Intersections: A day of Spirit, Justice, Music, and Art. A Wild Goose Event

Coming out for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people is about deciding to courageously live lives of authenticity. As the cultural and spiritual landscape all around us continues to shift, a growing group of diverse people have emerged who are: • Hungering and thirsting for an authentic spirituality. • Being pulled into deeper Read more

Party of the Decades to benefit the Junior League of Jacksonville

Travel through time at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery on Friday, April 28 for the Party of the Decades to benefit the Junior League of Jacksonville. The event is a progressive party that starts in the Roaring ‘20s, moves into the Groovy ‘60s and finishes in the Rockin’ ‘80s. Dress the Read more

4th Annual Coastal Art & Craft Beer Festival in New Smyrna Beach

Head out this Saturday, April 29 at the 4th Annual Coastal Art & Craft Beer Festival in New Smyrna Beach (New Smyrna Marina -200 Boatyard St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169) The festival will feature 100+ craft beers, a free local art show, live music and more! The movie Read more

Bold City Downtown opening this Friday! (April 21)

The Bold New City of the South just got even BOLDER! Bold City Brewery opens their new second location in downtown Jacksonville TO THE PUBLIC THIS FRIDAY! (April 21) starting at 11 am to 11 pm! This exciting addition to Bold City is located at 109 E. Bay Street. Regular hours will Read more

Tree Fest at Swamp Head Brewery - Sat. April 15

This Saturday (April 15) 12 pm -11 pm at Swamp Head Brewery (Gainesville, FL) when you drink you'll be planting 5 trees ... no, really! Tree Fest 2017 is a FREE family friendly event put on by Solar Impact and Swamp Head Brewery with games, live music with Jordan Read more

$3 Craft Drafts

We're all looking for a little happy during the week! $3 local drafts during Happy Hour (Mon - Fri, 4 - 7pm) at Hoptinger - Five Points and their Jax Beach location. If you're in 5 Points - Jax Hawkers 5 Points has $3 craft drafts and $3 app Read more

It's Baseball Season! Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Amazing Cuisine & Craft Beer! Yes ... Craft Beer!

“Before the Rangers, there were the Spurs.” Companion had been providing a timeline of the growth of his hometown (Arlington, Texas) including the addition of General Motors, Six Flags over Texas, the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball Team and more recently, the Dallas Cowboys. His fondest childhood memories were associated with Read more

Celebrate National Beer Day - April 7

The end of Prohibition was anxiously anticipated by many in the US and President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law a bill which allowed people to brew and sell beer on April 7, 1933. This was regarded as one of the major first steps in getting rid of a heavy-handed Read more

Crooked Can Brewing Co. Celebrates American Craft Beer Week - May 15

Start prepping your liver for American Craft Beer Week! To all my Winter Garden and Central FL peeps, Crooked Can Brewing Company will be kicking off ACBW with an event on Monday, May 15 featuring 20+ breweries including a couple of Jacksonville's own local brews! Tickets are $35 and Read more

Hyperion Brewing Co. Grand Opening May 19

An advocate of human rights, James Freeman Clarke, once said, “I can do small things in a great way” – a very pithy statement from this 19th century theologian and outspoken liberal minister. It is obvious Alexandra "Alex" McKeown, Owner and co-founder of Hyperion Brewing Company is taking that thought Read more


Party of the Decades to benefit the Junior League of Jacksonville

Travel through time at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery on Friday, April 28 for the Party of the Decades to benefit the Junior League of Jacksonville. The event is a progressive party that starts inparty of the decade the Roaring ‘20s, moves into the Groovy ‘60s and finishes in the Rockin’ ‘80s.

Dress the part of your favorite decade and join in for a great night out! There will be live music in the style of each of the decades you are in. There will be food and Craft Beer provided by Anheuser-Busch.

Tickets will be available at three different levels; level one will allow access into the Roaring ‘20s party, level two allows entry into the ‘20s and a move into the Groovy ‘60s, and the all access pass will move guests through all the decades. For those who get stuck in the ‘20s, there will be an opportunity to upgrade to move into the ‘60s or all the way through to the ‘80s.

