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The Beer Guy’s special beers to ring in 2014 – I Know Jax

I told you it was coming! Here is the ‘I Know Jax‘ Beer Guy segment featuring special New Year’s Eve brews!

Be sure to catch all the Beer Guy segments on ‘I Know Jax’ Saturday and Sunday nights at 9:30 on CW17 in Jacksonville.

 

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in I Know Jax, The Beer Guy

 

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Michael Payne of Aardwolf Brewing interviewed on “I Know Jax”

Michael Payne is the co-owner and brewer at Aardwolf Brewing Co. in the San Marco neighborhood of Jacksonville, Fla. Since opening earlier this year, the Tap Room at the brewery has been getting rave reviews not only for their excellent menu of fine craft beers, but also for its sheer beauty. In this segment, I interview Michael and ask him about what it was like to get things rolling at Aardwolf and what we can expect in the future.

Be sure to tune in to “I Know Jax” every Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. and midnight on CW17 in Jacksonville for more from the Beer Guy!

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2013 in I Know Jax

 

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Beer, silly costumes, and running: Tap ‘n’ Run comes to Jacksonville

tap n run Finish lineThe Riverside area of Jacksonville has had a long and storied history. It was one of Jacksonville’s original suburbs, it was home to numerous characters both notable and notorious, and, in more recent years, it has become the center of the Jacksonville beer renaissance. The area boasts one of the highest concentrations of beer-centric businesses in the entire city and is the location a six-block stretch of King Street known as the King Street Beer District. Thirsty beer-aficionados can also belly up to the bar in Five Points at such establishments as The Derby, O’Brother’s, and Black Sheep.

But, Jacksonville has never seen the likes of the beer event that will be taking place on April 13, at 2:00 p.m. That is when the streets will be filled with hundreds of beer drinkers running for the love of beer. Some will be running for the beer, some will be running to show off their wild side, and some will be running – well, no one is really sure why some folks run in this event.

Outrageous costumes, beer chugging and foot racing will reign supreme as the Tap ‘N’ Run 4K makes its inaugural tap in Jacksonville. Tap ‘N’ Run 4K combines participants’ love of beer and running for a unique “one of a kind” run/walk race totaling 2.4 miles throughout Riverside/Avondale. Participants are encouraged to dress in costumes and run with teams, friends and family of legal drinking age. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local charity Girls Gone Green fronted by local meteorologist Julie Watkins of Action News Jax on channels 47 and 30. The Girls Gone Green as a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to making a positive difference in animal treatment, an exploited planet and unhealthy eating habits.

Operated by Louisville, KY-based JAM Active, Tap ‘N’ Run encourages participants to run, jog, walk, hop, skip or crawl to three different “chug stations” along the course. The “chug stations” will have participants chugging a four-ounce sample of beer before continuing along the race route. At the finish line, participants will receive a full beer and the chance to win one of many awards (including Best Mustache, Best Belcher, Most Original Team Concept, Hot Mess, among others) at the After Party.

“This will mark Tap ‘N’ Run’s first time in Jacksonville, and so far, the response has been strong,” said Matt Roberts, JAM Active Executive Director. “The allure of the event, some say, is the uniqueness of being able to drink mid-run. Other races have beer at the end, but Tap ‘N’ Run provides it right along the race route. It’s a ridiculously good time with friends, family, costumes, teams and of course, beer.”

The run will begin at O’Brother’s Pub at 1521 Margaret Street near Five Points and continue north on Margaret to Gilmore where it will take a left turn. From there runners will head to Acosta where they will again turn left. Another left on Haldumar Terrace and a quick right on to Barrs. From there it is a four block jaunt to Hershel. A left on Hershel puts runner into the finish stretch and a cold beer into sight. At the end of the run, participants will again gather at O’Brother’s for an after party replete with prizes and more beer.

The organizers of the event have provided a discount code for readers of this blog. When you register and checkout use the code “FRIENDOFBEER” and you will receive $5 off your registration fee. You can register for the run at http://www.tapnrun.com/Jacksonville/Register.php.

