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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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Recall Notice: Intuition Ale Works recalls entire 2015 Underdark release

UNDERDARK_2_poster-460x710For the past few years, Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville, Fla. has hosted an annual release party for their highly popular Underdark Imperial Stout. But, this year’s release, the third in the series has met with a snag. In a surprising email released Monday, May 18, 2015, Intuition owner Ben Davis has issued a recall for the entire release of 2015 Underdark.

In the email, Davis sites that testing results indicate that the batch is infected with lactobacillus, a harmless but destructive type of bacteria that causes sour flavors to develop and is used in beers that are meant to have sour characteristics. Lacto, as it is known in beer circles, is a highly aggressive yeast that can easily run rampant in a brewing environment. The infection, Davis says, was traced back to one of the older bourbon barrels used to age the 2015 batch of Underdark.

The brewery has expressed a concern that, because of the lacto infection, the beer in bottles may continue to ferment causing significant internal pressure on the glass and increasing the chance of the bottle exploding. Davis, recommends that unopened bottles of the beer should be stored in a cool place to minimize the rate of fermentation and that unopened bottles should be transported in a box for safety. It is also recommended that bottle should not be left in a car if it will be left alone in the heat for any length of time.

Unopened bottles should be returned to the Intuition tap room at 720 King Street during its regular business hours of 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays. A cash refund of $15  or $25 tap room credit will be issued per unopened bottle.

Read the entire email from Intuition owner Ben Davis below.

Intuition Ale Works is announcing a total recall of our 2015 Underdark barrel-aged stout. We have found through testing that the 2015 batch contains lactobacillus that is causing unwanted sour flavors to develop in the beer.

Lactobacillus is commonly used to deliberately sour beers like lambics, Flanders reds and other Belgian styles, and our staff has enjoyed tasting the way this year’s Underdark has developed. We traced it back to one of the older bourbon barrels that we used for the 2015 batch of Underdark.

However, we realize that a sour stout was not the intended style of this year’s Underdark, and it is not what you purchased. We are therefore offering a full refund to anyone who chooses to return their unopened 2015 bottles.

The unopened bottles of 2015 Underdark should be returned to the Intuition Ale Works tap room at 720 King Street. We will issue a $15 cash refund per bottle, or $25 Intuition gift card per bottle that can be used towards purchases in our tap room.

Please bring the Underdark bottles to the tap room in person during opening hours (Tues – Fri 3-11pm; Sat 1-11pm). It is illegal for us to accept shipments of beer and the beer could potentially explode during transit through the postal service. No refunds will be issued for opened bottles of Underdark.

In the meantime, please store bottles of 2015 Underdark in a cool place before returning them. We are concerned that the beer will continue to ferment in the bottle which will cause excessive pressure and the bottles could potentially explode, especially if they are stored in a warm environment. Avoid transporting bottles of 2015 Underdark in your car if it will be left unattended in the heat for an extended period of time. To be extra cautious we recommend storing and transporting bottles in a box.

We have found there to be significant bottle-to-bottle variation in lactobacillus content and your bottle(s) of 2015 Underdark may not have developed sour flavors, especially if they have been stored in a cool environment. Please note, however, that the beer may sour as it ages.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. We have recently hired a Quality Assurance manager to avoid repeat incidents in the future and for us to make the best beer possible going forward.

We understand that many of you traveled to Jacksonville specifically for the release of this year’s Underdark vintage so there is no time limit for returning bottles and receiving a full refund or gift card. We deeply appreciate the trust you put in Intuition Ale Works and we thank you for your support.

Ben Davis
Founder, Intuition Ale Works

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Intuition Ale Works

 

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Intuition fourth anniversary week packs in the events, beer

IntuitionAleWorks (1)This week marks the beginning of Intuition Ale Works’ fourth anniversary celebration. During the week there will be a number of special events and one-off releases to celebrate with everything culminating on Saturday, November 22 at the brewery for a huge bash.

As has been the custom over the past four years with the brewery, guests can purchase beer “Passports” that will be stamped each time one of the special brews is drunk. Try 20 or more of the special brews and you earn a growler of beer and can register to win a $100 tap room credit. Only 100 passports will be printed, so if you want to participate, get to the tap room Tuesday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m. to grab yours.

Some of the beers to try include:

Tuesday, November 18: State Line w/ Habanero

Wednesday, November 19: Cantaloupe Saison w/ Cracked Pepper

Thursday, November 20: Smoke IPA w/ Pineapple

Friday, November 21: Golden Graham Jon Boat

Each beer will only be available the day it is released and Saturday the 22nd when all the beers will be available in the brewery and tap room.

