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Belgian National Holiday Feestdag to be celebrated with tastings and special events

The original flag from 1830

The original flag from 1830 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Often revolution is sparked by existing passions roused to a boiling point by a work of art, music, or theater. Such is the case with the Belgian Revolution of 1830 in which the Belgian people rose up against the Dutch to wrestle its independence from The Netherlands in part as the result of the opera La muette de Portici. The opera dramatizes the historical uprising of Masaniello against Spanish rule in Naples in 1647.

With the aid of French intellectuals and armed forces, as well as the Catholic clergy who were against the Protestant Dutch King William I, the Belgian people fought for full independence. Because the European powers of the time feared Belgian may become a republic or get annexed to France, a monarch was found to lead the country from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in Germany. On July 21, 1831 the first Belgian king, Leopold of Saxe-Coburg was installed and the date became the Belgian National holiday known as Feestdag.

Since Belgium is known as one of the world’s greatest beer countries, it seems only fitting to celebrate their national holiday with beer-centric celebrations. Here in Jacksonville, there are several events taking place that you will not want to miss including a tasting, beer specials, and a special Bier Garden event at the Jacksonville Suns game.

The first event, takes place tomorrow night at Total Wine and More in the St. John’s Town Center with a tasting of Belgium’s top selling ale, Palm. Palm is a Belgian Pale Ale that was originally produced as competition to the pilsners and lagers that were becoming popular throughout Europe. It is described as neither heavy nor bitter with toasty malt aromas, slightly bitter orange flavors, and a tart, refreshing finish. The tasting at Total Wine will go from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

In addition to the tasting, all four European Street Cafes are celebrating with several specials. Look for beer specials on all week, a happy hour all day on Saturday, July 21 starting at 10:00 a.m. on Palm and Bright Lights White, a new Belgian-style Wit from Intuition Ale Works.

The new Belgian-style Wit from Intuition was fermented with the Celis yeast strain, the same strain used in Hoegaarden in Belgium. Ben and his crew also used a combination of Belgian Pilsner Malt, German Malted Wheat, and Munich Malt along with some flaked wheat and oats. To that grain bill, the wizards at Intuition added acidulated malt or what the Germans call Sauer Malt to give the beer a subtle tang. All the spice flavors percieved in the beer come from the yeast, as Ben says no spices were added.

Estreet is also celebrating with the popular Beer and baseball event at the Jacksonville Suns baseball game Saturday night. Every month baseball fans and beer-lovers alike can spend a night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in the European Street Café Bier Garden located in the left field area. For one low price fans can get admission to the game, all the beer you can drink and all the Estreet food, including Monster German Wieners, Estreet sandwiches and wraps, cole slaw and chips from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p. m. The price is just $20 and tickets are available at all European Street locations.

In addition, the guys out out at Engine 15 along with Carolyn Graham of Brown Distributing are planning to pull out a few surprises, Carolyn says, “It’ll be delicious, I promise.” Festivities begin at 2:00 p. m.

 

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Free Beer! Yes, Really!

Start planning you weekend beer activities around this Saturday afternoon at the Total Wine Beer Fest. This Saturday, May 7th, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the St. Johns Town Center Location, Total Wine will host as many as 20 breweries for a free — yes, I said free, beer tasting event. This is one of the very few beer festivals at which you can try samples of beer from this many brewers at no cost.

The Springfield Brew Crew’s Fearful Leader, Marc Wisdom, will be guest pouring one of the fine brews at this event. So, be sure to stop by, say hello and learn more about the growing beer club we have.

Total Wine & More is located :

4413 Town Center Pkwy
Jacksonville, FL 32246
(904) 998-1740

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Beer, Beer Festival, Beer Tasting

 

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Laughing Dog Beer Dinner

Last night, in the stock room of Total Wine at the St. John’s Town Center, a group of beer lovers gathered to taste Laughing Dog brews and Bahama Breeze food. Everyone left with a smile and a full belly.

The November event — A Crew Members Best Friend is Beer — of the Springfield Brew Crew was a huge success raising over $400 for the Jacksonville Humane Society.

The brain child of Crew member and BeerJunto.com owner, Steve Rushe, the event celebrated the entry of Laughing Dog beers into the Jacksonville market. The night went off without a hitch and the food pairings from Bahama Breeze were delicious! A HUGE thank you to Steve and his crew of servers for a wonderful event.

Now, let’s talk beer. The beers samples last night were:

Laughing Dog CSB — A solid English style ale with notes of butterscotch and malts. Very enjoyable and easy drinking (I liked it so mush I bought a bottle).

Alpha Dog Imperial IPA — As you would expect from an IPA, this one has a fresh piney nose with solid citrus notes. The flavor is again piney and citrus and a sweet finish.

Devil Dog IPA — More citrusy and malty. Drank easily with caramel malts which opened up as I drank more.

Dogzilla Black IPA — Another great IPA, this one nearly black in color and well balanced. I found it the easiest of the IPAs to drink.

The Dogfather Imperial Stout — Thick and delicious this beer was perfectly paired with a chocolate brownie, mouse dessert. The chocolate notes and subtle bitterness of the beer played accross my tongue like a wonderful dream. Another bottle I purchased at the event.

Again, thank you to Steve and the gang at Total Wine. You put on one really great party and I look forward to more great events!

 
 

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Save Cigar City Brewery Tap Room

The Tap Room at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa is under attack! The Tampa City Counsel wants to close it. Steve Rushe from our friends at the Beer Junto blog has organized a petition signing at Total Wine in the St. John’s Town Center to help save this mecca for beer lovers.

Stop by Total Wine today and sample Cigar City beers with Carolyn from Florida Micro Distributors and sign the petetion.

Save the Tap Room!

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2010 in Beer, Beer Styles, Craft Beer Brewery

 

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