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World of Beer Drink It Intern returns for second year

wob_intern_01-625x352If you missed your opportunity to become a World of Beer intern last summer, worry not because the beer bar franchise is repeating the program again this summer. Three lucky beer-lovers will be chosen to spend three months on the road drinking beer, meeting the people who make it and reporting back through a variety of media.

If you think you have what it takes — and can take three months off of work — to drink, mingle and report, check out all the details in the official press release below.

Tampa, FL (March 1, 2017) — World of Beer (WOB) is on the hunt for three interns to travel the country this summer and live, drink and share the best of the beer world with brew lovers everywhere. With more than 70 locations, WOB is the perfect place to gather, drink, eat and explore beer, and its mission is to share beer and beer stories with its customers.

For the second year in a row, the Drink It Intern program seeks beer fans to travel and showcase awesome beer communities big and small, while sharing the stories of everything they experience along the way.  Whether you’re a photographer or writer, social media maverick or beer blog surfer, WOB is looking for you. Adventure seekers and storytellers, beer experts or novices, brewery nerds and foodie fans are all open to apply. So if you want to learn about beer, travel, drink and tell your tale to the world, get ready to apply for the chance to share your experience as a Drink It Intern.

Internships run May through August and interns will capture content that gives beer fans a behind-the-scenes look at the fan-favorite brews and share the untold stories of beer communities that make up the country. Free beer isn’t the only perk in this job— each intern will be paid $12,000, plus travel expenses.

“World of Beer was established with the belief that great beer and beer stories have an inordinate ability to connect people, establish community and create lasting memories,” said World of Beer CMO Terry Haley. “Our Drink It Interns embody this belief as they document their journey through craft beer culture, to offer a fresh and highly personal perspective to the craft beer community, while gaining career and life skills along their journey.”

The selected Drink It Interns will be World of Beer narrators, capturing content from around the country and the world and sharing it back via WOB social media channels to fans, bringing fresh stories and new insights in the world of brew traveling. The interns will be reporting on a behind-the-scenes look at the beer industry, covering brewery and WOB events, while gaining real-world experience in a professional field that offers limitless possibilities.

“The 2016 Drink It Interns traveled to some of the most iconic beer communities across the country and around the world. This year, we are again looking forward to our interns highlighting amazing breweries, big and small, that make up the fabric of the beer community,” said World of Beer Director of Brand Marketing, Hannah Davis.

For a taste of the Drink It Intern experience, view the 2016 intern journeys here.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted online March 1 – March 26, 2017. Whether you’re a college student, new graduate or a working professional in need of a sabbatical, all beer lovers of legal drinking age are encouraged to apply.

Application Process:

Round 1: Submit your application online from March 1 – March 26, 2017, and share a one-minute video that shows your passion and interest in the position. The videos should help us get to know you better. Your most epic beer memory, best trip you’ve ever been on or an ode to your favorite beer are all fair game. Pay attention to the entry requirements — all videos must meet the approved criteria to be considered.

Round 2: In-Person Interviews in a WOB Near You
The best applicants will move on to Round 2 and be asked to come to one of the WOB locations below on April 8, 2017, for a live interview with a panel of beer-lebrity judges. Candidates should be ready to show us their true personality, wow us with their social media and creative prowess, impress us with their passion for beer and food, and own the stage in front of our panelists and customers.

Locations:

  • Henderson, NV
  • Ft. Worth, TX
  • Tampa International, FL
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Cambridgeside, MA
  • Columbus – High St., OH
  • University – Gainesville, FL
  • Rockville, MD
  • St. Paul, MN

Customers who didn’t apply are encouraged to come out to watch the live interviews. During this round, WOB guests can participate in the fun — a vote for their favorite candidate in-tavern will result in a free beer (where legal).

Candidates must be 21 years old to apply and will need to be available on a part-time basis from May 2017 – August 2017. Candidates must be open to travel and able to work on deadline. The Drink It Intern program is open to applicants in all 50 states. For more details and to apply, visit www.worldofbeer.com/drinkitintern.

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Posted by on March 1, 2017 in Beer, Beer News

 

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World of Beer to open Jax beach pub Super Bowl Sunday

World-of-Beer-logoAs does many such ventures, World of Beer began as a dream between two good friends enjoying several craft beers. In 2007,  Scott Zepp and Matt LaFon started the company as a beer retail store, but quickly realized that their true calling was to open a tavern that specialized in great craft beer. World of Beer (WOB) was born. In short order, the new beer bar in the Westchase area of Tampa, Fla. became a beer destination boasting 500 local and international beers.

