Soylent Green anyone? 8 Beers you should avoid

May I have my daily ration of Soylent Green, please? I love old movies. Did you ever watch “Soylent Green” starring Charlton Heston from 1973? It’s available on DVD from Netflix, by the way. In the movie, the world is overpopulated and totally polluted. The natural resources have been exhausted and Read more

So, this is what comes to my mind when I contemplate Senate Bill 1714 ...

Marilyn Monroe was wise beyond her years in a number of ways. Though plagued with the pressures and temptations which obviously come with superstardom, she had clarity of mind to once state, "The trouble with censors is that they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if Read more

Silver Cow tapping Struise Brewing's Black Mes

The Silver Cow is excited to announce the tapping of a very special beer from De Struise Brouwers in Belgium: Black Damnation Series III – Black Mes – 13% ABV TODAY (Fri. April 4) at 6:30 pm. Silver Cow 1506 King Street Jacksonville, FL Read more

Intuition Ale Works brews for One Spark

Intuition Ale Works has brewed two very special and delicious beers for this years One Spark. One Spark Kölsch and new One Spark Alt. Learn more about One Spark at: http://www.beonespark.com/ Read more

Just tapped at Mile Marker Brewing

Mile Marker Brewing just tapped their Black IPA ... tall, dark and handsome. Read more

Green Room Brewery Bottle Release and 500 Beer Storm

Mark your calendars for May 4! Green Room Brewing will be releasing a limited amount of their Quetzalcoatl Mayan Red that has been aging in Tequila barrels for 6 months. GRB just tapped their 500 Beer Storm. A double IPA with a blend of grapefruit, orange, Read more

Bold City Brewery - tappings, Sensory Saturday and Riverside Trolley

Bold City Brewery just tapped their Oktoberfest and tomorrow is Sensory Saturday! The Snacks Blues Band will be performing in the brewery starting at 7 pm and be sure to take advantage of the Riverside Riverside Avondale Night Trolley tonight and Read more

Dames & Games Night ... Every Tuesday, 5 pm til at Silver Cow

Girls … just want to have fun!!! Someone should make a song of that! Silver Cow is excited to announce “Dames & Games Night” every Tuesday night starting at 5 pm On that night, ladies at Silver Cow will be offered: $4 Select Drafts $4 House Wines and Sangrias $4 Champagne Cocktails and Read more

Soylent Green anyone? 8 Beers you should avoid

May I have my daily ration of Soylent Green, please?

I love old movies. Did you ever watch “Soylent Green” starring Charlton Heston from 1973? It’s available on DVD from Netflix, by the way.

In the movie, the world is overpopulated and totally polluted. The natural resources have been exhausted and the nourishment of the population is provided by Soylent Industries, a company that makes a food consisting of plankton from the oceans. So as not to spoil anything if you haven’t seen this movie, let me just say there is a revelation that Soylent Green is comprised of something other than just plankton. Ewww … “Grody to the max” as companion says folks used to say at the time the movie was released.

“Soylent Industries” makes me think of the mass-produced mass-marketed brands of beer – and those manufacturing concerns (large corporate breweries) which produce them. I also think of shareholders, “manufacturing efficiencies”, “manufacturing trade-offs”, etc.

Contained within a letter to shareholders of one of these corporate breweries, published online, is the following paragraph:

“As we look toward 2012, we believe the global economy will be little changed from the challenging conditions of the past year. In this environment, we will continue to focus on what we can control, striving to grow our revenues ahead of the product of industry growth and inflation, to drive higher profitability and cash generation, while strengthening the financial foundation of the business through further reductions in leverage.”

Hmmm … nothing about making better beer. Nothing about better quality ingredients. Nothing about the consumer. The consumer is really lost in this, don’t you think?

Well, except for the notion that consumers will drink ANYTHING as long as it has one of the corporation’s brands slapped on the can, bottle or tap handle.

