Bold City Brewery Pint Night at WOB Gainesville - Sun. Feb 1

There will be a Bold City Brewery Pint Night at the World Of Beer - Tioga (Gainesville, FL) (140 SW 128th St – 352.727.4714) starting at 6pm for the Big Game next Sunday (Feb 1) and I will be working with Wes handing out some cool swag – Read more

80th Birthday for Canned Beer

Is it your birthday today? If so, you share a birthday with the beer can! The first beer sold in cans occurred on this day in 1935, so the beer can turned 80 today. How ‘bout you? Although the canned beer was quite the thing back then, it went through a Read more

The Assault on Florida's Microbreweries

Herbert Hoover – no, not the inventor of a vacuum cleaner – but the 31st President of the United States – once said, “Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.” Amen … Well said, President Hoover. Maybe a more familiar celebrity to Read more

Whole Foods to host Cigar City Craft Beer Dinner - Jan 29

Resharing this exciting event from Ed Stansel with the Florida Times Union ... Whole Foods Market in Jacksonville is putting on another craft beer dinner, this one featuring five courses paired with beers from Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing. Tickets to the Jan. 29 dinner are $40 and can be ordered here Read more

Today at Veterans United Craft Brewery

Today at Veterans United Craft Brewery! Tacos, Spanish Strings and great beer! Happy Read more

Intuition Ale Works Valentine Brewquets are back!

Who doesn't love beer and chocolate for Valentine's Day? Intuition Ale Works has put together a couple of special options for you to choose from. Pre-order now and they will have it all ready for you to swing by and pick up. Of course while you're there you might Read more

Highland Brewing Co Beer Dinner with Publix Aprons Cooking School

Highland Brewing Company will be having a special beer dinner with Publix Aprons Cooking School on Fri. February, 13 starting at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $45 per person and will include 6 beers and 4 courses. For more information visit the link below. Ticket & Menu for Highland Beer Read more

Bold City's Archie's Rhino Release at Jax Zoo - Feb 8

Bold City Brewery’s very popular Archie’s Rhino Rye Pale Ale will be having a special Release Party on February 8, 2015. Tix are $35 for adults and include beer, dinner and live entertainment all while helping a worthy cause! This Bold City creation, named after the Zoo’s oldest male Read more

New arrivals at Silver Cow

New Bottles are in: Old Rasputin XVII Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co. 12.10% ABV Every year North Coast Brewing Co. age a special batch of their much-loved Russian Imperial Stout in Bourbon barrels. The depth, intensity, and complexity of the flavor profile of Read more

Cigar City Brewing Beer & Cheese Pairing at Dahlia's Pour House

Purchase your tickets for Dahlia's Pour House Cigar City Brewing & Grassroots Natural Market Beer and Cheese pairing. There will be five Cigar City Brews hand-paired with Cheeses from Grassroots! Tuesday, February 3 starting at 7 pm. Current Line-up: CC Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale with 5 year aged Vintage Gouda CC Hotter Read more

Bold City Brewery Pint Night at WOB Gainesville – Sun. Feb 1

There will be a Bold City Brewery Pint Night at the World Of Beer – Tioga (Gainesville, FL) (140 SW 128th St – 352.727.4714) starting at 6pm for the Big Game next Sunday (Feb 1) and I will be working with Wes handing out some cool swag – plus, there will be some very special and rare brews on tap – all for your enjoyment! Stop by and say hello!

WOB Details listed here:
http://worldofbeer.com/locations/Gainesville/event-details/?postId=d6044a1e-8bf8-6474-8b68-ff00004a2d98

WOB BCB Feb 1 6 pm

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80th Birthday for Canned Beer

Is it your birthday today? If so, you share a birthday with the beer can!beer_cans_f

The first beer sold in cans occurred on this day in 1935, so the beer can turned 80 today. How ‘bout you?

Although the canned beer was quite the thing back then, it went through a phase of lower popularity for many years. Until very recently, “beer in a can” was deservedly associated with the mass-produced, mass-marketed varieties, aka “Big Beer”.

Finally, someone decided that with the improvements made in the can material and the process of canning in general, having beer in a can was not too much different than having it a keg. Protected from sunlight – protected from the air.

In just the past couple of years, canned beer has regained prominence with more and more microbreweries choosing can over bottle. Embrace this advancement in the craft beer industry! Celebrate this day with a can of your favorite brew – and tell it Happy Birthday!

Here’s more information about the first canned beer sold:

http://www.greenmon.com/first_beer_cans.htm

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The Assault on Florida’s Microbreweries

Herbert Hoover – no, not the inventor of a vacuum cleaner – but the 31st President of the United States – once HerbertHooversaid,

“Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.”

Amen … Well said, President Hoover.

Maybe a more familiar celebrity to you, Walt Disney, was once quoted,

“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”

Competition is a good thing. Of course, it is. Even the Federal Government only allows a limit to open Walt_Disneycompetition under special circumstances and programs. Who would ever want to limit competition? Think about it, the best … sorry … hold on, there’s someone at the door.

*Knock-Knock*

Q: Who’s there?
A: “The Florida Independent Spirits Association, the Florida Retail Federation and the beer wholesalers’ lobbying organization.”

Q: The Florida Independent Spirits Association, the Florida Retail Federation and the beer wholesalers’ lobbying organization WHO?
A: “Quit asking questions! Big Beer called and said, “We’re losing market share!”

Q: Go away. We don’t want any.
A: “Hey, shut up! We’re more important than you. We represent Big Beer and our friends include some big retail companies. You don’t understand – we’re only concerned about you, the consumer.”

Q: Is that so? … In what way?
A: “Well, you know – that whole thing about allowing microbreweries to sell their products to customers who want them inside their establishments. It’s hazy – it needs clarification. Without clarification, the consumer might buy something he or she likes while cutting out the distributor. It makes for a more affordable product and helps the microbrewery stay in business. We can’t have that.”

Q: Why not? Sounds pretty good to me. Plus, our local distributors’ reps don’t have a problem with the way it is now.
A: “Are you stupid? The microbreweries are able to create delicious beer using whatever ingredients they want and can afford. Big Beer can’t do that – they’re stuck using an industrial process to produce a beer which used to be the only product around – they’re on TV a lot, by the way. Look for some great new commercials in the near future! But, back to the issue at hand …

Big Beer has really been trying – they have spent a lot of money creating beer names and labels which sound like a microbrew. Labels – THAT should be enough to maintain their market share – all our in-house experts tell us so – they’re on TV a lot, by the way. Look for some great new labels coming out in the near future! … But, back to the issue at hand … why are you not opening the door?”

