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Jax Beer Week — Day One

jaxBeerWeek2013Pele’s Wood Fire: Bell’s Brewing Co. Beer Dinner

In little over a year, Pele’s Wood Fire has established itself as a true destination restaurant. With over 50 craft beers on tap and many more in bottles, it has also proven itself as a gourmet eatery that is truly plugged in to what its guests are seek. So, it is not a surprise that they are opening this year’s Jax beer Week with an extravagant dinner paired with beers from Bell’s Brewing Co.

The menu, prepared by Chef Micah Windham, features his trademark flair for using organic ingredients with an artisan’s flair.

First Course

Prosciutto basil and tomato sandwich, beer cheese dip paired with Bell’s Amber ale.

Second Course

Arugula shaved fennel salad, spiced candy pecans, grapefruit segments, Oarsman vinaigrette served with Bell’s Oarsman a tart German style beer.

Third Course

Banana leaf wrap trout stuffed, beer bacon risotto, butter sauce paired with Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.

Fourth Course

Brown butter seared gnocchi duck confit, beer duck demi, shaved parmesan reggiano served with Bell’s Best Brown Ale.

Fifth Course

Ravioli with buffalo ragu, fresh tomato, garlic oil, basil, hand-pulled mozzarella paired with Expedition Stout.

Sixth Course

Hanger steak with Tuscan fries and a third coast malt shake, “Steak & Shake.” Paired with Third Coast Old Ale.

Seventh Course

Double Cream Stout infused vanilla pot de crem, beer candied nuts, baked cocoa nib meringue served with Bell’s Double Crème Stout.

The cost for the dinner – if tickets are still available — $75 per person including tax and gratuity.
Reservations must be made by calling 904/232-8545. Only 40 seats available.

Brewer’s Pizza: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Brewer’s will host a night with Grassroots Natural Market. The guys from Grassroots of Riverside will come out and drink some brews, rub elbows and pour some beers for sampling.

M Shack

All week the burger wizards at the Beach’s M Shack will be featuring beer and burger parings. You could eat there every day, all week and still not have them all! But, from the looks of the menu, you sure will wnat them all.

M Shack daily specials include both beer and food combined:
  • Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA paired with Asian Burger, Sirracha Cole Slaw and Hoisin BBQ sauce & pepper jack cheese $9.95
  • Cigar City Maduro paired with Truffle Portobello Burger with Bacon Smoked Gouda and Sherry Glaze $12.45
  • Sea Dog Blueberry paired with super kale salad, apples, avocados,pecans, raisins, ginger garlic dressing $12.45
  • Narragansett Lager paired with classic combo with all beef Hebrew national hotdog $9
  • Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout paired with The Medurable: cheeseburger topped with foi gras and caramelized onions $24.95
  • Julian Cider paired with the Rooster and the Pig sandwich: marinated chicken breast, smoked ham and an over easy egg. $18.50

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Super Bowl Sunday beer availability and events sure to keep you cheering

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Super Bowl Sunday, for many this is the day that they have been looking forward to since August when their teams began playing practice games in the sweltering heat. This is the day that friends gather around the television, stock up on snacks and beer, and choose a team to root for. Sometimes that gathering takes place at a home, other times it takes place at a watering hole or restaurant. Where ever it takes place, beer is generally at the forefront of necessities and local craft beer purveyors are ready to make your game day experience something to remember.

If it is growlers, cans, bottles or kegs of beer you need; most of the local breweries are ready to fulfill your needs. Thirsty game day revelers can stock up on growler fills, cans, kegs of Intuition Ale Works brews from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. today. You can also fill up your growlers at Green Room during their normal Sunday business hours and Brewer’s Pizza, home of Pinglehead, during their business day as well.

If your preferences run to having some great beer and watching the game at the place serving that beer, cruise on over to Engine 15 at the beach for some pints of their fine brews or one of the dozens of others they have on tap. The great guys at E15 will even have free chicken wings and snacks during the game and special $3.50 pints of their own brews. You could do the same at Mile Marker Brewing in St. Augustine where they will have beer, games, and snacks during the pre-game festivities and all the way through the big game.

If a special tapping is what you are looking for, look no further than the King Street Beer District destinations of Pele’s Wood Fire and Dahlia’s.

At Dahlia’s you can participate in a special release party of Redhook’s Audible Ale that will include $3.50 pints o Audible and great schwag give-aways. You can also participate in the all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink Super Bowl party with transportation included for around $30. This is sure to me a raucous and exciting time.

