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Jacksonville Axemen get ale named for them, start new season

BigHit_Ale_Taphandle_FinalNew to Jacksonville this week is an ale that hits as hard as the Jacksonville Axemen rugby league team.

Come join Axemen players and fans at 6 pm this Friday, October 11th at Green Room Brewing as they introduce Axemen Big Hit Ale, a golden ale with flavor that hits as hard as the Axemen. Brewed in Jacksonville Beach by Green Room Brewery’s Brewmaster, Eric Luman, this ale is sure to be a hit with rugby players and their fans who want an ale with bold flavor and champion taste.

The brew makes the Jacksonville Axemen the first sports franchise in the country to have its own beer named after the team…Probably. Fans of the two-time National Champion Jacksonville Axemen can show their support for the team by ordering a pint of Axemen Big Hit Ale the first chance they can, as the limited brew is only there while supplies last.  The Big Hit Ale will also be available for takeaway in 2 growler sizes.

Green Room Brewing is located at 228 3rd St. North in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. 32250, two blocks north of Beach Blvd. You can also enjoy one of the other 15 finely-brewed beers Green Room Brewing will have on tap. And dogs are welcome at Green Room Brewing, so bring Fido to get his picture taken with

The Jacksonville Axemen have made five consecutive playoff appearances and have two titles in their 8 season history. The Axemen are a fan favorite, playing their games at the University of North Florida and competing in the USA Rugby League, the nation’s premier rugby league competition.

Event: Axemen Big Hit Ale release party
When: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
Time: 6 pm
Where: Green Room Brewing
Location: 228 3rd St. North, Jacksonville Beach, Fla. 32250

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Posted by on October 11, 2013 in Events


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Beaches Summer Fest set to heat up Jax Beach for MDA

Beer folk are known for their generosity. Often you can find them discussing new beers and offering to buy a pint for conversation mates. Tables of beer lovers frequently purchase rounds for each other to share the fun and show their love for each other. They are also known for their willingness to adopt a good cause and work towards raising money to help it along. Earlier this year we saw the Jacksonville Craft and Import Beer Festival benefit the Southside Business Men’s Club and this weekend you can drink for a cause again at the Beaches Summer Fest for MDA.

Now in its second year, the festival is a described by its creator, Jamie Gillis, as, “A very unique event with no crowds, and direct access to the brewers, chefs, and proprietors in a spacious oceanfront venue.” Entry to the event is limited to 300 with tickets purchased in advance. If there any tickets left on the day of the event, they will be available at the door. But, Gillis says that is unlikely. “This is a sell-out event,” he says due to the venue and charitable cause.

The ‘Fest will feature beer from local Florida breweries including Intuition Ale Works, Bold City, Green Room, Pinglehead, Engine 15, Three Palms, St. Somewhere, and Swamp Head. For those you prefer, wine will be served by Royal Palms Wine & Tapas as well.

Beaches and other area restaurants will also be highlighted at the event. Look for heavy hors d’oeuvres creations from North Beach Bistro, Engine 15 Brewing Company, Joseph’s Pizza, Alley Cakes, On The Fly Catering, Grassroots Natural Market, and Brewer’s Pizza.

Music to keep your toes tapping for the ‘Fest will be provided by Firewater Tent Revival and Paxton & Mike Acoustic Duo.

In addition to the food, drink, and music, the event will also feature a silent auction with local works of art for sale and other great items.

Discounted overnight stays for the event are available from the Courtyard by Marriott or the adjacent Fairfield Suites. Room rates start at $149 for the Courtyard and $99 for the Fairfield with $10 of each room rate going to the MDA. To reserve a room go to:

This year’s ‘Fest is set for Saturday, Sept. 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Oceanfront in Jacksonville Beach. Tickets are $40 in advance. To purchase tickets or get more information go to the event Facebook page at:

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Posted by on September 10, 2012 in Beer, Beer Festival


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Sweetwater Brewing Sponsors Benefit for St. John’s

On a very rainy Sunday evening in Jacksonville Beach, Sweetwater Brewing Company sponsored a concert event at Freebird Live to benefit the St. John’s Riverkeeper’s organization. The concert on June 24th featured opening band Bison and headliner Railroad Earth. Both bands are ecologically involved and strive to educate the public on the perils of environmental destruction through messages on their websites and support of causes such as Sweetwater’s ongoing Waterkeeper campaign.

Sweetwater’s Minister of Propoganda, Steve Farace said, “[We chose Railroad Earth because] they played our 420 Fest last year and they have a similar mindset as us. They attract the kind of crowds we want to get our message out to. They get it.”

Farace said that throughout the history of the Sweetwater brewery, the company has always had an interest in saving the rivers of the south. After all, he says, without the rivers, Sweetwater would not have the clean water they need to make beer. He says that the concert series with Railroad Earth is a step beyond the cards they have been placing in their six-packs distributed throughout the Atlanta area.

Andy Goessling, Railroad Earth’s acoustic guitarist among other instruments, echoed Farace’s reasons for the band coming on board Sweetwater’s cause. “We have been getting our message out through the blog on our website and Sweetwater seemed like a good fit with that; they overlapped with our environmental ideals.”