This week the company will open its 72nd location in Jacksonville Beach on Super Bowl Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

Celebrating the popularity of craft beer and its culture, WOB rotates taps daily so guests will discover something new and unique on every visit. Signature craft spirit cocktails, ciders and wine along with nonalcoholic beverages are also available. WOB pairs its craft brews with the franchise’s signature “Tavern Fare” menu featuring a variety of comfort foods and traditional bar offerings with a contemporary spin, such as Giant Bavarian Pretzels, a Guinness “Brat” Slider and the Chimay Burger. The tavern also will offer a new BEERunch on Sundays with craft-inspired breakfast items such as: Belgian Beer Waffles, Blueberry Wheat French Toast, Breakfast Tacos and Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches.

as is the norm at most of the company’s taverns, fifty beers will be featured on rotating taps along with more than 500 canned and bottled brews from around the world. The Jax beaches location will also feature an infusion tower that allows guest to infuse flavors into their beer choices such as fruit or even additional hops. In addition, guests at WOB Jax Beach can expect specialty cask beers served via an authentic beer engine.

WOB Jacksonville Beach is located at 311 3rd Street North with normal operating hours of 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sunday and Monday and 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Beer

 

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Reflections on a beer weekend with family

familyAfter a great weekend of beer sometimes it is nice to sit back and reflect on the fun that was had and the memories that were made. Followers of this column have often read that beer is a social beverage. It started over 9,000 years ago as the driving force behind binding our nomadic ancestors in civilized communities and continues to bring people together. Whether it is family, friends, or date night, beer can – and often does – helps people connect.

This week I had the pleasure of conducting my sister and brother-in-law around to several of my favorite beer destination here in Jacksonville.

First, we dined at the always fun and delicious Kickbacks in the King Street Beer District. And, even though the draft list is truncated due to the on-going construction of Guttyworks & Goozelpipes – Kickbacks’ soon-to-open sister restaurant and beer bar, owner Steve Flores manages to keep excellent brews on the menu. I accompanied my perfectly cooked ribeye with garlic-cream sauce with the tasty Ipswich Dark Ale, a satisfyingly hoppy brown ale. Others at the table sampled Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen, a smooth and refreshing brew with delightful fruity notes.

Following Kickbacks we meandered over to Bold City Brewing Company where I sipped on their newest release Big John Miller’s Apricot Wheat. This is a worthy edition to the Bold City lineup and perfect for a warm summer evening sitting al fresco in the parking lot of the brewery. It is a golden hued, cloudy wheat beer with all the notes one expects in a well-crafted wheat – flavorful malts with just the right touch of sweetness and subdued bitterness. The edition of fruit provides a delightfully tart apricot bite that is perfect for drinking with friends and family while catching up.

The next night, Friday, was date night and my girlfriend and I decided a stop at Intuition Ale Works was in order. As most people who know me will tell you, I am not shy about talking of my love for this local gem of a brewery. The consistent quality and friendly servers – who I am proud to call my friends – make this a favorite tap room for nearly all who enter. I enjoyed their distinctive Belgian-style Golden Ale, Duuval first and enjoyed the unique twist given to this stalwart style of beer. But, the star of the night was their popular rye ale Shotgun Shack served on nitro. The addition of nitro lent a smooth creamy character to the beer that I had never experienced before – but, will definitely drink again!

Intuition was followed by Dahlia’s Pour House another King Street Beer District bar that is always adding interesting and difficult-to-get brews to their tap line. My girlfriend is on a bit of a lambic kick lately and went for the Framboise while I went for Dogfish Head’s fruity and hoppy seasonal Aprihop. While we enjoyed our drinks, a follower of the blog and his wife stopped in to chat and enjoy a beer or two. In all it was another very enjoyable evening.