Q: Do you think your decreasing market share might be due to the quality of the product underneath those labels? … Why not make changes in your system to provide better products?
A: “BLASPHEMY! … how DARE you? … what do YOU know? … you’re not a shareholder! … Big Beer is too big to fail! … they can’t change their system – it would be too difficult and their leadership is not concerned enough to do so. We can’t ask their top management to start a new initiative in developing better tasting mass-produced beer- their more sophisticated business acumen would prevent that. Plus, their workforce couldn’t do it anyway – they’re too busy batching what they do now to fund top management’s salaries and benefit packages. Hey, if you won’t open the door, why don’t you meet us for Happy Hour? You can get a large bucket full of bottled Big Beer and a hot dog for $2.99! IT’S BIG BEER TIME! …Drink responsibly … did we tell you about the commercials coming up?”

Q: Yes, you did – and no thank you about the Happy Hour. I have two quart-growlers of one style of beer and a gallon growler of another style from one of our awesome local microbreweries. I would have bought a half-gallon of it, but in Florida it’s against the law to sell beer in half-gallon sizes – for some stupid reason.
A: “Don’t even go there, friend – we’re willing to allow half-gallon growlers given approval of our clarification of the present law. Remember it’s best for you if we get clarification. Don’t worry about the reasons – we’re smarter than you.”

Q: Well, thanks any way for stopping by – no clarification needed from the consumer end, though – just leave it alone.
A: “Okay – but remember Big Beer has great labels and names – and hot lookin’ ladies in their commercials, too! Have a cold Big Beer and you’ll get the ladies! Drink responsibly.”

Okay, sorry about that – I’m back now.

According to a recent article in www.jacksonville.com:

“Florida liquor stores and beer distributors are challenging the way the state issues licenses allowing craft breweries to sell their products in tasting rooms, a move that brewers say could put dozens of breweries out of business or, at the very least, halt rapid growth in the industry.

The Florida Retail Federation is suing the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and the associations that represent Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors distributors have asked to intervene in support of the suit. Separately, the Florida Independent Spirits Association filed a challenge with the agency. The association includes ABC Fine Wine & Spirits chain, which is the state’s largest liquor store chain.

The groups said they aren’t trying to shut down the brewery tasting rooms, but rather to clarify the law that allows the brewers to serve draft beer to drink on site and cans and bottles to take home.”

“Clarify the law”??? … Honestly??? …

First, let’s take a look at who is behind the lawsuit.

According to their website:

Florida Independent Spirits Association, Inc. is a Not For Profit corporation in the State of Florida. FISA was created by a dedicated group of independent alcohol retailers in December of 2013 to combat legislation proposed by Florida grocery chains to put liquor on the shelves of grocery stores.”

Visit their web page and read all the way to the bottom:
http://www.floridaindependentspiritsassociation.com/index.php/about-fisa

Another page on their website gives an indication of what they’re after:
“We were successful in defeating Wal-Mart & Target’s proposed legislation last session that would have placed spirits (hard liquor) directly on grocery shelves. FISA’s lobbyist, Scott Dick and his team, were successful in keeping the current restrictions in place!”
http://www.floridaindependentspiritsassociation.com/index.php/legislative

It’s easy to get on the bandwagon of Walmart-haters. Allegations of Walmart hurting locally owned businesses and killing jobs are thrown about like empty cans of Coors Light. I wonder what the local folks who work at these Walmarts feel about being vilified.

What FISA is really saying is “Limit our competition’s ability to provide what the customer wants in a manner more convenient for them. Screw the customer – make them buy from us.”

Although the Florida Retail Federation supports craft brewers in being willing to sell growlers to go if the product is brewed on the premises (including the “evil” half-gallon size), they oppose brewers selling other malt beverage products not brewed on the premises.

There’s that “make them buy from us” showing up, again …

According to their website:

The Florida Beer Wholesalers Association (FBWA) is a not-for-profit trade association of over two-dozen independent licensed beer distributors throughout Florida. For over 25 years, we have been providing hundreds of fresh, quality beers to licensed retailers in our state, from Pensacola to Key West.

The FBWA is dedicated to educating policy makers, licensees and the general public about the societal value in regulating the manufacturing, the independent distribution of, and the retail sale of alcoholic beverages.”

Read that as – “You need education, you rube-like consumer. You’re just ignorant of our industry.”

On their website, there is an article written by Mitch Rubin, FBWA’s Executive Director. In part, Mr. Rubin states, “It is not our intention to shut down tasting rooms. In fact, we support every brewery’s right to have a tasting room and to sell growlers of beer brewed on the premises.”

Okay. I, for one, actually believe him. But I think he would be able to get to the “common ground” he seeks quicker if he just simply said, “The breweries’ distributors deserve their cut. Cough it up.”

Keep in mind, the alcohol industry’s political strength comes from the beer distributors, not the Big Beer corporations themselves. The main group representing these beer distributors is the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

Here is an article by its President:

http://www.nbwa.org/news/insider-columns/maintaining-a-system-that-works-the-power-of-grassroots

The system mentioned is the Three-Tier System. For more basic info about the Three-Tier System, read a quick Wiki, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-tier_%28alcohol_distribution%29

What Mr. Purser has said in the NBWA article assumes a system not tinkered with politically or influenced by deep pockets. In essence, Mr. Purser alleges any misgivings the public has about the Three-Tier System can be assuaged by education. In other words, they’re smarter than we are – we’re ignorant of all the value the system has brought and continues to bring to the table.

Education again.

He states in the website-published article, “Thanks to an independent, three-tier distribution system that is unique to the United States, American consumers have access to the most choice and variety of any country in the world – with retailers selling thousands of labels of beer from more than 3,000 breweries. This system allows brewers and importers open access to an independent distributor tier, making our system efficient and balanced.”

Efficient and balanced? More like, “Where’s OUR cut?” … How would continuing to allow microbreweries to sell their creations in their own taproom without selling it first to a distributor undermine the fabric of our country? Answer – it won’t.

It is not surprising that over time, there have been ways found to take advantage of the Three-Tier system for alcohol distribution – by guess who? … those with deep pockets. Here is a great article which highlights both pros and cons of the Three-Tier System.

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2014/01/craft-beer-three-tier-system-pros-cons-distributor-retailer-debate.html

It has been said, “In identifying manure, ‘nose’ is better than ‘ear’ …”. Sniff it out – follow the money.

Big Beer has been losing market share slowly over the past few years – and the corporate business gurus at these organizations still don’t get it.

