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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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Intuition’s Underdark release day coming with two new variants

underdark2017-600x226Each year around this time something dark, thick and delicious appears at Intuition Ale Works. Now in its fifth year, Underdark Saturday will be held February 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Bay Street brewery. Underdark Imperial Stout is Intuition’s coveted annual release and Underdark Day draws beer lovers from throughout the city, state and even country.

Underdark is an Imperial Stout aged in oak barrels – this year from Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey. In years past, the beer pours inky-black into a brandy snifter with a pleasing light brown head. Previous releases of the heady brew have been described: The aroma is laced with bourbon, coffee, and anise, while the flavor fully develops the bourbon notes and reveals a strong hop kick and lingering toffee and vanilla notes.

This year there are two variants available along with the base brew. In one variant, Bold Bean Coffee beans were added to bring a wallop of big coffee flavor. The other includes additions of cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa nibsunderdark2017-600x226.

Bottles will sell for $20 each and cash is the only form of payment that will be accepted.

In addition to the bottle release, Intuition will feature a number of special beers on tap. If past release days are any indication, you can expect to find vintage releases of Underdark, special one-off Intuition brews and possibly a few notable guest taps.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2017 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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Applebee’s honors American Craft Beer Week with special Happy Hour

bdg_ACBW2016_lgAmerican Craft Beer Week is upon us and the number of activities to show your support is nothing less than amazing. One event that you may not have heard about, but should definitely look in to is the Craft Beer Happy Hour at Applebee’s in Bartram Park.

The Happy Hour will feature craft beer from “down the block, around the corner and across the country.” Guests will have an opportunity to choose from a range of beers from local breweries such as Bold City Brewing Company, Veteran’s United Craft Brewing and Intuition Ales Works in addition to brews from regional and national breweries like SweetWater Brewing Company, Sam Adams Brewing Company and Terrapin Beer Company.

Along with the great beer, guests can expect a DJ to be spinning tunes on the patio and opportunities to win fun beer-centric swag. In addition, representatives from Bold City Brewing Company will be on hand to talk about their beers and answer questions.

The Happy Hour takes place Thursday, May 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 14560 Old St. Augustine Road.

 

 

 

 
 

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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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Cold weather means big beer releases

Coco_Jones_LgDuring this time of year it is not uncommon for breweries to release their heavier beers. For instance, last month Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter was release to great fanfare at the brewer’s South Florida brewery. Closer to home, this weekend Jacksonville brewery Intuition Ale Works is releasing its annual Underdark Imperial Stout and next month Tampa brewery Cigar City will host a beer festival where they will release their Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout.

All three of these release events draw heavy beer fans from all over the state and region. Fans stand in line for hours to get their hands on their allotment of these highly-coveted and extremely-limited bottles. Often, the hearty souls share bottles of other high-end brews among themselves as they wait.

Scoring a bottle of these brews is akin to catching a home run baseball at Camden Yards, it is something beer aficionados treat as a badge of honor. Many collectors have multiple vintages of the beers aging in their beer cellars and bring them out only on special occasions.

But, what happens if you cannot make one of these bottle release extravaganzas? Well, there is always the beer trading circuit. If a collector has a bottle that is desired by another collector a trade may be negotiated. Or, if a taste of the beer is enough to satiate craving, bottle shares are common within the craft beer community.

Another way to score a taste of these rare beers is to watch for tasting events at local bars and bottle shops sponsored by the breweries. For instance, if you were unable to make the pilgrimage to South Florida for the Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter release event last month, your chances of tasting the brew are not lost. In a recent post on its website, the brewery has announced that the beer is going on tour throughout Florida.

Over the next few months you will likely see several tastings of Underdark pop up around Jacksonville and other markets where Intuition beers are sold. Hunahpu’s though is a rare find on tap. It may show up in one or two places after the bottle release, but traditionally it is pretty hard to find.

So, if you are after these big beers, it is best to try to make it to a bottle release. But, if that is not possible, ask around at local beer pubs about bottle shares and watch for special tappings. For lovers of big beers, the brews discussed in this article are more than worth the effort to find them.

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2016 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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Intuition Ale Works teaming up with Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen for Southern beer dinner

Photo by Fernandina Observer.

Photo by Fernandina Observer.

The sleepy little town of Fernandina Beach north of Jacksonville, Fla. has seen an uptick in interest lately among culinary circles. Sure, the area has been known to North Florida residents as a fun place to spend a summer afternoon at its eclectic bars and scattered eateries. It is also known as a place for a weekend of partying at the Isle of Seven Flags Shrimp Festival every year. But, aside from the posh restaurant at the nearby Ritz-Carlton, fine dining was something of a mystery to the area. So, when Chef Kenny Gilbert opened his Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen in the historic town, it caused quite a stir. To celebrate his food as well as the burgeoning North Florida beer scene, Intuition Ale Works has teamed up Chef Gilbert to create a beer dinner that is sure to be as delicious as it is exciting.

Gilbert, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, started early in his culinary career with the encouragement and help of both his mother and his father. From his mother Gilbert learned the basics of cooking; measuring, preparing and presenting dishes. From his father, he learned the art of BBQ from grilling to saucing.

By age 11, the budding culinary virtuoso had cooked his first Thanksgiving dinner on his own to the delight of his proud parents. In high school he was known to cook meals for his swimming team after practices and meets. His cooking skills were lauded by all and it was no surprise when he expressed a desire to pursue cooking as a career.

According to his website, Gilbert, “…attended The Pennsylvania Culinary Institute where he received a degree in Culinary Arts. Upon graduation, Kenny relocated to Jacksonville, FL, where he joined The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company as an apprentice in the garde manger kitchen of their Amelia Island property.  Kenny worked his way up to Chef de Cuisine at the age of 23 at the Ritz, helping to consistently secure the AAA Five Diamond Award for the property throughout his tenure there.”

Later, the Chef designed and opened the Jacksonville Beach favorite, Nipper’s Beach Grill a Caribbean-inspired eatery. He was also a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef television program.

For the beer dinner with Intuition Ale Works, the chef worked to create a menu supremely satisfying Deep South-inspired fare.

Starters (served family style)

  • Foie Gras Drop Biscuits / Summer Truffle Maple Butter
  • Baked Texas Oysters / Creamed Mustard Greens, Tasso Ham, Cornbread Gratin
  • Assorted Pickles

Paired with Intuition One Spark Kolsch.

Second Course (served individually)

  • Pimento Cheese Gnudi / Pulled Smoked Alligator Ribs / SC BBQ Emulsion / Baby Limas

Paired with Intuition Riverside Red.

Main Course (served family style)

  • Smoked Crispy Pig Head
  • Fried Whole Local Catfish
  • Sauces: Alabama White BBQ Sauce, SC BBQ Sauce, Tomato Molasses BBQ Sauce, FL Citrus Mop, Hot Tomato Molasses, Datil Pepper Hot Sauce
  • Sides: Corn Casserole, Collard Greens, Steamed Squash, Roasted Beets & Pecans, Hoppin John, Bacon Fat Potatoes

Paired with Intuition Amber Block Skate Ale, infused with a surprise from the chef.

Dessert

  • Caramelized White Chocolate Cake / Pickled Cherries / Vanilla Almond Purée + Crushed Brittle

Paired with Intuition Coffee Dark Star.

The event takes place Thursday, July 23rd at 6:00 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 plus administration fee and may be purchased at this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intuition-ale-beer-dinner-pairing-at-gilberts-underground-kitchen-tickets-17458429633

 

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2015 in Beer Dinner

 

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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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