And then on Saturday I had the pleasure of pouring beer at the funky and fun Green Man Gourmet store in Avondale. Pete, an advertiser on the television show I appear on, I Know Jax, and a friend had asked me to pour the new Belgian Trappist ales he is selling and talk to his customers about the brews. Of course I agreed and, as always had a great time pouring. The first brew on the pour list was Westmalle Tripel an elegant, fruity and exceptional ale that is perfect for special occasions or dinners at home. Next in order of lightest in color to darkest was the always delicious Orval that presents itself with a hop-forward character due to the dry-hopping done during fermentation and the slight tang of brett yeast added in secondary fermentation. The third brew that was offered for tasting was Westmalle Dubbel a slightly sweet beer with hints of toffee, dark fruits and chocolate. The final beer poured was the astoundingly luscious Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout. This heavy stout pours thick and rich and is redolent with chocolate balanced with subtle hints of coffee. It just begs to be drunk with desserts like cherry pie, raspberry tart, or even crème brulee.

For dinner I met my sister at Lola’s in the King Street Beer District and had the always amazing La Fin du Monde from Unibroue. This elegant Belgian-style triple is sweet and delightful with a floral bouquet that was a perfect accompaniment to the spicy jerked chicken burrito I ordered for dinner. Lola’s boasts over 50 drought beers and always has a great collection of brews from Unibroue.

The capper to the weekend was the Friends and Family soft opening of Jacksonville’s first World of Beer. The doors were opened to us because my daughter Taylor, aka The Beer Princess, will be working at this location. It was a who’s who of the Jacksonville beer industry with representatives from Champion Brands, Brown Distributing, Micro Man, North Florida Sales, Sierra Nevada, and Highland Brewing. On tap were some fantastic brews such as Petrus, World of Beer’s C’est la Vie brewed exclusively for them by Bavik, and a special firkin from Engine 15.

So, as you can see, the weekend was one full of great beers, great food and great family fun. We enjoyed our time together, chatting about the past as well as the future, and enjoyed good beers along the way. As a social lubricant, one could not ask for a better medium. So, as many archaeologists will tell you, beer brought civilization together, and in the case of my family, is an integral part of our gatherings. I would have it no other way.

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2013 in Beer, Relaxing, Restaurant

 

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World of Beer set to open on Jacksonville’s Southside

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Last September an article appeared on this blog about the soon to be open World of Beer on the Southside in the Tinseltown area. At that time the estimated opening date was November 2012. Then, in October, another article appeared here that said the opening date had been moved to February 2013. Well, those articles were clearly not accurate. But, take heart! World of Beer – Southside is definitely opening next week to the great relief of its owners and management and the great enthusiasm of Jacksonville beer lovers.

World of Beer started in 2007 as the dream of two entrepreneurs from Pensacola. Scott Zepp and Matt LaFon, brain-stormed and opened the first World of Beer in the Westchase community of Tampa, Fla. Since then things have only gone up. In 2010 the duo’s concept caught the eye of former Outback Steakhouse president Ben Novello and former Outback Steakhouse Executive Jim Pollard. With the backing of these industry titans, World of Beer (known affectionately as WoB) expended its concept of an approachable craft beer bar nationwide.

In fact, according to the company’s website, World of Beer is, “…is a truly uncommon establishment where the experience is as essential as the product.” And this philosophy is evident in the extensive training the company puts all new-hires through. Before any team member can hit the floor of a WoB location, they must go through two weeks of Beer School where they learn not only what beers they will serve, but also the history, flavor profiles and characteristics of the brews they will serve.

The website goes on to say, “…having the most extensive beer selection is not enough. It is important that a broad spectrum of patrons, from the beer aficionado to the casual beer fan, can enjoy the best beers on the planet and increase their beer knowledge in a comfortable and upbeat setting. By combining a friendly environment with an exceptionally knowledgeable staff, World of Beer creates an atmosphere where patrons feel at home, as if they are visiting a neighbor and not just a neighborhood bar.”

Tony Vera, General Manager of the store opening next week in Jacksonville, has been with the company two and a half years and is a believer in the company’s deeply-rooted belief that craft beer should be approachable to all.

“Hospitality and product knowledge are what separate us from other bars,” Vera says. “Our goal is to be a neighborhood bar where you can go to meet great people and enjoy great beer.” It does not hurt that his store will open with 50 craft beers on tap and approximately 550 bottled beers.

“We have an entire cooler of Belgian beers that includes an entire shelf of Trappist ales. We also have a cooler of German beers, and a wide selection of craft ciders.”