Read this article – http://adage.com/article/news/a-b-inbev-millercoors-losing-share-fix/244178/

The telling paragraph to me is:

“It all boils down to positioning,” said MillerCoors Chief Marketing Officer Andy England. As other beers get heavier, Coors Light — which is marketed as “the world’s most refreshing beer” — is the perfect choice “on a hot day or following a hoppy, malty brew when you want something that is a little lighter to wash that down,” Mr. England said.”

Corporate speak. I’m sure he got a bonus for saying that.

The problem is – is that it DOES boil down to positioning – but the positioning is something that in this case needs to be determined resolutely by the consumer on a DAILY basis – not by the jaded marketing staff and consultants of Big Beer implementing a 5-Year Plan. In a somewhat stagnant market, their “positioning” efforts can be effective and a valid course of action. But in an emerging, slowly maturing but rapidly changing market like craft beer? I think their “positioning” will be the product’s high water mark attained collectively by the beer drinkers – a mark driven SOLELY by taste perception EVERY visit – EVERY day. Respectfully, Coors Light is NOT the perfect choice on a hot day or following a hoppy, malty brew. And I think you know that, Andy.

Look, I don’t have a problem with Coors, Bud, Miller, etc. – and you beer geeks out there had better be careful denigrating the mass-produced beverages too much … why? … because it will be just simple human nature for those who religiously drink Bud and such (around 75% of the beer-drinking market, mind you) to take offense at what you’re saying – they’ll take it personal. When they do, what chance do we have of luring them into the craft beer world? Answer: Zilch. (oh my, that would make a great new Big Beer name – Zilch Lite, but I digress)

Staying at odds with Big Beer drinkers cannot help the craft beer industry – especially right here in Jacksonville. By being satisfied with the current number of craft beer lovers in our community is sort of like a small island having one casino and no tourists coming in to gamble. The locals all visit and the same dollars are circulated in and out of the casino – in to gamble, out in salaries and support agreements. Little to no growth … nothing to get really excited about. Do we want that in the Greater Jacksonville Craft Beer Community? Hell, no. May it never be!

Mark my words, Big Beer will be coming on strong in the near future with commercials making craft beer drinkers out to be smug, stuck up snobbish villains putting down real hardworking Americans who drink the mass-produced varieties. Invite a Big Beer drinker out for an evening. Respect your friend’s palate – and look for a “beginner” craft beer. Consider springing for it. We need to gain more loyal craft beer enthusiasts – and it’s time to focus on that.

So what can we do about this lawsuit thing?

The Florida Brewers Guild has set up a crowdfunded legal defense fund. It is estimated that $100,000 will be needed to fight this in the legal realm. The opposition is funded with those with “deep pockets”, so this is a reasonable approximation of the necessary amount.

Here is a link to the site:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-florida-s-craft-breweries

Any contribution will help as the Florida Brewers Guild is literally fighting for the life of the Florida craft brewing industry.

Also,

Contact the opposition:
Florida Retail Federation (850) 222-4082
Beer Industry of Florida (850) 222-8960
Florida Beer Wholesalers Association (850) 224-2337
Florida Independent Spirits Association (850) 421-9100

Ask them why they believe breweries should be required to first sell the beer they serve in their own taprooms to their distributor before offering to their customers.

Remember … sniff out the manure – and follow the money. At the end of the day, it is still about Big Beer trying to limit competition.

Another celebrity of sorts, Fidel Castro once stated:Fidel-Castro

“I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating… because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.”

Fidel Castro. Limits competition. Hates the American spirit. His leadership has worked so well for the Cuban people, hasn’t it? Good role model for competition-haters everywhere.

Hey! Now THERE’S an idea for the folks who the Florida Independent Spirits Association, the Florida Retail Federation and the beer wholesalers’ lobbying organization represent! … a new mass-produced beer … a brand new label!

I can see it now during a future commercial break:

The Dictator – an Imperial Reddish Pale Lite India Lager Pils – a new girl-getter – the Official Beer of Communism! Available only at friends of The Dictator. Drink responsibly.

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Whole Foods to host Cigar City Craft Beer Dinner – Jan 29

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Resharing this exciting event from Ed Stansel with the Florida Times Union …
Whole Foods Market in Jacksonville is putting on another craft beer dinner, this one featuring five courses paired with beers from Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing.

Tickets to the Jan. 29 dinner are $40 and can be ordered here or purchased at the Mandarin store.

Here’s what’s on the menu:
Cheese and charcuterie plate with Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale
Chilled golden gazpacho with herb aioli and buttered Cuban toast points paired with Fight the Power Sour Apple Cider
Spicy marinated and grilled mahi-mahi topped with mango salsa and sea-salt roasted red potatoes paired with Jai Alai IPA
Cocoa- and espresso-rubbed pork tenderloin and Florida honey plátanos Maduros paired with Maduro Brown Ale
Chocolate cake with cinnamon espresso mascarpone frosting and fresh fruit paired with a limited release beer to be named
The dinner starts at 7 p.m.. Attendees must be 21 or older.

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Today at Veterans United Craft Brewery

Today at Veterans United Craft Brewery! Tacos, Spanish Strings and great beer! Happy Friday!

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Intuition Ale Works Valentine Brewquets are back!

Who doesn’t love beer and chocolate for Valentine’s Day? Intuition Ale Works has put together a couple of speciallogo (1) options for you to choose from. Pre-order now and they will have it all ready for you to swing by and pick up. Of course while you’re there you might as well enjoy a pint for yourself! Last day to order is February 10.

For more information, visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/583159008484735/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Purchase Brewquets at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/valentines-brewquets-tickets-15420176162

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Highland Brewing Co Beer Dinner with Publix Aprons Cooking School

Highland Brewing Company will be having a special beer dinner with Publix Aprons Cooking School on Fri. February, 13 starting at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $45 per person and will include 6 beers and 4 courses. For more information visit the link below.

Ticket & Menu for Highland Beer Dinner

http://ww2.publix.com/aprons/schools/Jacksonville/ClassDetailReservations.do?childId=32677

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Bold City’s Archie’s Rhino Release at Jax Zoo – Feb 8

Archies Rhino Zoo Release Poster
Bold City Brewery’s very popular Archie’s Rhino Rye Pale Ale will be having a special Release Party on February 8, 2015. Tix are $35 for adults and include beer, dinner and live entertainment all while helping a worthy cause!

