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Riverside Craft Beer Festival returns with new format, plenty of beer

cupsNow in its fourth year, the Riverside Craft Beer Festival presented by the Riverside Rotary Club continues its tradition of raising funds for worthy charitable causes. This year the event will benefit Community PedsCare® a nationally recognized program of Community Hospice which provides comfort, care, and support for children with life-threatening conditions, as well as the charitable causes of the Riverside Rotary Foundation. Last year the event raised nearly $95,000.

The event began several years ago, when Chris Croft, then the president of the Riverside Rotary Club, noted that the golf tournament they had been sponsoring to raise funds was becoming stale. He tossed out the idea of a beer festival and enlisted the help of Ben Davis, a member of the club and owner of Intuition Ale Works. The idea began to grow and the club approached the organizers of the Riverside Arts Market (RAM) about using their space under the Fuller Warren Bridge as a venue for the event. RAM officials liked the idea and agreed to allowing the festival to set up under the bridge.

“In the first year,” Co-Chairperson of the festival Matt McLauchlin explained. “We only had half the space and poured the beer ourselves because the festival was an unknown quantity. Now we have all the local distributors on board.”

Over the years, the format of the festival has changed. In the first few years, guests had to purchase beer tickets. This year, for the first time, the festival is going to a one price format that allows attendees to sample as many beers as they would like for a single price. General admission tickets purchased online before the day of the event are just $36 plus handling charge. If you wait until the day of the event, tickets are $40 at the gate.  VIP tickets are also available for $50, but are only sold online and are extremely limited. VIP tickets allow access to all beers an hour before General Admission guests.

“We are ahead in ticket sales this year,” McLauchlin said. “With the weather looking like it is going to be great. It’s almost like a Chamber of Commerce event. We expect to sell out.”

This year the festival has enlisted the help of all the major beer distributors in the Jacksonville area as well as some smaller distributors and entities. According to McLauchlin, there will be more than 150 beers available to festival guests for sampling. And, as capacity warrants, more may be put on tap.

“We were talking about it the other day,” said Croft, Co-Chairperson of the event. “Our event has grown to the point that is on the radar of distributors when they are planning out their year.”

What that means is that when ordering beers throughout the year, distributors are keeping the Riverside Beer Festival in mind.

“It has become a real thing,” Croft said.

Beer at the event this year ranges from hyper-nano brews from up-and-coming local breweries like Hyperion Brewing Company and Main & Six Brewing Company to imports like Delirium Nocturnum and Straffe Hendrik. For non-beer drinkers, Harris Meadery will be at the event serving their delicious mead along with several craft hard ciders.

“There are a lot of Bourbon Barrel Aged beers this year,” Croft said. “One I am particularly excited about is Boulevard Collaboration No. 6. It’s a collaboration blended beer between Boulevard and Firestone Walker with Boulevard’s Bourbon Barrel Quad and Imperial X Stout mixed with Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee and Velvet Merkin.”

In addition to great beer, the festival will feature music from Grandpa’s Cough Medicine making a return to Jacksonville from their new home in Asheville, N.C. The band’s first set is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.

To help with the inevitable beer fest munchies, several of the area’s best food trucks will be on hand serving some of their best dishes.

“I think we are in sort of a golden age of craft beer right now.” McLauchlin said. “I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I think the event has staying power.”

The Riverside Craft Beer Festival takes place Saturday, February 25. The event opens to VIP ticket holders at 3:00 p.m. and General Admission guests at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $36 plus handling charge online and $40 at the gate for General admission. VIP tickets are only available online and are $50 plus handling charge. Online tickets can be purchased through the event website at www.riversidecraftbeerfestival.com. The event ends at 7:00 p.m.

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Posted by on February 23, 2017 in Beer, Beer Festival

 

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Inaugural Riverside Craft Beer Festival releases beer lists

riversidebeerfestLast week I brought to you news of a new beer festival happening this Saturday, February 22 at the Riverside Arts Market. This week, the event coordinators released the beer lists for both General Admission and VIP guests. The list is heavy on local Jacksonville and Florida beers like Intuition, Cigar City, Bold City and Swamp Head Brewery. But, there are also beers from a number of regional and national craft brands like Samuel Adams, Breckenridge, Boulder, and Founders.

General admission to the event is free, but those who wish to sample beers must be over 21 and have a valid, government-issued ID. Attendees then may purchase as many tickets as they like to sample the more than 60 craft beers available at the festival. Tickets cost $2 each and are good for one seven ounce pour of beer.  There are also a limited number of VIP tickets available that grant access to a a tented VIP Only area, all-you-can-eat lunch catered by Mojo’s 4, special beers that are not available to other attendees, a special keepsake mug and four beer tasting tickets. VIP tickets are $100 each until midnight Friday, February 21, after that the price increases to $125. VIP tickets can be purchased at EventBright.com (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/riverside-craft-beer-fest-tickets-9880540964).