In addition to special beers, the brewery will be featured at a number of special events throughout the area. These events include a Belgian beer dinner at Black Sheep Restaurant, a beer and cheese pairing, tap takeovers and a special brunch as dinner event at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails.

Tuesday, November 18

Black Sheep Restaurant ~ Belgian Beer Dinner

Chef Waylon Rivers prepares a five course dinner served on the beautiful rooftop bar featuring a different Belgian-style beer brewed by Intuition with each course.

Tickets are $75 and are very limited. To reserve your seat at the table, call the restaurant at (904) 380-3091.

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters ~ Blonde Coffee Stout Tapping

Both the Riverside and Jacksonville Beach Bold Bean locations will be tapping a very special collaboration brew on Tuesday. The Intuition team worked closely with Bold Bean to create the Blonde Coffee Stout, a unique special release brew with oats, cocoa nibs and Brazilian coffee. The beer will only be available at Bold Bean and in very limited quantities, so when it’s gone, it’s gone!

Wednesday, November 19

Intuition Ale Works Tap Room ~ Beer and Cheese Pairing with Cypress grove Chevre

On Wednesday Intuition is hosting a special beer and cheese pairing with Cypress Grove Chevre, an award-winning artisan goat cheese maker, in the brewery bar. Debbie from Cypress Grove and Riley from Intuition will be on hand to guide the pairing of five cheeses and five beers, including a unique one-off. Special glassware will be provided by Cypress Grove, along with other goodies. Tickets are $20 and are extremely limited. Get yours now at this link: http://IntuitionAnniversaryBeerAndCheese.eventbrite.com

Engine 15 ~ Intuition Pint Night

The beaches brew pub will feature seven Intuition brews on tap including: Barrel-Aged Amsterdam Falafel, Noir Belge, Double Elimination, Truck Stop Stout and three core beers.

Thursday, November 20

World of Beer Southside ~ Intuition Tap Takeover

Join the Intuition crew at World of Beer Southside for the biggest Intuition tap takeover ever! WOB will be pouring at least 20 of Intuition brews starting at 6:00 p.m. In addition there will be fun swag giveaways.

Jaxsons Night Market ~ Cooking with Intuition

The brewery partners with Jaxsons Night Market this month to celebrate beer, food and community. Contributors to their cookbook, Cooking with Intuition, will be selling a number of dishes prepared with Intuition brews at the Market and Cari will be selling signed copies of the cookbook.

Also, cans of King Street Stout will be available at the Intuition Biergarten for the first time outside of the tap room.

Friday, November 21

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails ~ Brunch for Dinner Dual Anniversary Party

Intuition and Moxie celebrate their shared  anniversary with Brunch for Dinner on Friday night starting at 10:00 p.m. This late-night bash will feature an incredible lineup of beers all paired with Chef Tom Gray’s brunch-inspired small plates. Featured beers include Duuuvaaal, Shotgun Shack and several brunch-themed beers brewed just for the occasion.

The Jax Brew Bus will be making a special roundtrip from Riverside.

Tickets can be purchased at http://moxiefl.ticketleap.com/brunch-for-dinner/.

Saturday, November 22

Intuition Ale Works ~ Anniversary Bash

The party starts at 1:00 p.m. and will feature a long list of special release and barrel-aged brews created just for the occasion. Add to that food trucks in the street featuring fare by Funkadelic and Driftwood BBQ, on-site t-shirt printing by Fretto Prints and a raffle to support the Florida craft beer political committee with a chance to win a Yeti cooler bag customized by Burro Bags or an UNDERDARK package that includes bottles of all three vintages and lots of swag, and you have the makings of an epic party.

Sunday, November 23

Mellow Mushroom Avondale ~  Hangover Brunch

Shake off an epic week with a Hangover Brunch at Mellow Mushroom Avondale on Sunday morning. The ‘Shroom will feature 10 of Intuition brews on tap to pair with their already awesome brunch menu, including some breakfast one-offs and the return of Contraption, a special release double IPA.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Beer, Intuition Ale Works

 

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Intuition to present proposal for downtown brewery

intuition planAccording to an article by the Jacksonville Business Journal, Intuition Ale Works is set to make another shot at building a brewery in downtown Jacksonville. The location is reported as being at the corner of A. Phillip Randolph Boulevard and Bay Street just steps from the Baseball Grounds, Veterans Memorial Arena and Everbank Field.

Ben Davis, owner of Intuition has been looking for a suitable location to expand his burgeoning brewery for several years now. A previous attempt to build downtown on the Shipyards property was thwarted by the city. The proposed new location is just a few blocks the Shipyards.

