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Reminder: Time to go Shrimpin' with Shrimp & Suds 2nd Annual Craft Beer Fest, Jax, March 24

Photo from inaugural 2017
Shrimp & Suds Craft Beer Fest
(photo by Linda Johnson)
March 20, 2018: 
Get your tails in gear, Jacksonville! Shrimp Season returns to the Jacksonville Baseball Grounds with the Second Annual Shrimp & Suds Craft Beer Fest on Saturday night, March 24, hosted by the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

The beer sampling event this year takes place at night under the lights. "We shifted the time so we could have the stadium lights on and give [the fest] more of a 'night at the ball park' ambience," said David Ratz, Promotions and Special Events Manager, in an interview with this site. 


making HEADlines: Legacy Ale Works, Jax, Announces Location

making HEADlines:

LEGACY ALE WORKS, JAX BREWERY-IN PLANNING, ANNOUNCES LEASE SIGNING FOR NEW LOCATION

March 2, 2018, Jacksonville, FL:

Legacy Ale Works announced via its website and social media on March 1 that it has signed a lease on 3300 SF of space in the City's Bartram Park neighborhood, at 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd., at the intersection of US 1 in the Shoppes of Durbin Creek plaza. Owners Matt and Liz Jacobs had initially searched for properties in the Mandarin area, but after a lengthy search decided on the Bartram Park area.


Plans for the neighborhood brewery and tap room include a 1000-SF brewery operating from a 3.5-barrel brewhouse, and a 2300-SF tap room. Matt has already conducted several tastings around the area and has appeared at several beerfests to introduce the public to Legacy Ale Works and its beers. The beers cover all different styles. 

The brewery now begins the permitting stage. 

Read the March 1 news release here.

For a personal look at the couple behind the new brewery, read the Q&A on this site from last summer. 

Congratulations to Legacy Ale Works!

Cheers,
Linda Johnson,
Certified Cicerone®
www.brewnymph.com




Riverside Craft Beer Fest: Picture Perfect in Downtown Jacksonville

J'Ville on Jacksonville: Engine 15 Brewing J'Ville Lager with
Downtown Jacksonville in the background at Riverside Craft Beer Fest
With the downtown Jacksonville skyline looming in the background, the Fuller-Warren Bridge providing shade along the St. Johns River, and the amazing blue sky overhead, beers flowed on a picture-perfect day at the Riverside Arts Market for the Fifth Annual Riverside Craft Beer Festival, presented by Rotary Club of Riverside, on Saturday, February 24.* 


Planning for this year's fest began around 50 weeks ago, said Fest Chair Chris Croft in an earlier interview with this site. Once again, fest proceeds benefit Community Peds Care, a local pediatric hospice program. 




Reminder: Riverside Craft Beer Fest Brings Florida Beerfest Season to Jax: Two New Breweries Offer Sneak Peeks

2017 Riverside Craft Beer Fest
(photo by Linda Johnson)
February 22, 2018:  Last year Main & Six Brewing and Hyperion Brewing were the new kids on the river, being the up-and-coming Jax breweries at the time. Both opened during 2017, and this time around, they'll be pouring beer as operating breweries. On Saturday, Legacy Ale Works and Fishweir Brewing, with plans to open in 2018, take their places as breweries-in-the-works offering sneak peeks of their beers. 

It's the first major beerfest of the year in Jax. 
(Repost from January 10, 2018):

The 5th Annual Riverside Craft Beer Festival, presented by Rotary Club of Riverside (Jacksonville), is set for its return under the Fuller-Warren Bridge at Riverside Arts Market on February 24. 

