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


Bold City Downtown opening this Friday! (April 21)

The Bold New City of the South just got even BOLDER!downtownsighnnight

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 be:

Sun – Thurs, 11 am – 8 pm
Fri – Sat 11 am – 11 pm

That’s right! Open every day of the week!

They are near the corner of Main Street and Bay Street – next door to the soon-to-be-open Cowford Chop House!

Bold City’s downtown brewing plant is a 3 1/2 barrel system and will soon feature unique pilot batches and new offerings from the Bold City family. To get started, the downtown selections willdowntown ccrew be the same as in the original location’s tap room – but the new creations will be presented around the first week of May! … look initially for a session IPA, a double IPA and a Pale Ale with passion fruit! WooHoo!

Enjoy a crowler to go or bring your own growler to fill! Bold City will have gourmet popcorn for sale by Brown Bag Popcorn Co. – but you can also bring food in or have food delivered!

I plan on making this new bold addition to Bold City Brewery a regular stop on my Jax Brew Bitch Prowls!

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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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Celebrate National Beer Day – April 7

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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 restriction thrust upon the American people by a government “too big for its britches”.

That day – April 7 – was destined to become “National Beer Day” – and what a wonderful idea that was!

TODAY, grab some friends, a Designated Driver, (or Uber/Lyft/taxi contact) and get out to your favorite local beer purveyor and enjoy this day set aside for one of our favorite things – beer!

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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.Hyperion Opening Soon

It is obvious Alexandra “Alex” McKeown, Owner and co-founder of Hyperion Brewing Company is taking that thought to heart in establishing the Greater Jacksonville area’s first nanobrewery in Historic Springfield. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Friday, May 19! No matter what “size” definition you use for “nanobrewery”, Hyperion fits the bill!

alexandraAlex and the team at Hyperion will be producing their artisan craft beer selections from a 1-barrel system and will not initially have a “core lineup” of beer styles. Alex said they want the Jacksonville craft beer community to ultimately determine their ongoing releases.

Thus, Hyperion Brewing will serve a rotating tap list with various styles to enjoy. Alex stated, “We prefer flights to flagships. We believe in freedom of choice. Our goal is to let the public decide what our core beers should be. We will use our POS system data and feedback from guests in the taproom to determine which beers to distribute in the future.”

Opening Day will kick off on Friday, May 19 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Doors will officially open at 5:00 pm. The first fifty (50) guests will receive a FREE branded flight glass and ticket for a FREE beer at a later date!

Springfield-based Eddis and Sons Food Truck will be there serving up legitimate, Philadelphia-style cheese steaks!eddisson

The opening also leads directly into the Historic Springfield Tour of Homes hosted by SPAR (Springfield Preservation and Revitalization) on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 from Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Hyperion Brewing will be open during the Tour of Homes and will feature fifteen taps, however, there will be a limited selection of Hyperion beers available. “We’ll be brewing at a break-neck pace to have as many of our beers ready for the grand opening as possible,” says Head Brewer Troy.

Hyperion will offer Crowler cans to allow guests to take beer off-premise. Patrons can purchase up to two Crowlers per person during the grand opening weekend.

The Jax Beer Bus has partnered with Hyperion Brewing Company to make transportation from the beaches area to the brewery safe and convenient!jax brew bus

The Jax Beer Bus will pick up from Green Room Brewing Company at 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

All guests must be 21 years or older. Tickets are $15.00 round-trip and include a ticket for a free beer from Hyperion Brewing Company at a later date. The Jax Beer Bus will be BYOLB, “Bring Your Own Local Beer.” For more information please email or call (904) 612-3987.

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Alabama knows what’s best for you …

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board apparently thinks Alabamians are too weak in self-control, too stupid to know what’s good for them – to buy beer from a brewery without the Board’s intrusively looking-over-their-shoulder.

The Board is insulting Alabama citizens by considering a new rule that would require brewers to collect the name, address, age and phone number from anyone who purchases beer at a brewery for off-premise consumption. This idea, the brainchild of some “fat-for-brains” appointee, seeks Big Brother powers in knowing how much beer a private citizen purchases – legally purchases, mind you.

Why stop there? Government should be able to know how much chocolate you buy, right? Oh, yeah – and chocolate barrelbustmilk, too – because “studies have shown” too much chocolate or chocolate milk or cigarettes – or fruit punch – or avocados – can be bad for you.

Nick Hudson of Free the Hops, a proponent of the craft beer industry in Alabama has been quoted as saying, “As nonsensical as it might seem, this rule would essentially empower the ABC Board to come to an individual’s house to confirm his or her purchase of a six pack of beer.” Tommy Djilas would be saying “Oh, great honk!” (Google it, folks – companion told me about it)

If it came to that, I would be telling you folks in Alabama when you are approached by the Board to confirm how much beer you bought to tell them “none of your damn business – and get your ass off my property” – and then add, “I’m not saying a damn thing without my attorney present.”