But further research will reveal the following:

http://worldtruth.tv/8-beers-that-you-should-stop-drinking-immediately/

So, the next time your non-craft-beer-drinking-friends grab one of the mass-produced brands listed in the article, ask them how that genetically modified fluid really tastes. Before they can answer, quickly say, “I bet just like Soylent Green” – and then tell them to rent the movie.

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So, this is what comes to my mind when I contemplate Senate Bill 1714 …

Marilyn Monroe was wise beyond her years in a number of ways. Though plagued with the pressures and temptations which obviously come with superstardom, she had clarity of mind to once state,

“The trouble with censors is that they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if she hasn’t any.”

The wrong focus. Barking up the wrong tree. Outlawing haystacks for the benefit of needle manufacturers.

This is what comes to my mind when I contemplate Senate Bill 1714. On Tuesday, April 8, the Community Affairs Committee voted to send this Bull … I mean Bill … forward.

You know what this Bill, if passed by the Florida Senate, would do?

It would require craft breweries to sell their canned and bottled brews to their distributor and then BUY IT BACK from them in order to sell it on premises. Of course, there would be a mark-up when they BUY IT BACK.

BUY IT BACK? … don’t you just love government? … so much smarter than we are. Dumb asses.

What would motivate a State Senator to sponsor such a Bill? … concern for his/her fellow man?

Please … please … read this article from the Chicago Tribune about this issue:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-florida-beer-20140403,0,7999932.story

Now that you’ve read the article, let us visit one particular paragraph contained within it:

“In Florida, where craft brewers say their market share remains under 6 percent and most breweries produce under 3,000 barrels annually, the small beer makers are out-gunned in the legislature, where influential politicians have vowed loyalty to the national distributors.”

Market share under 6% – companion says probability gurus would say the number of State Senators who truly know what craft beer is and what it does for local economies would thus be very low. So throw out “concern for the fellow man”. Follow the money. “Vowed loyalty to the national distributors” means they believe the words spouting forth from the mouths of dead Presidents printed on currency.

But we can fight this. WE can let the Senators know we’ll remember them in coming elections. WE can educate them about craft beer breweries do for Jacksonville – for our State.

Marilyn Monroe was confident in some of her abilities. She also said,

” Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”

She knew with the right tools, she could accomplish what she wanted. WE have effective tools – our phones and our e-mail accounts. Let’s all USE them – call AND write your State Senator and tell them we do NOT want them to support SB 1714. Tell them our future – and THEIR future – is in the hands of the small businesses and all the folks who support those businesses via patronage and supplies.

Remind your Senator of one last quote from Marilyn:

“Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures. I mean, what does it all add up to if you don’t have that?”

Possibly, a Senate seat, that’s what. We’ll see.

To find the name and contact information for your State Senator, please visit:

http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find

Senate Bill 1714 – Malt Beverages
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/1714/?Tab=BillHistory

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Widmer Brothers Upheaval IPA Launch Party – Silver Cow Thurs. April 17

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Silver Cow tapping Struise Brewing’s Black Mes

The Silver Cow is excited to announce the tapping of a very special beer from De Struise Brouwers in Belgium: Black Damnation Series III – Black Mes – 13% ABV TODAY (Fri. April 4) at 6:30 pm.

Silver Cow
1506 King Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

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Intuition Ale Works brews for One Spark

Intuition Ale Works has brewed two very special and delicious beers for this years One Spark. One Spark Kölsch and new One Spark Alt. Learn more about One Spark at: http://www.beonespark.com/

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Just tapped at Mile Marker Brewing

Mile Marker Brewing just tapped their Black IPA … tall, dark and handsome.

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Green Room Brewery Bottle Release and 500 Beer Storm

Mark your calendars for May 4! Green Room Brewing will be releasing a limited amount of their Quetzalcoatl Mayan Red that has been aging in Tequila barrels for 6 months. GRB just tapped their 500 Beer Storm. A double IPA with a blend of grapefruit, orange, tangelo.

