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Uber teams with MADD to help prevent drunk driving

uber_logoFor many, this Sunday means heading out to a local sports bar and enjoying the game among friends with a few brews. On the surface that sounds like a great way to enjoy the Super Bowl. But, when you stop to ponder how many folks will head out without a plan for getting home safely after imbibing in alcoholic beverages, things get a little worrisome.

A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 43 percent of all traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday (and the early hours of the following morning) in 2012 were caused by drunk driving, compared to an average of 31 percent for the year as a whole. These are startling numbers that demand to be addressed.

Uber, the ridesharing service that utilizes a smartphone app to order a car to client locations, has rolled out a way to help. An email sent by them explains how they have helped to reduce drunk-driving crashes and made roads safer. Please read it and consider a safer option for transportation this Super Bowl Sunday.

Choice is a Powerful Thing

Ridesharing helps make cities safer. A new study we conducted with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) shows just how powerful choice can be: Since we launched uberX in California, drunk-driving crashes decreased by 60 per month for drivers under 30. That’s 1,800 crashes likely prevented over the past 2 ½ years.

When empowered with more safe, reliable and affordable transportation options like Uber, people are making better, smarter choices that are making our roads safer for everyone. Learn more on our blog.

To promote safe rides home during the weekend of the Big Game, Uber will donate $1 to MADD for every trip taken on Sunday, February 1, 2015 between 3:00 PM and 12:00 AM ET when riders enter the promo code THINKANDRIDE.

For those interested in making some extra money as an Uber driver, follow this link to learn more.

Uber and MADD will keep working to ensure a safe ride is always within reach and drunk driving crashes become a thing of the past.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Beer

 

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Aussie beer ad ‘best ever’

Australians take their beer seriously, but their beer commercials are another story.This video was posted to YouTube in June and has been garnering hits ever since. It has even prompted one blogger to call it, “The best beer ad ever!”

Th ad poke fun of big Hollywood auto chase scenes and the cliches that are inherently embedded in them.

 

The Jax Beer Guy has partnered with the UBER car service in Jacksonville. Because of this partnership, you can receive a $20 credit for your first ride by simply using the promo code “JaxBeerGuy” when you register for UBER on your smartphone.

Click HERE to sign up now!

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Beer

 

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Jax Beer Week 2014: Thursday, May 29

JaxBeerWeek2014So far the 2014 edition of Jax Beer Week has been stellar with events that have been fun, interesting and even a bit educational. But, we are not done yet! Tonight there are more great events to attend and plenty of outstanding beer to taste. Be sure to visit one or more of the venues below to show your support for the craft beer revolution.

Also, do not forget that UBER — the innovative car service — is offering free rides (up to $20) during Jax Craft Beer week to insure that you can enjoy yourself and still get home safe. Simply follow the link below and sign up using promotional code JaxBeerGuy.

www.uber.com/go/jaxbeerguy

Keep updated by heading over to our website and subscribing to our social media feeds at www.JaxBeerGuy.com.

Green Room
Taproom release — Mayor Bee, an American Blonde Ale brewed with Green Room harvested honey and Katherine, a white IPA brewed with New Zealand hops. Katherine is named for a great white shark that was swimming off Jacksonville Beach recently.

Pinglehead Brewing Company/Brewer’s Pizza
Taproom release — Intuition Belgian Hoppy Blonde

Intuition Ale Works
Taproom release — Bay & Rosemary Jon Boat

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails
Last year, Chef Tom Grey left Bistro Aix, the San Marco restaurant he helped turn into a Jacksonville must-visit eatery to concentrate on a new venture. The result of his creative juices is the sparkling new Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails in the St. John’s Town Center.

Grey’s new foodery is dedicated to taking American comfort foods and giving them a gourmet twist. By all accounts he has succeeded masterfully.

A strong advocate of craft beer, Grey will be featuring a special Cigar City happy hour for Jax Beer Week.

Zeta Brewing Company
Coming soon to Jacksonville Beach, Zeta Brewing Company is in the midst of installing their brewing equipment. Brewer Chris Prevatt has been hard at work converting part of the current Zeta restaurant to a full-fledged brewery.