Alabama Brewers Guild Executive Director Dan Roberts says the Board told him the names, addresses, ages and phone numbers would be used to verify the enforcement of Alabama’s 288-ounce limit a person can buy at one time. Two one-gallon growlers and one quart growler. Another asinine regulation brought to the people of Alabama by overreaching pin-heads with a bloated sense of self-importance.

Dang, I guess if we lived in Alabama, companion couldn’t take his truck down and buy fifty one-gallon growlers at one time. Who are these “great thinkers” of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board?

Never mind, it doesn’t matter – the only pertinent information about this Board is that they actually think theyCXR59R Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States know what is best for others – and by god, they are going to ram it down their fellow-citizens throats – and after they do, what will these Board members do? Heck, we need to know! Will they stop at a fast food restaurant on the way home? Will they “supersize it”? Will they get a large order of French fries? Regular soda instead of diet? Shame, shame … if you do, we’re gonna tell on you.

Abraham Lincoln once said that Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. So true.

CV Pillay (Google it, folks – companion told me about him) has a great saying which I believe is so appropriate for the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board:

“Never worry about what I’m doing. Only worry about why you’re worried about what I’m doing.”
Great honk!

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Umm … eh .. uh .. hmmm

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.

“NO, no, no, no, NO, no, no … and no.”

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Wicked Barley Brewing – Grand Opening July 30


The concept which comes to mind in most current inhabitants of this planet involves an official agreement intended to resolve a dispute. Floating about in an era of negativity, you have to ask “To what have we allowed ourselves to devolve?”

Just a few short generations ago, the word “settlement” had a more popular and positive connotation, though – “a place, typically one that has hitherto been uninhabited, where people establish a community”. Pioneers working together to accomplish things for the greater good.

It was common to see early settlements located in the vicinity of a 4470b78f-b581-4f26-8717-03573c26db39significant water source – a river, a lake, etc. Why? Those with “a keen sense of the obvious” will answer – “For drinking water?” But, why else?

Water served as a means of transport – of goods and people – so, the close proximity of a water source brought folks together socially – and allowed them to procure those things absolutely needed to survive back home – and to maybe share some fellowship, food and drink with other families with the common denominator of making a new life in a new region. A sense of community thus had its genesis with the “crossing of paths” of these early pioneers.

A stratospheric pioneer of sorts, Alex Baumgartner, spoke of two f3680fcc-ffdb-4f40-bdfe-ffeb165ce73ffamous pioneers:

“If the Wright brothers hadn’t put their lives on the line, we would not be flying around the world these days. So we need pioneers.”

Alex, by the way, is an Austrian skydiver who became the first human to break the sound barrier OUTSIDE a vehicle when he jumped from a helium balloon for the Red Bull Stratos project.

All of us in the Greater Jacksonville craft beer community now have IMG_5287a new pioneer to cheer – and support.

Wicked Barley Brewing Company – Naughty Ales for Noble Souls – will have their Grand Opening on July 30!

Last night (Friday, July 22), Wicked Barley hosted a Media Night and companion and I were excited and honored to be invited.

Located at 4100 Baymeadows Road on Goodby’s Creek off the St. Johns River, it is very easy to get there and with its ample parking lot, easy to find a spot.

Granted, they are not a pioneer by geography – Veterans United Craft IMG_5279Brewery is a mere four miles away.
They are not a pioneer in the business of creating craft beer in Jacksonville, obviously.
They are not a pioneer in the business of creating meads and ciders in Jacksonville, obviously.
They ARE a pioneer, however, in combining a microbrewery, meadery, cider house, full-kitchen restaurant and multi-platform transit options – all under one roof!

The décor is modern, light and upscale “trading post on the river”. Very comfortable in its interior and exterior seating options, Wicked Barley will undoubtedly be a very popular destination for drinking and dining.

IMG_5303Their unique focus on providing access from the creek via boat or kayak bodes well for Wicked Barley’s future here in Jacksonville. The dock will handle between 10 and 20 boats, depending on size – and kayakers can pull right up onto the “beach” Wicked Barley has established in this pristine creek-bed atmosphere.

In speaking with Chef Brad (Sueflohn), we learned his plan is to be constantly updating the menu, providing an ever-changing array of unique “good-for the-soul” delicious items. Even the pretzels will be made from scratch!

In speaking with Patrick Pruitt, Phil Maple and Brett Baker of Wicked Barley, some tantalizing details were shared:

• By early September, they hope to have a IMG_5276combination of approximately 20 beers, meads and ciders available!
• Soon, using variants of a base brew creation, develop up to about 40 different adult beverages from which to choose!
• Wicked Barley hopes to host Beer Dinners in the rear portion of the brewery in the future!
• A canning line is on their radar screen – more to come!
• Wicked Barley will be scheduling Special Releases (bombers) in the future!
• There will be other amazing Events at/in the brewery!

Ed, Beth & Steve

Ed, Beth & Steve

We were fortunate to be able to bring Ed and Beth Stansel and Steve and Linda Campbell with us for the evening. Ed was able to ask questions and tour the brewing facility – which houses the equipment for all three creations: craft beer, meads and ciders.