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Bold City Brewery – tappings, Sensory Saturday and Riverside Trolley

Bold City Brewery just tapped their Oktoberfest and tomorrow is Sensory Saturday! The Snacks Blues Band will be performing in the brewery starting at 7 pm and be sure to take advantage of the Riverside Riverside Avondale Night Trolley tonight and tomorrow!

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Lagunitas Brewing Pint Night at Silver Cow – Thursday, March 27

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Dames & Games Night … Every Tuesday, 5 pm til at Silver Cow


Girls … just want to have fun!!! Someone should make a song of that! Silver Cow is excited to announce “Dames & Games Night” every Tuesday night starting at 5 pm
On that night, ladies at Silver Cow will be offered:
$4 Select Drafts
$4 House Wines and Sangrias
$4 Champagne Cocktails and Bellinis
$5 Beer Flights
$6 Prosecco’s Splits

We have fully-stocked shelves of fun, interesting and unique games for all our customers or feel free to bring your own! Heck, we might even break out Twister. Take a look at Redneck Life, Doggie Poo or Cards Against Humanity!

A lot of fun fellowship and friendly competition while you enjoy our craft beer, fine wine and tasty ruminations!

So ladies, what are you waiting for? Call all your friends and say “Let’s all meet at Silver Cow on Tuesdays for Dames & Games Night!”

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Bold City Brewery Craft Beer Dinner at The Blind Fig

The creative and talented crew at The Blind Fig – a southern gastropub have paired together 4 of Bold City Brewery’s delicious beers with their culinary creations. This special dinner will take place on Wednesday, March 26 starting at 7 pm Ticket are $50 per person. For reservations call (904) 337-0146

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New arrivals at Beer:30

Check out Warren’s O’ face at Beer:30! News brews just in!
Uinta Cockeyed Cooper Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine
River Town Tom’s Smashing Blonde Ale
SweetWater 17th Anniversary Saison

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Craft Beer Dinner feat. Oskar Blues at Whole Foods Market

Join the fine folks at Whole Foods Market for a fantastic 5 course meal expertly paired with award winning Oskar Blues Brews. Guests will sample 5 distinct styles of beer, each paired with dishes crafted by the chefs at Whole Foods Market while learning about the brewing process and history behind this native Colorado mountain ale.

On the Menu:
Braised Pork Belly with Smoked Apple Butter & Caramelized Brussel Sprouts ~ Paired with Dale’s Pale Ale

Arugula Salad with Marcona Almond & Lemon Zest Gremolata finished with shaved Parmisano Reggiano ~ Paired with Mamma’s Little Yella Pils

Imperial IPA Risotto with Spicy Andouille Sausage & Smoked Wild Mushrooms ~ Paired with G’Knight

Roast Duck with Blackberry Demi Pan Sauce & Roast Carrots ~ Paired with Merlot Barrel Aged Shaka Belgian IPA

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Float made with Butter Pecan Ice Cream & garnished with Candied Bacon

Event Cost $40. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation Prosperity Campaign.

Space is limited and registration is required. Please reserve your seat no later than, Tuesday March 25th.

*Due to the limited seating in our Lifestyle Center, seats will be assigned to guests based on the number in their party. Please contact rachel.deremer@wholefoods.com with any special seating requests or accommodations prior to the event date.

For tickets:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/oskar-blues-brewery-beer-pairing-dinner-tickets-10776066505

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Irish Craft Beer Dinner at Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery

For an Evening Featuring Irish Red Ale & a Six Course Meal Dining Experience!

Join Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery in the Bier Garden Wednesday, March 26, 6 – 8 pm

Tickets are $50 per person and seating is limited…reserve your spot today.

Call 904.997.1999

IRISH RED BREWER’S DINNER

REUBEN CALZONE with ZESTY DIPPING SAUCE

Corned beef, swiss cheese, and saurekraut rolled in a house made pizza dough served with a side of zesty Irish dipping sauce.

