by Regina Heffinton – The Jax Brew-Bitch
Who doesn’t look forward to spring? Shaking the effects of historically chilly months from your limbs, you are ready to get out and enjoy the weather–take in a festival or two–and maybe dance and sing, if you are so inclined or talented.
Heck, even the animal kingdom has “springing heifers”–signifying that time right before a female cow births her first calf. The owners of these heifers excitedly anticipate this time, most often in the spring, all giddy with finding out whether their herd has been increased by another bull or heifer.
This season, there are many opportunities to get out and enjoy what the Greater Jacksonville area has to offer in great food, beer and activities. Consider the following your “Farmers’ Almanac” of venues from which you can choose your harvest of fun and excitement.
Bold City Brewery
With the month of March comes a great holiday, especially for drinking, and to celebrate St. Patty’s day they’ll be brewing the Bold City Irish Red Ale to tap on Thursday, March 7 at 3 pm. Bold City will also have their 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Flip Cup Tournament coming up Saturday, March 16 at 7 pm. Bold City Brewery is doing it a day early, so you can get your livers prepped and ready for the real St. Patty’s day on Sunday the 17th.
Sign-ups have begun, so get your 5 person team together and get to practicing.
. Teams of 5 (over 21, of course)
. Each team will choose a team name
. $25 per team
. Sign up and pay by Friday, March 15
. Each person on the winning team will receive a Bold City $25 gift certificate and some SWAG!
On Saturday, March 23, the brewery will be open at 1 pm. $1 from every pint sold will be donated to Foundation Fighting Blindness. Firewater Tent Revival will be playing at 7 pm.
Brewer’s Pizza celebrates their 3rd Anniversary on Sunday, March 3, starting at 12 pm. Come out for a day of bottle sharing, Pinglehead randalls, live music, raffles, special menu items and a limited tapping of Pinglehead’s Ambitious Monk, aged in Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey Barrels. Also, every Tuesday till March 19 is “Tuesday Infuse-Day” where the crew will infuse Pinglehead Beer with some new flavors through a randall.
Engine 15 Brewing Company
Wed the 6th–Florida Beer Co.’s Pint Night: Gaspras Porter, Devils Triangle IPA , Swap Ape Imp IPA
Wed the 13th–Hop Slam Tapping Party
Wed the 20th–River Keeper Red Ale Tapping Party
Wed the 27th–Pinglehead Brewery’s Pint Night: Beers included Pinglehead Red Ale, Moon Dance Stout and a brewer’s choice beer to be announced!
For Jax Beer Week (April 1 – 6), Engine 15 will have their On-tap Takeover featuring 51 one their own specialty beers, Friday, April 5.
Green Room Brewing has new tappings every Tuesday and Thursday and live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
Come to the Conservacion Patagonica Fundraiser on Wednesday, March 13, starting at 4:30 pm. This event will benefit the future National Park of Patagonia.
-Ping Pong Tournament at 4:30 pm. 1st place gets $50 prize
-180 Degrees South movie showing at 7:30 pm
-Raffle called at 9 pm. Over $900 worth of amazing prizes donated from local businesses, restaurants, musicians and artists! $5 per ticket or $20 for 6, available for sale at Green Room.
Tampa Bay Beer Week – March 2 – 9 For a full list of great events happening during Tampa Bay Beer Week including festivals, tastings, dinners and so much more, go to www.tampabaybeerweek.com. Several of our local breweries will be representing Jacksonville: Bold City Brewery, Engine 15 Brewing Co. and Intuition Ale Works, just to name a few.
Intuition Ale Works – March is a busy time for special events at the brewery, and we will also be hitting the road to attend beer festivals.
Every Tuesday: Tap Room Tunesdays 7:30-10 pm
Sat, Mar 9: Braided Light Dance Project performance 6-9 pm
Sat, Mar 9: Gate River Run after-party (All runners get one free beer starting at 1 pm.)
Sat, Mar 16: St. Patrick’s Day celebration 1-10 pm (See below.)
