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Jacksonville and National Craft Brewing Growing at Record Pace

The new numbers are out from the Brewers Association (BA) is that 250 new breweries opened in 2011. Among those 250 is Jacksonville’s Green Room Brewing that will be celebrating its one year anniversary this weekend. According to a press release from the BA, there were 1,989 breweries in operation last year that employed 103,585 workers. The numbers represent an 11% growth in the industry over 2010.

“We saw rapid growth in brewery openings last year, particularly with microbrewery start-ups, and these numbers are poised to rise even more in 2012,” said Paul Gatza, director of Brewers Association in the press release. “In February 2012, we already topped 2,000 operating breweries—a truly remarkable milestone. We look forward to even more success and the continued expansion of the craft beer market.”

The growth of the industry in Jacksonville continues with the opening of Pinglehead Brewery in Orange Park and the upcoming addition of Aardwolf Brewing in San Marco later this year. Additionally Jacksonville brewing operations are expanding with the Intuition Ale Works looking for a second brewery location to support demand for its canned products and Bold City Brewery amping up bottling operations by offering bottles in six-packs.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Beer, Beer News

 

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American Craft Beer Week Day 2 — Tuesday, May 15

The first day of American Craft Beer Week is in the bag and it was great. Day two is today and below are the events you can look forward to.

Brewer’s Pizza, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Pinglehead Brewing Company Pint Night

The newest brewery on the First Coast is located in the back room of Brewer’s Pizza in Orange Park and people across the city could not be more excited. Not only are the pizzas – try the Florida Smacker – awesome, these guys brew beer like no one’s business! Expect several taps to be pouring Pinglehead brews, particularly Pinglehead Red a truly phenomenal roasty and hoppy red that you simply must try.

Broudy’s Liquors, Ponte Vedra, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Craft Can Tasting

Broudy’s has been serving the good folks at the beaches and Ponte Vedra for years. Stop in on Tuesday to sample the surprising beers that are being canned these days including Jacksonville’s own Intuition Ale Works’ brews.

Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery, 5:00 – 10:00 pm Tapping Party

Seven Bridges will be tapping their new MacGRYEver ale, a deep red ale brewed with rye and Cascade hops. Pints will be $3 all night, with $1 from each sale supporting the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. There will also be a pig roast ($5 donation) and live music.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Beer

 

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BeerCity USA poll closed, Jax trounced

The poll is over, the numbers are in and Jacksonville was severely trounced. No, we did not even make a very good showing. We can take solace in the fact that Tampa only performed marginally better than us and that we performed in the same range as cities like San Francisco, Dallas, and Washington, DC. But, it is cold comfort.

The winner was a statistical tie between the ever-present beer behemoth that is known as Asheville, NC and up-and-comer Grand Rapids, MI. This will make the fourth year in a row that Asheville has worn the crown of BeerCity USA, even though they are sharing it again after winning it outright the past two years. Grand Rapids, home of Founders Brewing Company and several other brewers looked to be in the competition to win from the very beginning, giving Asheville a run for the money that produced a statistical tie.

According to Charlie Papazian, founder of the popular Rate Beer website and the National Beer Examiner who started the annual BeerCity USA contest, over 60,000 votes were fielded this year. Each of the two winning cities garnered 17,849 votes. The next closest was St. Louis with 3,451 votes. Surprisingly, Denver, home to the Great American Beer Festival ranked a distant ninth in the overall rankings.

But, it’s the performance of our great city that truly has me hurting. I know you beer lovers out there wanted better for team Jacksonville. We are, after all, a city who loves its beer. We love our local breweries and are eager to see more join the ranks of Intuition, Bold City, Green Room, Pinglehead, and Mile Marker. We are a city that knows what it wants and goes for it. And wew want good beer and recognition. It reminds me of a speech Al Pacino gave in the great football movie, On Any Given Sunday:

“I don’t know what to say really… It all comes down to today. Now either we heal as a team, or we’re gonna crumble… We’re in hell right now, gentlemen (and ladies). Believe me. And we can stay here, get the [stuff] kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb out of hell. One [beer] at a time.

Now I can’t do it for you. I’m too old. I look around, I see these young faces, and I think… I mean I’ve made every wrong choice a middle-aged man can make… You know when you get old in life, things get taken from you. That’s part of life. But you only learn that when you start losing stuff. You find out life’s this game of inches… The inches we need are everywhere around us.

Now I can’t make you do it. You’ve got to look at the guy (or girl) next to you, look into his (or her) eyes. Now I think you’re gonna see a guy (or girl) who will go that inch with you. You’re gonna see a guy (or girl) who will sacrifice himself (or herself) for this team, because he (or she) knows when it comes down to it, you’re gonna do the same for him (or her).

That’s a team, gentlemen (and ladies). And either we heal, now, as a team, or we will die, as individuals. That’s [beer drinking], guys (and girls). That’s all it is. Now, what are you going to do?”

Me? I am going to lick my wounds, plant myself at a bar and order a beer. And as I do, I will be plotting my game plan for next year’s BeerCity USA competition. Oh yes, there will be a plan, and it will be inspired. Oh of this I am sure.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Beer

 

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