Davis is scheduled to appear before the Downtown Development Review Board Thursday to pitch his idea. The proposed brewery would occupy an existing building with an attached brick warehouse. Plans submitted to the city reveal a rooftop biergarden along with an indoor tap room.

Intuition has made several attempts to find a suitable building or location over the past few years with Davis stating that his ideal location would be in the city core because of his desire to be part of downtown revitalization. The brewery’s Smoke IPA, and IPA brewed with smoked malts, was brewed specifically to be sold at downtown breweries and to support the “Downtown is on Fire” campaign.

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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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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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Intuition Ale Works creates two brews for One Spark

onesparkAt a recent kick-off party for the Downtown is on Fire initiative, Intuition Ale Works debuted their Smoke IPA. But, if recent wins by the brewery are any indication, it seems that they are just as on fire as downtown. For the second year in a row, the brewery has been tapped as the Official Brewery of One Spark, billed as ‘The World’s Crowdfunding Festival.’

Intuition will be brewing two limited release beers for One Spark 2014 instead of just one like last year. According to a press release from the brewery, demand for last year’s One Spark Kölsch was so high that the decision was made to add another brew to the lineup this year.

In addition to One Spark Kölsch, a smooth German-style ale with mild hops and a crisp finish inspired by the kölsch beers of Cologne, Germany, Intuition will brew One Spark Alt. The new beer is inspired by the altbiers brewed in Dusseldorf, Germany and is an amber malty brew with a smooth finish. Interestingly, the beers are examples of the two ale styles produced in otherwise lager-dominated Germany.

Intuition Ale Works founder Ben Davis decided to create the second brew due to the wildly successful nature of the One Spark event last year as well as the enthusiastic acceptance of One Spark Kölsch. Of the event, Davis said, “People can use One Spark to directly support the ideas of others. As a Jacksonville native and small business owner, I know that supporting our downtown core with events like these and contributing to the spirit of innovation will be vital to our city in years to come.”

One Spark is a five-day event that connects people with great ideas to the resources they need to bring those ideas to fruition. The festival runs from April 9 to April 13, 2014 in a 20-square-block, multi-Venue gallery in downtown Jacksonville, Fla.  Artists, entrepreneurs and innovators display their ideas for all to see and vote on. Attendees vote on the projects they like the best to distribute nearly $300,000 in funds.

Davis has proven to be an outspoken and unwavering downtown advocate with his involvement in the afore mentioned Downtown is on Fire campaign. His Smoke IPA was inspired by and created exclusively for downtown Jacksonville only as part of the movement and should be appearing on tap at bars and restaurants in the city core now. For a list of locations serving Smoke IPA, go to the Downtown Marketing Collaborative’s website: http://www.downtownisonfire.com/promotions.

One Spark and One Spark Alt will be available on draft at the One Spark Festival in the San Marco Dining District Food Village and at beer kiosks set up throughout downtown Jacksonville during the festival.

 

 
 

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Underdark release party to include impressive list of guest beers

UNDERDARK-snifter-173x300As if it were not enough to have Underdark Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout available on tap and for sale this Saturday, February 1, Intuition Ale Works has just released a guest beer list that is in and of itself astounding. The list has beers from such luminous breweries as Funky Buddha, Founders, Bell’s and even Rodenbach.

Underdark is Intuition’s annual release beer and, in its short history, it has garnered a rabid following. The beer began as an amped up version of the brewery’s King Street Imperial Stout but, according to brewer Andrew Cattell, has evolved into its own recipe. Once brewed the beer is then aged for a year in a variety of bourbon barrels.

But, the artistry on this beer does not end there. The week before it goes on sale, Cattell and the brewery staff carefully drain each barrel and blends them together creating a single, phenomenal flavor profile. The beer is then bottled for the big release party.

Like the brewery did for its anniversary party in November, they will close King Street for the party that runs from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. Bottles of Underdark will be available on a first come, first served basis for $15 each. The brewery is also selling vertical two-packs of the brew containing one 2013 and one 2014 bottle.

The guest beers announced for the party include:

Cigar City Brewing Don Gavino’s Big Guava (guava ale aged in Chardonnay barrels)

Funky Buddha Brewery French Oak Hop Gun (American IPA)

7venth Sun Brewing Highly Suspicious (Belgian strong dark ale)

Founders Brewing Company Backwoods Bastard (Scotch ale aged in bourbon barrels)

Rodenbach Grand Cru (Flemish sour ale)

Stone Brewing Co. Imperial Russian Stout

Dogfish Head Beer Palo Santo Marron (American brown ale)

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. Third Coast Old Ale (American barleywine)

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Local Brewery

 

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