Tues, Mar 19: Pecha Kucha 6 pm
Wed, Mar 20: ImpactJAX/One Spark social 5:30 pm
Fri, Mar 22: Bold City Brigade fundraiser
Saturday, March 16: St. Patrick’s Day celebration, 1-10 pm. Intuition Ale Works will be tapping two limited-release Irish brews: The Redman Irish Red Ale and a Milk Stout. Counter to its mischievous, Irish folklore namesake, The Redman is a smooth and enjoyable Irish red. Malty and lightly hopped, this brew is perfect for any drinking session.
Who can beat the leprechaun?
The PRS Running Club, in conjunction with Intuition Ale Works, is proud to be present the inaugural Intuition Luck of the Kiwi 5K on the day before St. Patty’s Day, Saturday, March 16, at 6:30 pm, starting and finishing at Intuition Ale Works, 720 King Street, 32204.
For those familiar with the Bold City Race Series, the course is very similar: a four loop course with each loop getting progressively shorter in distance. There will be a leprechaun racing, and any runner who beats the leprechaun gets a free, annual membership in the PRS Running Club and a PRS Running Club Nike Singlet. All runners are encouraged to stick around after the race for post-race food and refreshments, and all finishers 21 and up get one free beer courtesy of Intuition Ale Works. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Jared Bynum Memorial Scholarship at Landon Middle School. For more information visit www.prsrunningclub.com.
Wednesday, March 20: ImpactJAX/One Spark social 5:30 pm
Intuition Ale Works will be hosting a social for ImpactJAX (the young professionals arm of the Chamber) and One Spark, a festival that’s happening in Downtown in April. Folks can come and learn more about both of these organizations. A nominal entry fee gets you two free beers, food, live music and the chance to win raffle items such as a gallon growler of brew.
Jax Vegan Drinks!
All Jacksonville-area vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, and No Meat March enthusiasts are invited to join the inaugural Jax Vegan Tuesday, March 12, 6–10 pm. Chef Jeff, the owner of the Salty Fig, is making a custom vegan/vegetarian menu just for this special event. Also, the bar will have custom, vegan cocktails, vegan-friendly wines and craft beer. Happy hour drink specials from are from 4–7 pm including 2/1 draft beers. Salty Fig proudly serves local Jax microbrews on tap: Bold City Brewery, Green Room Brewing, Intuition Ale Works and Pinglehead Brewing Co.
Broudy’s Liquors is expecting a new beer cellar at the Cobblestone location to be finished soon, hopefully before St. Patrick’s Day.
SweetWater Brewing Company
Starting on March 21, SweetWater Brewing Co. will kick off their “420 Month” that runs through April 21, which will include tons of promos leading up to 4/20. Plans will include a big party at Lynch’s Irish Pub and the LAID Clothing launch.
The 4th Annual Hunahpu Day at Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Saturday, March 9
Come for food trucks, live music and bottles of Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout (750mL/25.4 FL OZ), which will be sold for $20. For more information visit www.cigarcitybrewing.com.
St. Patricks Day Street Fest in 5 Points Sunday, March 17. Margaret Street will be closed off to cars. Live music all day and night. Guinness, Killian’s and Green Beer will be served on the street, with a food court and liquor bar.
Craft Beer and Bottle-Sharing Get-togethers
If you’re a craft beer novice interested in learning more, or if you just want to taste unique beers, join Green Room Brewing every Saturday starting at 2 pm. A rep from Broudy’s will join us to share some great craft beer, inform us about new stock and to hand out cards good for 50% off bombers.
A similar event is held every Sunday at Brewer’s Pizza starting at 2 pm (except on March 3, which starts at noon). Both of these weekly tastings are free. They just ask that you purchase a pint or food item off of the menu and help support these business for sharing their space. For more info, email [email protected].
