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Got an ugly holiday sweater? Plenty of opportunities to show it off this weekend

uglyUgly Christmas sweater parties are all the rage this year. Over the past few weeks I have been invited to more than a half-dozen. What is it about these laughably gaudy sweaters that hold such a fascination for people? Is it the bright colors, the over-sized Santa face, the glowing nose of Rudolf? We may never know why we find them so charming, but what is inescapable is the proliferation of parties reveling in their tacky appeal.

Three of the Tacky Sweater parties taking place this weekend are being held at local breweries. Green Room Brewing Company at Jacksonville Beach and Bold City Brewing Company in Riverside as well as Mile Marker in St. Augustine are spreading Christmas cheer by hosting parties that benefit different charities.

Green Room’s Tacky Sweater Party is being hosted by the Girls Gone Green, a local advocacy group for healthy living headed by local television meteorologist Julie Watkins. The party will reward the tackiest sweater with a grand prize with other prizes going to attendees as well. Along with the prizes you can expect there to be vegan treats and plenty of good beer. The party starts at 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 13.

Over in the King Street Beer District, Bold City Brewing Company will be throwing an Ugly Sweater shindig of their own. This time the benefactor is the American Lung Association. The party is Saturday, December 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and you will receive a free beer!

Finally, the folks down in St. Augustine at the Mile Marker Brewing Company are getting into the holiday spirit by hosting an Ugly Sweater Party as well. All who arrive at the brewery tap room in an obnoxious holiday sweater or shirt will be rewarded for their lack of taste with a free pint of beer.

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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Beer News, Events


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Jacksonville on the ballot for BeerCity USA 2012

Recently the yearly BeerCity USA ballot for 2012 was finalized and, after a successful write in campaign, Jacksonville is now represented on the list. National Beer Examiner Charlie Papazian began the annual competition in 2009 as part of National Craft Beer Week. Since the inception, Asheville, NC home of Highland Brewing and soon to be home of Sierra Nevada’s and New Belgium’s east coast brewing operations, has won the title. Albeit, in 2009, Asheville did tie with Portland, OR.

But, this year Jacksonville is in the running and that means all bets are off and northeast Florida is about to get on the craft beer map. That is not just home town pride speaking. Jacksonville has a real chance. In the past three years this river city by the sea has stormed the craft brew scene and is becoming a true brew force to be reckoned with. With five breweries currently operating in the area, one more opening by the end of the year and several more in the works, Jacksonville is poised as the next great American beer destination.

Intuition Ale Works

Quenching the thirst of beer lovers since November of 2010, Ben Davis the owner and chief brewer at Intuition is a man with a passion for beer. His west coast and Belgian inspired brews elicit rave reviews from Tap Room patrons and beer lovers around the city. A visit to the brewery Tap Room will yield up rp twenty choices of freshly brewed beer worthy of a pint or two.

Bold City Brewery

Begun back in 2008, mother and son team Brian and Susan Miller became the true beer pioneers of Jacksonville when they opened Bold City in an old furniture warehouse alongside the railroad tracks in Riverside. Since then the duo has garnered a fanatical following that often fills the parking lot of the brewery on Friday and Saturday nights.

Green Room Brewing

When Eric Luman decided it was time that the Jacksonville Beaches had their own brewery, he started work on bringing Green Room into existence. The laid-back brewery – the name is a surfing reference that describes the tunnel inside a waves curl – attracts beachcombers and party people alike. Taps in the Tap Room feature house brews as well as other Florida-brewed beers.

Mile Marker Brewing

In the nation’s oldest city of St. Augustine, the team at Mile Marker have been putting out quality brews and making lots of friends along the way. Though the Tap Room is a bit out of the way, it manages to attract beer lovers who seek out fresh, tasty beer after a day of exploring the historic district.

Pinglehead Brewery

The new kid on the block, Pinglehead, is actually a reincarnation of Brewer’s Pizza. In a bid to be able to distribute the beer they brew in the Orange Park brewery, the guys decided to convert from a brew pub to a full-fledged brewery. Thirsty patrons can still get Pinglehead brews at the bar of Brewer’s Pizza and soon they will be able to purchase the brews in other local establishments.

With these brewery choices, brewery restaurant choices like Ragtime, Seven Bridges, and A1A Ale Works, Engine 15 brew pub, and many, many well-tapped restaurants, Jacksonville is a shoo in for the 2012 BeerCity USA title. Voting goes live May 1 and closes on May 13. Watch for the link here and prepare to vote Jacksonville in for this year’s title.

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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Beer, Beer News


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Jax Beer Week Day 4: More Movies, Tastings, and Tappings

The only way to describe the first Jacksonville Beer Week up to this point is that it is an unqualified success. So far this week there have been beer dinners, tastings, and tap takeovers. Last night the screening of “Beer Wars” at the newly restored Sun Ray Cinema in 5-Points was interesting, entertaining, and with a pitcher of Intuition Ale Works’ Sun Ray Wit created specifically for the theater, delicious. The movie sparked several lively and interesting conversations segued to an equally engaging conversation over dinner with the owners and officers of Brown Distributing at Pele’s Wood Fire.
Tonight the Jax Beer Week festivities continue with:

Engine 15

The long-awaited tapping of Amber Waves Amber Ale happens this evening. Florida Times-Union journalists Roger Bull and Ed Stansel created the beer especially for Jax Beer Week on Engine 15’s equipment. The name of the ale refers to the name of the blog that Bull and Stansel write for the Times-Union. All proceeds from the beer will be donated to the St. John’s Riverkeeper.