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Tree Fest at Swamp Head Brewery – Sat. April 15

This Saturday (April 15) 12 pm -11 pm at Swamp Head Brewery (Gainesville, FL) when you drink you’ll be planting 5 trees … no, really! Tree Fest 2017 is a FREE family friendly event put on byswamhad tree fest Solar Impact and Swamp Head Brewery with games, live music with Jordan Burchel and The Delta Troubadours and more.

Each beer purchased throughout the day will donate enough money to plant 5 trees with the Alachua Conservation Trust.

The more you drink, the more you plant! Just make sure you and your Woodland Friends designate a driver if you plan on planting a forest.

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It’s Baseball Season! Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Amazing Cuisine & Craft Beer! Yes … Craft Beer!

“Before the Rangers, there were the Spurs.”

Companion had been providing a timeline of the growth of his hometown (Arlington, Texas) including the addition of General Motors, Six Flags over Texas, the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball IMG_2499Team and more recently, the Dallas Cowboys.

His fondest childhood memories were associated with going to Turnpike Stadium to watch the Minor League franchise Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs (there prior to the Rangers) play other teams in the Texas League with names like the Amarillo Sonics, El Paso Sun Kings and the Tulsa Oilers.

The games and stadium, he said, were truly family-oriented, the players approachable and the fans “pretty darn respectful of the opposing team and of one another”.

Companion said he was there the night Gene Etter got married at home plate and the night Dick Armstrong threw a no-hitter against the Spurs. Although we have been together almost a quarter of a century, it was fascinating to hear what memories he had from his youth about his hometown baseball team.

IMG_2538I KNEW he would be so excited to learn I had been invited by Marco LaNave (Media Relations for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp) to attend a media event at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville to try the incredible new menu additions to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp baseball team’s extensive food menu!

The event started at noon and before being turned loose on the delicious new creations, we were introduced to Harold Craw (General Manager of the team), Noel Blaha (Assistant General Manager) and Ernest Hopkins (Director of Food & Beverage), who provided some background on the team’s decision to expand their menu and how they chose a variety of styles and ingredients to be sensitive to those with food allergies and those who are following a certain diet regimen.

IMG_2519The food will be available in at least one of the many food vendor locations stationed throughout the park. Companion and I were very excited to see Bold City Brewery and Intuition Ale Works beer available in cans and agreed the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp had knocked one out of the park by creating the Craft Cave, soon to offer a dozen different craft beer selections on draft! To find the Craft Cave, stay at street level on the third base side. Looking across A. Philip Randolph Boulevard, the Craft Cave is directly across the street from the entrance of the Jacksonville Arena.

Your toughest decision will be what food to pair with that craft beer in your hand!IMG_2528

Besides what you might consider fairly straightforward ballpark food, consider the following additions:

IMG_2507Boom Boom Shrimp in a Waffle Bowl – Popcorn Shrimp are nestled in a crispy waffle bowl, topped with green onions. This Waffle Bowl provides an easy way to tote and hold this delicious spicy dish.

IMG_2512Philly Grilled Cheese – Ground Philly steak made with peppers, onions and American cheese. Tastes as great as it sounds and smells!

IMG_2510Grilled Shrimp Po’ Boy with Cole Slaw – This traditional Sandwich is restyled with fresh grilled Mayport shrimp and topped with cole slaw. Take it from this Cajun girl, don’t miss this one!

IMG_2520Surf & Turf Burger – 8oz. burger topped with 3 Jumbo Shrimp, rested on grilled Texas Toast. A half-pound of beef and plump Jumbo Shrimp – the perfect combo to fit the Greater Jacksonville-area culture – appropriately filling and great to eat while watching the game!

IMG_2541Coconut Torpedo Shrimp (Fried Jumbo Shrimp) – A light, flaky coconut batter lends crunch to tail-on torpedo shrimp. Sweet and salty offering which will pair extremely well with a pale ale or cream ale!

