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Oktoberfests and Beer Fests abound this time of year

Oktoberfest (1)Whether you are German or just German at heart, this time of year has every beer-lover thinking of brats, oompah and brews. Mid-to-late September is the traditional time for Oktoberfest, the German wedding celebration turned beer festival. If a trip to Munich is not feasible for you, fret not; there are plenty of Oktoberfests and other beer festivals around Jacksonville to keep your beer boot full and your brat craving sated.

September 12

Anheuser-Busch Oktoberfest
111 Busch Drive, Jacksonville

Craft beer aficionados may turn their nose up, but Anheuser-Busch was started by a German in St. Louis over 100 years ago. This year the brewing behemoth is throwing a German-style party at six of their breweries around the country including right here in Jacksonville. The polka-infused fest will feature some of the company’s German imports like Spaten and Franziskaner along with traditional food items like pretzels and bratwursts.

Tickets are $30 and include a stein, two beers and one food item. You can purchase them here.

September 17 (and every Thursday night)

Hemming Park Beer Garden
Hemming Park, Jacksonville

It may not be an Oktoberfest per se, but it is a beer garden and the Germans love their bier gartens. Swing on downtown for this weekly social gathering and enjoy a beer under the tree canopy of Hemming Park. While you are there, grab a bite to eat at the on-site food truck and enjoy the views of Jacksonville’s lovely, and increasingly lively, downtown.

No ticket is needed. Cash bar.

September 19

Bruval
Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach

This second year event evolved from a very popular first year at Mellow Mushroom, Jax Beach. With over 20 breweries pouring more than 60 brews, this event is sure to be a continued hit for years to come.

“In our eyes, Bruval is the perfect mix of Duval and craft beer,” said Tye Wallace of Void Magazine, the event’s sponsor. “Simply, we see Bruval as the celebration of really good beer.”

Guests may attend the event free, but all-you-care-to-drink tickets are $30 in advance and $40 after September 16. To purchase tickets go here.

September 27

Bonnabrew
Under the Fuller Warren Bridge, Jacksonville

From 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the grounds of the Riverside Art Market will transform into a music-filled, performance art displaying conglomeration of freak bikes, dragon boats and beer.  Tickets for UNLIMITED Beer Sampling are only $30 in advance or $35 the day of the event!

For Beer tickets, call 904.860.2465

October 3

Intuition Ale Works Oktoberfest
710 King Street, Jacksonville

After a couple of years celebrating Oktoberfest away from the brewery, Intuition has brought the celebration home and plan to close off King Street in front of their building. Plan on eating light the morning of the event because the $40 ticket includes all-you-can-eat German sausages and other specialties, a souvenir stein with one beer fill and a giant pretzel.

Get your tickets here.

Engine 15 Brewing Company Oktoberfest
1500 Beach Blvd #217, Jacksonville Beach

The Jax Beach Brewery holds its annual celebration in its parking lot as usual with plenty of beer, food and fun.

No ticket necessary. Cash bar.

European Street – Beaches Oktoberfest
992 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach

Every year the folks at European Street host a community-focused Oktoberfest celebration. This year is no different. Expect to find plenty of German beers on tap along with pretzels and brats. The first 100 guests to purchase beer tickets will receive an authentic Warsteiner beer boot. There will also be traditional music, stein hoisting contests and raffles.

No ticket necessary. Cash bar.

Green Room Brewing Company
228 3rd Street North, Jacksonville Beach

Join the surf crowd for a fun-filled Oktoberfest celebration featuring cold brews, music and plenty of fun.

No tickets necessary. Cash Bar.

October 7

Oktoberfest at Art Walk
Downtown Jacksonville

Each month the Downtown Art Walk attracts art-lovers, partiers and assorted others to the downtown core. Over its run, the event has become a monthly ritual for many of the city’s hip and happening as well as those looking for a fun, lively night out. As has been the custom for several years, the October Art Walk takes on a decidedly German flair with a beer garden in Hamming Park, music, games and a ceremonial keg tapping by new mayor Lenny Curry.

No ticket necessary. Cash bar.

October 9 and 10

Jaxtoberfest
St. John’s Town Center

Now in its third year, the massive Oktoberfest-themed party has moved from the Shipyards downtown to a more central location at the Town Center. Look for a large selection of German and domestic craft brews along with plenty of mouth-watering food. Entertainment will range from German Oompah bands to local bands. In addition there will be a variety of games including a dachshund race.

General admission tickets are $8 per day or $12 for both days. If VIP is how you roll, you will receive a souvenir mug and larger pours for the same price as regular for $40 one-day and $60 for both days. Beer price is $6.

For tickets click here.

October 16

Beaches Oktoberfest
Seawalk Pavillion, Jacksonville Beach

This three-day celebration begins on Friday night with Craftoberfest a craft beer festival with more than 30 craft breweries represented. Beers may be purchased individually for the event an unlimited-sampling pass is available for $30 early bird sales or $45 full price.