Dress in your craziest outfit, strap on your running shoes and prepare for a jog around one of Jacksonville’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Tap ‘n’ Run brings together two activities that seem to be mutually exclusive – running and beer drinking. But, it also promises to be more fun than, well just running or just drinking beer.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2013 in Beer, Events

 

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Jacksonville to host national beer gathering this weekend

ratebeer-colorJacksonville’s beer industry has been on an upswing for the past four years since the opening of the pioneering Bold City Brewing Company. When Intuition Ale Works joined them just a few years later, it seemed the River City had a real beer thing going in the area known as the King Street Beer District. Since the two local powerhouse breweries made the scene three more have opened, one is nearing completion and should be open around the first part of 2013, and several others are in their planning stages. Kickbacks, the Riverside/Avondale beer temple has been joined by several other beer-centric bars and restaurants like Dahlia’s Pour House, The Garage, Carmine’s, Lola’s, and Pele’s.

Jacksonville, it seems, has become a beer destination.

No greater proof is needed than the recent announcement by Rate Beer – a website dedicated to rating, discussing, and reporting on, all things beer – that their Winter Gathering 2013 will take place in Jacksonville, tentatively February 21-23. To win the event, the First Coast was pitted against Albuquerque, N.M. and Salt Lake City, Utah in an online vote conducted by Rate Beer. After all the votes were tabulated, Jacksonville won with 58% of the votes and not a hanging chad to be found.

The event will bring beer enthusiasts from around the country to experience all that Jacksonville has to offer the beer world. Plans include a welcome dinner at Kickback’s, a bus tour of all the breweries in the city, and a Grand Tasting. The event is only open to members of the Rate Beer website, but membership is free.

The entire weekend’s itinerary can be seen at the site’s page for the event at: http://www.ratebeer.com/event/18666/.

Rate Beer is an independent website on which users can rate and discuss beers they have tasted. The site began in May of 2000 and has garnered over 200,000 users from over 60 countries since then. Owner Joe Tucker’s goal is to serve the entire craft beer community world-wide through beer education, promotion, and outreach.

Keep up to date on all the beer happenings and news going on in town by joining our newsletter mailing list at the ALL NEW www.JaxBeerGuy.com.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Beer, Events

 

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Northeast Florida Beer Cup set for Sept. 27 at Florida Theater

If you are planning on attending this year’s Northeast Florida Beer Cup event at the Florida Theater on Thursday, September 27, you had better get your tickets soon. The event, which features craft beers from both local and regional brewers and tasty foods from local eateries, is limiting ticket sales to 500 this year. If last year’s event is any indication of the fun to be had, this is a not-to-be-missed party.

Jacksonville’s premier lifestyle magazine, Jacksonville Magazine, is putting on the event again this year to sponsor the Children’s Miracle Network. Last year the event attracted over 400 beer enthusiasts and foodies who descended upon the glamorous and exciting Florida Theater to eat, drink, and enjoy the sound of local bluegrass sensation Grandpa’s Cough Medicine.

This year the event will once again feature music from GCM along with food and drink from a stellar list of brewers and fooderies. Among the beer suppliers this year are: Bold City Brewery, Intuition Ale Works, Beer:30, Green Room Brewing, Engine 15, Pinglehead Brewing Company, Sweetwater Brewing Company. Food will be furnished by European Street Café, Mellow Mushroom, French Fry Heaven, MOJO No. 4, Pele’s Wood Fire, and two outstanding food trucks: Mother Fletcher’s and On The Fly will be set up to feed departing guests. In addition the member of Jacksonville’s home brew club, C.A.S.K. (Cowford Ale Sharing Klub), will be providing samples of their creations and Baking Under the Influence will supply sweet treats made with beer. Other beer-centric folks expected to be at the event include the guys from the Jax Brew Bus, a local beer tour operator and Just Brew It, a local home brewer supply shop.

As if all that were not enough, the members of C.A.S.K. will be conducting a “People’s Choice” competition where you get to choose your favorite from among the club’s brews. There will also be a silent auction with an outstanding collection of very exciting merchandise up for grabs.

The event runs from 6:30 to 9:00, Thursday, September 27 at the Florida Theater downtown Jacksonville on Forsyth Street. Tickets are $35 for one or four for $120 and may be purchased online at Event Brite by following this link: https://beercup2012.eventbrite.com/.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Beer, Beer Festival, Events

 

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Rate Beer annual Winter Gathering to take place in Jax

Jacksonville’s beer industry has been on an upswing for the past four years since the opening of the pioneering Bold City Brewing Company. When Intuition Ale Works joined them just a few years later, it seemed the River City had a real beer thing going in the area known as the King Street Beer District. Since these two local powerhouses made the scene three more breweries have opened, one is nearing completion and should be open around the first part of 2013, and several others are in their planning stages. Kickbacks, the Riverside/Avondale beer temple has been joined by several other beer-centric bars and restaurants like Dahlia’s Pour House, The Garage, Carmine’s, Lola’s, and Pele’s.