BEER PAIRING BELGIAN BLONDE ALE

BOILE SALAD with CRABMEAT

Mixed Greens and Endive with Irish Goats Cheese and Fresh Crabmeat. Tossed in a mustard vinagrette.

BEER PAIRING SOUTHSIDE PILSNER

STOUT BEER ONION SOUP with CHESSY CROUTON

Our house made Iron hourse Stout with Carmailized Onions and Broth. Topped with a Cheesy Crouton.

BEER PAIRING IRON HORSE STOUT

BLACK and TAN PORK with SPICED ALE SLAW

STOUT AND IPA MARINATED AND SPICED PORK LOIN SERVED with ALE TOSSED SLAW

BEER PAIRING TOLL TENDER IPA

IRISH SEAFOOD PIE with SHRIMP AND SCALLOPS

FRESH SCALLOPS and SHRIMP mixed with MUSHROOMS, ONIONS, SPICES, and SHERRY in a CREAM SAUCE. FINISHED with a CHEDDAR ALE CRUST.

BEER PAIRING IRISH RED ALE

BAKED APPLE with CINNAMON CRISP TOPPING

A FRESH APPLE CORED and filled with FRESH STRAWBERRY JAM, OATS, CINNAMON, and BROWN SUGAR. BAKED to a GOLDEN BROWN CRISP.

BEER PAIRING SWEET MAGNOLIA BROWN ALE

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Engine 15 goes Green

Engine 15 Brewing Company just tapped some pretty damn fine Irish brews! For your St. Patty’s Day pleasure, Engine 15 has tapped:
Swamphead Hoggetowne Irish Red
Victory Donnybrooke Irish Stout
Terrapin Full of Balarney Irish Stout (Nitro)
Cigar City Hornswoggled Irish Ale (Nitro)

Now to find the perfect green outfit…

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The Silver Cow goes Green this weekend

Today’s special is Corn Beef & Cabbage with a side of Irish Soda Bread and a pint of Murphy’s Irish Red or Murphy’s Stout for just $9.95. Open at 3 pm. Happy Hour from 4 – 7 pm!

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Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & 6th Flip Cup Tourny at Bold City Brewery

Yeah Baby! It’s that time of year again! Bold City Brewery’s 6th Annual Flip Cup Tourny and Pre-St. Patty’s Day Bash, this Sat. March 15 starting at 1 pm. BCB’s Irish Red will be on tap! …

Looking for the Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow? It’s at Bold City Brewery this Saturday, March 15! We will have our Irish Red on tap starting at 1 pm. Jolly Mon will have special Irish Pub Grub available which would make any Leprechaun dance a jig and we will start our 6th annual Flip Cup Tournament at 7 pm.

Here are our 16 teams competing for this year’s glory in the Flip Cup Tournament- (Dear Lord, where do they come up with these names?)
Four Men and a Little Lady — (this is the reigning champs) used to be “The New Guys”
DD Cups
Down To Flip – DTF
Flips Don’t Lie
Shamrockers
Grip, Sip & Flip
Flippin’ Birds
The Brew House
The Unknowns
My Couch Pulls Out But I Don’t
Where Da Gold At?
Scholar Athletes
Bold City Brawlers
Grumpy Cats
Here for the Beer
5 Guys One Cup

So join us this Saturday, March 15. We will be open at 1 pm to start celebrating!

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Hopslam tapping, St. Patty’s & Uber deal at Pele’s

Pele’s Wood Fire in Riverside will be tapping their Bell’s Hopslam keg Monday as part of their St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

The folks at Pele’s also have a special offer just for you from their new friends at Uber Jacksonville to get you home safely. Follow the simple instructions to save $20 on your first Uber ride!

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Drink Some Ale, Save Some Tail – Pint Night at Bold City Brewery March 29

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Brew flash from Silver Cow …

Mikkeller’s Rauch Geek Breakfast smoke oatmeal stout brewed with coffee is almost gone! Get it while you can. Tapping soon, Black Damnation III Black Mes by De Struise Brouwers.

