A little over a week after opening, Dahlia’s Pour House in the King Street Beer District is rocking. Even with several opening problems like the loss of a keg and draft line issues Dahlia’s has succeeded in completely a strong opening week that saw crowds filling in to check the new place out.
Dahlia’s is situated in a former printing shop just off the corner of King and Post in Riverside. The area has seen an explosion of new businesses opening, many with a heavy craft beer bent. To many, the area is the place to go in Jacksonville for a variety of venues within walking distance of each other that feature quality craft beers.
With 85 tap lines, Dahlia’s is the leader in the number of draft beers available in the District. Andrea, the owner and frequent bartender at the new joint, has committed to an emphasis on Florida brews and has an extensive collection including lesser-known beers from Cocoa Beach Brewing and Pensacola Bay Brewing. The pub is painted a cheerful red with high ceilings, attractive lighting, and the requisite beer signs. Behind the bar, the taps line up seemingly forever on the side of the cooler which has been painted with chalk board paint to allow for notes and specials to be written on it. Patrons looking for activities can play ping pong, shoot pool on one of the two $1 pool tables, play darts with real steel-tipped darts, or play Beer Battleship.
Beginning this Tuesday and continuing every Tuesday afterwards, the bar will host a pint night featuring a different brewery each week. Patrons that come in and order a pint of beer from the featured brewery will receive a logo pint glass that is theirs to keep. The night is modeled after the extremely popular pint nights held at the Flying Saucer chain of beer bars. The special pint nights are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Brewers or representatives from the breweries will also be present to answer questions about their beers.
The first few breweries to be featured are:
July 17th – Green Room Brewery
July 24th – Bold City Brewery. Drink with the Killer Whale (and get your picture with it, too) at 6:00 p.m.
July 31st – Swamp Head Brewery