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Blue Fish Restaurant Teams with Bold City for First Beer Dinner

On Wednesday, February 8th Bold City Brewery and The Blue Fish Restaurant and Oyster Bar will be holding a beer dinner. In the past, Blue Fish has done several very successful wine dinners. But, this is their first beer dinner. And what a great first outing they have coming with one of Jacksonville’s favorite local breweries.

The menu, which looks fantastic, follows:

First Course
Bold City Killer Whale Cream Ale – not too hoppy, not too malty, light, and refreshing served with succulent mussels Steamed Bold City beer.

Second Course
Bold City Archie’s Rhino Rye Pale Ale – a distinctively flavored pale due to the use of rye grain in the brewing process served with large gulf shrimp, mushrooms, cajun spices, green onion, shrimp stock, butter, and oxford missisippi stone ground grits.

Third Course
Bold City Duke’s Brown Ale – a slightly sweet and nutty brown ale served with grilled bratwurst and Bold City b braised sauerkraut.

Fourth Course
Bold City Smokey Porter – this robust porter is made with cherrywood smoked barley that imparts a truly bold flavor. This exceptional brew is paired with dark beer braised boneless short ribs.

Fifth Course
Bold City Mad Manatee – an American IPA with big herbal and citrus characteristics paired up with blackened fresh catch, red beans & rice, jumbo lump crab with beurre
blanc sauce.

Sixth Course
Bold City 1901 – mamed for the great Jacksonville fire of 2901 this malty, roasty, and complex red ale accompanies beer chocolate bundt cake.

Tickets are available at the restaurant and are $45.00 for the dinner of six courses paired with six Bold City ales.

Welcome drinks begin pouring at 6:30 and dinner service begins at 7:00.


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Special Brews at Intuition Revealed

Wondering what new beers will be on tap this week in the Intuition Ale Works Tap Room for the big one year anniversary week. Well, wonder no more! Below is a list of each brew and the release date. Brews will be available on their release date only and then on Saturday at the actual anniversary party. Get these beers while you can because they are sure to go fast.

Thanks to Roger Bull of the Florida Times-Union for the list.

Tuesday: Anniversary IPA, brewed and dry-hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

Wednesday: The Underdark, an imperial stout aged for eight months in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels.

Thursday: Railspur Double IPA, part of it was aged in bourbon barrels and the other was dry hopped.

Friday: Quiet Storm Belgian dark strong ale.

You’ll find me at the Tap Room all week. Stop by and say hello!

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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in Beer


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Our Little Brewery is All Grown Up; Intuition Ale Works is One-Year-Old

It seems like only yesterday that Intuition Ale Works opened its doors with only a few Intuition brews and a host of guest brews. But, what a difference a year makes. Not only has the Riverside/Avondale brewery flourished, but it has had to upgrade a few times to meet the demand. In the past year the Tap Room has gone from 12 taps to 20 – most of which are occupied by Intuition brews and the remaining taps should see new brews soon.

The outside Brewery Bar became host to countless events and gatherings. Events such as the St. Patrick’s Day party and Oktoberfest drew huge crowds of revelers. There were Bar-b-q’s, cornhole tournaments, fund-raisers, birthdays, coming home parties, beer dinners, and brewing demonstrations.

Inside the Tap Room a loyal group of regulars staked their claim to “The Corner” and can be found nearly every day between 3:00 and 6:00 quaffing beer and exchanging barbs.

Mug Club membership became a very hot commodity the waiting list growing to over 300 eager beer lovers seeking a coveted mug. Over the summer there was a hotly contended contest to find the most loyal non-Mug Club patron; the winner received a membership into the Mug Club.

From its humble beginnings with just a few brews on offer, Intuition has grown to have an ever-changing portfolio of brews. Favorites such as People’s Pale Ale, King Street Stout, and I-10 IPA have been joined by Golden Spiral, Mercury’s Wings, Guitjo, Double Elimination, and the legendary Honey Badger Saison, which has taken on a cult-like life of its own (honey badger don’t care).