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Green Room Brewing tapping the Sunset in Bali

This evening (Thurs. March 13) Green Room Brewing will be tapping the Sunset in Bali, 7.5% ABV. This time GRB added Kaffir lime leaves and Summit hops.

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St. Practice Day at Silver Cow – Riverside

Practice Shamrockin’ at The Silver Cow this Sat & Sun w/ $5 Intuition Ale Works Redman’s, $4 Pints of Murphy’s Irish Red and $4 Cans of Murphy’s Irish Stout.

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3 Day Sale at Whole Foods Market

Tomorrow (Fri 3/14) thru Sunday, Whole Foods Market, Jacksonville will have a 3 Day Sale. 20% off 6 or more 22 oz Bomber Bottles of Beer! Mix & Match while supplies last!

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Aviator Brewing Co. Pint Night at Engine 15 Brewing Co.

Aviator Brewing Company Pint Night & Swag Giveaways at Engine 15 Brewing Company tonight (March 12) starting at 4 pm – 6 pm. Stop in for a pint or two and say hello to lil’ Mike Festo!

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Spring Music & Craft Beer Festival in Fernandina Beach – March 29

For tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/slide-into-spring-music-and-craft-beer-festival-tickets-7789712239

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Sunday Craft Beer Bottle Sharing at Silver Cow

Every Sunday at Silver Cow – starting at 2:00 pm. Simply bring a bottle of craft beer or homebrew to share and a tasting glass. No worries if you’re new to craft beer – THAT’S why we do this! … if you need some help choosing a beer to bring, your friendly neighborhood craft beer purveyors can FIX YOU UP! Drop by Beer:30, Grassroots Natural Market, European Street, Riverside Liquors, Broudy’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Total Wine or anywhere else craft beer is sold.

There is no charge for attendance – but we DO ask you purchase something from one of our menus. We have 30 beers on tap and an impressive wine selection. Our kitchen will indeed be open, so please take a look at our food menu to see if something grabs you.

For more information about Bottle Sharings, you can visit the link below to my blog when I formally headed-up Bottle Sharings at Green Room Brewing in Jacksonville Beach and Brewers Pizza in Orange Park.

http://www.jaxbrewbitch.com/?page_id=1118

Silver Cow
1506 King Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

http://silvercowjax.com/

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Music for the Meows #4 Benefit Concert & Silent Auction

This Saturday, 7 pm at Jack Rabbits, enjoy music, art and of course there will be beer, while helping homeless cats in need. Visit the link below for more details.

https://www.facebook.com/events/776850268992872/?source=1

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Downtown is on fire … IAW’s Smoke IPA release

“It was called Satellite City.”

I looked over at companion as he said that, thinking it had something to do with NASA. He had just finished telling me about a large land development in northern Texas on which he had worked while employed with his father’s land surveying company.

The development of single-family homes on large lots had been planned years before he had traversed through and around the parcel in the early 1970’s, gathering trigonometric field data while at the same time working on his “savage tan”. His father’s company had been retained to survey the perimeter for the bank, the property then being in receivership.

Companion said the motivating factor for the establishment of this community 30 miles northwest of Fort Worth and 60 miles northwest of downtown Dallas had reportedly been to meet a perceived demand for residential housing brought on by “Urban Flight”.

“Urban Flight” is the mid-20th Century term for the significant exodus of people living in the city to the suburbs or further out. Follow the money – downtown businesses soon followed – or folded. For you re-run junkies, think of the tenants of the apartment houses in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window moving out to a suburb such as New Rochelle in The Dick Van Dyke Show. More room – not hearing your neighbor snore – not smelling what they are having for dinner, etc. Good times.