Head Brewer Fred Thibodeaux was formerly Lead Brewer for Cigar City Brewing in Tampa – and turns out to be a Cajun – just like yours truly! Having Lafayette in common I hope will lead to some crab, shrimp and crawfish boils in the future!

There was a wonderful selection of food provided – cheese curds and

with Lacey and Fred

with Lacey and Fred

spectacular sandwiches of broccoli pulled pork. We heard there was other food, as well – but we had not been able to get there any earlier.

We saw Joe Talentino from I Know Jax, the Brew Nymph Linda Johnson and Brett‘ s wife Shannon Baker who has been part of the Jacksonville Chapter of Girls Pint Out since its inception.

Patrick provided a tour of the exterior and dock areas and later,

Linda, Ed & Patrick

Linda, Ed & Patrick

Brett gave companion and I a look at the brewery equipment and a behind-the-veil glimpse of the full-kitchen set up!

We enjoyed the fellowship of the evening and the beer from the guest taps we had selected. It was exciting to see the results of a long road of hard effort on the part of the folks at Wicked Barley in getting permitted, constructed and ready to sell their own creations! A hearty “Well done!” to all of those involved at Wicked Barley for stickin’ with it – and seeing your vision come to fruition!

Owner, Brett Baker

Owner, Brett Baker

My sincere appreciation to Patrick, Phil, Tobin, Brett and Fred for the invitation to the Media Night event and the amazing hospitality of all of the Wicked Barley family – and for staying late and answering my questions!

Jacksonvillians! … it is time for a great new adventure! Grab a non-craft-beer drinker or two and get in your car – or boat – or kayak – or even jump from a helium balloon at 127,852 feet above – and “git yer civilized butt” over to Wicked Barley Brewing Company!

Let’s show them the Greater Jacksonville craft beer community supports them, welcomes them to the family and appreciates their willingness to “risk it all” in establishing a new and unique type of venue for all of us to enjoy!

“Wicked Barley Brewing Media Night Photo Album”

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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

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

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Barley Bus 2015 to roll out! Friday, May 15

It’s that time of year again! I’m excited to announce this year’s Barley Bus will be rolling out on Friday, May barlye bus 215!
Hop on at Copper Tap House on Beach Blvd. and get ready to party at 8 different stops along the way with all your beer included at each stop!
That’s right! Only $20 covers your ride and your beers. Spaces are limited and it’s first come, first serve.
The 8 stops on this exciting evening are:
Copper Tap House
Green Room Brewing
World Of Beer – Beaches (located across the street from Green Room)
World Of Beer – Southside
Bold City Brewery
Kickbacks Gastropub
Dahlia’s Pour House
Silver Cow

Silver Cow, the last stop for the Barley Bus will be featuring special and rare brews from each of the breweries noted below!

Breweries which will be involved are:
Kona Brewing Company
Bold City Brewery
Green Room Brewing
Sweet Water Brewing Company
Goose Island Brewing Company
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Green Flash Brewing Company

More details coming soon!

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David vs Goliath – Craft Beer Seeks Tax Breaks

I get visions … no, not clairvoyance … and no, not pink elephants when I’ve been out and about on an extended Jax Brew Bitch Prowl. Hmmm … well, maybe Tinker Beer, the Brew Fairy – but NOT pink elephants – ever.

The visions I mentioned are those I get when I read a book, a blog post, an article.

Reading this article by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos in Fox News – Politics website ( , these visions came to my mind:

David and Goliath, Tip Outs and the board game of Risk.

Tip Outs – defined as:

“An amount or percentage of a server’s tips that the server shares, either voluntarily or as mandated in a tip tip_outsharing or tip pooling agreement, with other employees such as bussers, bartenders, back waiters and host/hostesses whose job duties indirectly assist the server.”

The Government wants their “tip out”. Some of the rationale the Government offers to validate their claim for a portion of breweries’ revenues includes administration of the funding for the infrastructure used by the brewery in roadways and utilities, oversight and enforcement of regulations and public services of police, fire and ambulance availability.

In the article, the common beef that both the Small BREW Act (supported by microbreweries) and thedavid_goliath-1 competing Fair Beer Act (supported by Big Beer) are trying to address is that both David and Goliath feel Government’s mandated “tip out” is excessive and limiting their ability to expand and create more jobs. Although “job creation” is an overused political touchstone phrase, there is no doubt that some of these taxes could best be used INSIDE the breweries – whether micro- or macro-.

The David and Goliath allegory can be easily interpreted. The paragraphs in Ms. Vlahos’s article:

“Driving the fight are small, independent craft brewers, who are growing in both size and popularity in the United States – so much, that beer giant Budweiser spent $9 million on a Super Bowl ad this year mocking the craft beer phenom. Now, the “pumpkin peach ale” producers have their own lobbyists and are enlisting home-district members of Congress to sponsor legislation cutting the excise tax on their sudsy creations.”

and, in discussing the Big Beer-friendly Beer Institute,

“The institute comprises MillerCoors, Heineken USA, Constellation and others, as well as AB InBev. The latter became the biggest beer company in the world, after American producer Anheuser-Busch was acquired by the Brazilian-Belgian giant InBev in 2008. Together, they represent a $245 billion industry with 2,800 breweries and 2 million jobs worldwide.”

stagger the imagination. David has indeed become a contender in Goliath’s world. And that world is getting smaller, bit by bit – craft beer convert by craft beer convert – pint by pint – snifter by snifter.