IMG_2542Shrimp & Grits – These elegant bite-sized portion cakes, made with shrimp, grits and bacon bursting with coastal flavor. At a ballgame? Awesome idea! Tasty, easy to carry and hold, you’ll probably go back for another order!

IMG_2525Jumbolaya – Build deep flavors by sautéing the aromatic trinity of onion, celery and pepper in the andouille chicken and shrimp drippings with herbs, garlic and spices. Being from Louisiana, I am very picky about Jumbolaya – and this one rocked!

IMG_2522Mozzarella Caprese – Fresh mozzarella, tomato slices, basil, oregano, olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette drizzle. A great lighter and cooler option for the hot summer evenings!

IMG_2515Mayport Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail – Mayport Jumbo Shrimp served with spicy, house-made cocktail sauce. I’m going to pair this with the Mozzarella Caprese as my early-inning-appetizers!

IMG_2533Bold City Burger Pie – A grilled 16-ounce beef patty, covered with two slices of pepper jack cheese, served between two 8-inch pepperoni pizzas. Yes, a one-pound burger between two 8-inch pizzas – the Grand Slam of Portion Sizes of the new additions to the team’s impressive menu line-up!

Their classic Traditional Menu still has corn dogs, $2 hot dogs, brats, sausage, hamburgers, chicken tenders, pizza, French Fries, nachos, pretzels, peanuts cracker jacks, popcorn and Uncle Ray’s Potato Chips! Ask about adding shrimp to your nachos and pizza!

Those currently focusing on Health & Diet will find Salad Shakers, Fresh Fruit Cups, Grilled Marinated Chicken Sandwich, wraps and Kosher Hebrew National Franks awaiting them!

Ready for some sweets? How about Mr. Softee Ice Cream, brownies, cookies, candy, churros, funnel cake fries, Hippo Pops, Mini Melts, Sqwincher Sqweeze, King-sized candy bars, frozen bananas and Hot Cookie with Ice Cream?


Ticket prices are a great value! Check the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp website for Season Tickets and Individual Game Tickets prices. The “Hot Corner” on the third baseIMG_2569 side is only $15 per seat AND includes one drink ticket – PLUS it is very close to the Craft Cave! That’s where companion and I will be on Opening Night (Wednesday, April 12 at 7:05 pm)!

The “Dugout Box” tickets are only $18 per seat – an amazing deal at a ballpark! There are All-You-Can-Eat Group Picnics and Special Hospitality areas for you and your loved ones, office or church group, or simply a bunch of your friends to enjoy! For Group Outing details, call 904.358.2846.

For birthday party information, contact Ashley McCallen at 904.224.8533 to find out about their amazing ticket-and-meal packages!

My sincere thanks to Marco LaNave for the invitation and to Harold Craw, Noel Blaha and Ernest Hopkins for enduring my questions and to the rest of the staff for the wonderful attentive service!

Yes, “before the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp there were the Jacksonville Suns” – but get out this season and make some “Jumbo memories” of your own with your family and friends – and eat, eat, eat – and “Root, Root, Root” for our own home team, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp!

For more information, please visit:

Individual Game Tickets

Season Tickets

Group Outings

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Beer & Hymns at Bold City Brewery – Every 1st Thursday

Join Beer and Hymns every 1st Thursday of the month here at the brewery starting at 7:30 pm!
Come out, sing some good ol’ gospel hymns and enjoy some cold and delicious Bold City beer!
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Mead & Greet – Homebrew Mead & Cider Share at the Mazer

Calling all homebrew mead and cider makers! mead cider share

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Wine, Women & Wealth with Bottomless Wine – Wed. Dec 14

Wine, Women & Wealth comes to Riverside on Wednesday, December 14 at Silver Cow!

Join us to learn “The 3 Areas of Financial Risk ALL Women Should Be Aware Of”.

Did I mention Bottomless Wine and Light Snacks from 5:30-7:30pm for only $20?!!!

Wine, Women & Wealth offers educational seminars and solid financial advice using everyday language. Independent and unbiased financial guidance to help] women gain control of their financial well-being!