Grass Roots Natural Market

The guys at Grassroots are all true beer lovers, all one has to do is look at the impressive selection of high quality brews available for sale at the Park Ave. grocer. Today from 4:00 until 8:00 pm you can stop by and taste some of the exceptional local brews they have available from Bold City Brewing and Intuition Ale Works. In addition, both Intuition and Bold City will have special cask beers for tasting – if one of the available casks is Intuition’s Golden Spiral made with kumquats and rosemary, do not miss it! As if all that was not enough Michael Payne of the newly announced Aardwolf Brewery in San Marco will be there offering samples of his home brews.

Brewer’s Pizza

Tonight Brewer’s is hosting a local IPA night with great hoppy beers from all the local brewers and the debut of their own Landslide Double IPA. They will also be offering a special soup and bread both made with IPA beer.

Mile Marker Brewery

Grab some popcorn and relax for a double feature of two great beer movies; “Beerfest” and “Strange Brew.” Our friends down south will transform the brewery into a movie theater and let the hilarity fly and the beer flow (mouse in bottle not included).


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Mile Marker Brewery in St. Augustine Set to Make Their Mark

Great ideas are often the result of a few beers, better ideas sometimes come from a few more than a few. Mike Fierro and Vance Joy came up with an excellent idea while imbibing on a few beers — why not leverage Fierro’s knowledge of the beverage industry with Joy’s love of brewing beer? From these beer-fueled questions came Mile Marker Brewing the newest brewery to grace the First Coast.

While not yet open for business, Mile Marker is well on its way to claiming its place in the north Florida beer landscape. With the help of another friend, Dennis Grune, manning the brewhouse and fermentors, Mile Marker will be taking St. Augustine by storm in a few short weeks. As a matter of fact, as I stood there talking to the brewery trio, Vance announced that they should have all licenses in place in less than a week.

Mile Marker promises to be a laid-back, casual place to drink a few pints and shoot the breeze with friends. The bar is beautiful golden, varnished wood with blue  to give it a feel of being underwater. The brewery’s logo sea turtle is evident in several places throughout the room – in the original painting hanging behind the bar that will grace the Mile Marker Zero Kolsch-style Ale label, burned into the wood of the swinging doors behind the bar, on the coasters, hanging on the wall. This place will definitely be comfortable.

The brewery is a cavernous area with more than enough room for expansion. The partners plan to host events both public and private in the huge space. They will also conduct brewery tours to help educate the curious on how their beers are brewed. But possibly the most striking features of the brewery area are the huge wooden doors to the cold room. Thick, dark wood, hanging on overhead rails that Mike and Vance made and hung themselves.

With a name like Mile Marker and a sea turtle on their logo you might think that this brewery is eco-friendly. And that would be a good assumption since Mike and Vance plan to support many animal-centric charities. Spent grains will be donated to Diamonds in the Rough, an animal rescue charity that specializes in saving work animals — particularly horses — and nursing them back to health. They also plan to align themselves with sea turtle rescue agencies in keeping with the spirit of their logo.

When the brewery opens, three beers will be served, with plans for several more to arrive soon after. All three were offered for tasting and all passed muster admirably. The beers will be named for the Florida Keys and their mile markers. The name Mile Marker came to just sort of came to Mike one day. Little did he know that the big boys up the highway had just let that name go. But, AB’s loss was Mile Marker’s gain.

Mile Marker Zero Kolsch-style Ale is a refreshing, easy-drinking version of the classic German style. It is mild and supremely sessionable displaying hints of sweet malts, mild hops, and lemon zest. This is also going to be the first beer to be bottled by the brewery for distribution.

Marathon Key Red is auburn-colored brew that smells of roasty malts and mild orange or tangerine citrus. The flavor is an explosion of   caramel malts and medium bodied hops. This is a very approachable red that can still stand up to the expectations of a serious beer aficionado.

The third beer offered was Islamorada IPA. This is also a very approachable brew with slightly more aggressive hops than the red and a pleasant grapefruit aroma. The flavor reveals good hop character that is upfront enough for an IPA lover, but not so in your face that a novice would run screaming from it. The hops are balanced by a sweet malty backbone and an almost buttery aftertaste.

Mile Marker is a worthy and welcome addition to the North Florida brewery scene. With the amount of quality beer that will soon be available on the First Coast, one may never need to travel far for something new and exciting. And if the beer at Mile Marker continues to taste as good as those tasted, St. Augustine may find itself as a beer destination in and of itself.

Until next time,

Long Live the Brewers!


Marc Wisdom

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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Beer, Local Brewery


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