The fun continues on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18. VIP passes cost $30 for early purchasers and $45 after that. Included is a stein, beer passport, one free beer and more. Or, you could go All-Access for $50 early and $65 later and get all the above plus unlimited sampling Friday night.

Purchase passes here.

October 17

European Street – Riverside Oktoberfest
2753 Park Street, Jacksonville

Every year the folks at European Street host a community-focused Oktoberfest celebration. This year is no different. Expect to find plenty of German beers on tap along with pretzels and brats. The first 100 guests to purchase beer tickets will receive an authentic Warsteiner beer boot. There will also be traditional music, stein hoisting contests and raffles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in Beer Festival

 

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World of Beer to open Jax beach pub Super Bowl Sunday

World-of-Beer-logoAs does many such ventures, World of Beer began as a dream between two good friends enjoying several craft beers. In 2007,  Scott Zepp and Matt LaFon started the company as a beer retail store, but quickly realized that their true calling was to open a tavern that specialized in great craft beer. World of Beer (WOB) was born. In short order, the new beer bar in the Westchase area of Tampa, Fla. became a beer destination boasting 500 local and international beers.

This week the company will open its 72nd location in Jacksonville Beach on Super Bowl Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

Celebrating the popularity of craft beer and its culture, WOB rotates taps daily so guests will discover something new and unique on every visit. Signature craft spirit cocktails, ciders and wine along with nonalcoholic beverages are also available. WOB pairs its craft brews with the franchise’s signature “Tavern Fare” menu featuring a variety of comfort foods and traditional bar offerings with a contemporary spin, such as Giant Bavarian Pretzels, a Guinness “Brat” Slider and the Chimay Burger. The tavern also will offer a new BEERunch on Sundays with craft-inspired breakfast items such as: Belgian Beer Waffles, Blueberry Wheat French Toast, Breakfast Tacos and Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches.

as is the norm at most of the company’s taverns, fifty beers will be featured on rotating taps along with more than 500 canned and bottled brews from around the world. The Jax beaches location will also feature an infusion tower that allows guest to infuse flavors into their beer choices such as fruit or even additional hops. In addition, guests at WOB Jax Beach can expect specialty cask beers served via an authentic beer engine.

WOB Jacksonville Beach is located at 311 3rd Street North with normal operating hours of 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sunday and Monday and 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

uber_logoThe Jax Beer Guy has partnered with the UBER car service in Jacksonville. Because of this partnership, you can receive a $20 credit for your first ride by simply using the promo code “JaxBeerGuy” when you register for UBER on your smartphone.

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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Beer

 

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Two upcoming beer dinners feature local brews

beer-flight-picAnother successful and event-filled Jacksonville Beer Week is concluded and in the history books. But, the beer events have not stopped coming. This week news has broken of two new beer dinners planned for later this month.  Both event feature beer from local breweries and promise spectacular eats.

On Wednesday, June 25, enjoy a five course dinner paired with beers from Engine 15 Brewing Company in Jacksonville Beach. The dinner will be held at Roy’s, also in Jacksonville Beach. The restaurant’s name is a nod to its founder chef Roy Yamaguchi who opened the first Roy’s in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1988. Roy’s is a Hawaiian and Asian fusion restaurant that focuses on seafood. Guests who attend the beer dinner can expect to find Roy’s signature influences throughout the dinner.

The menu for the evening includes:

Nairagi Crudo (compressed melon, hijiki salad, kimchee oil, smoked sea salt, micro wildflowers, fresh jicama chips) paired with (904) Weissguy

Focaccia panzanella (baby heirloom tomato, blackberry, spiced sunflower seed, curly endive, arugula, lemon olive oil) paired with Old Battle Axe IPA

Poutine (duck, pommes frites, herb chicken gravy, brie cheese whiz, citrus sweet-n-salty dust) paired with Route 90 Rye Pale Ale

Steamed buns (malt-smoked brisket, Asian style Romesco, sunomono salad) paired with Christmas Quad

Chocolate-covered cherry panna cotta (macadamia nut tuiles, vanilla crème anglaise) paired with Nut Sack Brown

Tickets for the dinner are $60, plus tax and tip. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. For reservations, call (904) 241-7697

The second beer dinner this month will be held Thursday, June 26 at Whole Foods Market in Mandarin. Whole Foods has been holding beer dinners since their Jacksonville store opened and is known to throw a great dinner party. Their five course meal will be paired with Intuition Ale Works beers and feature recipes pulled directly from the pages of the award-winner Cooking with Intuition cookbook. In addition, the dinner will feature a beer created especially for Whole Foods; San Jose Session IPA.

As an added bonus, guests who show their dinner ticket at the bar can receive one 4-ounce sample of People’s Pale ale.

The menu for this dinner features:

King Street Stout gouda wheat bread and People’s Pale Ale beer cheese soup, paired with People’s Pale Ale

Chinese salt-and-pepper shrimp over cilantro Siracha slaw, paired with Jon Boat

Lightly steamed oysters with I-10 Mignonette sauce, paired with I-10 IPA

Prosciutto-wrapped stuffed chicken with braised leeks and English cheddar, with a San Jose Session IPA pan sauce and paired with a limited edition Whole Foods beer

King Street Stout chocolate cupcake with maple stout butter cream and chocolate-dipped pretzel garnish, paired with King Street Stout

Tickets for this dinner are $40, all-inclusive. If you wish to attend this dinner, you must register at Whole Foods’ website. Click here to register and purchase tickets.

