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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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Second chance to get Jax on BeerCity USA ballot

beercityAccording to Charlie Papazian, the founder of the BeerCity USA contest the “…2013 “primary” poll is REOPENED due to possible poll related technical issues during the initial nomination period one week ago. Nominations for inclusion on the final BeerCity USA 2013 ballot are still being accepted through this nomination poll now through 3 p.m. Mountain Time, Saturday, May 4.”

The article, posted on Examiner.com yesterday goes on to say that several cities have already qualified. Unfortunately, Jacksonville is not among them. However, it is not too late. We can still get Jax on the ballot by voting through Saturday, May 4. The cites already nominated include:  Ann Arbor, MI; Asheville, NC; Bend, OR; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Denver, CO; Durango, CO; Fort Collins, CO; Grand Rapids, MI; Kalamazoo, MI; Madison, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Missoula, MT; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix-Tempe-Scottsdale, AZ; Portland, OR; Raleigh, NC; San Diego, CA; St. Louis, MO; Tampa, FL.

This is our chance to rally and show the country that we have a vital beer scene here in Jacksonville. The implications of winning this contest run the gamut from increased national awareness of the quality brews we have here in town to increased tourism. Beer vacations are quickly becoming a popular activity. We can ensure that Jacksonville gets on the beer travel map by winning or showing well in this contest.

To vote follow this link

, scroll down and click in the circle next to Jacksonville. Then scroll down and click submit. You may only vote once per IP address, so be sure to pass this link on to your friends on Facebook and Twitter. I will provide a running total of votes we have over the next few days on my Facebook (Springfield Brew Crew and Jax Beer Guy) and Twitter (sprbrewcrew and JaxBeerGuy) feeds.

Let’s do this!

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Beer

 

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National and Local Craft Brewing Expanding Rapidly

There’s an old idiom in Britain about seeking comfort by crying in one’s beer. With the newly released number on the surging growth of craft beer production and breweries, the big boys are likely able to empathize with that figure of speech. The new craft brew industry preliminary reports are out and Jacksonville is ahead of the craft brewing curve.

In their report on the craft brewing industry for the year ending in December 31, 2010, the Brewers Association based out of Boulder, CO estimated that there were 1,759 operating breweries in the United States. In and of its own that is an impressive number representing a 9.2% jump from the previous year, but in the year ending December 31, 2011 craft breweries numbered 1,989 for an astounding 11% increase over 2010. In Jacksonville, depending on how you look at it, we went from either two to three breweries, or two to four; the difference being whether you consider St. Augustine part of the Jacksonville area. The two breweries in place by the end of the year 2010 were Bold City Brewery and Intuition Ale Works. The two new breweries to the scene were Green Room Brewing in Jacksonville Beach and Mile Marking Brewing in St. Augustine. Which means Jacksonville saw either a 33.3% or a 50% increase in breweries in 2011.

But, local brewers are not content to stop there. By the end of the year Jacksonville will support at least two new breweries with Brewer’s Pizza Brewing just days away from obtaining their distribution license and Aardwolf Brewing hoping to open this year. And rumor has it there is at least one other brewery looking to find a home on the first coast. With all the activity, Jacksonville could be looking at seven breweries (not counting the mega brand brewery here in town) by the end of the year.

To put these numbers into a little perspective for you, Asheville, NC has claimed the title of Beer City USA from the Rate Beer website three years running, beating out great brewing cities like Portland, Denver, and San Diego. This was accomplished by a city that has only eight operating breweries to date. If Jacksonville scores three more breweries, we could reach elite status in the craft beer world by the end of 2012 and could share the type of recognition that is reserved for the top level beer cities.

What will the big boys do? Here’s hoping they continue to simply cry in their beer.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Beer, Beer Education, Beer News, Local Brewery

 

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