5:30-6:30pm Mix & Mingle
6:30-7:30pm Event

To learn more about Wine Women and Wealth, please visit:

To see the event page which Wine Women and Wealth has created for this event, please visit:

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The Mazer is opening!

Love Meads and Ciders? Have a sneak peek at The Mazer this Saturday (November 12) starting at 3 pm! They will be a part of this year’s JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival which is taking place inside the meadery and cider house. The Mazer himself, Ed Stansel, will be there with his beautiful wife/Muse, Beth, to share with you what’s to come and educate you more on various meads and ciders!

1508 King St. Jacksonville, FL


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Silver Cow is offering 1/2 price beers on Friday, November 11

Silver Cow is offering 1/2 price beers on Friday, November 11!vetdaynov 11

We, at Silver Cow, are honored to offer U.S. veterans and active duty military personnel 1/2 draft beers and wines by the glass on Veterans Day (Friday, November 11) from 4 to 8 pm. Just show proof of military service to receive your well-deserved discount. As always, Military receive 10% off food, draft beers and wines.

All of us thank you for your service to our country.

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Porchfest 2016 – Nov 5

What an incredible opportunity for Jacksonvillians! Make plans to be at Porchfest 2016!

Jacksonville’s premier free music festival will return to the porches and parks of Historic Springfield on Saturday (Nov 5)!

There will be 20 bands on porches in the afternoon and an evening concert in beautiful Klutho Park.

Enjoy beer, wine and some of Jacksonville’s best food trucks. Proceeds support continued arts programming in the Springfield neighborhood!

For more information, please visit:

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Charity Pint NIght at Black Sheep for DLC Nurse & Learn – August 23

Caleigh Quast, Executive Assistant for DLC Nurse & Learn is a good friend and she is part of an awesome DLC Nurse and Learn Black Sheeporganization – and that organization has an exciting event coming up in August!

DLC Nurse & Learn is an organization dedicated to providing a multitude of services to children with special needs and their families in Jacksonville.

Among these services re:
Inclusion childcare for children of all abilities
Program for infants through preschool
Afterschool care for children with disabilities – preschool through high school
Childcare services provided by DLC allow the parents freedom to work, attend school and provide for the family; thereby the entire family is strengthened
Provide nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and Early Intervention
Serve kids with varying handicapping conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Microcephaly, Seizures, G-Tube, etc.
Scholarships available for tuition and therapy
Over $280,000 in scholarships provided to 70% of students last year.
Their program gives children the skills necessary to reach their maximum potential

They have been providing childcare to children with special needs in a Christian loving atmosphere since 1989 and currently serve about 80 children between their two campuses.

Come out and support this worthy organization at Pint Night on the Rooftop at Black Sheep Restaurant (1534 Oak Street – 904.380.3091) on Tuesday (Aug 23) from 3pm to close!

There will be Happy Hour pricing on selected drinks, discounted food and 10% of your bill goes right to DLC Nurse & Learn!

Check out their New Video!

For more information, please visit:

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Sometimes, it takes some time for me to develop what I want to say in a post.sewbrew

However, it was quite easy to come up with the intro, body and conclusion for the content of this post regarding the article linked below. I hope you enjoy.

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The Mazer – Meadery and Cider House opening soon in Jacksonville, FL

So, this is what I’ve been doing along with running The Silver Cow and The Annex. The Mazer Meadery &openingsoonmazer Cider House coming to King St. It took me and companion about three seconds – maybe two – to decide we wanted to “partner up” with Ed and Beth Stansel on creating a new spot with a new focus in the King Street Beer District – The Mazer!

The Mazer will be serving meads and ciders (along with a smaller but impressive selection of fine wines and craft beer) and food items especially selected to pair well with the available beverages.

The bar itself will most probably open before the federal and state licenses for producing meads are obtained. The meadery/microwinery will be called East Florida Fermentology and will be headed up by Ed Stansel (he’s won bling for his beer!), a local figure well respected for his homebrewing and fermenting skills. Ed’s recipes have been brewed as commercially viable creations by a number of our local microbreweries.