Shannon Blankenship of the St. John’s Riverkeepers praised Sweetwater and the bands for their stewardship of Waterkeeper organizations throughout the south and even organized a pub crawl earlier this month to bring attention to the plight of our river. The crawl took place appropriately in Riverside and attracted approximately 50 people.

Sweetwater has raised over $350,000 since 2006 with their Save the Hooch campaign aimed at saving the Chattahoochee River and preserving it for generations to come. In a quote on the company’s website, Founder and Big Kahuna Freddy Bensch says, ““I have spent a lot of time on Atlanta’s waters since moving to Georgia in ’96 to start the brewery, and I’ve seen a lot of the issues firsthand. Keeping our water clean is a cause I think we can all believe in, and we’ll continue to do anything we can to help raise awareness and funding for the great folks who are out there every day protecting our water.”

Concert-goer Charles Price summed things up well with his thoughts regarding the ecological message presented by Sweetwater and the bands at the concert. He recognized that the St. John’s River is integral to our city’s survival and is a resource that must be preserved. “The river,” he said, “is this city’s livelihood.”

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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Beer, Events


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Sweetwater Brewery Sponsors Benefit Concert for St. Johns Riverkeepers

In 1997, Sweetwater Brewery officially got its start, according to the company’s website. It began with Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney driving around Atlanta, looking for bars that would agree to serve their beers. Now, 15 years later, Sweetwater’s success in the southeastern region of the United States is undeniable. But, even with their success, Bensch and McNerney never lost sight of their commitment to environmental stewardship.

Yesterday, in support of their efforts to save waterways throughout the southeast, Sweetwater kicked-off their first-ever regional concert series featuring nationally acclaimed blue grass band Railroad Earth. The concert series takes place June 20-24 with stops in Raleigh, Charlotte, Charleston, and right here in Jacksonville. All proceeds from each concert will benefit the local Waterkeepers organizations. In Jacksonville that organization is the St. John’s Riverkeepers.

Railroad Earth is an environmentally active band that understands the peril our environment is in. On their website they feature articles that highlight their beliefs in thoughtful and though-provoking ways. Railroad Earth’s music combines elements of bluegrass, rock and roll, jazz, Celtic and more. The group is also known for its extensive live improvisation and lyrical songwriting within an acoustic base.

Bensch, Sweetwater founder, says of his devotion to keeping waterways clean, “A lot of folks don’t realize it, but local waterways account for a main ingredient in our beer, while also serving as fresh water source for the community. Keeping our water clean is a cause I think we can all believe in, and we’ll continue to do anything we can to help raise awareness and make these efforts possible. “

Last year the brewery released its Waterkeeper Hefeweizen beer to support their efforts in keeping the waterways of the southeast clean. Proceeds from the brew benefit local Waterkeeper organizations. This refreshing summer brew is part of Sweetwater’s Catch and Release program and is only available for a limited time.

The Jacksonville stop of the Sweetwater concert series is Sunday, June 24 at Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach. The concert is open to all ages and tickets are available on the Railroad Earth website or Etix for $23. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show begins at 8:00 p.m.

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Posted by on June 21, 2012 in Beer, Craft Beer Brewery, Events


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Putt N’ Crawl Down the Beach Saturday

Two things that seem to go together very well are golf and beer. Who doesn’t love a cold brew from the beer cart girl while hitting a few balls into the rough? This weekend those two things will be melded in a slightly different way; instead of a full-blown golf course there will be an 18 hole home-made miniature golf course and instead of the golf cart girl there will be 10 beaches pubs and restaurants. The 8th Annual Putt N’ Crawl will take over Jacksonville Beach Saturday, June 9 with over 2,500 intrepid golfers putting for thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes and deserving charities.

Presented annually by Jacksonville BUZZ Magazine, this is one of the premier social events of the summer. There will be drink and food specials available to participants as well as gift cooler prize packs to the first 2,000 golfers. Teams are encouraged to dress for the event in golf attire, beach attire, or even outrageous attire. There are prizes for the best dressed, worst dressed, and more. The main goals, however, is to complete the course, win prizes, and have a lot of fun while doing it.

Holes are sponsored by Mango’s, Bo’s, Sakana Fusion Bistro, The Pier, Chicago Pizza, Rush Street, Blue Water Grille, Campeche Bay Cantina, Snappers, and Freebird. You can also find Marc Wisdom — BUZZ Magazine’s, Brew Time beer columnist, Springfield Brew Crew blogger, and I Know Jax’s The Beer Guy – at Lynch’s Irish Pub presiding over a beer-themed hole of his own creation.

Registration begins at 2:00 p.m. for the event and will close at 6:00 p.m., the event itself ends officially at 9:00 p.m. followed by an after party. Tickets are available on line at BUZZ Magazine’s website and are $20 until 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 8. After that tickets are available at the event for $25. More details, event maps, and participating establishments as well as the names of the charities that will benefit from the Putt N’ Crawl are available at the event website.

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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Beer


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