But this migration away from the metropolitan downtowns for wider-open-spaces had a bummer of a flip side, as well. Like Puff, the Magic Dragon losing his lifelong friend Little Jackie Paper, each abandoned city core fell into neglect. Flies on the wall of downtown establishments were probably scratching their wings saying, “What the heck happened?”

Jacksonville was not immune – it’s not hard to see buildings that had their heyday decades ago. But Jacksonville is vastly different from other urban cores in that we have such a grand opportunity of taking advantage of what our downtown has within commercial-arms-length:

The River
The Tram
JTA Trolley

When we have had our friends visit from out of town, there has never been a visit where we haven’t heard from them how beautiful our skyline is. The colors combined with the river setting they say, is magnificent. It is. You darn tootin’, it is.

Thank goodness Jacksonville has a committed “Jackie Paper”, the Downtown Marketing Collaborative – a group of private sector entrepreneurs dedicated to bringing our Puff, the Magic Dragon (Jacksonville Downtown) out of its cave by steering a promotional campaign known as “Downtown is on Fire” – named to remember the fact what Jacksonville is now rose from the ashes of the great fire which destroyed most of the City in 1901.

According to the Collaborative:

“Downtown Marketing Collaborative is a group of organizations dedicated to raising awareness about all that Downtown has to offer. For years, people have talked about revitalizing interest in Downtown, but we want to do more than just talk; we want to give Jacksonville’s residents an explosion of information that will incite them to come witness the blaze for themselves.

The embers of this campaign have been burning for some time now. Our job is to stoke the flame. Jacksonville is a city that holds a colorful history, bright future and endless possibilities. Downtown is at the center of it all, and we believe Downtown is where amazing things can (and do)happen. Where all it takes is a spark to start a flame.”

Recently, I was invited to an event by Natalie Wearstler, Copywriter & Media Strategist of Wingard Creative which is working with the Collaborative. The event was billed as the “Smoke IPA Event” since the focus of the evening would be the release of the Smoke IP by Intuition Ale Works. This tasty creation will only be sold in establishments located downtown, as is fitting. Ben Davis, owner of Intuition was motivated to work with the Collaborative from his desire to see downtown resurrected. The decision to develop a smoky-flavored brew was the appropriate path to follow. It’s a great beer. You darn tootin’, it is. I had one …. Okay, two. Well, and maybe split a third one with companion. But who’s counting?

About the Smoke IPA, Intuition states:

“Intuition Ale Works has teamed up with Downtown Is On Fire to give Downtown restaurants and bars a beer that is uniquely their own: Smoke IPA. Inspired by the Great Fire of 1901 and the Downtown Is On Fire campaign, this limited-edition specialty beer pays respect to Downtown Jacksonville’s history and gives the neighborhood’s current residents, workers and fans something to be excited about as we look to the future. Outside of the Intuition Ale Works tap room, this beer will only be distributed to Downtown accounts.”

Describing their new creation, Intuition provides the following information:

“An IPA with a smoky twist! This beer is brewed with smoked malts, for a flavor similar to a ham and pineapple pizza – a little sweet, a little savory, and a whole lot of delicious. ABV is 6.1%.”

The beer will be available at the following downtown locations:

1904 Music Hall (19 North Ocean Street)
Burrito Gallery (21 East Adams Street)
Burro Bar (100 East Adams Street)
Dos Gatos (123 Forsyth Street)
The Florida Theatre (128 East Forsyth Street)
The River Club (1 Independent Drive, Suite 3500)
Underbelly (113 East Bay Street)
The Volstead (115 West Adams Street)
Zodiac Bar & Grill (120 West Adams Street)

The event was held rooftop at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) and the weather was beautiful. Companion and I arrived just as the live music being provided by the talented Mondo Mike and the Po Boys with Spice began.

Firehouse Subs, which had its beginnings in Jacksonville, was graciously supplying delicious salad and sandwiches to those attending that evening. In speaking with their local rep, I learned that Firehouse Subs has recently released a new selection of healthy meal alternatives for those seeking such fare.