Big Beer territories are being seized by smaller local-focused craft beer microbreweries like countries in the riskboard game of Risk. The new flags flying over these territories are there because of folks like you who continue to take the battle to the barricades consistently with every beer you order – with every bottle or can you purchase – at every craft beer establishment you frequent.

Thank you for what you do. YOU are our most effective Davids.

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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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The Discernible Dissing of Craft Beer By Budweiser

Another “Super Big Football Game” in the books. I was in Gainesville at a Bold City Brewery event at World of pumpkin peach aleBeer for the entire game – companion loved it – he was able to see every play of the game.

Now a week later, I have compiled the comments I have overheard from customers during the various discourses at Silver Cow and those companion has overheard at his work into a stack of opinions I have started sorting through.

“Discourse” … hmmm … a wonderful word meaning, “written or spoken communication or debate”. Break it down. Uh-oh. Those three little letters, “d .. i .. s”. Dis.

In modern usage, “dis” has come to mean, “speak disrespectfully to or criticize” as a verb and ”disrespectful talk” as a noun. Negative. Like disjointed, disabled, disadvantage, disagreeable, disappointing, disapproved, disbanded, discarded, discomfort, disdain … I’m sure you can think of others.

Was it the last minute call for a pass instead of a run that has been the topic of discussion? To some disgruntled Seattle fans, maybe. However, it was a Budweiser commercial which has displeased craft beer lovers across the entire country. You saw it. You felt it.

Craft beer was dissed. As I mentioned in a recent article ( and republished by Void Magazine online (, Big Beer would be coming out soon with new commercials slamming craft beer drinkers. I just didn’t know it would be this soon.

Please read this article by E.J. Shultz ( and note what Budweiser VP Brian Perkins had to say about the basis for the commercial.

Mr. Perkins stated “This is not an attack on craft beer this is not an attack on competition. The only other budweiser_fussedbeer that we reference in the spot is a fabricated, ludicrous flavor combination of pumpkin peach ale.” … Distortion.

He goes on to say, “… occasionally we do have a little bit of fun with some of the overwrought pretentiousness that exists in some small corners of the beer landscape that is around beer snobbery. That is the antithesis of what Budweiser is all about.” … Disingenuous.

I’m sure the shareholders are disheartened to know that Mr. Perkins feels free to spend millions on a commercial to poke fun at “small corners of the beer landscape”. “Small corners of the beer landscape” – trying to make it seem like there are just small pockets of “beer snobs” around the country. A backhanded way of slamming ALL of us who enjoy the variety of styles and creativity of microbreweries. The idea of pockets which Mr. Perkins floats up is accurate, though the type of pockets he dismisses as unimportant. Because he knows something.

Mr. Perkins knows that the “small pockets” of folks in the “small corners” of the beer landscape are increasingly choosing to place the money pulled out of those pockets into the hands of microbreweries instead of into the coffers of Big Beer. He has to deal with this reality on a daily basis – in order to keep his job. THAT’S why he felt justified in Budweiser spending millions of dollars to “poke fun” during the Big Game”.

Mr. Perkins also knows that once a Big Beer drinker finds at least one microbrew style they like, they will never return to the world of Big Beer. They have nothing to offer a craft beer convert.

As Mr. Shultz notes in his article, “He (Mr. Perkins) said the goal of the ad, called “Brewed the Hard Way,” is to “talk in a positive, affirming way about Budweiser quality.” The ad, for instance, touts Bud’s “beechwood aged” brewing process that, as the spot notes, has been in place since 1876.”

Think back to when you used to buy Big Beer. Did you choose Budweiser because you knew it was made with a “beechwood aged brewing process”? Not likely. Your disaffection for Big Beer came about due to your preference for more flavorful brews.

Big Beer has an opportunity here. Investing in or purchasing outright successful microbreweries and then LEAVING THEM ALONE. Big Beer, EMBRACE the new beer culture and support it by putting money where more and more mouths are being watered. Beats wasting resources on developing and presenting discordant commercials.

The outcry brought forth by this dismissive commercial has been significant, funny and heartwarming to microbrewery owners and staffs all over. Social media has exploded with reactions to it – and counter-disparaging photos of toilets reportedly holding Big Beer type fluid flood the internet.

So, as craft beer lovers, let’s do something positive. As I point out in my other article noted above, 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.

When we do, we bring about some positive “dis” meanings.

Discover, Disciples, Distinguished.

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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

Join the group on Facebook at:

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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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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!

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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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!


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!


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.


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.


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!


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:


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.


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.


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 !


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


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!


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)

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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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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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Look out Barley Mow Brewing, Jax Brew Bitch is coming your way!

I am so STOKED – and honored! … I get to brew with Barley Mow Brewing Company’s owner Jay Dingman! I will also download (1)have a featured beer in Barley Mow’s taproom – I will be sharing more details soon! My Instagram photo recently won the “Light Up Your Senses” contest and I look forward to scheduling this day of brewing with them.