This week Intuition marks its first year of serving cold brew to its adoring fans. And, in true Intuition style, an entire week of activities are planned to celebrate. Below are what you can expect this week.


For the adventurous who want to try all the brews Intuition has on offer – and right now that is 20 – pick up a Beer Passport and enjoy 7-ounce pours of all their brews. Every time you drink a beer you will get a stamp for your passport. Drink all 20 brews over the course of the week and you will receive a voucher for a free one gallon growler fill and be entered to win a $100 Tap Room tab.


Beer is not just for drinking anymore! Chefs in Belgium have known for years that beer is just as good to cook with as wine or any other alcoholic beverage. While I was in Belgium last year I had a delicious braised beef dish made with a Belgian Strong Ale. Tuesday night you can join two of Jacksonville’s best chefs as they teach you how to cook with beer.

Chef Brian Siebenschuh from Restaurant Orsay and Chef Scotty Schwartz from 29 South will each be preparing two dishes using Intuition Ale brews. Tickets are $30 each and include tastings of all four dishes and beer samples paired with each dish.

Space is extremely limited so purchase your tickets ASAP by visiting the following link:


Attention Mug Club members! If you have not renewed your Mug Club membership for the next year, you had better get to the Tap Room and do it before Thursday when anyone on the waiting list can snap up your non-renewed membership. This is sure to cause a feeding frenzy and possibly campouts in the parking lot Wednesday night.

If you are on the waiting list, Thursday is your chance to snap up a membership. My advice, don’t wait, get there early and get your membership – with a list that grew to over 300 hundred waiting, you do not want to risk missing out again.

To get on the waiting list visit the tap room or email


Another big blow-out of a party will be on tap for Saturday. All twenty taps will be full for the first time and Brewers Ben and Andrew are cooking up some exciting and interesting casks.

There will be a Food Truck Food Court in the courtyard, so come hungry! Confirmed vendors include: Corner Taco, Monroe’s-On-The-Go, SunKissed Dogs and John’s Grab N Go.

Also, if there are any, remaining Mug Club memberships will become available to the general public.

Finally, Intuition is starting a tradition of an Intuition Ale Works class picture. At 5:00 PM everyone will line up and have a group photo taken to commemorate this auspicious occasion. If you wear your Intuition Ale Works T-shirt, you will get in the photo and get a free pint of brew!

With so many good things going on at Intuition, it is hard to get bored in and around the place. Bartenders Lindsay, Hannah, Robin, and Brian keep things lively and the beer flowing while Brewers Ben and Andrew keep the beer brewing. And, behind the scenes keeping things moving is Business Manager Cari. If ever there was a brewing dream team, this would be it.

Happy birthday Intuition, may your mug always be full!

Long Live the Brewers!


Marc Wisdom


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Bold City Brewery Celebrates Third Anniversary

About four years ago I started hearing rumblings about a new brewery coming to Jacksonville. No, it wasn’t one of the big boys, it was a small, locally-owned operation run by a mother and son team. Sporadic reports of the brewery circulated via various media outlets and I became more and more intrigued.

Craft brew was practically unheard of in Jacksonville at that time. But, oh how things have changed. Saturday marked Bold City Brewery’s third anniversary with a huge party and strong support from the community. In the three years since Bold City set up shop, there has been a true explosion in Jacksonville’s craft beer scene. Fans of good beer everywhere in our city have Brian and Susan Miller to thank as pioneers.

It is a testament to the growing popularity of craft brew in Jacksonville that this anniversary was so well attended. Cars were parked from McDuff to King Street along Roselle. The crowd spilled out of the brewery and into the parking lot of the brewery with very little space in between revelers. It was, in a word, epic.