The beers available to VIP guest only include:

Intuition Ale Works

  • Underdark Imperial Stout

Evil Twin Brewing

  • Ryan & The Beaster Bunny

Stillwater Artisanal Ales

  • Existent Belgian Ale

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery

  • Natasha Rocks America

Cigar City Brewing Company

  • Torcedores Series Matt’s Django Friday Saison

Green Flash Brewing Company

  • Palate Wrecker

Samuel Adams Brewing Company

  • Juniper
  • Golden Yuzi
  • Ruby Mild
  • Backwoods Porter
  • Third Voyage
  • Merry Makers

The beers available to the general public include:

Samuel Adams Brewing Company

  • Rebel IPA
  • Samuel Adams Lager

Terrapin Beer Company

  • Hopsecutioner
  • Rye Pale Ale

Moosehead Lager & Hop City Brewing Company

  • Barking Squirrel
  • Mr. Huff

New Belgium Brewing Company

  • Fat Tire
  • Ranger
  • Snapshot
  • Belgian Blonde

Aardwolf Brewing Company

  • Belgian IPA
  • Nonchalant IPA

Pinglehead Brewing Company

  • Pinglehead Imperial Red

Intuition Ale Works

  • People’s Pale Ale
  • I-10 IPA
  • King Street Stout
  • Jon Boat Coastal Ale

Southbound Brewing Company

  • Scattered Sun Wit
  • Hoplin IPA

Big Storm Brewing Company

  • Arcus IPA
  • Wavemaker Amber

Lagunitas Brewing Company

  • Lagunitas IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Ruthless Rye IPA

Engine 15 Brewing Company

  • Nut Sack Brown Ale
  • Rye of the Tiger

Mile Marker Brewing Company

  • Mile Marker Zero Blonde Ale
  • Mile Marker 1565 Ancient City Red Ale

Swamp Head Brewery

  • Big Nose IPA
  • Wild Night Cream Ale

The Brew Bus

  • Double Decker Porter
  • Are Wheat There Yet

Cigar City Brewing Company

  • Invasion Pale Ale
  • Hotter Than Helles

Three Palms Brewing Company

  • Single Hop Citra Amber

Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

  • Caitlin

Coronado Brewing Company

  • Hoppy Daze IPA

Erie Brewing Company

  • Derailed Black Cherry Ale
  • Railbender Ale

Founders Brewing Company

  • Red’s Rye IPA

Left Hand Brewing Company

  • Fade to Black Volume V
  • Warrior IPA

Lazy Magnolia Brewery

  • Southern Pecan
  • Timber Beast

Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado

  • Avalanche Amber
  • Regal Pils

Boulder Beer Company

  • Sweaty Betty

Brewery Ommegang

  • Adoration

Bold City Brewing Company

  • Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale
  • Killer Whale Cream Ale
  • Mad Manatee IPA

Green Room Brewing Company

  • Head High IPA
  • Pablo Beach Pale Ale
  • Count Shakula Stout

SweetWater Brewing Company

  • 420 Pale Ale
  • Festive
  • Happy Ending

Green Flash Brewing Company

  • 30th Street Pale Ale
  • Le Freak

Southern Tier Brewing Company

  • Unearthly IPA
  • 2XIPA

Aviator Brewing Company

  • Devil’s Tramping Ground Tripel
  • Hog Wild IPA

The event is being put on by the Riverside Rotary Club to raise money for a walking/running track at Stockton Elementary school. The goal is to provide an opportunity for physical activity for students of the school and the neighborhood in an effort to fight obesity. 

Riverside Arts Market is located under the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Boulevard. Parking for the event is free in the LPS surface parking lot. For more information go to the event’s website or FaceBook page linked below.

https://www.facebook.com/riversidecraftbeerfest

https://www.riversidecraftbeerfest.com

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Beer Festival

 

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Riverside Craft Beer Festival seeks to raise funds for track at school

riversidebeerfestCraft beer lovers are known to be a charitable as well as a convivial bunch. It seems that there is always an event popping up to help the many deserving groups around town and across the country. And, on Saturday, February 22 the Riverside Rotary Club is holding the Riverside Craft Beer Festival at the Riverside Arts Market site under the Fuller Warren Bridge to help one of those worthy causes. This time the proceeds of the festival will go to fund a running/walking track at Stockton Elementary School to help promote exercise both at the school and for the neighborhood.

More than 60 craft beers will be available at the festival including beers from all of Jacksonville’s local breweries. In addition to local brews, thirsty visitors can expect to find beers from throughout Florida and the rest of the country. Like the recent Local Only Craft Beer Festival that was held at the Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Jacksonville, this festival will not have an admission fee and guests must purchase tickets to exchange for beers. Each ticket costs $2 and entitles festival-goers to a 7-ounce pour of craft beer.

Along with the wealth of craft beer to be enjoyed, the organizers have arranged for a number of food truck associated with the Jax Truckies to be at the festival. Hungry attendees can chow down with food from Grannie’s Chicken, Funkadelic Food Truck, Taste Buds Express, Chew Chew Food Truck, Blue Pacific Grill & Taco Bar, Chunky Tomato and Fusion Food Truck.

Entertainment for the festival comes from local bands Cougar’s Barrel and Grandpa’s Cough Medicine.

For those who would like a richer experience, VIP tickets are available. VIP guests can enjoy a tented VIP Only area, all-you-can-eat lunch catered by Mojo’s 4, access to special one-off craft beers that are not available to other attendees, a special keepsake mug and four beer tasting tickets. VIP tickets can be purchased by following the link below to the EventBrite site.

The festival takes place from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. For more details, go to the event’s Facebook page.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/riverside-craft-beer-fest-tickets-9880540964

https://www.facebook.com/riversidecraftbeerfest

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2014 in Beer

 

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