Engine 15 is a craft beer purist’s dream. With 50 taps pumping out a versatile range of in-house, local and powerhouse palate-pleasers, new-to-you’s and unique specialties (Sourpuss Saison, anyone?) and a selection of about 150 bottles, there’s a beer for every occasion and taste bud specification.
Co-owners Luciano (Luch) Scremin, Andrew Price and Sean Bielman, who met through the Beaches Organization of Brewers (or BooBs), are on a mission to bring more quality craft beer to the people — and the people seem pretty darn pleased with the fruits of their labors. Top-seller Old Battle Axe IPA has the kind of citrusy, punchy bite that fans of the popular style know and love. But if you’re willing to stray outside of lagers and IPAs, wrap your tongue around Nut Sack Imperial Brown Ale, (904) Weissguy, Rye of the Tiger or seasonals like the recent third-anniversary limited editions, Chupacabra and Imperial Simcoe, which were aged in Four Roses Bourbon barrels.
The atmosphere is that of a brew pub in the Fatherland with a Jacksonville Beach bent, locals included.
“We definitely live off the fact that we have a really solid core of regulars,” Bielman said.
For beer lovers who want to put their own spin on the ambrosia of the people, Engine 15 is one of few locations in the country where customers can actually brew their own beer, either with one of the provided recipes or, for more advanced brewers, with recipes of their own design. Bielman said the brew-on-site element of the business is “where we come from” and “an extension of what we’re trying to bring to the community.” Bottoms up, y’all.