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Bold City to Sell Six-Packs

Bold City Brewery has set a number of firsts in Jacksonville; they were the first craft beer brewery, they opened the first tap room, they were the first to introduce the concept of the growler, they were the first to bottle their brews, and now, they will be the first to sell bottled six-packs of locally-brewed craft beers in the Jacksonville market. Sure, Bold City brews have been available in bottles at local grocers and liquor stores, but only in bombers and case packs. Now, if you want more than a single bomber and less than 12 bottles of beer from Bold City, you will have the option.

“People have always asked me, when I’m out and about or here at the brewery, why don’t we do six packs.” said owner Brian Miller in his weekly newsletter to brewery fans today. The wait, and the questions, will be over next week when Miller expects bottles of Killer Whale Cream Ale to be available for thirsty beer-lovers at local outlets.


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Bold City “L” Coffee Stout Release Brunch

As I previously mentioned here, Bold City is planning a release brunch for their new “L” Coffee Stout, made with Bold Bean coffee. The brunch will take place tomorrow, Sunday April 15 at Moon River Pizza (, 1176 Edgewood Ave S,  # 2, from 11:00 until 2:00.

Brian Miller, the brewer at Bold City says his new coffee creation has come out even better than expected, which is saying a lot considering the high quality of his other brews. In addition to the new stout, Dan of Moon River Pizza will by fashioning some awesome breakfast style pizzas to accompany the new brew. Expect to find a traditional breakfast pizza consisting of eggs meat and cheese, a veggie-style pie, and a dessert pizza created specifically for the new stout. While pizza may seem like an odd choice for a brunch, these pies sound out-of-this world good!

Other Bold City brews will also be available for your drinking pleasure including Killer Whale Cream Ale and Fritz-mosas (mimosas made with Fritz heffewiezen).

As if the new coffee stout and pizzas were not enough, the folks at Bold City and Moon River have also arranged for entertainment by slide guitar great John Emil. This accomplished artist has performed at major music festivals like the Telluride Blues and Brews Fest, the Lake Occonee Music Fest, the Florida and South Florida Folk Fests, and the Decatur Blues and Bluegrass Festival. Emil has supplied music for are “Dateline,” Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations,” CMT’s “Cribs,” and several international wildlife and nature documentaries.

All of these ingredients combine to make what is sure to be a fun and exciting release brunch at Moon River Pizza.


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Hooray for IPAs

Bottle of Dogfish Head 90 minute Imperial Indi...

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Beer does not like heat. This simple fact presented the British government with a formidable problem in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Sailors on British ships were issued one gallon of beer per man, per day. This ration served several purposes; beer was a cultural staple, men would miss the important social and cultural aspect associated with beer and thus lose moral, beer is also an important and ready source of B vitamins necessary to maintain healthy immune system functions, metabolic rate, and healthy skin and muscle tone. But, as the British Empire expanded into the tropical climates of India, beer began to go sour and flat more rapidly. The sweet dark ales of England were no match for the heat and rolling motion of the ocean, which proved an extremely harsh environment for the delicate brew. A solution had to be found in order to provide the increasing population of the Indian sub-continent with the beer they desired and needed and fast.

The problem was complex for many reasons; first the journey from Britain to India itself was a three to four month proposition; second the issue of keeping the beer from spoiling before the age of refrigeration was a real and nearly insurmountable obstacle; and finally it just was not financially viable due to the large amount of spoilage. But, even with these problems, beer was shipped to India because the brew that did survive the trip was often sold at extremely high prices making the proposition of shipping beer to India attractive.

In the 1790’s, after much trial and error and many hogsheads (barrels of beer approximately 63 gallons each) of spoiled beer, a brewer named George Hodgson brewed a version of his pale ale with higher alcohol content and high hops content. The combination of these two changes to traditional pale ale allowed the beer to fight off the microbial and bacterial growth that caused earlier beer shipments to turn sour. What resulted was very strong ale with very bitter hoppiness, in other words the IPA was born.

At first, IPA’s were strictly export products. Indeed, many Brits did not even know of their existence. That changed in 1827 when a ship bound for India wrecked in the Irish Sea and its cargo was auctioned. Among the surviving cargo were many hogsheads of IPA. When tapped, the locals learned that they loved the strong, clear, and bitter brew. News of the ales spread through Britain and Europe rapidly and demand made it clear that domestic production of IPA’s would be a winning proposition as well. The success of the ales was so great that imitations began surfacing in Germany and Norway as well.

True IPA’s did not turn up in the United States until much later, though. Americans just did not have the taste for the intense hops profile of the style. That is until the renaissance of the craft brewing era which began in the late 1970’s with companies like Sierra Nevada and earlier by Anchor Steam, and is booming today. Notable names that brew high-quality IPA’s include Dogfish Head with its 60-, 90-, and 120-minute IPA’s, Stone, Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale, and Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.

In Jacksonville you can find a number of quality IPA’s on tap in our local breweries. With today, August 4th being National IPA Day, it is highly recommended that you head out to your local tap room and down a couple of these tasty brews.

Intuition Ale Works

I-10 IPA – This fine example of an American IPA pours a deep amber color and smells of pine, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits with a hint of sweet malts. On first sip you will experience hops-forward bitterness with the promised grapefruit and citrus flavors giving way to sweet maltiness.

Centennial IPA – This brew is a slightly less hoppy, more approachable cousin to the I-10 IPA that still present strongly of hops and malt.

Bold City Brewery

Mad Manatee IPA – Pouring a bright orange-yellow, this brew smells of bready malts, orange peel, and cedar. The taste is at first citrus and pine giving way to malts.

Chinook IPA – Dark copper in your glass with an agreeable nose of caramel malts, pine, and citrus. Sweet malts dominate the flavor with grass and citrus notes as well.

Green Room Brewing

Head High IPA – According to their website, Green Room’s IPA is, “an aggressive American style India pale ale brewed with copious amounts of Amarillo and cascade hops for massive citrus aroma. 7.0% ABV 70 IBU.”

Other local brewers have IPA, but they may not be on tap right now. Check before heading over there so you will not be disappointed.

IPA’s began out of necessity to provide beer to British military and expatriates in the hot, humid lands of far east India. Today, though, it is a much sought-after and highly-prized brew enjoyed by millions of beer fans. On National IPA day, run on out and quaff a few at your local tap room or pub. Tell them I sent you.

Until next time,

Long Live the Brewers!


Marc Wisdom

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Posted by on August 4, 2011 in Beer, Beer Styles, Local Brewery


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Bold City finally coming out in 12-ounce bottles |

Our good friends at Bold City Brewery are coming out with a more portable way of enjoying thier fine brew!

Bold City finally coming out in 12-ounce bottles |

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Posted by on December 20, 2010 in Beer, Local Brewery


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The Perfect Friday Evening

Let me ask you a question; what is your idea of a great, relaxed evening? I’ll tell you mine; a cool, Florida Friday night, sitting in the backyard of good friends, eating hoagies (their from up north and that’s what they call subs), and drinking cold beer. Not just any beer, mind you. Bold City Brewing’s Killer Whale right out of a keg soaking in a tub of ice.

That, my friends, is a good evening.



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