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Europe’s Best Beer Festivals; an Infographic

When a beer-lover thinks of Ireland, a number of things come to mind; pints of the black stuff, pubs filled with lively music and beer paired with hearty Irish foods. The folks at Homebrew West, a home beer brewing supply store in Galway, Ireland also want you to know about beer festivals around Europe.

Always a sucker for a fun infographic, the enthusiastic group at Homebrew West sent me the gem below with all the information you could ever want about the biggest European beer festivals. Several may make it on to my travel itinerary over the next few years!

If you like the infographic, be sure to stop by Homebrew West’s website and let them know!


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Posted by on July 18, 2014 in Infographic


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Unmanned camera set to record guests a beer fest, results must be seen to be believed

Beer festivals are glorious events where only the upper crust of the beer drinking world gathers to sip and wax poetic about our favorite beverage. Never does the specter of the common frat boy, sorority girl, front porch Bud swiller, or mobile home buzz seeker darken the door of these hallowed halls.

And if you believe that I have a bridge in the Sahara I’d like to sell you…

ACB Films set up several cameras at the 2014 Brewers of Indiana Guild’s Winterfest. The results are, well, sometimes scary and sometimes hilarious.


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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Beer Festival


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Folio Weekly Beer and Music Fest Wrap-up

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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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Beer, Beer Festival


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Bold City Brewery Has a Full Slate of Events Coming Up

Our friends over at Bold City Brewing always seem to have a lot going on. Brian and the crew work hard to keep you supplied with fresh, tasty beer both at the Tap Room and in bottles at your local grocery and liquor store. As if that were not enough, they are constantly providing opportunities for unique ways to taste their outstanding brews. The end of March and in the beginning of April the gang has a whole slew of events to keep their legions of fans happily sipping away at a cold brew. Check out the list below for all the details.

Saturday, March 31 starting at 11:00 am for VIPs ($15) and 12:00 noon for general admission ($5) Metro Jacksonville ( is sponsoring an event in the Bold City parking lot that will round-up a collection of Jacksonville’s food trucks for the Jax Truckies: The Jacksonville Food Truck Championship. Attendees can purchase food tickets for $1 each or 20 for $18. This is a great opportunity to sample the great food these trucks have to offer and support the food truck movement that is sweeping the nation. Admission is limited to the first 300 attendees.

On the same day, representatives from Bold City will travel to Gainesville to pour their brews at the Greater Gater Beer Festival. Magnolia Parke at 4700 NW 39th Avenue will play host to this annual event from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Included with your admission ($25 in advance, $30 online, $35 at the door) are unlimited samples of over 100 beers, unlimited food samples from local restaurants, and entertainment. Get more information at

Saturday, April 7 will see brewery favorite, Kustom Deluxe performing in the Bold City Brewery.

Saturday, April 14 the gang will travel back to Gainesville for another great beer festival. This time it is the Hogtown Beer Festival to be held at the beautiful Kanapaha Botanical Gardens located at 4700 Southwest 58th Drive. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $75 for VIP. Expect to see a lot of great beers from most of the breweries in Florida as well as regional brews, food pairings, educational seminars, and home brewing demonstrations. There will also be a lineup of stellar entertainment including Robin Rutenberg & Friends a fabulous ( and talented Jacksonville group. Get lots more information at (

Sunday, April 15 join the brewery crew at Moon River Pizza (, 1176 Edgewood Ave S # 2, for the ‘L’ Coffee Stout release to be served with Moon River breakfast pizza. They will also be serving Killer Whale Cream Ale and Fritz-mosas (mimosas made with Fritz heffewiezen). Music for the party will be provided by John Emil. The release brunch will be held from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Tuesday, April 17 will be Bold City Night at Brewer’s Pizza in Orange Park. Details to be announced.
Friday, April 27 is the 19th annual Folio Weekly Beer Festival ( at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium 3800 St. John’s Bluff Blvd. The Bold City bunch will be set up with tastings of their great brews and along with the other awesome beers, food, and entertainment.

As you can see, Brian, Susan, and the rest of the Bold City family do not believe in sitting still for long. Be sure to attend the events above and tell them you heard it here!


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