This Bold City creation, named after the Zoo’s oldest male rhino, will be featured at the Release Party event at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

The keg will be tapped just prior to dinner and ticket holders will then enjoy a totally unique beer-themed dinner on Shaba Terrace. For all you wild party animals, live entertainment will be provided by the fabulous Snacks Blues Band!

The event will be held from 6 to 9pm and a portion of the proceeds will go to Rhino Conservation.

Tickets are limited – so get yours now! For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit:

http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org/content.aspx?pageID=16299&CNM=Archie%27s+Rhino+Rye+Re-Release+Party&latitude&longitude

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New arrivals at Silver Cow

New Bottles are in: Old Rasputin XVII Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout – North Coast Brewing Co. 12.10% BBA Old RaspABV

Every year North Coast Brewing Co. age a special batch of their much-loved Russian Imperial Stout in Bourbon barrels. The depth, intensity, and complexity of the flavor profile of this special release, like its predecessors, make it a worthy tribute to Old Rasputin.

Prior to 2010, Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin was released in such limited quantities that it was available only at the North Coast Brewing retail shop in Fort Bragg, California. However, they received so many requests for this beer that we began producing enough Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin to put into broader, but still limited, distribution.

Vital Statistics

Style: Barrel-Aged
Color: Black
ABV: 12.1%
Bitterness: 38 IBUs

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Cigar City Brewing Beer & Cheese Pairing at Dahlia’s Pour House

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Purchase your tickets for Dahlia’s Pour House Cigar City Brewing & Grassroots Natural Market Beer and Cheese pairing. There will be five Cigar City Brews hand-paired with Cheeses from Grassroots! Tuesday, February 3 starting at 7 pm.

Current Line-up:
CC Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale with 5 year aged Vintage Gouda
CC Hotter Than Helles with Sweet Grass Theory Thomasville Tomme Raw Cows Milk Cheese
CC Invasion with Purple Haze Goat Cheese
CC Cider and a specialty brew will also be paired with hand selected Cheeses.
CC Blueberry Jai Alai with a local cheese

A representative from Cigar City and Grassroots Local Market will be discussing each beer and cheese as you enjoy them!

Limited tickets!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dahlias-pour-house-cigar-city-beer-and-cheese-pairing-tickets-14947310809

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European Street Cafe to host “Black Night” – Jan. 25, 2015

European Street Cafe (2752 Park St. – 904.384.9999) is having “The Black Night” at their Park Street location on black nightJanuary 25th billed as a dark beer tap takeover. There will be Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break, 2014 Intuition Underdark, Stone Coffee Milk Stout, Founders Breakfast, Bold City Secret Stout, among others.

There will also be giveaways and a beer raffle to benefit the JB Foundation providing a scholarship for a high school runner. Currently, the raffle includes Cigar City Hunuphu, a Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack, Evil Twin Biscotti Break and Intuition Underdark 2014.

As if that wasn’t enough, there will be a special s’mores and graham cracker dip and a black plate special. The black plate will feature charcoal black crackers, porter cheddar, burnt ends and black pudding.

Lastly, they will show Monty Python’s Holy Grail on the patio at 7 p.m. after which there will be a quiz with the winner taking home The Holy Grail!

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Stone Brewing Tap Takeover at WOB – Jax Southside

Join World of Beer – Jacksonville Southside tomorrow (Dec 6) for Stone Brewing’s Tap Takeover! Watch Zack do amazing feats of strength and Disco Splits, all for your pleasure. CASK members, show you membership card for $1 off drafts!

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Get on the Jax Ale Trail!

In just a few short years, Jacksonville’s craft beer scene has grown impressively – not only in size – but also in Jax Ale Trail passport picstature – outside the area. It is getting more difficult to find an establishment in Jacksonville which does not have at least one Jacksonville-based microbrew on tap.

Our community is blessed to have so many breweries serving up delicious creations in their taprooms and into the distribution stream. Jax Ale Trail is the perfect venue for craft beer lovers to experience what the passion and talents of Jacksonville brewers brings to the “brews and chews” table in the city.

Get yourself on the trail and earn some swag! … it’s easy – get your Passport and start drinking!

Having your passport stamped at four (4) of breweries included on the trail and you’ll get a koozie! Have it stamped at all seven (7) breweries on the Trail and receive a koozie AND a Jax Ale Trail T-shirt – a sure-bet to make you the envy of all your craft beer loving friends!

For more information on this exciting opportunity, please visit:

http://www.visitjacksonville.com/jax-ale-trail/brewery-passport/

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Goose Island’s Bourbon County Release in Jax – Pub Crawl & special events

If you’re a craft beer lover, I bet I can make you salivate with two simple words.Bourbon County2

Bourbon County … See? Let the slobberfest begin!

It all takes place on Wednesday (November 26) and Friday (November 28) right here in Jacksonville!

On that Wednesday, 100 lucky people in Jacksonville will be the ONLY people in Florida to be enjoying the Goose Island 2014 Bourbon County Stout along with a number of its variants during the 2014 Jacksonville Bourbon County Pub Crawl!

This is how it will work:

Starting at 7:00pm, the first 100 people to line up for the Pub Crawl at Silver Cow (1506 King Street – 904.379.6968) will receive an official wristband, Passport and a 5 oz snifter to use while on the Crawl.

At Silver Cow, you will receive a 5 oz. pour of Bourbon County Stout for $5. Limit one 5 oz. pour per Pub Crawler.

Keep in mind, your Passport MUST be stamped in the following order to be able to proceed to the next Bourbon County1establishment to purchase the variants listed with these establishments:

1) Silver Cow (1506 King Street – 904.379.6968) – Bourbon County Stout – 5 oz. pour – $5
2) The Garage (2692 Post Street – 904.894.7465) – Bourbon County Coffee – 5 oz. pour – $5
3) Dahlia’s Pour House (2695 Post Street – 904.738.7132) – Bourbon County Barleywine – 5 oz. pour – $5
4) Kickbacks Gastropub (910 King Street – 904.388.9551) – Bourbon County Vanilla Rye – 5 oz. pour – $5

Once you have your Passport stamped at all four locations, you will receive a Raffle Ticket. The Raffle will be held at 10:30pm for rare and very special Goose Island products and swag!

Please note the 100 reserved spots for the Pub Crawl will be first come – first served. Be among the first 100 people at Silver Cow on Wednesday, November 26 for the Bourbon County Pub Crawl!

What an exciting way to spend the evening before Thanksgiving!

Black Friday (November 28) will have a new meaning this year – you will be amazed.