The Jax Beer Guy has partnered with the UBER car service in Jacksonville. Because of this partnership, you can receive a $20 credit for your first ride by simply using the promo code “JaxBeerGuy” when you register for UBER on your smartphone.

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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Beer Dinner

 

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Jax Beer Week 2014: Thursday, May 29

JaxBeerWeek2014So far the 2014 edition of Jax Beer Week has been stellar with events that have been fun, interesting and even a bit educational. But, we are not done yet! Tonight there are more great events to attend and plenty of outstanding beer to taste. Be sure to visit one or more of the venues below to show your support for the craft beer revolution.

Also, do not forget that UBER — the innovative car service — is offering free rides (up to $20) during Jax Craft Beer week to insure that you can enjoy yourself and still get home safe. Simply follow the link below and sign up using promotional code JaxBeerGuy.

www.uber.com/go/jaxbeerguy

Keep updated by heading over to our website and subscribing to our social media feeds at www.JaxBeerGuy.com.

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.

World of Beer — Southside
The Southside beer powerhouse known as World of beer will be featuring a San Marco favorite tonight for Jax Beer Week. Join the fine folks from Aardwolf Brewing Company for a night of special beers and free glassware (for the first 50 guests). Be sure to taste several of the brews that have never before been let out of the tap room. Featured drafts will include:

  • Red Lightning
  • Sesqui Saison
  • Hasselhoffenweisse
  • Belgian IPA
  • The Waiting Dark
  • Belgian Pale Ale
  • Nonchalant IPA
  • Eastbound and Brown

The Jax Beer Guy has partnered with the UBER car service in Jacksonville. Because of this partnership, you can receive a $20 credit for your first ride by simply using the promo code “JaxBeerGuy” when you register for UBER on your smartphone.

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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Jax Beer Week

 

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Local tour operator and media company collaborate to bring beer tours to Jax and more

A new tour operator based out of Ponte Vedra, Fla. has announced collaboration with Talentino Media. Play Harder Tours (PHT), headed by William Tabone, is offering exciting weekend packages that revolve around two of America’s favorite things: beer and sports. With new partner Talentino Media, founded by Joe and Susanne Talentino, PHT will provide exciting getaways throughout the Southeast and beyond.

“Craft beer is a craft,” Tabone said. And it is for that reason that he focuses his tours on local craft brewers.

Currently planned travel packages include:

  • NFL Road Trip to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Lions at Jacksonville, Nov. 2 – 5, 2012
  • NFL Road Trip to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. NY Jets at Jacksonville, Dec. 7 – 10, 2012
  • New Orleans Mardi Gras, Jan. 25 – 28, 2013
  • Las Vegas Super Bowl Weekend, Jan. 31 – Feb 4, 2013
  • New Orleans French Quarter Festival Apr. 11 – 14, 2013

Other destinations that are still in the planning stages and will be announced soon include Savannah, Tampa, and Atlanta.

Itineraries for the Jacksonville NFL Road Trips include accommodations for three nights in Jacksonville Beach near numerous restaurants and nightlife opportunities. On Friday night guests will have an opportunity to meet other guests at a “Meet & Mingle” welcome dinner that takes place at Joe’s Crab Shack steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. Saturday guests take an interesting and fun guided bus tour to four Jacksonville craft beer breweries. Stops include a free pint of beer and tours of the facilities at Intuition Ale Works, Bold City Brewing Company, Green Room Brewing Company, and Engine 15 Brewing Company. On game day, guests will enjoy a catered tailgate party prior to the game at the Pepsi Tailgate Cabanas with beer included at no additional charge.

Future packages to other cities will include similar itineraries with the focus on fun, food, and beer. Next year Tabone has aspirations to put together tours to beer festivals throughout the nation with festival tickets, brewery dinners, and accommodations. He is even investigating putting together packages to London, Belgium, and Amsterdam next year when the Jaguars play in the U.K.

Talentino Media is a Jacksonville based media and production company founded by Joe and Susanne Talentino, creators of CW17’s weekly television program “I Know Jax,” which features a weekly Happy Hour segment featuring The Beer Guy discussing craft beer. Talentino media also produces Coastal Companion.com, a website for visitors and residents focusing on fun things to do on the coast of South Carolina, Georgia and Northeast Florida. Play Harder Tours is a Ponte Vedra Beach based travel provider with tours centered on craft beer and sporting events.  Together the Talentino/PHT collaboration will work to expand the scope of the tours to eventually include food and musical events.  Talentino Media will spearhead the online and television promotion of travel packages while Play Harder Tours will be responsible for all coordination, booking, and implementation with the goal of safe responsible travel for people that like to have fun

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Beer, Craft Beer Brewery, Travel

 

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