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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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Beaches Summer Fest set to heat up Jax Beach for MDA

Beer folk are known for their generosity. Often you can find them discussing new beers and offering to buy a pint for conversation mates. Tables of beer lovers frequently purchase rounds for each other to share the fun and show their love for each other. They are also known for their willingness to adopt a good cause and work towards raising money to help it along. Earlier this year we saw the Jacksonville Craft and Import Beer Festival benefit the Southside Business Men’s Club and this weekend you can drink for a cause again at the Beaches Summer Fest for MDA.

Now in its second year, the festival is a described by its creator, Jamie Gillis, as, “A very unique event with no crowds, and direct access to the brewers, chefs, and proprietors in a spacious oceanfront venue.” Entry to the event is limited to 300 with tickets purchased in advance. If there any tickets left on the day of the event, they will be available at the door. But, Gillis says that is unlikely. “This is a sell-out event,” he says due to the venue and charitable cause.

The ‘Fest will feature beer from local Florida breweries including Intuition Ale Works, Bold City, Green Room, Pinglehead, Engine 15, Three Palms, St. Somewhere, and Swamp Head. For those you prefer, wine will be served by Royal Palms Wine & Tapas as well.

Beaches and other area restaurants will also be highlighted at the event. Look for heavy hors d’oeuvres creations from North Beach Bistro, Engine 15 Brewing Company, Joseph’s Pizza, Alley Cakes, On The Fly Catering, Grassroots Natural Market, and Brewer’s Pizza.

Music to keep your toes tapping for the ‘Fest will be provided by Firewater Tent Revival and Paxton & Mike Acoustic Duo.

In addition to the food, drink, and music, the event will also feature a silent auction with local works of art for sale and other great items.

Discounted overnight stays for the event are available from the Courtyard by Marriott or the adjacent Fairfield Suites. Room rates start at $149 for the Courtyard and $99 for the Fairfield with $10 of each room rate going to the MDA. To reserve a room go to: http://cwp.marriott.com/jaxjv/beachessummerfest/.

This year’s ‘Fest is set for Saturday, Sept. 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Oceanfront in Jacksonville Beach. Tickets are $40 in advance. To purchase tickets or get more information go to the event Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/beachessummerfest.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2012 in Beer, Beer Festival

 

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