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Posted by on October 17, 2011 in Beer


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Green Room Brewery the New Big Kahuna at Jax Beach

Green Room Brewery the New Big Kahuna at Jax Beach

The tap room at Green Room Brewing in Jacksonville Beach has been open for a little while now selection of beers from other Florida breweries like Cigar City in Tampa, Swamp Head in Gainesville, Tequesta near Jupiter, and local brewers Intuition and Bold City. But this past Saturday that all changed with the grand opening of festivities that included the tapping of four great beers brewed entirely on premises by head brewer Eric Luman.

Contrary to its name, the tap room of this brewery is not green at all. Rather it is cheery blue with surfer influences including several surf boards hanging on the walls. It seems green room is a surfer phrase that means the perfect spot inside the curl of a wave. The vibe is laid back and comfortable with high top as well as regular tables and plenty of seats at the white corrugated metal and dark grey concrete bar. The wall behind the tap handles is made of the same white corrugated metal as the bar with series of black boards above the tap handles detailing the available brews with beer name, brewery, style of beer, and ABV.

Among the beers available on Saturday were Intuition Ale Works’ I-10 IPA, Cigar City’s Jai Alai, Swamp Head Wild Night, and Tequesta Gnarly Barley. But the real stars on Saturday were the brand new brews from the Green Room itself.

On tap at the grand opening were four quality brews; Helles Yeah, Clean Ocean Brown Ale, Shaka Oatmeal Stout, and Head High IPA. Of these four the two permanent beers are Helles Yeah and Head High, the other two are part of a rotating seasonal program. Coming up soon according to the black board in the brewery is a White Belgian Ale that is sure to be a pleaser.

Now that the tap room and beers are introduced, a little more information about the beers being produced at Green Room is necessary.

Helles Yeah (pronounced HELLS YEAH!) is not only fun to say, but it is also a fun beer to drink. An Amercanized version of a classic Munich Helles beer, this brew is a refresher perfect for the hot summer days so typical at Jacksonville Beach. Helles is the German word for light, but do not let that fool you, this sparkling golden brew is full flavored with smooth, sweet malts and a slightly bitter hoppiness at the end. At just 4.6% ABV, you can drink several while telling surf stories with your friends without worrying about the wiping out on your next set.

Head High IPA is the other permanent brew currently available at Green Room. This approachable IPA packs plenty of hoppy grapefruit bitterness into each sip, but also tempers the hoppy kick with a balancing malty sweetness. This is an IPA that experienced hop heads will find extremely sessionable, while newcomers to the hop party will enjoy the beer as a gateway to hoppier drafts in the future.

Next up is Clean Ocean Brown Ale. For those who enjoy nutty, malty, sweet brown ales with a hint of hopped bitterness; this is the brew for you. When this deep amber to brown beverage is placed in front of you, the first thing you should do is sniff the loose head swirling at the top of your glass. You will be rewarded with the aromas of sweet malts, mild hops, and delicate nuts. When you take your first sip a wave of smooth caramel malts washes over you followed by a pleasant, mild bitterness that recedes into a rewarding sweetness.

The last ale available on Saturday was the pitch black Shaka Oatmeal Stout. The shaka sign is more commonly known in Florida as the “hang loose” sign. It is used, especially in surfer circles as a universal greeting, a long distance high-five, and an all-around symbol of good will. All of which are appropriate to the smooth stout that bears the symbol’s name. Tiny, creamy bubbles crown the top of this ebon liquid that smells of roasted malts, rich coffee, and mild hops. A sip sends good vibrations washing over you like a well-loved Beach Boys tune revealing rich mouth feel and coffee flavors.

The folks out at The Green Room have truly gotten off to a great start. If the number of people packed into the tap room at the Grand Opening is any indication, this is going to be a favorite spot of area beer connoisseurs as well as traveling beer imbibers who come to visit the First Coasts beaches. The surf is up, head on out to the beach for a few perfect sets!

Until next time,

Long Live the Brewers!


Marc Wisdom

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Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Beer, Local Brewery


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