8:00 AM
Get up early and be up at Beer: 30 (1271 King Street – 904.388.0033) for its opening at 8:00am. You will probably want to get there quite a bit earlier to get in line. WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, those in line will receive:

1) Limited Edition Bourbon County snifter from the Goose Island Brewery!
2) Limited Edition Bourbon County poster!
3) A 12 oz. pack of Intelligentsia Coffee – the coffee used in the Bourbon County Coffee!

Also, Brew Five Points will be providing freshly brewed Intelligentsia coffee! That’s not all! A local bakery will be handing out Bourbon County Doughnuts to those in line!

Inside Beer:30, you will be able to purchase:

12 oz. bottles of Bourbon County Stout
12 oz. bottles of Bourbon County Coffee
12 oz. bottles of Bourbon County Barleywine
22 oz. bottles of Bourbon County Vanilla Rye

Please keep in mind the variants are limited in quantity, so get there early! This event is open to the public so anyone can get in line!

After the event, you will be able to find these bottles at other establishments, including:

Grassroots Natural Market (2007 Park Street – 904.384.4474)
Total Wine & More (4413 Town Center Parkway – 904.998.1740)
Broudy’s Fine Wine & Spirits (353 Marsh Landing Parkway – Jacksonville Beach – 904.273.6119)
Broudy’s Fine Wine & Spirits (5000 Hwy 17 #1,2, Fleming Island – 904.269.7029)
Select ABC Liquors

9:00 AM
You’ll be ready for breakfast – a Bourbon County Breakfast – Kickbacks Gastropub style!

That’s right! After your purchases at Beer:30 head on down to Kickbacks Gastropub (910 King Street – 904.388.9551) for a specially prepared breakfast paired with a 5 oz. pour of Bourbon County Coffee!

Okay … I don’t want to be the cause of a stampede, but the FIRST 10 people in line at Kickbacks will receive their breakfast for free!

Please note – you do NOT have to participate in the event at Beer:30 to line up for the Bourbon County Breakfast at Kickbacks. This event is also open to the public!

NOON
Brew Five Points (1024 Park Street – 904.374.5789) has an incredible event planned for you! The event will be called “Deconstructed Bourbon County Coffee” and will be held WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

For only $15, you will receive:

1) A pour of the Bourbon County Stout;
2) A pour of the Intelligentsia Zirikana (Rwanda) coffee;
3) A pour of the Bourbon County Coffee.

5:00 PM
World of Beer (9700 Deer Lake Ct – 904.551.5929) will be having a Goose Island Tap Takeover with 14 beers including the Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Barley wine and the Bourbon County Coffee!

After the event, you will be able to find the Bourbon County beers on tap at several locations, including:

Zeta Brewing (131 1st Ave North – Jacksonville Beach – 904.372.0727)
Rain Dogs (1045 Park Street – 904.379.4969)
Copper Tap House (13500 Beach Blvd, – 904.647.6595)
The Salty Pelican (12 N Front St – Fernandina Beach – 904.277.3811)
Dog Star Tavern (10 N 2nd St, Fernandina Beach – 904.277.8010)

Don’t miss out on these phenomenal Jacksonville Bourbon County events! For more information on any of these events, please contact the various establishments or visit their websites and social media outlets.

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Now Hiring at Silver Cow & The Annex

Silver Cow and The Annex are looking to add to their Krewe! Previous experience in a bar/ restaurant required. Customer service, cleanliness, discipline and organization a must. Beer and wine knowledge preferred. Must be able to sell and suggest products and beer/ wine/ food pairings. Must be able to multitask in a high volume, high pressure environment. Send resumes and references to info@silvercowjax.com Please do not drop off at Silver Cow.
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Super Secret Stout Tapping and Toys for Tots – Wed. Nov 26

Hey everyone! Mark your calendars for next Wednesday (Nov. 26). Bold City Brewery will be open at noon and tapping their Winter seasonal, the Super Secret Stout just in time for Thanksgiving and a special cask of the SSS, too!

They’ll be kicking off their Toys for Tots drive that day, too! Bring in a new and unwrapped toy and receive a free pint card. You’ll be putting a smile on a child’s face and making their Christmas brighter – all while enjoying delicious Bold City Beer! It’s a win for everyone!!!

The tap room will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thurs. Nov 27) so come on in and get your growlers filled for your Thanksgiving dinner!

Thanksgiving 2014 Toys for Tots

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Pint for Pets at Bold City Brewery – Sat. Nov 22, 6 pm

Critters need your help! Join Bold City Brewery for their 2nd Annual Pints for Pets at Bold City this Saturday (Nov 22) from 6-10pm!

There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and $1 of every beer and wine sold goes straight to FOCCA!

Delicious food will be available for purchase by Super Food Truck. Enjoy tons of great games like giant jenga, corn hole, and more!

Head over and support a great cause. Friends of Clay County Animals, Inc. is an all-volunteer nonprofit raising money for the animals at Clay County Animal Care & Control. FOCCA treats heartworm positive dogs, pays for life saving surgeries, gets the shelter much needed medical equipment and medicines, and advocates for the shelter.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/events/624618494325083/

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Intuition Ale Works celebrates 4 years of craft beer brewing excellence

Has it really been four years? … WOW! … time flies when you’re drinking great craft beer! IntuitionAleWorks

Thinking back to the earliest days of Jax Brew Bitch, companion and I remember how excited we would get as we would approach Intuition’s taproom door. What new creation awaited us? … what new friendship would we begin? Which spectacular staff member would be serving us?

Guess what? … we STILL get just as excited pondering all those possibilities as we enter Intuition Ale Works today!

Intuition Ale Works (720 King Street – 904.683.7720) is turning FOUR YEARS OLD!

The big anniversary celebration takes place at the brewery on Saturday, November 22nd but the team at Intuition will be celebrating the whole week leading up to that day. Here are the details about all of their amazing events!

Intuition will be releasing at least one new beer in the tap room every day from Tuesday (November 18) until Friday (November 21). Here’s the line up:

TUESDAY: State Line w/ Habanero

WEDNESDAY: Cantaloupe Saison w/ Cracked Pepper

THURSDAY: Smoke IPA w/ Pineapple

FRIDAY: Golden Graham Jon Boat

Please keep in mind that each beer will ONLY be available the day it is released. Then, on Saturday (November 10394082_10152479958266453_6063427141845296587_n22), all the beers will be available in the brewery and tap room. There will be 20+ special release brews on tap for the big anniversary bash!

STARTING TUESDAY , NOVEMBER 18TH AT 3PM: BEER PASSPORT!

Interested in trying all 20+ beers? With the Beer Passport you can win prizes for trying them all.