Get a look at what is happening at Zeta and enjoy more Cigar City Brewing Company fun for Jax Beer Week.

World of Beer — Southside
The Southside beer powerhouse known as World of beer will be featuring a San Marco favorite tonight for Jax Beer Week. Join the fine folks from Aardwolf Brewing Company for a night of special beers and free glassware (for the first 50 guests). Be sure to taste several of the brews that have never before been let out of the tap room. Featured drafts will include:

  • Red Lightning
  • Sesqui Saison
  • Hasselhoffenweisse
  • Belgian IPA
  • The Waiting Dark
  • Belgian Pale Ale
  • Nonchalant IPA
  • Eastbound and Brown

The Jax Beer Guy has partnered with the UBER car service in Jacksonville. Because of this partnership, you can receive a $20 credit for your first ride by simply using the promo code “JaxBeerGuy” when you register for UBER on your smartphone.

Click HERE to sign up now!

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Jax Beer Week

 

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Jax Beer Week 2014, May 28

JaxBeerWeek2014Jax Beer Week is at its mid-point and the events keep getting better and better. Tonight’s line-up includes a gourmet beer dinner, a gourmet beer and cheese pairing and more special releases.

New information is also coming in regarding a week-capping event to be held Saturday, May 30 at Grape & Grain Exchange in San Marco. For just $10 you can purchase a tasting of 12 different craft beers at the event. In addition, local breweries will be offering 8-ounce pours of some very special beers for $3 to $4 each. Watch for more details coming soon.

Finally, the great folks at UBER are offering free rides (up to $20) during Jax Craft Beer week to insure that you can enjoy yourself and still get home safe. Simply follow the link below and sign up using promotional code JaxBeerGuy.

www.uber.com/go/jaxbeerguy

Check back tomorrow for more great Jax Beer week events and updates!

The Blind Fig
The Blind Fig teams up with Engine 15 for a beer dinner featuring tasty pairings and loads of fun.

The dinner will feature four delicious courses and five outstanding brews. Tickets to the event are $50 per person and can be purchased in advance by calling the restaurant at (904) 337-0146 or at the door. The reception beer will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Pinglehead Brewing Company/Brewer’s Pizza
Taproom release – Green Room Brewing Company Thin Mint Stout

Intuition Ale Works
Taproom release — Tequila Barrel-Aged House Boat with Lime & Salt

Black Sheep Restaurant
If there is one thing you need to know about this restaraurant housed in the eye-catching wedge-shaped building just outside of the Five Points area of Riverside, it is that you must try the poutine. The dish – French fries mixed with cheddar cheese curds and covered in rich, beef short-rib gravy – is so good that many guests go just for a fix of it. But, poutine is far from the end of the list of reasons to visit the eatery. Another good reason is the views from one of the only roof-top restaurant seating areas in Jacksonville. And, then there is the craft beer they keep on tap.

To celebrate Jax Beer Week, stop in as the Blk Shp crew taps a special Cigar City keg.

Grape & Grain Exchange
Speakeasies were once the only place for a thirsty person to get a potent potable. But, since the abolition of prohibition, the often glamorous hidden gems have gone by the wayside. But, if you are in the know, you can gain access to one of these backroom bars in San Marco right on the Square. Grape & Grain Exchange offers a self-service style beer cooler and signature mixed drinks in its front room but, behind the bookshelf is a cozy, swanky hideaway the harkens back to the flapper era.

Join the in-the-know crowd for a Cigar City cheese and beer pairing at G&GX for Jax Beer Week. But, be sure to get there early as seating is very limited.

The Silver Cow
The Silver Cow will be celebrating Jax Beer Week with the First Family of Craft Beer in Jacksonville – the Millers of Bold City Brewery tonight, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Bold City Brewery family will bring with them some very cool Bold City swag.

The King Street Beer District watering hole will tap Bold City’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Chinook, Abby’s Ale as well as their ever-popular Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale, Killer Whale Cream Ale and Man Manatee IPA available in cans.

The Cow will also be selling Abby’s Ale posters for $35 each with all proceeds going to First Coast No More Homeless Pets along with $1 from every Abby’s Ale pint sold.

