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Intuition Ale Works

Whether in cans, growlers or pints, this Riverside craft brewery serves flavor

Though you can buy cans of People’s Pale Ale at your corner market, Hannah Greer will pour you a selection from one of 20 taps at Intuition Ale Works.
Dennis Ho
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Brewmaster: Ben Davis

720 King St., Riverside

683-7720

intuitionaleworks.com

3-11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday; beer, wine, BYO food

Recent events: Due to a hefty fine for a noise violation, Intuition recently closed the brewery area, which was used for events. But don’t be too depressed: The taproom is still open.

In three short years, Intuition has made its way from owner/brewer Ben Davis’ garage on Edgewood Avenue to bars and retail locations through Northeast and Central Florida and become a staple of Jacksonville craft beer. In February 2012, Intuition became the first Florida microbrewery to start canning its beers and now offers People’s Pale Ale, Jon-Boat Coastal Ale and I-10 IPA in the can.

Though the convenience of having I-10 at your local watering hole or corner market is a big bonus, it’s worth making the trip to visit the classic-meets-eclectic-styled brew house where 20 taps regularly pour special releases like The Eleanor Belgian blonde ale, Riverside Red amber ale and DragonGlass, an incredible twist on a classic Saison and named in honor of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

When a customer ordering a flight says she prefers a “beer you can chew,” bartender Staci Bu Shea (also the curator who works with artist Jim Draper) laughs, “You came to the right place.”

“Mug Club” member Jason Tidwell, who gained entry last summer by stopping by for a brew 55 days out of 60, much to his wife’s good-natured chagrin, calls the cast of regulars and staff his “beer family.”

“[It’s] my second home when my wife lets me out.”

Stop in for a pint and leave with a growler; you’ll taste why this start-up has fast become a microbrewing powerhouse.

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