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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.

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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Beer Dinner


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Jax Beer Week 2014, Tuesday, May 27

jax_beer_week_2014Day three of Jax Beer Week and things are really heating up! Today’s events include special releases and tappings in a number of locations. Check back every day this week for listings of what is happening and where. Also, follow our social media feeds for more up-to-the-minute information. You can access our feeds from

Green Room Brewing Company
Beaches area beer-lovers have been flocking to Green Room Brewing Company since surfer-turned-brewer Eric Lumen opened the doors. His inviting and comfortable tap room is always full of lively conversation whether the surf is up or not. And then there is the beer, Green Room is home to a number of innovative brews that are sure to please the palates of the most discriminating beer aficionado.

For Jax Beer Week, Green Room will tap two special brews. The first of the two is Dawn Patrol, a breakfast stout with lactose, oats, vanilla, coffee, and cocoa nibs.

Intuition Ale Works
Tucked away in a building that bares more than a passing resemblance to a grey and foreboding prison, Intuition Ale Works has been creating beer alchemy for over three years. Owner and brewer Ben Davis has a fanatic following that is as passionate about beer as it is about supporting the community. A trait that is common to all of the local Jacksonville breweries but, due to the efforts of Davis and his general manager Cari Sanchez-Potter, Florida politicians are kept on their toes and local charities know they have a partner.

For Jax Beer Week the King Street Beer District anchor has decided to release a different one-off, or one time release beer, per day. The first is listed below, look for the rest listed on the day of the week they will be released.

Tap Room Release – Hopped-Up Saison

Pinglehead Brewing Company/Brewer’s Pizza
Taproom release – Pinglehead Banana Pancakes ale.

The Blind Fig Gastropub
A relative new-comer to the King Street Beer District, The Blind Fig has been wowing taste buds since their beginnings as a popular local food truck. Now, with a premier spot on the corner of King Street and College Street, the gastronomical wizards at the eatery are planning a Cigar City Brewing Company beer cocktail for happy hour.

European Street Café – Park Street
A Riverside, Park Street tradition for years, the European Street Café is also the go-to place for excellent craft and import beers. Under the watchful eye of Andy Zarka, E-Street serves a wide variety of German, Belgian and other import beers along with some of the best American craft beers. And, with a happy hour that runs from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily – even on the weekends – that features two-for-one brews, how can you go wrong?

For Jax Beer Week, E-Street will be tapping White Oak Aged Jai Alai from Cigar City at approximately 6:00 p.m. Stop by and visit with the folks from Cigar City, enjoy a pint and keep the glass!

The Silver Cow
The newest addition to the King Street Beer District is the love child of fellow beer blogger Regina Heffington, a.k.a. The Jax Brew Bitch. With a classy, yet approachable feel, this new lounge features approximately 20 taps of nothing but the best craft beers and hard ciders. But, on a street full of beer bars what is the main draw for this soon-to-expand hideaway? Some would say the Heffington’s infectious and somewhat raucous laugh, others might say the Cajun-infused small plates she serves from the tiny kitchen in the back. Whatever your reason, be sure to swing by to experience her place and make your own decision.

The Cow will feature a Cigar City Tap Takeover starting at 6:00 p.m. offering several brews from the Tampa brewery that have never before been available in Jacksonville.

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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Jax Beer Week


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Samuel Adams wows at Total Wine Tasting During American Craft Beer Week 2012

My vixen pouring Sam Adams' The Vixen.

My vixen pouring Sam Adams’ The Vixen.

Samuel Adams, born in 1722 in Boston, Ma., was an excellent and very popular politician, a very poor business man, and an unsuccessful brewer. Which begs the question, why did Jim Koch name his brewery after this historic figure? Koch named his brewery Samuel Adams because Adams was a revolutionary – literally, a Boston legend, and mostly because, like Koch, he inherited his brewing legacy from his father.

The Samuel Adams Brewery story begins all the way back in 1870’s with a recipe Koch’s great-great grandfather, Louis Koch, had made at his brewery in St. Louis, Missouri. After more than 100 years, Koch resurrected the brew in 1984 and in 1985 began brewing and marketing Samuel Adams Boston Lager to Boston bars and taverns. The brew gained a foothold and word spread of the flavorful beer being made in Boston.

Koch’s timing could not have been better since in just a few short years he was able to open a small brewery. Within ten years there were many more small breweries around the country, the craft beer revolution was in full swing. Jim Koch and a small group of others had started a new revolution, just as Samuel Adams did more than 200 years before.

During American Craft Beer Week 2012, Total Wine in the St. John’s Town Center hosted a tasting of some of Samuel Adams’ lesser-known, but utterly remarkable brews. Some of the brews are so rare that they had never been tasted in the state of Florida before. Blake Skebe, representative for Samuel Adams introduced each with several interesting notes and obvious enjoyment. Just two years ago, Skebe explained, Samuel Adams produced only 40 varieties of beer – no small feat in and of itself. This year, however, the venerable brewery is on track to produce well over 85 different brews to delight its fans far and wide.

