In its nineteenth year the Folio Weekly Beer and Music Festival once again delighted beer lovers that streamed in from the First Coast and cities far and wide. Conversation in line waiting outside for the doors to open revealed that this event continues to be one of the premiere beer events in the southeast drawing revelers from as far away as Ohio and Maine.
Once inside the cavernous Morocco Shrine Auditorium on St. John’s Bluff Road on Jacksonville’s southside, it was immediately apparent that it would a long, entertaining, and satisfying evening of beer and food tasting.
In addition to over 200 beers to taste, there were several restaurants set up with samplings of their foods. Two that stood out were Fionn MacCool’s with braised pork belly with crunchy slaw and Tijuana Flats with chicken tacos. Though we did not get to taste their food, Mojo Bar-b-q took first place as favorite restaurant of the guests.
As we strolled the floor we came across beers both familiar and new, a section of ciders, and another section of local brews. In the cider section, Jack’s Hard Cider proved to be a crisp, not-too-sweet, and refreshing choice.
In the local breweries section we came across Bold City Brewery where both brewer Brian and his mother Susan were busy pouring all their beers from barrels decorated with an inflated killer whale in honor of their superb cream ale named for the majestic animal. Right next to them were the guys from Engine 15 pouring a very special surprise beer — Green Flash.
The import room held more treasures in the form of Stella, Leffe, Hoegaarden, and Estrella. And just outside the import room was the Bier Garden with hookas from The Casbah, food from Mojo’s, a rock climbing wall, corn hole, a DJ, and beers such as Landshark, Shock Top, and Rolling Rock.
In all, the event was a worthy addition to the tradition Folio has continued over the years. It makes one wonder what stops will be pulled out for next year’s 20th anniversary event.
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