With over 70 breweries participating, and more than 150 different craft beers flowing, attendees will find just about any type of beer. Just add in music and food trucks, along with a great charitable cause, and it's all fun on the river!


making HEADlines: Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Launches in Jax

making HEADlines:

TAMPA BAY BREWING CO. ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION IN JACKSONVILLE; LAUNCH EVENTS WEEK OF FEBRUARY 19


 February 16, 2018, Tampa, FL:  One of Florida's oldest independent craft breweries, Tampa Bay Brewing Company ("TBBC")has announced expanded distribution plans as it heads into the greater Jacksonville market beginning the week of February 19. TBBC has partnered with Champion Brands to bring its beers to Northeast Florida, and introduction of the TBBC beers will take place at launch events around the area. 

TBBC was established in Tampa in 1995. Its original brewery and brewpub is located in the heart of Ybor City.  In 2015, TBBC opened a second production brewery and brewpub in Northwest Tampa, with a 30-barrel brewhouse and packaging line capable of producing nearly 20,000 barrels per year. It is on schedule to exceed 16,000 barrels in 2018. TBBC is a mainstay at beerfest events around the state. 


On-site photo at TBBC, Ybor City
(photo by Linda Johnson)
Its core brands, Reef Donkey American Pale Ale and Old Elephant Foot IPA, are available in draft and in cans in the Tampa area as well as other markets. These will now make their way into the on-premise and retail accounts throughout the Jacksonville market, along with seasonal releases, including Quat, a golden kumquat ale. TBBC earned a Bronze Medal at Great American Beer Festival in 2014 for its Reef Donkey Pale Ale, a citrus/tropical ale, which is named after a slang term for the amberjack fish. 


"We sold our first keg via distribution in November 2011," said David Doble, TBBC Managing Partner in a statement obtained by this site. "Since then, we have taken a steady, organically driven approach towards opening new markets throughout Florida." While TBBC saw "pent-up demand" for its products through Florida and even beyond, TBBC has been "careful not to rush, taking our time to find the right distribution partners, and most importantly, to ensure that the quality of our product and service we provide does not suffer at the hands of growth for growth's sake," Doble added. 

Members of the TBBC team, including David Doble, Head Brewer John Rankin and Director of Sales Nicole Calvin, will be in Jacksonville during the week of February 19 during the rollout events. 

On the partnership with Jacksonville-based Champion Brands, Doble expressed excitement to work with the distributor "due to the reputation, experience, and commitment to supporting independent craft breweries" that Champion brings. "They are continually innovating and have a culture that aligns with ours, casual but serious."

Launch events taking place around the Jacksonville area include:

February 19 at Beer:30 San Marco, 5pm; and Grape & Grain Exchange, 7pm;

February 20 at Mellow Mushroom Southside, 5pm; and 
Mellow Mushroom Jax Beach at 7pm

February 21 at Really Good Beer Stop, Jax Beach, at 6pm; and at an additional location to be announced. 

Welcome Tampa Bay Brewing to Jax!

Cheers!
Linda Johnson,
Certified Cicerone®
www.brewnymph.com


Bottlenose Brewing, Jax, Makes a Splash with First House Beer Tappings


February 5, 2018: 
From the looks of the packed house at Bottlenose Brewing on Saturday afternoon, February 3, it was safe to say that local Jax area craft beer lovers had the highly anticipated release of the brewery's first round of house beers on their radar. 

"It's been a party since 11am," said Head Brewer Chas Nemecek, who found a few minutes to spare from working behind the bar to help serve the crowd. Owner Mark Stillman constantly moved around between the kitchen, bar and indoor and outdoor dining areas interacting with the guests and handing out logoed koozies and stickers. 

making HEADlines: Walking Tree Brewery Expands Distribution to Jax Area

making HEADlines:

WALKING TREE BREWERY, VERO BEACH, ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION TO METRO JACKSONVILLE AREA IN FEBRUARY


 January 26, 2018, 
Vero Beach, FL:  

Award-winning Florida brewery Walking Tree Brewery has announced that it will begin distribution in the greater Jacksonville area in February 2018. 

[Ed Note, 2/27/ 2018: The area Launch Events have been announced, beginning in St. Augustine on February 28, then in Jacksonville March 1, and Fernandina Beach March 2. See the "Tap This" page on this site for details.]