Featured dishes coming from The Silver Cow kitchen tonight include:

  • Creole tomato and goat cheese bruschetta made with Abby’s Ale
  • Shrimp Creole made with Killer Whale Cream Ale
  • Crawfish Quesadillas made with Dukes Cold Nose Brown Ale

The Jax Beer Guy has partnered with the UBER car service in Jacksonville. Because of this partnership, you can receive a $20 credit for your first ride by simply using the promo code “JaxBeerGuy” when you register for UBER on your smartphone.

Click HERE to sign up now!

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Beer

 

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Jacksonville Craft & Import Beer Fest could help your inner beer snob

beerfestlogoBeer, like wine, has its share of snobs. People who enjoy beer for the complex flavors it offers, not just as a means to a drunken end. Beer snobs talk about beer in mystical terms, terms that describe the aroma, the taste and the alcohol content of a particular brew. They wax poetic about the influences a brewer may have had for brewing a certain style of beer. They get into deep conversations about the virtues of Belgian versus German beers. Each has his or her own favorite style. And each is more than willing to tell you all about why they like that particular style.

But, another thing you should know about these beer snobs is that they began their beer journey in much the same way as anyone — buying the major brands. But, for many, the yellow, fizzy mega-brews just did not satisfy. Some decided to experiment with “gateway beers” like Guinness or Blue Moon, others dove right in and tried an IPA, Belgian quad or an Imperial stout.  No matter how they discovered their love for better beer, it is certain that most will never go back to mass-produced brands. Now they exist in a world in which flavor actually existed.

In this, the beer festival season, will you become a beer snob? Opportunities abound for you to taste a wide variety of styles ranging from mild to wild. As this is National Craft Beer Week, there is no shortage of events to appease your new mistress. Restaurants and bars, tap room and taverns are adding special tappings, dinners and tastings to their schedules. In addition, there is the crowning jewel of the week: the taking place at Veterans Memorial Arena this Friday, May 16.

The Sixth Annual Jacksonville Craft & Import Beer Festival will feature hundreds of beers from over 45 breweries. Included in those breweries are several local breweries and a sneak preview of the beers that will be available at the soon-to-be-open Veteran’s United Craft Brewery. But, if you plan to go, get your tickets now as they are going fast. The organizers cut back the number of tickets sold to 2,500 this year to make the event more intimate and less crowded than years past.

Becoming a beer snob sneaks up on you sometimes. One minute you are perfectly happy drinking an MGD and the next someone puts a pint of a hoppy pale ale in front of you and you are hooked. The surprising realization that flavor and nuance do exist in beer assaults your senses like napalm devouring an overgrown forest.  You seek out more interesting beers and crawl the pubs of your town for taps of Rogue, Flying Dog, and Dogfish Head. Slowly you feel yourself changing. Coors no longer holds your interest; you drop it like an infatuation and begin to stalk your true love – flavorful, lovingly-crafted beers made by artisans not computers. You realize, as you prowl the beer aisle of your local liquor store, looking for a six-pack of Hopslam that you have become a beer snob.

Good beer is an obsession. It gets under your skin and pushes you to try new concoctions. Some go the purest route, only looking for beers made using traditional methods and ingredients. Others look for the more unique brews created by the avant garde brewers of the craft scene. But all agree that beer, in its many forms and style, is good.

Tickets to the Jacksonville Craft & Import Beer Festival can be purchased at www.beerfestjax.com and are $55 for VIP and $40 for general admission. VIP ticket-holders are treated to entry an hour early (5:00 p.m.) and access to special beers not available to general admission guests. General admission ticket-holders may enter the event at 6:00 p.m., the festival ends at 9:00 p.m.   All guests will receive:

• 5oz Beer Sampling glass

• Silent Auction

• Sampling of beverages and food

• Music Acts

As always, be sure to drink responsibly and NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE. If you have had too much to drink please call a cab or, a more stylish option is Uber car service. Simply download the Uber app from your app store and sign up. If you use the signup code, l2jkr, you will receive a $20 credit for your first ride!

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Beer Festival

 

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