Springfield Brew Crew tasting to benefit Springfield Animal Care and Rescue Club. Saturday, March 16, 7 – 11 pm at CK Events Center, 3rd and Main in Springfield. Hosted by Marc Wisdom, the Beer Guy. At this event you will have an opportunity to taste several rare and vintage brews as wells as other great beers that you will not want to miss. Tickets are on sale now. Visit jaxbeerguy.com.
Craft Beer Dinners
Engine 15 Brewing Co. craft beer dinner on Wednesday, March 20 at Gas Full Service Restaurant located in St. Augustine, FL. 6 beer and 5 courses. $65 per person. For reservations call (904) 217-0326.
Bold City Brewery craft beer dinner at Whole Foods Market on Friday, March 22. For reservations call (904) 288-1100.
Road Trip to Gainesville to benefit K9’s for Warriors – Saturday, March 30, 10 am-6 pm. Your ticket will include your round-trip ride on the Jax Brew Bus, beers on the way to and back, lunch, dessert, beer, tour and a pint glass to keep at Swamp Head Brewery, your first beer at Tall Paul’s/Alligator Brewing, a bag full of goodies and all taxes and gratuities! Tickets are $100 per person.
K9’s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress as result of conflicts and war after 9/11.
For reservations email regi[email protected]. For more information visit jaxbrewbitch.com.
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Irish Red Ale and the Luck O’ The Ryerish, a version made with rye malt, have been tapped and are now flowing at A1A Ale Works, Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery and Ragtime Tavern Seafood and Grille.
Amber Wave tapping party at Engine 15 Brewing Co. Wednesday, March 20. Proceeds from the tapping party will go to the St. Johns Riverkeeper. The Amber Wave is a red hoppy ale which will be around 7.7%. Thanks to Engine 15 Brewing Company, Ed Stansel and Roger Bull of Amber Waves Jax for allowing me to assist with this special brew. This is Ed Stansel’s original homebrew recipe. Roger Bull suggested these hops: Columbus, Simcoe, Summit and Chinook. Four types of grains were used. We brewed this on Monday, February 10 at Engine 15 Brewing Co. with Luch Scremin and Sean Bielman. This year will produce about 3 barrels. Last year they produced only 1 barrel.
European Street in Riverside – Come celebrate WET MONDAY! (otherwise known as Dyngus Day 2013) This is the Polish celebration recognizing the end of Lent. There will be a special Polish menu, Polish Beer, Pussywillows, Squirt Guns and POLKA!!! It is Monday, April 1st starting at 5 pm at the Park Street location.
Jax Beer Week – The second annual Jax Beer Week will take place April 1 – 6. Festivities will include brewing collaborations, local beer nights at your favorite craft brew pubs and a grand tasting Downtown on April 6th. http://beerweekjax.com
Tap ‘N’ Run 4K Beer Run – April 13, 2 – 6 pm. Tap ‘N’ Run combines a ridiculous running race – a 4k with 3 beer chugging stations* along the race course, a full beer at the Finish Line, crazy costumes, great times with friends and unbelievable athleticism. JAM Active has teamed up with some rad bars in Jacksonville to create this awesome day of racing and community enjoyment! *chug stations = 5-6 oz. of beer per station
In addition to being a part of an awesome and unique racing experience, all participants will receive a sweet Finisher’s medal (that doubles as a bottle opener…no, really), the equivalent of over two beers and a Tap ‘N’ Run t-shirt to commemorate your amazing accomplishment. You also have the option to have your race professionally timed, so you and your friends can laugh about how long it took to finish a mere 4k while sipping some suds! Visit tapnrun.com/jacksonville.
Other events will be surfacing soon, so you can also check out my website at www.jaxbrewbitch.com and sign up for the Hypnotic Hop, my weekly newsletter giving you the latest scoop on the Jacksonville craft beer scene. I give away something to one of my subscribers each week just for reading. It may be beer, movie tickets, ya never know. I’m on facebook and twitter, too!
C’mon! … the fresh green grass is ready for grazin’ – and there’s no reason to be chewin’ on that old hay! Don’t let the pregnant bovines have all the fun this season – mark your calendars and plan to plow through as many events as you possibly can!