My heartfelt thanks to everyone at Barley Mow Brewing – for the contest – and their beer!

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Alewife – New Craft Beer Establishment coming to 5 Points Riverside!

Talk about timing!

My recent article in Void Magazine’s Bruval Edition focused on Women in Craft Beer. Coming soon to Historic Five alewife 2Points is Alewife, a new craft beer establishment featuring retail craft beer sales, a tasting bar, and craft beer focused classes!

Owned by Kelly Pickard and Jamie Burkett, this significant addition to the craft beer community in the Greater Jacksonville area will bring a new level of stature for women seriously involved in the microbrewing industry!

Here is the official Press Release:

“Alewife, a new craft beer establishment featuring retail craft beer sales, a tasting bar, and craft beer focused classes, is set to open this fall in Riverside’s Five Points. Owners Kelly Pickard and Jamie Burket have signed a lease to move into 1035 Park Street, the former site of Riverside Liquors. The business model is unique to the Jacksonville area, fulfilling not only the customer’s demand for a quality craft beer product, but also offering opportunities to explore, taste and learn about the evolving world of craft beer.

Featuring an extensive selection of bottles and cans from the best craft brewers in America, including those local to Jacksonville, Alewife will serve as a community-focused establishment to celebrate and discover handcrafted ales and lagers from craft brewers across the country. Guests can grab a seat at the tasting bar to enjoy a flight or full pour from one of the six constantly rotating taps, or they can select a bottle from the cooler to enjoy as they browse the shelves. If guests don’t have time to enjoy a beer on-site, there will be six-packs, four-packs, large format bottles (“bombers”), and single 12 oz. bottles and cans to be taken home.

In addition to the retail operation, Alewife will create a unique niche in the Jacksonville craft beer market by introducing a series of educational classes and workshops designed to expand the communities’ craft beer knowledgebase. These classes, designed for both seasoned beer enthusiasts and novices alike, will pair an educational component with beer tastings, and will be the foundation of Alewife’s goal of educating their customers about the diverse world of craft beer.

The name Alewife is a nod of respect to the rich history behind the role of women in brewing. In medieval Europe, before beer production increased in scale and prestige to become a commercial activity taken over by men, brewing beer was a domestic affair performed by women. When extra beer was available, the women, referred to as alewives, would hang a broom – known as an ale-stake – above the door. This let other households and passersby know that beer was for sale.

About owners Kelly Pickard and Jamie Burket: Pickard, who will lead front-of-house operations at Alewife, is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, a home brewer and has experience working behind the bar with positions held in both Washington, DC and locally. Pickard has brewed beer with a commercial craft brewery, developed and led craft beer tasting and pairing events for both corporations and individuals, and completed numerous craft beer-focused classes and workshops. Her former professional career was in sustainability project management for an architecture trade association.

Burket, who will run back-of-house operations, has a professional background in facility management, event operations and marketing. Her passion for the craft beer industry has led to participation in various craft beer-centered educational workshops and to extensive beer-focused travels.

Jacksonville has emerged as a city at the forefront of the craft beer scene in the state of Florida, and also the entire southeast. The city features multiple acclaimed craft breweries; local, regional and national craft beer focused restaurants and bars; and a growing craft beer-specific retail market. The Alewife concept will complement the current offerings and provide an experience for Jacksonville residents not currently available.

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The Volstead – even this Bitch needs a cocktail once in a while

Bathtub Gin … I guess that phrase can bring a number of images to mind – AND I would guess the quality of those IMG_1865images would be based upon your past encounters with bathtubs – either clean or well … you know.

The phrase originated during Prohibition – an era beginning in 1920 when the 18th Amendment to the Constitution declared the production, transport and sale of alcohol illegal. To put teeth into the law, the Volstead Act – named after its sponsor – provided the means to enforce the Amendment.

This over-reaching law was the genesis of a large increase in homemade booze, prisoners, the power of organized crime and corruption within law enforcement agencies. However, the personal consumption or possession of alcohol was not against the law. So, from the consumer’s perspective, all one had to do is find the right hook-up – or make it themselves – hence, the bathtub gin reference.

You could look at that period of history as an early craft liquor progressive movement – a lot of black market booze available for enjoyment – and a fun place to share that illegal liquor with friends in an exciting atmosphere, often with dancing and music, was the local speakeasy.

Jacksonville has a rather new establishment harkening back to that era – The Volstead (115 W Adams Street – 904.414.3171). Companion and I had wanted to visit the establishment even before it opened. Walking by or driving by the place during earlier prowls alerted us it was coming.

We made The Volstead our destination that evening to try some of their giggle water – I mean, I needed to show IMG_1857folks that I knew my onions. Okay, okay – I’ll dispense with the 1920s jargon. Don’t be such a Mrs. Grundy!

Seriously, The Volstead provides a time capsule of the era in its ambiance, comfortable seating and welcoming atmosphere that we are going to make it a regular stop when we are out and about in the future.