Beer Passports will be available in the tap room starting Tuesday ( November 18). The folks at Intuition will be serving up 7-ounce pours of all their brews. Every time you drink a brew that week, you’ll receive a stamp on your passport to keep track of the beers you’ve tried. If you try twenty or more beers by Saturday (November 22), you’ll get a voucher for a gallon growler and a fill of your favorite brew. PLUS you’ll be entered into a raffle to win $100 tap room dollars!

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND that they are only printing 100 Beer Passports – so make sure to come and get yours on Tuesday!

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 FROM 6-10PM: TAP TAKEOVER AT PELE’S WOOD FIRE!

Join Intuition Ale Works as they kick-off their anniversary week with a tap takeover at Pele’s Wood Fire! They’ll have 15 taps devoted to Intuition’s creations and will be offering happy hour all night long. That means $3 Jon Boat, $3.50 I-10 AND $5 pizzas! The Intuition crew will be there with giveaways.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 AT 6:30PM: BELGIAN BEER DINNER AT BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANT!

Intuition is partnering up with Black Sheep Restaurant in 5 Points for a rooftop Belgian beer-pairing dinner on Tuesday starting at 6:30pm.

Join them for five courses by Chef Waylon Rivers paired with some of your favorite Belgian brews like Sage Wit, Honey Badger Saison, Mercury’s Wings BPA, Noir Belg and their seasonal Punk Monk Imperial Belgian Dubbel.

Tickets are $75 and are very limited. To reserve your seat at the table, call the restaurant at (904) 380-3091.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 – BLONDE COFFEE STOUT TAPPING AT BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS!

Both the Riverside and Jax Beach Bold Bean locations will be tapping a very special collaboration brew on Tuesday. Intuition worked with the Bold Bean team to create the Blonde Coffee Stout, a unique special release brew with oats, cocoa nibs and Brazilian coffee. The beer will only be available at Bold Bean and in very limited quantities, so when it’s gone, it’s gone!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 AT 7PM: BEER AND CHEESE PAIRING WITH CYPRESS GROVE CHEVRE AT INTUITION ALE WORKS!

On Wednesday, Intuition is hosting a special beer and cheese pairing with Cypress Grove Chevre, an award-winning artisan goat cheese maker, in the brewery bar. Debbie from Cypress Grove and Riley from Intuition will be on hand to guide the pairing of 5 cheeses and 5 beers, including a unique One-Off! Special glassware will be provided by Cypress Grove, along with other goodies. Tickets are $20 and are extremely limited. Get yours now at this link: http://IntuitionAnniversaryBeerAndCheese.eventbrite.com

WED, NOVEMBER 19 AT 7PM: INTUITION PINT NIGHT AT ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY!

Intuition will be heading out to Jax Beach to spend Wednesday evening with their friends at Engine 15 Brewing Company for an Intuition Pint Night starting at 7pm. They’ll have seven of Intuition’s brews on tap that night: Barrel-Aged Amsterdam Falafel, Noir Belge, Double Elimination, Truck Stop Stout and 3 of our core beers.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20 AT 6PM: INTUITION TAP TAKEOVER AT WORLD OF BEER – SOUTHSIDE!

Join the Intuition crew at World of Beer Southside on Thursday evening for the BIGGEST Intuition tap takeover EVER! They’ll be pouring at least 20 of Intuition’s creations starting at 6pm and there will be fun swag giveaways.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20 FROM 5:30-9PM – COOKING WITH INTUITION AT JAXSONS NIGHT MARKET!

Intuition is partnering with Jaxsons Night Market to celebrate beer, food and community on Thursday evening! Contributors to their cookbook, Cooking with Intuition, will be selling a number of dishes prepared with Intuition brews at the Market and Cari will be selling signed copies of the cookbook.

Also… cans of King Street Stout will be available at the Intuition Biergarten for the first time outside of Intuition’s tap room !

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 FROM 8PM-11PM – BRUNCH FOR DINNER DUAL ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT MOXIE KITCHEN + COCKTAILS!

Intuition is celebrating their dual anniversary with Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails with Brunch for Dinner on Friday night starting at 10pm! This late-night bash will feature an incredible lineup of beers all paired with Chef Tom Gray’s craveable brunch-inspired small plates. Featured beers include Duuuvaaal, Shotgun Shack and several brunch-themed beers brewed just for the occasion.

The Jax Brew Bus will be making a special roundtrip from Riverside.

Tickets can be purchased at http://moxiefl.ticketleap.com/brunch-for-dinner/.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22 FROM 1PM-9PM – 4-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY!!!

Intuition Ale Works anniversary will be a beer-lover’s dream. All of their anniversary brews will be on tap along with a long list of special release and barrel-aged treats!

Intuition has pulled a special event permit so they’ll be closing down the street in front of the brewery to blow out the festivities. There will be food trucks out in the street featuring fare by Funkadelic and Driftwood BBQ. The folks at Fretto Prints will be there all day with their on-site t-shirt printing contraption selling unique, one-of-a-kind souvenir tees.

Intuition will also be hosting a raffle to raise money for the Florida craft beer political committee. Just $10 per ticket gives you the chance to win a Yeti cooler bag customized by Burro Bags or an UNDERDARK package that includes bottles of all three vintages and lots of swag!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 AT 11AM: HANGOVER BRUNCH AT MELLOW MUSHROOM – AVONDALE!

Join Intuition as they shake off an epic week with a Hangover Brunch at Mellow Mushroom Avondale on Sunday morning! They’ll have 10 of Intuition’s brews on tap to pair with their already awesome brunch menu, including some breakfast one-offs and the return of Contraption, a special release double IPA.

Personally, I wish to extend my heartfelt appreciation to everyone at Intuition Ale Works for all you have done for the Jacksonville craft beer community. I also thank you for what y’all have done for me and companion in our endeavors – and for making Intuition Ale Works always an enjoyable stop on Jax Brew Bitch Prowls.

Intuition Ale Works (720 King Street – 904.683.7720)

http://www.intuitionaleworks.com/

https://www.facebook.com/IntuitionAle

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Let’s give thanks to our Veterans …

Where are going for fun today? … tonight? … this weekend? Aren’t we blessed to be able to CHOOSE where we go and happy-veterans-day-pictureswhat we do? As Americans, we are somewhat distinctive in the belief that we all have that right.

It could have been different, you know – and still could be. What makes the difference – what keeps tyrannical power from ruling over us – dictating our every move – is our armed forces. They have made and continue to make the difference – those brave men and women who have and continue to protect our freedoms.

