by REGINA HEFFINGTON
Christmas stuff, already? Really? I don’t know about you, but I miss having separate seasons in the stores. When I was growing up, it was Halloween–-then Thanksgiving–-then Christmas. Not Hallowivingmas.
Now that we’ve put away the ghoulish costumes, our focus can be on all things “Novemberish.” Some of our local establishments have taken an aggressive approach in providing useful information for your travels out and about in our local craft beer community during November.
Aardwolf Pub & Brewery now has seven beers on tap and a rotating pilot batch every Wednesday. New 4 oz. sample glasses ($2) and growlers are in full effect.
November 20 from 5:30-7:30 pm Aardwolf hosts a BioFlorida Mixer to benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital. $20 per person. Catering by Smoke It Up BBQ.
Bold City Brewery recently tapped their Winter Seasonal, the Super Secret Stout which is an American sweet/dry/milk stout hybrid. A large amount of roasted and chocolate flavors should be expected with a nice sweetness to balance out the finish. 7.5% ABV
November 2 from 7-11 pm Bold City’s Charity Pint Night will benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness through the Jacksonville VisionWalk. On this Saturday, Bold City will donate $1 for each pint purchased to Jason and Adriann Keve’s VisionWalk team, Bold Vision. An added bonus, the local band the Firewater Tent Revival will perform at the brewery. Come drink great beer, hear great music and support a great charity! For more on VisionWalk team Bold Vision, visit www.fightblindness.org/goto/boldvision2014.
November 13 at 6 pm Bold City Brewery Craft Beer Dinner at Gas Full Service Restaurant. For reservations call 217-0326.
Engine 15 Brewing Company will be offering a Christmas gift package with a bottle of their Anniversary Barrel-Aged Chupacabra, Engine 15 Xmas Quad, 2 E15 tulip glasses and a bottle opener in a very cool Engine 15 truck box for $55. They start taking pre-orders in November.
November 11 from 5-10 pm Engine 15 releases its JamMin Jasmine Saison in a festival-style event benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The cost is $20 in advance. To register and to find out more information about this important event, please visit www.mdaevent.org/thejamminmovement.
Dec 1-12 E15 will also be doing 12 Beers of Christmas. Drink all 12 and get a free E15 beer for the rest of the month.
Intuition Ale Works has a busy November as they celebrate their three-year anniversary!
From November 13th onward the King Street Farmers Market will be moving to the courtyard at Intuition. Wednesdays, 4-7 pm.
Nov 20th-Dec 17th Intuition offers Beer Passports. They will be serving up 7-ounce pours. Every time you drink a brew, get your passport stamped to keep track of your beers. If you try all twenty beers by Saturday the 17th you’ll get a voucher for a gallon growler and a fill of your favorite brew. PLUS, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win $100 tap room dollars.
On Nov 21st at Dig Foods, Intuition will do a vegan beer dinner as part of their anniversary week festivities.
Nov 23rd Intuition has pulled a special event permit to close down the street. There will be lots of food trucks and at least 20 special-release beers for the official celebration of their anniversary.
Pinglehead Brewing Company has announced their Punk! is now available in Pinglehead’s official taproom, Brewer’s Pizza. This year’s malty masterpiece of pumpkiny gourdness weighs in at 10.4% ABV and was made with spices provided locally from our friend’s at All Spiced Up in San Marco. Black hOP’s India Black Ale and LANDSLIDE are also back on tap.
Goose Island Beer Company is unveiling four Belgian-style wild ales from its diverse and creative portfolio. The Chicago-based beer company will debut two completely new, barrel-aged farmhouse ales called Gillian and Halia, and release the 2013 vintage of the much sought after sour ales, Lolita and Juliet. Be looking for these brews at Grassroots, Beer 30, Broudy’s and ABC Liquor .
Wow! That’s enough info to stuff a candy-coated turkey to put under the tree! Merry Christmas! NO! I mean, Happy Thanksgiving! … trick or treat, y’all …