The beers on tap that night were (descriptions per breweries’ websites):

Green Room Brewing Double Overhead Double IPA
This brew is a favorite with our beer aficionados. Hoppy and bitter with a piney-grapefruit taste. Well balanced and drinkable, especially for the ABV. Note – 9.1% ABV & 80 IBUs

Aardwolf Brewery Belgian Pale Ale
A refreshing, hoppy Belgian-style ale. Note – 5.9% ABV & 28 IBUs

Guinness Extra Stout
This is it, the one that started it all. Crafted to perfection for over 200 years, GUINNESS® EXTRA STOUT is descended from the definitive West India Porter known as Extra Superior Porter. Crack it open, and the first sip tastes as fresh as ever. The unmistakeable deep-dark color, the crisp hint of roasted barley, the fresh breeze of hops, and the refreshing bite all make for the bittersweet reward. Pure beauty. Pure GUINNESS.

Companion opted for Green Room’s Double Overhead and thoroughly enjoyed it while we visited all the various seating options The Volstead has to offer – both inside and out back.

I was in “full experience mode” and decided I would try a cocktail. I know, I know … but sometimes you’re in the mood for a jorum of skee or such. I chose the (description per their menu):

The Volstead Candied Painted SidecarIMG_1860
We put a fresh coat of paint on the original, and man does it look fly. Meukow cognac, blood orange liqueur, lemon juice, agave nectar and black truffle tincture. Need I say more?

WOW! … it was sweetly delicious! It is going to be tough going back and not getting that again – but I am intrigued with their cocktail menu (viewable on their website). One selection really caught my eye – the Brandy Alexander. I would have liked to get one of those as well that night but I didn’t want to get too ossified.

When you find it time to iron one’s shoelaces, you’ll find the restrooms very clean and in keeping with the era’s motif. Sorry – that’s right – I told you I wouldn’t break into 1920s jargon.

From the living room seating in the front to the bar’s significant amount of seating to the outside seating area in the rear of the building, you will find a comfortable place to spend your visit.

We enjoyed our discussions with Matt and Christie, the two servers who took care of us that night in a splendid style.

I wish to express my appreciation to the staff for a wonderful first experience at The Volstead – certainly a regular destination on future Jax Brew Bitch Prowls.

It was most decidedly darb! Hey! … if you don’t like my choice of words, go tell it to Sweeney!

The Volstead

Green Room Brewing

Aardwolf Pub & Brewery

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Golden Isles Brew Supply

Homebrewers in southeast Georgia and those in the far northern regions of Florida pay close attention!

Joshua Austin is the Owner of Risen Dead Brewing LLC which is opening Golden Isles Brew Supply in final-150x150Brunswick, Georgia. Joshua contacted me and shared the following information:

“A little bit about my company, Risen Dead Brewing LLC. We formed in September of last year selling homebrew software, equipment, and magazines online. As we steadily grew over the following months, I realized that a local homebrew supply store was something that is much needed in Southeast Georgia, as there isn’t currently one. Being a homebrewer in Southeast Georgia isn’t always easy, as our only options are to drive over an hour to Savannah or Jacksonville, or pay high shipping costs from online stores. We’re aiming to fix that. We’re looking to open Golden Isles Brew Supply in a centrally located shopping plaza in Brunswick, GA that would make it easy and convenient for any brewer to come in hangout, or to pick up everything they need for their brew day.

We started a crowdfunding campaign at to help raise startup funds to secure the retail space, and obtain initial inventory.

We will also be at OneSpark ( in Jacksonville, FL, April 9th-13th, at the Suntrust Building to try and raise funds there too.”

Awesome idea and GREAT ‘location, location, location”, Joshua! Well done!

One thing I love about the craft beer community in and around Jacksonville is that we’re a big family and believe in supporting all craft-beer centric businesses as much as possible. If you can help Joshua with this start-up, visit the links above and come out to see Joshua at OneSpark!

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I awoke today and had my choice of breakfast. I had my choice of coffee creamer. I had the freedom to plan my day – my night – my tomorrow. I can go where I want and choose when I want to go. I can set my own goals.

What makes all these things possible are the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. Those freedoms exist because of those who have come before us and defended those rights and the preservation of our country, sometime paying the ultimate sacrifice in doing so.

It is hard to imagine any words or any memorial could assuage the pain of those family members left behind by a fallen loved one. I doubt there ARE any words – but sometimes they need to be said nonetheless.

On behalf of Tinker Beer the brew fairy, companion and myself – thank you to all those families who have lost someone in the service to our country and to all those active, reserve and retired military members and THEIR families for allowing us the freedom to do what we do by doing what YOU do – and have done.

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Barley Bus Ticket Giveaway and American Craft Beer Week News

Are you a subscriber to the Hypnotic Hop? … if so, you know it has been quite a while since the last edition. However, the Hypnotic Hop is going out Wednesday with details on how you can win tickets to ride the Barley Bus on Friday/Saturday, May 16!