If hops are your thing and you want to watch the game with a great pizza, cruise on over to Pele’s Wood Fire for a special tapping of Hopslam, the eagerly awaited annual hoptacular from Bell’s Brewery. This special beer is very limited in availability and is a must drink for any respectable – or disrespectable, for that matter – hops head.

Of course, there are many other Super Bowl happenings around town today – too many to list here, in fact. But, the ones listed above are some of the best, so be sure to stop by and show your support for your team and for the local beer community that is making Jacksonville a true beer-lovers destination.

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Posted by on February 3, 2013 in Beer, Events


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Pele’s Wood Fire to host Cigar City beer dinner

CigarCityBrewingPele’s Wood Fire has established itself as a restaurant that takes craft beer seriously. Not only do they have an excellent selection of 50 brews on tap, but they also have had a tradition of pairing those brews with Chef Micah’s brilliant culinary creations. Coming up on January 22 Pele’s will present a beer pairing dinner featuring Chef Micah’s creations paired with Cigar City brews.

Cigar City Brewing has made a name for themselves as producers of excellent craft beer. This was never more evident than at last year’s Great American Beer Festival where the CCB booth had line scores deep. Attending the dinner at Pele’s will be Travis Kruger, who runs the CCB tasting room at the brewery in Tampa.

The beer and food pairings are:

Reception beer: Hotter Than Helles German-style Helles lager.

Dinner 1st Course
Lambs lettuce, Radishes and Carrots Wheat Beer Bagna Cauda
Beer pairing: Florida Cracker Belgian-style Witbier

2nd Course
Mozzarella Arancini Sicilian fried risotto stuffed with hand-made mozzarella and orange basil mayonaise
Beer pairing: Roarin’ Lion Calypso IPA

3rd Course
Beer Cheese “Cappuccino” Soup Malt milk crackers, tomato, sweet onion, and cream
Beer pairing: Minaret ESB English-style Extra Special Bitter

4th Course
Prime Rib Braciole Rosemary potatoes, Rapini, and wood fired dopplebock marinara
Beer pairing: Resonator Dopplebock German-style Dopplebock

5th Course Tobacco smoked chocolate ice cream cone, spun with liquid Nitrogen, set on an Italian pizzelle waffle cookie cone
Beer pairing: Maduro Brown Ale

Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and the first course will be served at 6:30 p.m. The price of the dinner is $65 and includes tax and tip. You can reservations for the dinner by calling Pele’s Wood Fire at (904)232-8545.

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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Beer Dinner


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Three beer dinners provide opportunities to Drink Like a Local — and eat that way too

If you are looking for a good beer dinner to attend, you are in luck. Next week there are three great dinners that you can attend. As part of the Drink Like a Local movement, Royal Palms Wine & Tapas at the Beaches, Gas Full Service Restaurant in St. Augustine, and Pele’s Wood Fire in Riverside will each host a dinner at their restaurants paired with local, in-state brews. Chefs at each of the restaurants have prepared special, one-of-a-kind menus to celebrate all that is local in craft beer.

The Drink Like a Local movement has been gaining momentum as beer drinkers look for fresher, local and regional brews. Along with the Jacksonville GoLo (Go Local) and the farm to table movements, the Drink Like a Local movement is a return to the roots of local consumerism. It is a sort of opposition to the corporatization of modern society.

“By supporting local businesses, you are keeping jobs and money in your community,” said Carolyn Graham of Brown Distributing Company, sponsor of the Drink Like a Local movement. “Local businesses link together building stronger communities; local breweries share their spent grain with local farmers who in turn sell the grain-fed stock to local restaurants.”

“It’s a web of economic social environments providing the freshest products to the marketplace,” Graham concluded.

Tickets for each dinner are $60 per person, including tax and gratuity. See each restaurant’s information below for reservation information.

Royal Palms Wine & Tapas Menu & Pairings

Date: Monday, Nov. 12           Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: 296 Royal Palm Dr., Atlantic Beach
Reservations: (904) 372-0052

First Course
Local Mayport Shrimp & Chorizo Brochette
Beer Pairing – Tsunami Szechuan Saison, Green Room Brewing

Second Course
Winter Squash Soup w/ Spent Grain Magdalene
Beer Pairing – Seasonal Pumpkin Ale, Bold City Brewery

Third Course
Scallop & Flounder Roulade w/ Plantain & Serrano Hash
Beer Pairing – Duuuvaaal Belgian Golden Ale, Intuition Ale Works

Fourth Course
Maple Smoked Pork Loin w/ Beer BBQ & Rosemary Potatoes
Beer Pairing – Black IPA, Engine 15 Brewing Co.