If you are out and about this week and notice a veteran or active duty soldier, please consider buying them a pint to show your appreciation for what they do. Have no doubt they will appreciate it and will remember your kind and thoughtful gesture.

On behalf of companion and myself, thank you veterans and active duty military personnel for making this country strong.

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Book Signing at Intuition Ale Works

Mark your calendars for next Sat., Nov 15 from 3 – 10 pm and meet Mark DeNote, the author of The Great Florida 51Pojiij6TL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Craft Beer Guide and editor of Florida Beer News. Mark will talk beer and history and sign copies of his new book. While you’re there enjoy a delicious pint from Intuition Ale Works!
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Raise your pint and celebrate International Stout Day!

One definition of the word stout is, “bold, brave and dauntless”r620-a61e37efe84a636af2b94d34fd3b338c

I like that – and YOU should, too!

TODAY is International Stout Day – a day set aside to honor and enjoy this distinctive dark beer at just about any beer-laden establishment around the world. Even establishments which haven’t embraced “craft beer” will probably have Guinness or Smithwick on tap. If you are a newbie to anything other than the mass-produced brands of beer, be brave and step out of the norm by trying one of these stouts, available almost everywhere.

Those more immersed in the world of microbrews will most likely be looking for something heavier – higher alcohol content – with notes of chocolate, coffee or anise.

So today, be determined to become emboldened and be dauntless in your search for significant and delicious stouts on International Stout Day! The only loser is the non-participant!

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A message to all …

Hello, all!

I wanted to give you a quick update about things. As many of you know, being the in the first year of operations248068_311493365602946_352137400_n of the Silver Cow, opening The Annex (next door to Silver Cow) within a couple of weeks and being in the middle of dealing with my mother’s failing health in Louisiana and trying to get her transferred to Florida, I haven’t been able to stay up on posts here at JaxBrewBitch.

I hope you will continue to bear with me as I deal with these major things.

As an update, I have a new section of JaxbrewBitch which will have a lot of useful information for you. It is approximately 70% complete – but I believe it will be worth the wait for all of us craft beer lovers! This new section will not replace anything – but augment what is there.

You can tell the site looks different (read that as “messed up”) since GoDaddy moved me over to a new server. It turns out some of my old but useful WordPress plugins cause some issues with the new server (per GoDaddy support) and I am on the hunt for new and better plugins to add more functionality to the current website – functionality for YOU.

Please stay tuned as Companion and I work our way through these things which take so much of our time. I look forward to the day when we’ll see you all out and about and enjoying craft beer – not only here at Silver Cow and The Annex but at all the outstanding “brews and chews” establishments around the Greater Jacksonville area.

It is because of YOU that craft beer is growing in popularity and stature. Your patience and continued support of JaxBrewBitch, Silver Cow, The Annex is certainly and sincerely appreciated. Thank you for all for being here for us.

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“Knave! … Pumpion! … if pumpkin be the food of love, play on!”

“Go to, then. We’ll use this unwholesome humidity, this gross watery pumpion. We’ll teach him to know turtles hqdefaultfrom jays.”

WOW! … even William Shakespeare appreciated all the various useful aspects of pumpkins! When he penned this portion of the dialogue between Mistress Ford and Mistress Page in “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, he used the word “pumpion” for what we now refer to as pumpkin.

Modern society has bastardized “pumpion” to describe a person who has little regard for his/her appearance or smell and enjoys making snide comments aloud to get a reaction. There are pompous folks who have, as companion eloquently defines, a “goat-smellin’ ass.”

Whereas the modern “pumpions” seem to show their … well, you know … at all times of the year, the “pumpion” of Billy Shakespeare’s time garners much more attention as the Fall/Winter seasons descend upon us – not only in kitchens around the country – but in microbreweries, as well. You’ll now be seeing all manner of pumpkin beers appear on the shelves of local packaged beer purveyors and along tap line-ups of several Greater Jacksonville area craft beer establishments.

For those new to craft beer, be aware there are variants in this style and each variant finds palates for which they satisfy. Typically, you’ll find one variant and “stick with it” from year to year.

Here is a simple list of three pumpkin beers, each with different tastes:

Southern Tier Brewing Company Pumking Imperial Pumpkin AleIMG_0041
All Hallow’s Eve is a time of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world, and when magic is most potent. It is thought that we harness this magic to brew our powerful pumpkin ale. Not so, but it is with great respect to the magic of their trade that our brewers produce this fine beer. Take a whiff of this complex ale and your journey has just begun. At first sip, a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds, yet another victim enraptured by the Pumking. Note: 8.6% ABV

Shipyard Brewing Company Pugsley’s Smashed Pumpkin
A big bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Saphir and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit. Note: 9.0% ABV

Cigar City Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Pours orange in color with notes of buttered pie crust, roasted pumpkin, and a melange of pumpkin pie spices. Medium bodied with flavors of caramel and roasted pumpkin notes and an underpinning of floral hop bitterness that leads into a harmonious blend of pumpkin pie spice and finishes with drying alcohol heat that creates a balance with caramel in the finish. Note: 8.5% ABV & 35 IBUs

Embrace the season – visit your favorite craft beer establishments and select a pumpkin ale on tap – and find a bottle or two or three to take home. Keep in mind this is truly a seasonal thing – even as a craft beer newbie, you’ll find that you will save your pumpkin beer selections for the Fall and Winter.

You may encounter someone who turns their nose up to your selection. They might even say, “I just don’t like any vegetable beer. Why would anyone mix gross watery pumpkin with good beer?” Simply answer,

“Knave! … Pumpion! … if pumpkin be the food of love, play on!” … To their silent and confused response, then add:

“Get Thee and Thine goat-smellin’ ass to a library.”

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On tap at Silver Cow

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Kissmeyer Viking Gose
Nectar Ales Black Xantus Imperial Stout
Struise / Mikkeller Elliot Brew Imperial IPA
Beer Geek Breakfast Oatmeal Stout
Kasteel Rouge
Bluebird English Bitter by Coniston Brewing
Petrus Aged Pale Flanders Oud Bruin
Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout
2013 Pumking
1664 Kronenbourg Blanc Witbier
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
St. Bernardus Abt 12 Quadrupel
Head Hunter IPA
All Day IPA
Nut Sack Imperial Brown
Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout
McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider.