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JaxGPO Night at Silver Cow – 3rd Wednesday & 50% off draft beer

Hello Ladies! I started the Jacksonville Chapter of Girls Pint Out in 2013 because I saw a need for women who loved or were Silver Cow 3rd Wedinterested in craft beer to come together to support one another as SISTERS as we charged forward in the predominantly male-oriented craft beer industry.

With the opening of my own craft-beer centric establishments (Silver Cow and The Annex), I was forced to tear myself away from arranging events for this amazing group of girls.

I am now UN-TEARING myself away – by offering the Jacksonville Chapter of Girls Pint Out (JGPO) some very special specials and opportunities.

Members (no membership fee – it’s free!) will receive:

Monthly: 50% off ALL draft beers on the Wednesday of the monthly JGPO event;
Weekly: 20% off ALL draft beers on Sundays and every Wednesday not having the monthly JGPO event
Special guest featuring their craft beer knowledge and expertise
Raffles for craft beer and swag
Opportunity of participating in charitable events as JGPO members
To become a member, simply follow Jacksonville Girls Pint Out on facebook and send an email to with the date you followed and your name. A membership card will be created just for you to use in the future at JGPO events!

Please note the discounts will be applied to member’s draft beer ordered – not others in your group. So, get them ALL to join. Sorry, guys – JGPO is LADIES ONLY – but companion has convinced me to startJax Brew Brethren – look for more in the future!

The FIRST rebirthing event of the Jacksonville Chapter of Girls Pint Out will be held at (Silver Cow/Annex) on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 beginning at 5 – 10 pm!

This will be an exciting evening of female fellowship and planning more JPGO events for the future!

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Hopollo & Beer Class: Beer 101

How does one decide to try craft beer for the first time?Hopollo

Does Hopollo, the Greek God of Microbreweries reach down with a malty worted finger and touch someone not currently enjoying what craft beer has to offer?

No, though that mental image intrigues me. For instance, what would Hopollo be wearing? … never mind.

Anyway, the typical migrations from non-beer-drinkers and mass-produced-beer-drinkers into the microbrew community begin by:

a) those who have tired of the wine and hard liquor scene;
b) those who have been trying to find palate-excitement with the mass-produced brands for years with no luck;
c) spouses of craft beer drinkers who decide having a shared exciting experience is important;
d) friends of craft beer drinkers who want to be part of the fun;
e) non-drinkers.

It follows then that it falls upon us, the veteran craft beer enthusiasts, to assist these folks in their initial steps.

Folks are hesitant to “jump right in” because:

1) they don’t want to be embarrassed by being identified as a novice;
2) they don’t want to “waste money” on beer with tastes that don’t resonate with their individual palate;
3) they feel they have to be able to describe the beer like the pros do.

Thus, Silver Cow has decided to begin a series of classes to help those wanting to try craft beer develop confidence in selecting the right beer (for them) from a myriad of tap handles.
Beer 101 Jan 23 2016

Beer Class: Beer 101 at Silver Cow. Saturday, January 23. 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

Class is $20 per person but mention discount code Beer101 for $5 off.

What you get:
*Enjoy four (4) different craft beer styles during the class
*Four (4) charcuterie, fromage and fruit pairings – each matched with the beer
*Class sheets and information to keep
*10% off food purchase at Silver Cow
*10% off of your container and growler fill of one of the beers used in the class
*An extra $1 off Happy Hour price for one of the beers tasted during your class
*10% off Silver Cow packaged beer (or wine) to go
*A Silver Cow sticker
*A pint glass to keep

For more details visit:

Facebook event at:

#drinklocal #beer101 #jaxgirlspintout #girlspintout #craftbeer #jaxbeer #beernewbie

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Pints for Pets at Bold City Brewery – Sat. Nov 21

TONIGHT (Saturday, Nov 21) is Pint for Pets night at Bold City Brewery from 6-10pm!pints for pets 2015 They will have the incredible Millie’s Famous Hot Barbecue‏ Food Truck there offering up some amazing food to pair with your choice of Bold City beer!

This event will benefit Friends of Clay County Animals, Inc. Shelter by allocating $1 from every pint, growler and glass of wine sold to this worthy organization!