During the evening, the Collaborative made us aware that they understood there was a perception problem which must be overcome about downtown parking and safety. The Collaborative is not a politically influencing or active group – any more so than say, you or I. They are providing the spark so that the fire which we all as Jacksonvillians can build, will ignite.

We NEED a vibrant downtown. Our businesses located there need a vibrant downtown. WE need to make this happen. So, how can we help the Collaborative change the perception of the paucity of parking and sense of uneasiness some have about downtown? Let me explore a tangent with you.

Parking – there’s gobs of parking – scattered throughout downtown. But here’s what Tinker Beer, the Brew Fairy tells me. She says women want to get DRESSED UP, lookin’ hot and hit the happenin’ spots downtown – but they DON’T want to walk a mile in heels to do it. AND, they don’t want to be leered at or hooted at by unfortunate vagrants. AND, they don’t want to be approached for a handout. AND, they don’t want to park in a dark, uninviting parking lot. AND, if they are fortunate enough to find a parking spot close to the venues, they don’t want to spend half their last paycheck to park for four hours. I think Tink is on to something here. But it takes more than an idea – and it shouldn’t be only the downtown businesses paying for it – it takes a focus by the City Council to help development and allocate taxpayer resources to light the parking lots, install better signage and to publish in print and online legible easy-to-follow maps of available parking locations. Can you say “smartphone app”? Get on that, private sector.

I hate tax hikes – but I would be willing to pay another half-cent sales tax if that money would go STRAIGHT into the planning AND IMPLEMENTATION of providing inviting, accessible and reasonably priced parking downtown. Throw in another half-cent if THAT money would be going to entice creative developers to un-blight those areas of downtown currently being described as “Ewwww”. I’m NOT talking about creating bureaucratic committees to study the issue and publish their thoughts – I’m talking about being proactive and doing it. WOW! … that is something I thought I would NEVER say – that I’d be willing to vote for a sales tax hike. But I mean it. You darn tootin’, I mean it.

Imagine the realization of what the Downtown Marketing Collaborative wishes to accomplish with “Downtown is on Fire”. Imagine the JTA Trolley haulin’ folks all over to visit the various “brews and chews” establishments both in and out of downtown. Imagine more pedi-cab rides downtown. Imagine The Tram chock-full of people EVERY run. Imagine several Jax Brew Bus-type vehicles working simultaneously. Imagine new breweries. Imagine new restaurants, bars and pubs. I salivate at the thought.

What’s standing in the way? … Right now, the perception is often “politicians” and “greedy developers” – their constant battles and finger-pointing at each other – and by the general public, as well. However, forward-thinkin’ folks like Tinker Beer realize a couple of things:

Politics – It’s easy to talk smack about the City Council. But remember, each of them has constituents to whom they have to answer (collectively over a million of them, by the way) AND we live in the largest city by land area in the United States. No wonder there are varying ideas about how, where and when precious time and taxpayer money should be spent. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and the right to voice their opinion … thank God for that. So, give the Council a break – and a heartfelt thank-you if you see one of them.

The reality is that City Council members are serving to help this city – OUR city – and there is NOTHING wrong if they wish to leave a positive legacy. THIS IS A PERFECT CHANCE FOR ALL COUNCIL MEMBERS TO RALLY AROUND THE DOWNTOWN FLAG – what a tremendous legacy for ALL of them if they take the steps to put some dollars to work and send direction to City staff to get “boots on the ground” to help in this effort. The Downtown Marketing Collaborative is standing “at the ready”.

And guess what? Not every developer or business owner is a greedy “blankity-blank” who eats small homeless children for dinner. It takes profit to grow a business – and hire people – and keep them employed. They also probably like to eat at some of the places you do. And they need to make a living too, don’t forget. Give them a break, as well. More than likely, you’re living somewhere which was, at one time in history, a vision of a developer.

We have a chance. A perfect chance – right now – to all work together to help the Downtown Marketing Collaborative achieve their goal. Now is the time to start.