Jacksonville, it seems, has become a beer destination.

No greater proof is needed than the recent announcement by Rate Beer – a website dedicated to rating, discussing, and reporting on, all things beer – that their Winter Gathering 2013 will take place in Jacksonville, tentatively February 21-23. To win the event, the First Coast was pitted against Albuquerque, N.M. and Salt Lake City, Utah in an online vote conducted by Rate Beer. After all the votes were tabulated, Jacksonville won with 58% of the votes and not a hanging chad to be found.

The event will bring beer enthusiasts from around the country to experience all that Jacksonville has to offer the beer world. Tentative plans include a welcome dinner at Kickback’s, a bus tour of all the breweries in the city, and a Grand Tasting. The event is only open to members of the Rate Beer website, but membership is free.

Rate Beer is an independent website on which users can rate and discuss beers they have tasted. The site began in May of 2000 and has garnered over 200,000 users from over 60 countries since then. Owner Joe Tucker’s goal is to serve the entire craft beer community world-wide through beer education, promotion, and outreach.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Beer, Beer Festival, Events

 

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USDA Passes Rule that will Help Organic Hops Farmers, Brewers

Labeling for products that meet the USDA-NOP s...

Labeling for products that meet the USDA-NOP standards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Beer made its debut at least 7,000 years ago in what is now Iran. It is believed to be the one of oldest fermented beverage known to man with the possible exception of mead. Back in those days beer was likely made from grain or bread left in a clay jar with water. Wild yeast inoculated the mash and fermentation began spontaneously. The grains used to make the brew were grown in a nearby field and the water came from a spring or river. Everything that went into the concoction was pure and natural.

Fast-forward 7,000 years and the idea of purity in beer is beginning to take root again. With a recent rule published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP), brewers who wish to label their beers as organic must use only certified organic hops. Until the ruling made in early June, brewers that made “organic” beers were able to use an exemption if certain hops were not available as organic. The ruling goes into effect January 1st, 2013. The NOP ruling looks to act as a catalyst for growth of more organic hops that in the past was a dicey proposition.

In an article on the Environmental News Network website, Friday, June 16, Patrick Smith of Loftus Ranch in Yakima, Washington explained: “As our collective knowledge of organic hop production grows, I expect to see yields 75-80+ percent of conventional.” Brews certified as organic are made with ingredients – including hops – that are completely free of harmful pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers.

It seems that Smith’s expectations are shared by others as well. The organic beer market has seen a recent uptick in business. Between 2003 and 2009, U.S. organic beer sales grew from $9 million to $41 million. It seems that as consumers look for more healthy foods; they naturally look for healthier beverages, too.

But, the benefit of organic beer does not stop with a healthier brew, organic growing practices result in less pollution to our water supplies, soil, and air. One conservative estimate as to the number of fish that die from farm run-off pollution is between six and 14 million per year. Organic farms use far less energy than conventional farms, too – up to 50% less. Organic farming lends itself well to family farming with most farms using less than 100 acres. This helps to break up the monopoly of the mega-commercial farms and helps stem the out-flowing tide of over 650,000 family farms lost in the last decade.

Julie Watkins, founder of the Girls Gone Green movement in Jacksonville, Florida, says of the USDA decision and growth of organic beer brewing, “This is an important step for an industry that is growing in leaps and bounds. The proof is now in the beer, so to speak, that beer drinkers are demanding sustainable farming practices by supporting this market. I am truly excited to see what kind of creative doors this will open up to producers of organic beer which is ultimately a win for beer consumers.”

Currently there are a handful of brewers that produce only organic brews, but others are looking into the possibility of going greener all the time. Among the organic brews available in Jacksonville are: Eel River Brewing Company and Peak Organic Brewing. Eel River invites its drinkers to enjoy their brews with their motto “Be natural, drink naked.” The Scotia, California brewery was founded in 1995 and became the first American certified organic brewer in 1999.

Even the larger craft brewers like Rogue, Sierra Nevada, and Dogfish Head are looking into producing more beers using organic ingredients. Sierra Nevada occasionally produces small batches of their brews using only organic hops and Dogfish Head’s Chicory Stout is produced using organically grown coffee beans.

As the craft beer industry continues to grow, it is a given that organic brewing will grow with it. In an industry that has long been known for its attention to detail, philanthropy, and relentless drive for excellence, how could one expect anything less?

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Beer, Beer News

 

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