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Founders Brewing Company honored with beer dinner at Whole Foods Jacksonville

foundersOne of the best known breweries in the world – indeed, a brewery that has two beers on the top 10 best beers list as ranked by in 2013 – is not named what you think it is. If you guessed Founders Brewing Company, you are both right and wrong.  Early beer bottle labels featured a historic black-and-white photo of four local brewers sitting on a large wooden beer barrel. The word “Founders” appeared above the photo. This was homage to the original brewers and breweries of Grand Rapids, Mich. located on Monroe Street, formerly known as Canal Street. Thus, Founders Brewing Company is actually named Canal Street Brewing Company. The brewery does business as Founders due to a misunderstanding of that original label.

But, there is no misunderstanding of the reverence beer-overs have for the Michigan brewery. And, to pay their own respect, Whole Foods on San Jose Boulevard in Jacksonville will host a beer dinner featuring the iconic brewery’s beers.

Founders began life in 1996 as the John Pannell Brewing Company by Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers. The name referred to the first brewer to open a brewery in Grand Rapids. That original brewery opened in 1836 and was operated by Pannell until 1849 when it was sold to German brewer Christopher Kusterer who later consolidated with six other local brewers to form the Grand Rapids Brewing Company.

But, Founders made its mark on the beer world with two iconic and highly-sought brews; Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Canadian Breakfast Stout. The two stouts sit atop many beer-aficionados’ bucket lists and currently reside towards the top of nearly every “Best Beer” list in existence.  In a 2013 poll, listed Founders as the, overall, 3rd best brewery in the world.

Because of the brewery’s stratospheric reputation, Whole Foods, Jacksonville has prepared an exceptional dinner menu featuring pairings with the iconic brews Founders is famous for. The event takes place Thursday, May 14 starting at 7:00 p.m. Below is a peek at the outstanding menu.

First Course:
All Day IPA paired with a Cheese and Charcuterie Plate

Second Course:
Rubaeus Raspberry Ale paired alongside a Beet, Orange and Raspberry Salad with Rubaeus/Ginger Vinaigrette

Third Course:
Red’s Rye IPA alongside Spring Crab Cakes with Citrusy Aioli and Fresh Herbs Fines

Fourth Course:
“Dirty Bastard” Scotch Ale – paired with Beer Braised Short Ribs and Roasted Vegetable Orzo

Fifth Course:
Founders Special Release, paired with a Chocolate Soufflé and Founder’s Porter Reduction

Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased at the link below.

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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Beer Dinner


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Two upcoming beer dinners feature local brews

beer-flight-picAnother successful and event-filled Jacksonville Beer Week is concluded and in the history books. But, the beer events have not stopped coming. This week news has broken of two new beer dinners planned for later this month.  Both event feature beer from local breweries and promise spectacular eats.

On Wednesday, June 25, enjoy a five course dinner paired with beers from Engine 15 Brewing Company in Jacksonville Beach. The dinner will be held at Roy’s, also in Jacksonville Beach. The restaurant’s name is a nod to its founder chef Roy Yamaguchi who opened the first Roy’s in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1988. Roy’s is a Hawaiian and Asian fusion restaurant that focuses on seafood. Guests who attend the beer dinner can expect to find Roy’s signature influences throughout the dinner.

The menu for the evening includes:

Nairagi Crudo (compressed melon, hijiki salad, kimchee oil, smoked sea salt, micro wildflowers, fresh jicama chips) paired with (904) Weissguy

Focaccia panzanella (baby heirloom tomato, blackberry, spiced sunflower seed, curly endive, arugula, lemon olive oil) paired with Old Battle Axe IPA

Poutine (duck, pommes frites, herb chicken gravy, brie cheese whiz, citrus sweet-n-salty dust) paired with Route 90 Rye Pale Ale

Steamed buns (malt-smoked brisket, Asian style Romesco, sunomono salad) paired with Christmas Quad

Chocolate-covered cherry panna cotta (macadamia nut tuiles, vanilla crème anglaise) paired with Nut Sack Brown

Tickets for the dinner are $60, plus tax and tip. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. For reservations, call (904) 241-7697

The second beer dinner this month will be held Thursday, June 26 at Whole Foods Market in Mandarin. Whole Foods has been holding beer dinners since their Jacksonville store opened and is known to throw a great dinner party. Their five course meal will be paired with Intuition Ale Works beers and feature recipes pulled directly from the pages of the award-winner Cooking with Intuition cookbook. In addition, the dinner will feature a beer created especially for Whole Foods; San Jose Session IPA.

As an added bonus, guests who show their dinner ticket at the bar can receive one 4-ounce sample of People’s Pale ale.

The menu for this dinner features:

King Street Stout gouda wheat bread and People’s Pale Ale beer cheese soup, paired with People’s Pale Ale

Chinese salt-and-pepper shrimp over cilantro Siracha slaw, paired with Jon Boat

Lightly steamed oysters with I-10 Mignonette sauce, paired with I-10 IPA

Prosciutto-wrapped stuffed chicken with braised leeks and English cheddar, with a San Jose Session IPA pan sauce and paired with a limited edition Whole Foods beer

King Street Stout chocolate cupcake with maple stout butter cream and chocolate-dipped pretzel garnish, paired with King Street Stout

Tickets for this dinner are $40, all-inclusive. If you wish to attend this dinner, you must register at Whole Foods’ website. Click here to register and purchase tickets.

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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Beer Dinner


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Whole Foods to host Sierra Nevada beer dinner

sierra-nevada-brewing-co-logoWhole Foods on San Jose has hosted many beer events over the past few years. And, on Thursday, January 23, they have scheduled another event you will not want to miss. The store will host a phenomenal five course meal featuring the beers of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Each course will be paired with an accompanying beer and guests will learn the history behind this innovative brewery from a Sierra Nevada Beer Expert.


  • Prosciutto Wrapped Medjool Dates Stuffed with Manchego Cheese
  • Savory Seafood Bouillabaisse
  • Seasonal Fruit Salad with Orange Ginger Vinaigrette
  • Smoked Beef Tenderloin Au Poivre with Herb Roast Potato Medley
  • Roast Cherry & Cardamom Cake with Pistachio Gelato

Tickets for the dinner are $40 and are available online or at the store. Space is limited and registration is required. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, January 22.

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Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Beer Dinner


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