Check out Silver Cow’s tap list at:
http://silvercowjax.com/tap-list
or download their app, Silver Cow through Apple and Android

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New arrivals at Silver Cow

New arrivals in the cooler. Enjoy at Silver Cow or take home.
José Martí India Imperial Porter aged on French Oak – Cigar City Brewing, Hoppin’ Frog / Amager (Bryghus) Frog Hops From Amager Imperial Stout – Hoppin’ Frog Brewery, Yodo Con Leche Porter – 5 Rabbit Cerveceria 8.2% ABV 12 oz Bottle and Lagunitas Sucks Imperial IPA ( Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) Lagunitas Brewing Co. in FAT 32 oz bottles


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FL vs GA Pint Nights throughout Jax

It’s that time of year again! Swamp Head Brewery from Gainesville, FL vs. Terrapin Beer Co. from Athens, GA. Make _uploads_2014_10_FL-GA-Events_0plans to visit and meet the reps and you may collect some nifty swag and pint glasses to take home.

Wed, Oct 29 – Engine 15 Brewing, 4-7 pm Buy the pint, keep the glass!

Thurs, Oct 30 – Kickback’s Gastropub will tap six kegs from each brewery. 6-9 pm.

Fri, Oct 31 – Mellow Mushroom Southside will serve a variety of beers from the two breweries, along with games, costume contests and giveaways. 6-9 pm.

Sat, Nov 1 – World of Beer, 3pm til will put five or more kegs from each brewery on tap for the big game, with brewery swag up for grabs.

For more details visit my friends over at Amber Waves with the Florida Times Union

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Zeta Brewing honors our Military every Monday

Zeta Brewing celebrates and honors our brave men and women who serve our Military every Monday with “Military 1970909_429097957226418_1467185138_nMondays”. Dollar PBRs and half off the entire bill for anyone who has served.

Click here to see what Zeta has brewing!

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Craft Beer Dinner feat. Founders at Gas Full Service – Oct 29

The awesome and creative staff at Gas Full Service Restaurant located in St. Augustine are taking reservations for 10313009_783276721714576_92637893844828576_ntheir Beer Dinner Event featuring Founder’s Brewing happening on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 starting at 6pm.

Tickets are $75 per person for 6 courses with 6 Beers.

The Menu:
1 All Day IPA w/ Cracked Black Peppercorn Flatbread Crackers Goat Cheese and Spicy Citrus Marmalade
2 Red’s Rye IPA w/ roulade of Boar Tenderloin and Rye Berry Stuffing Orange Balsamic Reduction
3 Rübaeus w/ local bitter greens salad with roasted cocoa nibs, prosciutto, roast beets, quail egg, parmesan tuille and raspberry/ citrus vinaigrette
4 Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale w/ Braised Elk Tacos
5 Dark Penance Black IPA w/ Marinated Grilled Breast of Pheasant and Harvest time roasted Vegetables
6 Breakfast Stout w/ Bacon Hazelnut Creme Brulee

For Reservations call 904-217-0326

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Bells Brewery Night at Brewers Pizza

Tonight at Brewer’s Pizza, 6 – 8 pm! Stop in for Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Official) night and for your chance to win 150115_858671807490668_6834017843276547310_nsome cool Bell’s swag … If you pinch Trevor on the rear he will give you something extra special!! ;)

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Help support K9′s and get $1 off your growler fill at Veterans United Craft Brewery

$1 off growler fills when you stop by Veterans United Craft Brewery and help support Military Working Dog Team Support Association. (MWDTSA), a nonprofit organization supporting U.S. military dogs and their handlers.

VUCB has been collecting large Kong toys at the taproom to send to our four-footed warriors overseas to aid in their training and R&R. They will be accepting donations of Large KONG Classics, Large KONG Biscuit Balls, Large KONG Goodie Bones, and Large KONG Extremes. The KONGs will be matched by a free Kong Classic toy or KONG Extreme from the KONG Company. The donated toys will be sent in care packages to deployed dog teams overseas, and the matched toys are used during visits to kennels at stateside bases.

For every toy you donate, take $1 off any size growler fill.
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Recent arrivals at Beer:30 and growler fills coming soon!

Recent arrivals at Beer:30! As always, they’re Hops approved!1654268_925063477504875_4223505239577453665_n

Southern Tier Krampus Helles Lager
Swamphead Saison Due Swamp
Red Brick Thick Silky Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter
Sam Smith Winter Welcome Ale
5 Rabbit Cerveceria 5 Lizard Latin style wit
5 Rabbit Cerveceria Vida y Muerte
Lazy Magnolia Me & The Dev Ale
Lazy Magnolia Southern Hops’pitality session IPA
Terrapin Moo Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout
Bells Java Stout
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin
Great Divide Fresh Hop

Pretty soon you’ll be able to fill one of these at Beer:30! Plus keg purchases and tap rentals, too!
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Now on tap at Silver Cow …

Now on tap at The Silver Cow Struise / Mikkeller Elliot Brew Imperial IPA by De Struise Brouwers 9% ABV. According to the brewers, this is the hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium.
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Learn to Homebrew on Nov 1

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CASK Group Brew for Learn to Homebrew Day 2014! Please come and brew with fellow club members of CASK (Cowford Ale Share Klub) in support of LHD on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10 am – 3 pm.

Brewing will start at 10 am and continue to start as late as 1 pm. There will also be a used Brew Gear table to swap or sell equipment. Lastly, if you are interested in brewing the next Barrel Project beer, an Old Ale, please let Walter or Jesse Johnson know and they will have your ingredients ready for you on Saturday.

Location:
Just Brew It (located next to Bold City Brewery)
2670 Rosselle St
Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Phone (904) 381-1983
http://www.justbrewitjax.com

For more information click here.

Learn more on about CASK and how you can join and receive 10% off all at Just Brew It at http://www.thecask.org/

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Win an IceMule Cooler filled with cans of Bold City Brewery!

Enter for your chance to win the coolest gift ever (literally) The IceMule – The Ultimate Leakproof Portable Cooler! and Bold City Brewery have teamed up and will be raffling off a IceMule Cooler filled with 12 cans of Bold City brews! Just hashtag your most creative photo of what you love about Bold City to #CircleUpBoldCity #IceMuleCoolers #GoJags #BoldCityBrewery

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Pumpkin Palooza at Engine 15 Brewing Co.

Pumpkin Palooza and special release of E15′s Pumpmaster in bottles and on draft at Engine 15 Brewing Company happening tomorrow (Oct 30) starting at 4pm! Plus a special cask of Pumpmaster Aged on Volcanista Coffee and Madagascar Vanilla Beans and Pumpmaster Randalled through Baked Apples and Ginger. Lots of seasonal taps and creative dinner menu with all things pumpkin!

For more info click here.

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