Among the brews sampled were:

Norse Legend, a Sahti-style brew with hints of juniper berry brewed from a recipe gleaned from a barrel of the same style beer found intact in the hold of a sunken Viking ship.

Griffen’s Bow, a huge Blonde Barleywine with complex caramel malts, a hint of vanilla, and pronounced alcohol flavor.

The Vixen, chocolate bock never tasted like this! The aroma and first sip reveals smooth and rich chocolate characteristics from roasted malts and dark cocoa nibs. But, the ending has a spicy kick form the addition of cinnamon and chilies. This brew earns its name.

Perhaps the best brews, though, were from the extremely rare Barrel Room Collection.

New World Tripel Belgian-style ale brewed with Sam Adams’ proprietary yeast, Kosmic Mother Funk. This yeast strain yields a fruity, crisp ale with herbal and spicy notes.

Thirteenth Hour defies categorization. It has the dark richness of a stout, but the funky sour notes of a Belgian-style brew thanks to Kosmic Mother Funk. The aroma teases with hints of coffee and chocolate, the flavor is complex with notes of raisins, cherries, and rum. Aged on oak tuns for up to a year, this is a truly exceptional brew.

Samuel Adams, the historical figure was a strong advocate of independence. He believed that we should live free from tyranny, and in freedom. Samuel Adams the brewery has similar beliefs when it comes to beer; we have the right to freedom from the tyranny of the mega brands and the right to great-tasting beer.


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Jax Beer Week Tuesday Events

Jacksonville Beer Week is off to a roaring start and the events just keep on coming. If you are out and about, looking for an event to attend, here is today’s list of beer-centric activities. As is the case all week long, there are events all over town, so find one near you and enjoy great craft beer!

Pele’s Wood Fire

Pele’s has already created a buzz for itself in the old drug store at Park and King Streets in Riverside. Locals know that the food and wood fired pizzas created by Chef Micah are beyond words scrumptious. And the desserts! Let’s just say you are doing yourself a serious disservice if you do not try the cheesecake.

For Jax Beer Week, Chef Micah and co-owner Matt Tierney have whipped up a special beer dinner menu in addition to their regular service. Be sure to stop by and try the treats prepared in their show kitchen in full view of the entire restaurant. Expect three courses with the beer dinner and three great local beers paired with each.

The menu:

Salad dressed with cheese and dressing made with Green Room’s Diamond Belgian Wit beer.

Chicken with honey-beer glaze Featuring Bold City Brewing’s Rhino Rye Pale Ale.

Chocolate cake baked with Intuition Ale Work’s Truck Stop Breakfast Stout.

Green Room Brewery

Tonight the Tap Room at Green Room at the beach will be opening at 4:00 pm, which also happens to be when they plan to tap a special collaborative beer brewed by the staff of The Mellow Mushroom restaurant at Intuition Ale Works. The beer: double wheat IPA that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Intuition Ale Works

The folks at Intuition, in the true spirit of Jacksonville Beer Week, will share their taps with other Jacksonville and Florida brews. The tap take-over will last through the end of Beer Week on Saturday.

Cork & Keg

For all the ladies out there who have wanted to try craft beer, but were intimidated by the sheer number of styles, Cork & Keg in Jullington Creek is offering “Ladies Pint Out” tonight only. This is a ladies only beer tasting event that begins at 7:00 pm. Join Carolyn Graham from Brown Distributing for samples of great beers and B Nektar meads. The event is open to all ladies whether they are new to the world of craft beer or seasoned aficionados.

Brewer’s Pizza

The Orange Park pizza and beer destination will be hosting representatives and distributors from Stone Brewing for a night of tasting. There will be at least three Stone beers to taste and possibly a few surprises!


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Jax Beer Week Off to a Rollicking Start

A lively and raucous gathered at Kickback’s last night to get Jacksonville Beer Week underway. Congregated around the tables of the beer wonderland where luminaries from many of the local breweries including Ben Davis of Intuition Ale Works, and Eric Luman of Green Room Brewing. Presiding over all was the omnipresent and always gracious Steve Flores, owner of Kickback’s.

Beers were drank, stories were told, and friends kept pouring in. It was one of the nights were brewery staff and brewery fans sat as equals and celebrated the Jacksonville’s good fortune to have such a vibrant and exciting beer scene. All of my favorite bartenders from Intuition were there; Lindsey, Hannah, Robin, and Tap Room manager Brian. Also from Intuition were brewer Andrew and business manager Cari. From Green Room, I briefly spoke with Bar Manager Jason, and the before mentioned brewer and owner, Eric.

The favored beer of the night was a craftily tucked away keg of Intuition Underdark. This delicious creation was first introduced for the first anniversary party or Intuition, but Steve – astute as he is – hid a keg away for a rainy day or exuberant Jax Beer Week crowd. The brew is nearly jet black with a wonderful brown head redolent with caramel, coffee, and bourbon aromas. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth as silk, flavored with roasty malts, coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. The brew is a rare treat that was perfectly appropriate for the celebration.

Jax Brew Week is definitely off to a good start and with at least a dozen more events before the close of the week, there is no reason you cannot get out and enjoy at least one. Now, go forth and enjoy good local beer!


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