If you are NOT a subscriber, simply sign up and enter your email address in the white box to the upper right of this site – it’s absolutely free! The Hypnotic Hop contains the latest in craft beer news, local and regional events and specials only available to Hypnotic Hop subscribers. Sign up now!
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Barley Bus 2014 Ticket Giveaway & the Hypnotic Hop

The Jax Barley Bus will be hitting the town next Friday (May 16th) from 6pm to midnight!barleybus2014 3

Admission will be FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. This bus will make stops at various craft bars and breweries throughout Jacksonville, including Silver Cow! The bus will be loaded with beers from Green Flash, Southern Tier, Bold City, Green Room, SweetWater, Kona and more. And guess what? … The breweries are picking up the first beer at each bar! To those that have been on the bus before, you know how much fun is in store for those lucky ones on the bus! Believe me, THIS year is shaping up to be even better!

Sound good? … Wanna go? … I have two tickets to give away! … learn how you can win these by reading the next edition of my newsletter, the Hypnotic Hop!

Yep, I know. I’ve been way too quiet – which has been a little surprising for companion. He’s really been missing getting out and about on our Jax Brew Bitch Prowls! … Poor soul. So, as I have said before, I’ve been nurturing my little calf, Silver Cow and have been working to get the fun Brews and Chews Reviews going once again. This will be a good way to help in that regard.

If you are already a Hypnotic Hop subscriber, simply look for the next edition in your e-mail account. If you have not registered for this free newsletter, just visit and enter your e-mail address to start receiving the Hypnotic Hop – a concise rundown of some latest news in the craft beer industry, some updates on local happenings and specials and giveaways available ONLY to Hypnotic Hop subscribers!

For more information on the Barley Bus, please visit

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Soylent Green anyone? 8 Beers you should avoid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But further research will reveal the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please … please … read this article from the Chicago Tribune about this issue:,0,7999932.story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remind your Senator of one last quote from Marilyn:

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

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

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

Senate Bill 1714 – Malt Beverages

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Downtown is on fire … IAW’s Smoke IPA release

“It was called Satellite City.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

The River
The Tram
JTA Trolley

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

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

According to the Collaborative:

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

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

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

About the Smoke IPA, Intuition states:

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

Describing their new creation, Intuition provides the following information:

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

The beer will be available at the following downtown locations:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intuition Ale Works (720 King Street – 904.683.7720)

Downtown is on Fire website
Downtown Marketing Collaborative

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Remebering Dr. Martin Luther King

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Inclusion – we have a ways to go. Inclusion is a concept which, when it works, is a two-way street. Different cultures have different beliefs and it is human nature to gravitate toward those you at least feel will have a similar outlook.

Think about it – you arrive at a party with many strangers and a couple of people from your office. Where do you go? More than likely, even though you see those folks from work every day, you still end up standing next to them.

One of the things I love about the craft beer community is that it crosses over racial and socio-economic barriers so staunchly embedded in other areas of life. I am encouraged when I see a crowd of craft-beer lovers of different ethnicities and lifestyles enjoying fellowship around the “Brews and Chews” collective table we have here in Jacksonville. Let’s keep up the good work.

Dr. King also said:

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Take a step of faith – embrace the concept of inclusion – and approach someone you see at one of the Greater Jacksonville area’s local establishments having an obvious different life experience. Craft beer is the perfect segue. The fabric of your life will be strengthened for you doing so.

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Whale Blubber at Goozlepipes & Guttyworks? – read on, you might win a free beer!

Other than online, where would you go to see the World’s Longest Beard? … one of Napoleon’s Napkins? … how about a collagenous matrix of whale blubber thought originally to be a giant octopus?

Any guesses? (By the way, the blob of whale blubber was found in November, 1896 on Anastasia Island and known as “The St. Augustine Monster”) … okay, you lightweights … the answer is: The Smithsonian Institution (Museum).

The St. Augustine Monster

The St. Augustine Monster

For this blog post, I decided I would now list ALL the items the Smithsonian contains …

You knew better, didn’t you? … anybody would … far too many items to consider. Ask anyone what they think the Smithsonian has inside and 8 out of 10 people will say “EVERYTHING”. It is certainly famous for having rare, unique and often the most bizarre things.

Here in Jacksonville, we are fortunate enough to have the “Smithsonian of Craft Beer”, Kickbacks Gastropub (910 King Street – 904.388.9551). You know I’m right – what owner Steve Flores established just a few years ago has become the de facto “Beer Central” of Northeast Florida.

Long-time followers of my blog are aware of the many times Kickbacks has been a stop on Jax Brew Bitch Prowls. It was during these many enjoyable visits that I realized that what Kickbacks offers is often “Museum Beers” – those beers as unique as one of Napoleon’s napkins.