The brewery has partnered with Jacksonville-based Champion Brands to bring the Walking Tree Brewery beers to the markets of Duval, Nassau, Clay, Putnam, Baker and St. Johns counties. “Walking Tree has a reputation for making great beer that precedes their arrival to the Northeast Florida market.  We’re fortunate to partner with such an awesome group of people as we continue to grow craft beer in our area," said Earl Sutton, Champion Brands Off-Premise Craft Brands Manager in a statement released by the brewery.  "Between the shared values of our companies and the unique offerings for our market, we can’t wait to get these beers on tap around town.” 

Heck Yeah, Haze and Barrels: Southern Swells Brewing, Jax Beach, Turns One, January 27

January 24, 2018:  Southern Swells Brewing in Jacksonville Beach rolls into its First Anniversary on Saturday, January 27 at noon, with six new beers in can and bottle releases brewed especially for the occasion. While they brew a variety of different beer styles, co-founders Corey Adams and Jay Varney have stormed onto the Jax craft beer landscape with their hazy New England-style beers and unusual beer names.

Word of the new brewery surfaced via social media in April 2016, taking the local area by surprise. The following January, the brewery opened with guest taps while the house beers were still in the works. Almost a year to the day of the initial brewery announcement, eight house beers made their way onto the taps. "We were just hoping to put out a few good beers to start," said Corey in an interview. "It's been incredible that it's been a year."

Shrimp & Suds Craft Beer Festival On Deck at Baseball Grounds in Jax, March 24

January 11, 2018: Leading off the 2018 season for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp is the second "Shrimp & Suds" Craft Beer Festival, at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, on Saturday, March 24, from 6-9pm. 

Before the Jumbo Shrimp throw the first pitch and swing for the fences at the home opener on Wednesday, April 11, adult fans can enjoy the ballpark atmosphere and unlimited samples of craft beer from a variety of breweries, including many local Jacksonville area breweries, at the "Shrimp & Suds" fest. Last year, the Jumbo Shrimp introduced the new team logo and ballpark food menu items with the first craft beer fest on the decks of the stadium, and the popular fest returns as an evening event this time around. 


Flowing on the River: Riverside Craft Beer Festival Returns to Jacksonville, February 24

2017 Riverside Craft Beer Fest
(photo by Linda Johnson)
[Ed. Note: 2/3/2018: Article has been edited to add new brewery-in-planning Fishweir Brewing below.]
January 10, 2018:  The 5th Annual Riverside Craft Beer Festival, presented by Rotary Club of Riverside (Jacksonville), is set for its return under the Fuller-Warren Bridge at Riverside Arts Market on February 24. 

With over 70 breweries participating, and more than 150 different craft beers flowing, attendees will find just about any type of beer. Just add in music and food trucks, along with a great charitable cause, and it's all fun on the river!


Making HEADlines: Jacksonville Jaguars Serving Teal at Playoff Game

making HEADlines:

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS SERVING TEAL BEER AND TEAL FOOD AT PLAYOFF GAME SUNDAY, JANUARY 7


[Ed. Update, 1/7/2017: Yes, those really were "buns of teal": at the game on 1/7:




Sunday's Teal Beer at EverBank Field
(photo provided by Delaware North Sportservice)
January 4, 2018: The Jacksonville Jaguars and Delaware North Sportservice, the official EverBank Field food and beverage provider, have announced that teal beer and teal food will be on the menu at this Sunday's AFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills. 

In a statement obtained by this site, Donald Versace, Delaware North General Manager at EverBank Field said: "Jaguars fans are the best in the country. We wanted to bring something different to Jacksonville, something they’ve never seen before, to celebrate the team and the team’s colors. It’s a fun way to share in the excitement and thank them for the season!"