Companion has often said that we live in a country whose minds have bounced a basketball onto the surface of Mars, had it crack open and a traveling robot come out and send photography back to Earth. Re-vitalizing an already beautiful downtown Jacksonville with so many existing supporting features? … I think we can figure this one out. You darn tootin’, we can.

My thanks to Natalie Wearstler for the invitation for the “Downtown is on Fire – Smoke IPA Event”, to Ben Davis and his talented and dedicated folks at Intuition Ale Works for the inspired creation of the delicious Smoke IPA and to all the folks at MOSH for providing such an incredible roof-top venue from which to admire our beautiful downtown.

Let’s do our part. Make plans to have a “Downtown Date Night” – do your research – find the parking – drop your lady off in front of the venue for now. Go in a group, if that would currently make you feel more secure. But go. By all means, please go.

If we ALL work together with the Downtown Marketing Collaborative – our own “Little Jackie Paper” – will get our “Puff the Magic Dragon” – OUR beautiful downtown – to once again fearlessly roar out his name.

I, for one, will be listening for that. You darn tootin’, I’ll be listening.

Intuition Ale Works (720 King Street – 904.683.7720)
http://www.intuitionaleworks.com/
https://www.facebook.com/IntuitionAle

Downtown is on Fire website
http://www.downtownisonfire.com/
Downtown Marketing Collaborative
https://www.facebook.com/downtownisonfire?fref=ts

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Swamp Head Brewery Ephemeral Release – March 18

Head over to the Wetlands in Gainesville, FL … Tuesday, March 18 starting at 4 pm. Ephemeral Release: Hey, Honey IPA, an India Pale Ale brewed with honey. Only 5 gallons!

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It’s a Brewery!

So excited for our friends at Engine 15 Brewing Company on their second location! Congratulations to the E15 Family!! You can read about E15′s expansion in my post from Nov. 2013 … More details coming soon!

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Recently tapped at Kickbacks Gastropub

Sweetewater Dank Tank 17 Years of Heady Beers – Saison/Farmhouse Ale – 9%, Southern Tier Warlock – Imperial Stout – 8.6%, Bell’s Hopslam Ale – Imperial IPA – 10% / Bold City “D” Coffee Stout – Amer. Stout – 6% / Green Room Oak Aged Double Overhead – Imperial IPA – 9% / Southern Tier Pumking – Imperial Pumpkin Ale – 9.6%.

Ask for Kickback’s Beer Bible – 100′s of bottles to choose from and download Kickbacks free App …
for Droid and Apple

While construction is going on for the next few months, you may see “Under Construction” when you visit the Tap List on Kickbacks App … Fret not. The beers are there, just scroll down to the bottle and you will see what is currently on tap.

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Silver Cow goes moo-bile …

Take our word for it – there’s nothing like having a cow in your hands … Silver Cow, that is!

We are pleased to announce that the Silver Cow App is now available for both Apple and Androids. Simply download this free App and have the latest tap list, wine list, menu and events right at your fingertips! Just search for Silver Cow.

We invite you to browse through everything you see in the App – we at Silver Cow enjoy having your fingers all over us … I mean, your fingers all over our App … (*sigh*) … that didn’t come out right – but you know what I mean. Here are the links to download:

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Green Room Brewing & Cigar City Brewing Collaboration …

Very proud of our guys! Brewers Eric and Billy from Green Room Brewing and Scott from North Florida Sales had the unique opportunity to brew a Prickly Pear Saison with the fine crew from Cigar City Brewing this past weekend. More details coming soon.

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Bell’s Brewery Tap Takeover at WOB

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Girl Scout Cookies & Beer Pairing at Dahlias Pour House

Better than Cookies and Milk! Of course, I like mine with a Milk Stout. Head over to Dahlia’s Pour House for Girl Scout Cookies and Beer pairings! Oh snap! There’s goes the elastic in my pants!

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