Rumbledethumps, Stoemp, Bubble and Squeek, Quack $13.79

Rumbledethumps, Stoemp, Bubble and Squeek, Quack $13.79

The Kickbacks’ “Beer Bible” has been long known to be magical – even mystical. Thinking back a couple of years ago, companion and I experienced what we still refer to as the “Beerapalooza” night with two young gentlemen, Erich and Carlton, in from Minneapolis on business. We had met them at Intuition Ale Works near “last call” and Erich had informed us he was a beer conneiseur. Companion suggested they follow us to Kickbacks, which they did. I instantly went up to Jimmie behind the bar and requested the aforementioned “Beer Bible”. Once I handed it to Erich and he started perusing it, companion said Erich looked like an adolescent boy looking at his first Playboy magazine. Steve Flores acknowledges the “Beer Bible” is a little out of date but once construction is complete, he will start on an update. In the interim, simply ask your server – they will find out if they happen to have your selection.

Companion and I were in the mood for Kickbacks Gastropub’s delicious and decadent Blue Cheese Stuffed Cheeseburgers recently, so we stopped by there for dinner. Steve Flores was gracious enough to drop by the table and endured some our questions about the expansion. He excused himself and retrieved his iPad and proceeded to show us a preliminary food menu once Goozlepipes and Guttyworks opens. Holy Sweet Mother of Gastronomical Adventures! … here’s just a small sampling of what you can expect:

Krispy Creme Ground Bacon Burger $9.99

Krispy Creme Ground Bacon Burger $9.99

Rumbledethumps, Stoemp, Bubble and Squeek, Quack $13.79
Duck and pork belly confit, folded in mashed potatoes with a parsnip, carrot and pea fondant topped with parsnip chips and fresh herbs.

Krispy Creme Ground Bacon Burger $9.99
1/2 pound ground bacon burger served on a Krispy Creme donut bun with creole remoulade, topped with bacon slices, pickled green tomato and pepper jack cheese.

Boba Cacio e Pepe $9.99
Tapioca balls with a Pecorino and parmesan butter sauce, topped with fresh cracked pepper, a poached egg and sliced truffles.

Boba Cacio e Pepe $9.99

Boba Cacio e Pepe $9.99

Southern Tier Pumking Milkshake
Vanilla ice cream, Southern Tier Pumking and pumpkin seed oil, topped with white chocolate mousse and rimmed with graham cracker dust, cinnamon and brown sugar. Subject to availability, you may request that we use Pumking’s darker and mysterious alter ego, Warlock.

Okay … I’m hungry again, darn it …

Southern Tier Pumking Milkshake

Southern Tier Pumking Milkshake

Steve was also so kind in giving us a tour of Goozlepipes and Guttyworks mid-construction. Amazing – with each area so unique – and exciting. Every area we entered was like entering another hallway or room in the Smithsonian.

One aspect of Goozlepipes and Guttyworks will be the opportunity to annually “lease” a personal “beer locker” – yes, that’s right – I envision a rush to get one of these much like the historic Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889. The price? … I’m not saying now – BUT, I can tell you that Steve plans on developing a “benefit package” where, if you take advantage of it, you’ll be in essence getting your money back each year. Count me in, Steve!!! … (everybody back off, I want to be near the front of the line!)

Oh, yeah! … we had some beer with our burgers that evening:

Bear Republic Brewing Company Café Racer 15™ Double IPA
Café Racer 15™ features aromas of bright citrus and resinous pine from the generous use of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade and Chinook hops which are complimented by a dry malt finish. The result is a high revving Double IPA that is loud and assertive, much like the rebellious street racers who inspired it. Never ride alone… Note: 9.75% ABV & 100+ IBUs

New Belgium Brewing Lips of Faith Coconut Curry Hefeweizen
Coconut Curry Hefeweizen has been pouring down the history of American Home Brewing for many years, from the legendary Charlie Papazian to the 2010 National Homebrewer, Remi Bonnart. The latter helped New Belgium brew this hazy, straw-colored gem to life. The aroma is bold and big with coconut and curry tones and a hint of banana from the hefe yeast. With a vast spice list of cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, kaffir lime, and cayenne pepper this beer carries a bit of heat but the alcohol soothes the finish. Coconut Curry Hefe will leave an inquisitive smile on the drinker’s mug. Note: 8% ABV & 14 IBUs

So, I trust I have established the basis that Kickbacks Gastropub and it’s soon to be born “monster sibling”, Goozlepipes and Guttyworks have and will have many “rare and unique” beer and food selections available – “rare and unique” like the items within the Smithsonian Museum as noted in my fourth paragraph.

I had to think quite awhile to determine the remaining adjective “bizarre” from that fourth paragraph … but then I realized it is right in front of my face every time I visit Kickbacks Gastropub. Well, not ACTUALLY in front of my face. It’s near the corner of the bar … the first person who e-mails ( me the correct answer receives a free pint, compliments of the Jax Brew Bitch … and who knows? … maybe a tour of “the innards” of Goozlepipes and Guttyworks, compliments of resident “beer docent”, Steve Flores.

My heartfelt appreciation to Steve Flores for the extended detailed tour of Goozlepipes and Guttyworks, the kitchen staff for the awesome food and to the entire staff of Kickbacks Gastropub for making this visit even more interesting than the World’s Longest Beard … ??? … what’s wrong? … what???

Hey, relax! … jeez oh pete! … I COULD have said, “whale blubber”.

Kickbacks Gastropub

Bear Republic Brewing Company

New Belgium Brewing

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