Livin' the Dream: Reve Brewing Hopping Into Jax Craft Beer Market


December 13, 2017:
The greater Jacksonville area will see a new brewery hop into the area in the Spring of 2018. Eric Luman, co-owner of Green Room Brewing in Jax Beach, and his wife Vanessa will open Reve Brewing at 1237 Mayport Rd. in Atlantic Beach. 

In an interview with this site, Eric explained that although he and Vanessa had "tinkered with the idea for some time," plans have been in the works for about three months. The new brewery and tap room will occupy a former laundromat space in a nine-unit strip mall. Demolition of the 1200-square foot brewery venue began about two months ago, and build-out is expected to get underway by the end of December. 


No Sun? No Rain! No Problem: Florida Brewers Guild Warmed It Up at Barrel-Aged, Sour & Cider Fest, Jax

December 14, 2017:
Holiday music on the radio while travelling north on I-95. Gray skies. A temperature reading of 48° at 1pm at Intuition Ale Works. Non-tropical breezes skirting over the river. Aromas from the coffee manufacturer a block away. Santa could have been lurking in these un-Florida-like holiday conditions. What's that about bourbon, whiskey, and staying warm? The Florida Brewers Guild hosted its third annual Barrel-Aged, Sour & Cider Fest in the backlot at Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville on Saturday, December 9, under cloudy skies in a climate that could have evoked an image of a St. Bernard with a barrel. 




making HEADlines: Goose Island and Black Friday

making HEADlines:

BLACK FRIDAY MEANS BEER


Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 2017 variants
(photo from Goose Island Beer Co.)
November 21, 2017:
Jacksonville, FL: The day after Thanksgiving might mean different things to different people: maybe it's a day off of work, or a day to visit stores along with millions of others, or simply a day to recover and let the effects of the tryptophan continue doing its thing. 

For many beer enthusiasts, however, Black Friday means beer and beer releases. In particular, there's one beer release series that sends folks across the country into a frenzy each year: the Goose Island Beer Co. (Chicago) Bourbon County Brand Stout.  This year, the iconic barrel-aged Imperial Stout includes the original and five variants. The original Bourbon County Brand Stout is aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. In addition, the 2017 variants are: Barleywine, Coffee (made with Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso), Northwoods (blueberry and almond), The Prop (bananas, cassia bark and roasted almonds), and Reserve (aged in 11-year-old Knob Creek barrels). 


Brew at the Zoo: A Wild Time in Jacksonville

November 14, 2017: 
The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens hosted its 11th Annual Brew at the Zoo on Friday night, November 10. As the sun began to set after 5pm, families headed out of the gates after a day touring the zoo's habitat and animal exhibits. Near the same time, a different set of animals (who turned out to be some party animals) started making their way to the Zoo entrance for an evening of beer, spirits, food and music. 

Held each year in the fall, this is one fest that doesn't require much advertising. Tickets went on sale around September 5, and less than 24 hours later, the VIP tickets were sold out, according to JJ Vitale, Public Relations Manager. Ten days later, the general admission tickets were all sold. The 2016 Fest raised over $175,000, according to Brew at the Zoo sponsorship literature. Proceeds from the event benefit the care of the Zoo's 2000+ animals and 1000+ plant species. Each year, the Zoo hosts over 1 million visitors, and reaches over 100,000 local children through its educational programs, free admission and field trips. This is a large Fest, with over 2600 people attending in 2016. 

Photos: Main & Six Brewing Opens

PHOTOS: BECAUSE IT HAPPENED!



MAIN & SIX BREWING OPENS IN JACKSONVILLE, NOVEMBER 3-4, 2017

Main & Six Brewing opened its doors with a soft opening on Friday night, November 3. Those in attendance were able to taste six house beers on tap. The soft opening not only let guests get an early taste of the new beers, but it also gave the crew a chance to prepare for the next day's Grand Opening!


A steady stream of well-wishers and craft beer lovers visited Main & Six on Saturday afternoon, November 4, at the Grand Opening, which coincided with the Jacksonville PorchFest neighborhood music fest a few blocks away. 