Fifth Course
Green Chile Dark Chocolate Truffle
Beer Pairing – Mind Drive Imperial Porter, Pinglehead Brewing Company

Gas Full Service Restaurant Menu & Pairings

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14   Two Seatings: 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Location: 9 Anastasia Blvd. #C, Saint Augustine
Reservations: (904) 217-0326

First Course
Deviled eggs
Beer Pairing – Wildnight Honey Cream Ale, Swamp Head Brewing Co.

Second Course
Local Scallop Ceviche
Beer Pairing – Weissguy, Engine 15 Brewing Co.

Third Course
Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad
Beer Pairing – Imperial Red, Pinglehead Brewing Co.

Fourth Course
Chef’s Surprise Course

Fifth Course
Cartwheel Ranch Pork Chop Chargrilled with Butternut Squash Risotto and Sauteed Swiss Chard
Beer Pairing – Truck Stop Stout, Intuition Ale Works

Fifth Course
Spice Cake made with Sangue Del Mar Saison, topped with an Orange and Rosemary Infused Pastry Cream and fresh local berries
Beer Pairing – Sangue Del Mar Saison, Green Room Brewing

Pele’s Menu & Pairings

Date: Thursday, Nov. 15         Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: 2665 Park St., Jacksonville
Reservations: (904) 232-8545

First Course
Artisan Greens with Blood Orange Saison Dressing
Beer Pairing – Sang de le Mar, Green Room Brewing

Second Course
Seared Scallop and lemon thyme risotto
Beer Pairing – Killer Whale Cream Ale, Bold City Brewery

 Third Course
La Rustica and Beer Cheese Soup,  Oven Dried Tomato, Basil and Swiss
Beer Pairing – Old Battle Axe, Engine 15 Brewing Co.

Fourth Course
Roast Lamb Chop, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Parmesan Reggiano, Marinara, Organic Olive Oil
Beer Pairing – Imperial Red, Pinglehead Brewing Co.

Fifth Course
Maple Creme Brulee, Candied Bacon, Oatmeal Brittle, Candied Walnuts, Sweet Whip
Beer Pairing – Truckstop Stout, Intuition Ale Works


Posted by on November 9, 2012 in Beer, Beer Dinner


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Gnome Week Continues with Two Events Friday Night

Gnome week rolls on in Jacksonville with a couple of great events Friday night. As you may recall from the previous Gnome Week article, this week is a celebration of a village of Gnomes discovering a spring that produces magical waters in Belgium. Enterprising spirits that they are, the Gnomes decided to brew beer with the magical water and what resulted were particularly tasty brews. After centuries of keeping the beer and the recipe to themselves, the Gnomes decided to give the formula to the founders of Brassiere d’Achouffe (literally Brewery of Gnomes) in Belgium. Now, 6,666 years since the discovery of the spring and Gnome-style brewing began, we celebrate Gnome week by partaking of the beers and, in the case of at least one event, pairing them with great food.

The first event takes place at Total Wine and More at the St. John’s Town Center where you can taste several beers from Brassiere d’Achouffe. Stop by Friday, June, 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and enjoy samples of these enchanted brews with Marc Wisdom, Jacksonville Craft Beer Examiner, Springfield Brew Crew blogger, and I Know Jax’s The Beer Guy. Distributor representative Carolyn Graham will also be there to answer questions and hand out cookies (think elves here – what do you want there are no Gnome cookies).

The second event takes place both Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9 at Pele’s Wood Fire. The Riverside eatery has dubbed the two-night event as “Gnome Gnights” and Chef Micah Windham has prepared a three course meal that is inspired by and paired with the Gnome’s brews. The menu for the event is:

First course

Bouquet Flower Salad, with La Chouffe Vinaigrette

Second course

Tomato and Rabbit Cappeletti Pasta with Garden Vegetable Ragu

Third course

Warm chocolate cake with La Chouffe Gelato

The special dinner is available for $30 and is sure to be a hit.

In addition to the special dinner, Pele’s is offering La Chouffe and Houblon Chouffe on tap.


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