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Jax Beer Week 2014: Monday, May 26 Event

jax_beer_week_2014Jax Beer Week gets going today with several events you will not want to miss. Check back every day this week for listings of what is happening and where. Also, follow our social media feeds for more up-to-the-minute information. You can access our feeds from

Pinglehead Brewing Company/Brewer Pizza
Orange Park seems a long way from the more beer-centric city center and beaches, but that does not mean that there is no craft beer there. On the contrary, Pinglehead Brewing Company, nestled inside of Brewer’s Pizza on Blanding Boulevard has been cranking out awesome brews for several years now – including what may be the best Imperial Red in the country. For craft beer week they have enlisted the help of the rest of the local breweries and will feature a beer from each on their taps. The first beer to be tapped is listed below. Look for the daily special tapping in the listings for the days below.

Engine 15 Brewing Company – Ales for undies “Undie Monday” with Dignity you wear.

M Shack – St. John’s Town Center
Matthew Medure is known throughout the metro Jacksonville area for his fine dining restaurant Matthew’s, but he is also the genius behind M Shack in Neptune Beach and St. John’s Town Center. At M Shack, Medure taps into his gourmet cooking experience and applies it to the humble hamburger. But, given the Medure treatment, burgers at his joint are anything but humble. They are juicy, tasty, and absolutely heavenly.

As a tip-of-the-chef’s-hat to Jax Beer Week, M Shack has teamed with Engine 15 Brewing Company to offer a special price on M Burgers when you purchase a pint of Nut Sack, Russian Imperial, Old Battle Axe, or (904) Weissguy.

The special deal is offered at the Town Center location only from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Since their 2009 opening in San Marco, Taverna has been wowing diners with their innovative and tasty dishes. Locally owned and operated, the eatery focuses on fresh, local ingredients and a European-style, seasonal approach to food preparation. The fare at Taverna is heavily influenced by both Italian and Spanish cuisines with favorites like paella and Neapolitan-style pizzas.

Today you can enjoy one of those exquisite pizzas along with a pint of Intuition Ale Works craft beer for just $12.

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Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Jax Beer Week


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A visit to Intuition Ale Works on ‘I Know Jax’

For the past few weeks, Joe and I have been making our rounds to the local breweries to taste their beers and talk about them. In the episode below we stop by Intuition Ale Works and taste four of their brews; Silvertown, Honey Badger, Shotgun Shack and King Street Stout.


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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Beer Tasting


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The Jax Beer Guy March Madness Beer Tournament begins! Cast your vote!

marchmadnessThe nominations are in and we got a lot of them. There were a total of 94 beers nominated for the tournament that broke at as follows:

  • Eastern Division – 44
  • Middle Division – 12
  • Western Division – 18
  • Import Division – 19

Because the Middle Division was light on nominations, we included the Illinois nomination in that group.

By far, the most nominations came from the Eastern Division with local Jacksonville Beers dominating the picks. Heavy hitter beers like Dark Lord, Heady Topper and Hunahpu’s, each scoring 100 out of 100 on also grouped into the Eastern Division. But, the Western Division had a few top beers like Deschutes Abyss and Russian River Pliney the Elder make it on to the contestant list. The Middle division was the lightest with only 12 nominations, but among them are the coveted Bourbon County Stout beers. From across the pond, perennial favorites like Westvleteren 12 and Kasteel Rouge will be battling for a victory.

So without further ado, here are the beginning brackets seeded by their rating on

Eastern Division

Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout (tie 1) vs. Spring House Brewing Big Gruesome (16)

Cigar City Jai Alai IPA (8) vs. Intuition Ale Works Underdark Imperial Stout (9)

The Alchemist Heady Topper (4) vs. DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (13)

Three Floyds Dark Lord (5) vs. Cigar City Good Gourd (12)

Founders Brewing Founders Breakfast Stout (tie 1) vs. New England Brewing Ghandi Bot (15)

Terrapin Wake-n-Bake Stout (7) vs. Intuition Dark Star Milk Stout (10)

Bell’s Hopslam (tie 1) vs. Cigar City Marshal Zhukhov (14)

Bell’s Two-Hearted (6) vs. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (11)

Middle Division

Note: Since there were only 12 nominations for this division, the top four seeds will automatically advance to the next round.

Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout (1) progresses to next round

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (2) progresses to next round

Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Bomb! progresses to next round

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy progresses to next round

New Belgium Fat Tire (8) vs. New Belgium Lips of Faith Yuzu (9)

Prairie Artisan Ales Vanilla Noir (5) vs. Coors Brewing Third Shift (12)

Prairie Artisan Ales Coffee Noir (6) vs. Leinenkugel Snowdrift Vanilla Porter (11)

Tommyknocker Brewery Nut Brown Ale (7) vs. Abita Lemon Wheat (10)

Western Division

Russian River Pliny the Elder (tie 1) vs. Redhook Longhammer IPA (16)

Lagunitas A Little Something Something (8) vs. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (9)

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (4) vs. Kona Brewing Fire Rock Pale Ale (13)

Lagunitas Sucks (5) vs. Lost Coast Indica IPA (12)

Deschutes Abyss (tie 1) vs. Widmer Bros. Hefeweizen (15)

Stone IPA (7) vs. Four Peaks Hop Knot (10)

Boneyard Hop Venom (3) vs. Kona Brewing Big Wave (14)

Stone Ruination IPA (6) vs. Sierra Nevada Ruthless (11)

Import Division

Sint Sixtus Westvleteren 12 (1) vs. Black Sheep Brewery Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale (16)

Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale (8) vs. Tucher Hefeweizen (9)

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout (4) vs. Wychwood Hobgoblin (13)

Samuel Smith Taddy Porter (5) vs. Hoegaarden (12)

Kasteel Rouge (2) vs. Wells Banana Bread (15)

Weihenstephaner Original (7) vs. Unibroue Blanche de Chambly White Ale (10)

St. Bernadus Tripel (3) vs. Pilsner Urquell (14)

Samuel Smith’s Yorkshire Stingo (6) vs. Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry Fruit Ale

Now it is up to you to determine who the winner of each match up is. Also, now is the time to predict the Final Four teams along with the overall tournament champion. When you go to the survey and make your selections, be sure to fill out your contact information so that I can contact you if you win.

So, what are the prizes? Here they are:

Third prize — Magic Hat beanie and Harpoon keychain bottle opener

Second Prize – Yuengling baseball cap, Sierra Nevada t-shirt and

First Prize – Shiner Bock flag, Yuengling baseball cap and Harpoon keychain bottle opener

Not too shabby.

First round voting is now open and will remain open until noon on Sunday, March 16. The schedule for the rest of the tournament is:

  • Sunday, March 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. — Thrilling 32
  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 – Sweet 16
  • Monday, March 24, 2014 – Awesome 8
  • Friday, March 28, 2014 – Final 4
  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 – Championship

Now, get out there and support your beers! Vote for your beers at the link below.


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Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Beer


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I Know Jax, Beer Guy blooper reel

A few weeks ago “I Know Jax” ran an episode that looked back at as well as poked fun at the first year of the show’s existence. Here I have included the blooper reel of my segment. I hope you enjoy.

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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Beer, I Know Jax, The Beer Guy


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Community First Saturdays begin Oct. 6 with appearance by Jax Beer Guy

Join the Springfield Brew Crew and The Jax Beer guy at the inaugural Community First Saturday Downtown October 6. Join us for some traditional Oktoberfest games and contests like pretzel tossing, stein racing, and yodeling. There will also be a best lederhosen and dirndl contest. So dress the part of a German and get on downtown for some German-style fun!

The event’s press release reads:

Community First Saturday is a new monthly project to activate our beautiful River and Riverwalk, tie into events and activities Downtown, create family and fitness content that compels our community to gather on the St. Johns River, and simply enjoy our sometimes underrated quality of life in Jacksonville.

There are two central locations of Community First Saturdays.

One is on the Riverwalk behind the Times Union Center (between the two green gazebos at the south ends of Hogan and Pearl Sts). This space, dubbed Community West, will feature family friendly interactive activities, fitness classes, and excursion ideas and tours of our vibrant Downtown. Linking the biggest weekly outdoor cultural event in Florida (Riverside Arts Market) with the Riverwalk and Downtown is a priority of CFS so you’ll see many linkages both physical and programmatic. There is too much to mention in this space but there will be things like free Wi-Fi, bike valet, and we’ve got the JTA Skyway running! Kids can now enjoy our special Community First Saturday Skyway service! It’s free and connects to awesome Downtown destinations like Friendship Fountain, MOSH, MOCA Jax, and our excellent Downtown library!

The other Community First Saturdays location is Community East, which will be in the old courthouse parking lot. This space will be where we feature Food vendors/Trucks, a bar, DJs, and café tables and chairs and umbrellas on the Riverwalk. Community East is a natural cap to the east end of the Riverwalk, and will be more about lounging, socializing, and gathering and making/meeting friends.

Community First Saturdays is expected to be robust with good crowds each month that will grow as the event becomes more mature. Please join the event’s Facebook at and follow us at

Activities and schedules will be announced on the group’s  blog

Be sure to check out the ALL NEW Jax Beer Guy website for beer news, educational and recreational activities, photos, and schwag.

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Posted by on October 2, 2012 in Beer, Events, The Beer Guy


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