There will also be a 50/50 Raffle and Silent Auction, as well!

Make plans to be there, help provide the desperately needed support for these critters, enjoy some awesome food and delicious Bold City beer!

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Behind You BBQ to benefit the family of Daniel Rowe

To everyone in the Greater Jacksonville area: behind yoiu bbq

The Jacksonville service industry community is proud to stand behind one of its own, Daniel Rowe, who was needlessly killed three weeks ago
in Riverside. Daniel leaves behind a fiancee and two small children with another on the way. All proceeds from ticket sales, raffles, and $1 from every beer sold at Intuition Ale Works​ tomorrow (Saturday, August 15) from 1 to 6pm will go directly to the family.

Get your tickets here for $15:

Tickets include entrance and all you can eat food donated by area restaurants and chefs including Bono’s Real Pit BBQ, Black Sheep, Kitchen on San Marco, Trasca + Co Eatery, Mellow Mushroom, Burrito Gallery, Blind Rabbit, and Super Food + Brew.

Please remember the Rowe family, Daniel’s fiance and children in your prayers and please seriously consider coming to Intuition Ale Works tomorrow to help provide financial support for this family.

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Funky Buddha Brewery Tasting at Silver Cow’s Craft Beer Share – Sun. Aug. 16

Join me this Sunday (Aug 16) for The Silver Cow’s weekly Craft Beer & Homebrew Share starting at 4 pm. I funky-buddha-brewery-logorecently had the opportunity to visit Funky Buddha Brewery down in Ft. Lauderdale and brought back some goodies to share – Floridian Hefeweizen, Hop Gun IPA and Blueberry Cobbler.

For more information about Funky Buddha Brewery, visit:

This event is free! For more information on Silver Cow’s weekly bottle shares visit:

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Jax Beer Society & Bold City Brewery – Free Beer for New Members/ $2 & $3 drafts

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Join the crew at The Silver Cow this Tuesday, July 21 for a night with Jax Beer Society and Bold City Brewery from 6 pm to 8 pm!

That evening, the delicious creations from Bold City Brewery will be featured including Bourbon Barrel Aged Super Secret Stout and Bourbon Barrel Aged Chinook IPA for just $3!

If you are not already a member of the Jax Beer Society, this will be the PERFECT opportunity for you to sign up plus you’ll receive a free Bold City draft and some nifty swag!

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The Annex, now open on King Street – 46 Craft Beers & Ciders on Tap.

The Annex is located in the heart of Riverside’s King Street Craft Beer District, 1508 King Street, Jax, FL (near the corner of Park & King). ANNEX LOGO Now OpenFeaturing 46 craft beer and ciders on tap, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Pitas, Sandwiches, Tacos, Salads and Retro Candy and Snacks.

Happy Hour everyday, 4 – 8 pm. All drafts $3 and $4, $1 off all bottles and cans, $4 house wines, $2 Jello Shots and $3 Moonshine Shots.

Buy any entree, Salad or Taco Plate between 4 – 6:30 and receive any draft for $2.

Free Pool, Air Hockey, Ping Pong, Skee Ball, Foosball, Classic Atari and tons of Card and Board Games.

Beer Bingo on Monday with Bar Cash and Prizes, Weekly Pint Nights with free swag and beer.

Live music and DJ’s on select nights.

Another cool addition to the King Street Craft Beer community!

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Bowling For Rhinos with Bold City Brewery – June 19 & 20

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Bold City Brewery is excited to be part of an extraordinary event – Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens “25th Annual Bowling for Rhinos” – on Friday and Saturday (June 19 & 20)!

The event will be held at the Batt Family Fun Center (1838 Cassat Ave) on:
Friday: 7 – 9pm (Registration begins at 6pm); and,
Saturday: 1 – 3pm (Special and new family-friendly daytime event – registration begins at noon); and,
Saturday: 7 – 10pm (Registration begins at 6pm)

In addition to bowling, on both days there will also be a silent auction and raffle! Bold City Brewery is honored to be a part by having our Archie’s Rhino Rye Pale Ale featured during the event!

