With all the attention that clowns have been getting in the news lately, there's one that
you should really get to know, if you haven't already. You might not see it all around the state, but those in the "know," especially in the Jacksonville/North Florida area, recognize that it represents "Beer With Attitude" and some of the "biggest" beers to tease tastebuds. With Halloween hauntings lurking around the corner, on Saturday, October 29, the aptly named "PHobia PHest" celebrates six years of the beers of Pinglehead Brewing Company, along with its partner-in-pizza, Brewer's Pizza.
Now in its third year, PHobia PHest is Pinglehead Brewing's and Brewer's Pizza's way of saying "Thank You" to their customers, through a celebration of food and beer, alongside a Halloween-inspired theme. This time around, Pinglehead Brewing will unleash two new bottle releases of beers that haven't even been served yet: Baba Yaga Imperial Stout and Spring Heeled Jack Barrel-Aged Barleywine. Frighteningly intriguing!
Wear your costumes for a chance to win the costume contest (popular vote). The party features music by Go Get Gone (Rockabilly) from 1-3pm, followed by Raggedy Man (contemporary) from 3-5pm. The tap list will include Pinglehead beers, along with special releases and treatments, and a limited guest tap from Harris Meadery, a new brewer of meads and honey wines in Orange Park.
Is it a pizzeria, or is it a brewery? Brewer's Pizza is located in a shopping center in Orange Park, just outside of Jacksonville. Make your way inside, and there's a small bar area, with 25 beer taps, and a cooler full of additional bottles and cans. Seat yourself at one of the tables or booths, and look over the pizza and sandwich menu. Casual pizza place, right? And, somewhere along the way, you'll notice it, on a banner or on the tap handles - the Pinglehead clown - almost looking back at you. Lore has it (or at least according to the guys over here) that Pinglehead is the mythical god of "Big Beer." Indeed, the beers brewed here are not for the faint of heart, as most are upwards of the 7% ABV range.