtown core of Jacksonville. That event was One Spark, a five-day festival that show-cased hundreds of hopeful participants vying for a piece of a purse that was distributed according to how visitors voted. Beginning Wednesday, April 9, the second annual One Spark festival will kick off over 20 square blocks of downtown. Among the creators this year are a number of beer-centric ventures that hope to garner some favor and walk away with their piece of this year’s $300,000 pot.

In addition to the creators, One Spark will feature a Craft Beer Village sponsored by Sea Best Seafood  that will highlight the delicious beers of Intuition Ale Works. For this year’s festival the Jacksonville brewery created to beers; One Spark Kolsch and One Spark Alt Ales. Both are examples of the only two German ales styles. Kolsch is a lighter, crisp brew that has a low hop profile and a refreshing, clean finish. The German Alt style is characterized by its amber color and malty flavors.

The festival will also feature a food village sponsored by San Marco Dining District. Attendees will be able to dine on gourmet cuisine from local restaurants such as Bistro Aix, BB’s, Matthew’s Taveran and the Grotto. But, if street food is more your style, a wide selection of local food trucks will be hawking their dishes in the two-block-long district.

Whether you go to One Spark to socialize with thousands of other attendees, to grab a cold beer and a great bite to eat or to browse the creators’ booths, you are sure to have a great time.

Some of the beer-centric booths you do not want to miss include:

Gastrofest 2015

The folks behind this idea – an eclectic group consisting of Erin Thursby, Kamron Perry and Nathaniel Price – want to bring the Jacksonville culinary scene to the forefront with a festival that incorporates craft beer, food truck fare and fine dining in a gastronomical festival; Gastrofest 2015. The group is seeking $24,000 in funding to market, promote and organize their event.

Placemaking Lager

Many who are aware of some of the major events that happen in downtown Jacksonville are certainly familiar with the name Tony Allegretti. Allegretti is the man whose vision started the popular first Wednesday of each month downtown event known as Art Walk. For One Spark Allegretti is seeking $20,000 to begin contract brewing, canning and distributing Placemaker Lager. In his description on the One Spark web site, Allegeretti says, “Placemaking Lager is a bit of a radical idea that goes beyond the excellent quality of local craft beer. It also forms a conduit between events and people and creates a way for non-profits to benefit directly.

Brewing Up a Bier Garten

Jacksonville Beach beer-lovers are no doubt well aware of the fine craft beer brewed and served at Engine 15 Brewing Company. Kara Scremin wants to build a three-part brewery and rain-water recovery system that Engine 15 will use at their new brewery on Myrtle Avenue. The goal is to reuse waste water from the brewery’s operations along with rain-water to irrigate the on-site bier garten, clean equipment and eventually make beer. The group is seeking $20,000.

Golden Isles Brewing Supply

Joshua Austin is a man who loves beer. He is the owner of Risen Dead Brewing, LLC and the president of the Golden Isles Brewing Club in Brunswick, Ga. He and his peers in the home brewing community have noticed a distinct absence of quality brewing supplies in the Brunswick area. Austin’s goal is to raise enough money to open a brewing supply store that specializes in, “high quality ingredients, affordable equipment, apparel, and more. We plan to keep costs low through low overhead and great product selection.” He seeks $5,000.

I Know Jax Mobile Magazine

Joe Talentino has been bringing Jacksonville viewers fun and exciting information on local restaurants, events and – shameless plug – the Beer Guy, for over 100 episodes on his CW17 television show ‘I Know Jax.’ With this One Spark project he wants to take the same enthusiasm he has for his television show to mobile mediums. Of the project, Talentino says, “I Know Jax Mobile Magazine will focus on positive stories about fun things to do, food and dining, outdoor activities, sports, culture and much more.” To make his dream a reality, Talentino is seeking $7,500 for computer equipment and programming.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2014 in Beer Festival

 

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A visit to Intuition Ale Works on ‘I Know Jax’

For the past few weeks, Joe and I have been making our rounds to the local breweries to taste their beers and talk about them. In the episode below we stop by Intuition Ale Works and taste four of their brews; Silvertown, Honey Badger, Shotgun Shack and King Street Stout.

 

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Beer Tasting

 

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Bold City Brewery’s Brian Miller interviewed on ‘I Know Jax’

Bold City Brewing Company was the first craft brewery in Jacksonville. Established in 2008, the mother and son team of Susan and Brian Miller have created a local brewery that is a real favorite. Most Friday and Saturday nights find the tap room full of friendly and thirsty folks ordering such great beers as Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale, Killer Whale Cream Ale and Mad Manatee.

Recently, Joe Talentino of ‘I Know Jax,” interviewed Brian in the brewery’s tap room. Click the video below to see the entire interview and be sure to tune in to CW17 Saturday and Sunday nights at 9:30 p.m. for more brewer interviews and Beer Guy segments.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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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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The Beer Guy’s 2013 holiday beer round-up from ‘I Know Jax’

With Christmas less than a week away, you may be looking for some special brews to enhance your holiday enjoyment. Watch my Holiday Beer Round-Up from ‘I Know Jax,’ which airs on CW17 in Jacksonville every Saturday and Sunday night at 9:30 p.m.

Be sure to watch for our New Year’s Eve beer suggestions coming soon!

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2013 in I Know Jax, The Beer Guy

 

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Holiday beer segment flashback — 2012

Last year during my Holiday Beer segment on ‘I Know Jax,’ I talked about the history of holiday beers. FOr those who may have missed it, I have reposted the video here.

This year’s Holiday Beer segment airs Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15 at 9:30 p.m. on CW17 in Jacksonville. For those of you outside of the Jacksonville, Fla. area, watch this blog next week, I will post the new segment as soon as the show’s producers put it on YouTube.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Beer Education

 

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