Take a look at the Main & Six preview story on brewnymph.com, and make a visit to Jacksonville's newest brewery! 

Check out Friday night and Saturday afternoon at Main & Six with some PHOTOS: BECAUSE IT HAPPENED!

Congrats to Main & Six Brewing!

Cheers,
Linda Johnson,
Certified Cicerone®

(all photos by Linda Johnson)




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Main & Six Brewing, Jax: Neighborhood-Inspired Brewery Brews Up November 4 Opening Date

November 1, 2017: 
When Dennis Espinosa opens the doors to Main & Six Brewing Company on Saturday, November 4, it will already be an anniversary in the new brewery's life. It was a year ago to the day that he and brewery co-owner Cindy Lasky (who also happens to be his mom) closed on the purchase of the building at 1636 North Main Street in the Springfield neighborhood of Jacksonville, just north of the city's downtown. 
[Ed. Note, 11/5: Check out some "after" photos and comments about the beer and the crowd from the Soft Opening on Friday night, 11/3, and the Grand Opening, 11/4 on the Photos page! Photos and info you saw here first!]


making HEADlines: Bold City Brewery

making HEADlines:


BOLD CITY BREWERY, JACKSONVILLE, CELEBRATES 9th ANNIVERSARY, OCTOBER 21


Jacksonville, FL:  Jacksonville's first production craft brewery, Bold City Brewery, celebrates its 9th Anniversary with what promises to be another epic party at its Riverside location on Saturday, October 21, starting at 1pm. 

Bold City's annual anniversary bash might be well-known for its $2 pints, and that tradition will continue again this year, according to Kevin Miller, Sales Manager. Bold City fans can look forward to around 8-10 different Bold City beers on tap, including Barrel-Aged Duke's Brown Ale, Miller adds.


Much had been made over the summer about the travails of the brewery's encounter with the city Fire Marshal in July and subsequent renovation work required by the inspection. Miller confirms that work has been progressing, including the addition of several exit doors and accessible ramps. The good news for all concerned is that all three bars -- the tap room, inside brewery, and outside bar -- are expected to be up and running for the anniversary event. 


Tune In to Jacksonville PorchFest in Springfield November 4: Music, Dancing, Food, Local Beer

October 10, 2017: 
When Christina Parrish Stone set out to bring people into Jacksonville's Springfield neighborhood in 2014 with a music festival using front porches of local houses as music stages, she expected a couple of hundred attendees. What happened, however, was that around 5000 people showed up. Stone, the Executive Director of the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council (SPAR), started Jacksonville PorchFest as a means to invite the public to the Springfield district, just north of the city's downtown, to see positive aspects of the area, along with the beautiful houses that grace the local streets. Each year, attendance has grown, with people travelling from other states, and as far away as Canada. The Fest is expected to attract thousands to Springfield on Saturday, November 4 for the 4th Annual PorchFest.

PorchFest is a family and pet-friendly community music festival at its essence, and proceeds benefit arts programming in Springfield. In addition to the houses, the festival's core location is Klutho Park on 3rd Street. The festival runs until 9pm. The fest route covers several blocks and is walkable. Festival maps will be available at Klutho Park.

making HEADlines:

BREWZ CRAFT BEER BAR SCHEDULED TO OPEN SECOND LOCATION IN BARTRAM PARK, JAX, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Photo by Linda Johnson
Jacksonville, FL:  The second location of  Brewz Craft Beer (Brewz The Filling Station) is heading towards its Grand Opening in Bartram Park on Saturday, September 2. The new venue, located at 14866 Old St. Augustine Road at Flagler Center, still had the hum of power tools buzzing around, and the new 47 tap wall was still under wraps, as of August 30 during a site visit, but the new venue is taking shape to be a favorite for craft beer and wine. 

Situated in the end unit of the plaza, the bar features a tall ceiling with pendant lighting and windows on the front and side for more natural light. Four large TV screens hang over the bar, with another four along the wall.