There will limited edition BFR (Bowling for Rhinos) t-shirts for sale on both days. Buy a t-shirt today!
Registration fee for the event is $25 per person. This includes three games of bowling and shoe rental. This is a benefit, so Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens encourages participants to get sponsors and help raise more money for this great cause! The top overall fundraiser from both days will receive an amazing thank you gift!
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event go directly to three wildlife sanctuaries! So, please make plans to attend this exciting event this weekend!
For more information, please visit

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Beer Bingo and Brewery Highlight every Monday at The Annex

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Beer Bingo and Brewery Highlight with Bold City Brewery tonight at The Annex starting at 7 pm(1508 King Street, Jax, FL). Bar Cash and Beer Swag giveaways and $3 BCB pints all night! Happy Hour 4 – 8, all drafts $3 and $4. Hosted by the notorious Nate Tobias … This ain’t your Granny’s Bingo!

The Annex
1508 King Street
Jax, FL 32204

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Solids & Stripes Charity Night for Foundation Fighting Blindness

Solids & Stripes in Orange Park (Park Village, 175 Blanding Blvd #4, Orange Park, FL 32073 Phone:(904) 272-7799) will be hosting an 8 Ball Tournament on Saturday, April 18, starting at 1 pm to benefit Foundation Fighting Blindness. $20 per person and $1 select drafts!

Learn more about Foundation Fighting Blindness at:

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Sensory Saturday at Bold City Brewery to benefit First Coast No More Homeless Pets – Sat. March 21

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Cancer for Canine’s Benefit at House Of Beer in Orlando with Bold City Brewery

To all my Orlando peeps! Head out to House Of Beer Orlando tomorrow starting at 6 pm and help support this cancer caninewonderful cause!

Pours For Pooches 5! “Because all dogs deserve to live a happy cancer free life!”

Jeff and Pat have hosted Pours for Pooches in honor of Rada for 5 years! Come join them at House Of Beer Orlando on February 12th from 6 – 10PM. Yes – pups welcome!

Bold City Brewery of Jacksonville and the wonderful folks at City Beverage are donating a half keg of “Dukes Cold Nose Brown Ale” and House of Beer is donating ALL the proceeds from every beer sold in that keg!! It turns out that Duke was the mascot for Bold City and he died of cancer a few years ago and Bold City wanted to help in the fight against canine cancers. Delicious food, treats, the NCCF is sending out some new gear and engraved pints and raffles too!

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Mardi Gras & Nola Brewing Tap Takeover at Silver Cow – Fri. Feb 13

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The Silver Cow is celebrating Mardi Gras with NOLA Brewing Tap Takeover this FRIDAY (Feb 13) starting at 5 pm! Beads, Brews & Cajun Chews!

Silver Cow …
Show us your taps! We’ll show you ours … Come celebrate Krewe du Brew with NOLA Brewing for Mardi Gras here at Silver Cow this Friday, February 13, starting at 5 pm and get a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-open, The Annex which is just next door.

On the menu will be: Crawfish Etouffee which was also featured in Intuition Ale Works Cooking with Intuition and Cajun Red Beans & Rice with Smoked Andouille Sausage along with King Cake, Beads and of course Brews from Nola Brewing.

We will feature six brews on tap including one special beer that has never been available in Florida before!

Silver Cow
1506 King Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

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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:

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Fill My Cup: Beer & Bible Study – open to all at Silver Cow, every Monday

Fill My Cup: Beer & Bible Study – open to all. This Monday (and every Monday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Whether you’re new to the bible, new to beer or well versed in both, we invite you to join us at Silver Cow every Monday at the Silver Cow. All walks of life and faith welcome. Come and enjoy a great discussion, fellowship, and of course some amazing craft beer!

Meeting location:
Silver Cow
1506 King Street
Jacksonville, FL 30-1220

Every Monday, 5:30-6:30

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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:

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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.


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

“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:

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!”

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:

The system mentioned is the Three-Tier System. For more basic info about the Three-Tier System, read a quick Wiki,

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.

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 –

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:

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


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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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.

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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 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:

Pints for Pets 2014 2

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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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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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