To encourage guests to continuously learn about and taste news beers, WoB also has a Loyalty club that rewards members for trying new beers. “It costs $15 to sign up, but for that you immediately get a WoB t-shirt,” Vera says. “At different levels of achievement members get different awards. At 50 different beers tasted, members receive a commemorative t-shirt; at 100 they get a mug. But, when member reach 250 different beers they get a plaque with the saying of their choice on it, displayed at the store for all to see along with a commemorative polo-style shirt.” Vera went on to say that elite members who reach the 500 different beers mark get a catered party with a $250 bar tab.

There are also nightly specials to entice guests to visit. On Mondays, service and health care industry workers enjoy 50% off select drafts from 9:00 p.m. to close. Tuesdays are reserved for Loyalty Card holders who receive 25% off all bottles – the better to drive up their tally towards those great rewards. On Wednesdays college students and faculty get half off select drafts from 9:00 p.m. until close. Ladies get 50% off wine and select drafts all day Thursdays along with active duty and retired military. As if that were not enough, one Sunday per month WoB hosts a Customer Appreciation cookout. And, do not forget about happy hour weekdays until 7:00 p.m. when all drafts and wine is $1 off.

Vera also shared that WoB – Southside plans to obtain several firkins that it will ask local breweries to fill with special treatments of their brews for the exclusive enjoyment of their guests. He also expressed that he is interested in putting in a beer engine that would further educate and delight guests on real ales.

The first Jacksonville World of Beer is schedule to open to the public on Monday, July 1st. The list of brews on tap opening day is impressive and held rather close to the vest. But, after a bit of arm-twisting, portions of the list were shared for publication here.

Look for these beers on tap opening day:

Dogfish Head 61 Minute IPA
• Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
• Petrus Aged Pale
• Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot
• Pyramid Weiss Cream
• Chimay White
• St. Bernardus Abt. 12
• Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin
• Victory V12
• Dogfish Head Aprihop
• Stone Self Righteous
• Brooklyn Silver Anniversary

In addition to the fanfare, and exceptional tap list, of opening day, plan of swinging by Wednesday, July 3rd for a huge Intuition Ale Works event that will feature 25 kegs of the Riverside brewery’s beers and visits by the owner and brewer, Ben Davis.

Vera, who started with WoB as the GM of the chain’s second store located in Sarasota, Fla., says that the Southside store is only the beginning for North Florida. He is charged with helping to develop the area and has his sights on opening locations in Jacksonville Beach and St. Augustine. If the success of the company at its other locations is any indication, Vera’s dreams are likely to soon become a reality.

World of Beer — Jacksonville Southside is located at 9700 Deer Lake Court. Hours of operation are 12:00 noon to 2:00 a.m. daily.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2013 in Pubs

 

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Update: World of Beer now plans February opening for Jax store

Back in September an article appeared here about the planned opening of the first Jacksonville World of Beer store (see link below). Today, in an article to the Florida Times-Union blog Amber Waves, Roger Bull reports that the new opening date is estimated to be February of 2013. This seems to make sense since on a recent visit there did not appear to be any site improvements underway. The only indication that anything would happen was a sign that touted the old Starbucks in Tinseltown as the future home of World of Beer.

Bull also reports that the Tinseltown location will not be the only Jacksonville location for the chain that now operates 31 locations in 10 states. According to the article, there could be as many as four more locations planned for the First Coast.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Beer, Beer News

 

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World of Beer coming to Tinseltown

Florida beer bar chain World of Beer has filed plans to put in a Jacksonville location in the Tinseltown area. The plans call for the new bar to be built in the former Starbuck’s location at 9700 Deer Lake Court, No. 1. The nearly 3,000 square foot location will join the already crowded beer-centric area near Mellow Mushroom, Tilted Kilt, and Miller’s Ale House.

The typical World of Beer location serves upwards of 30 brews on tap and hundreds of bottled beers. World of Beer’s philosophy is to be welcoming to the hophead as well as the novice beer drinker. It places emphasis on beer increasing the beer knowledge of its patrons in a warm, inviting, and friendly atmosphere.

Based out of Tampa, World of Beer has quickly expanded since opening its first store in 2007. South and Central Florida have had outlets for several years already. Earlier this year rumors were circulating that the chain was eyeing the former Fuel building in Five Points. Today’s news would seem to refute that.

The company’s website states that the Jacksonville location should be open in November.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in Beer, Pubs

 

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