WHAT'S BREWING – February 2014

by Regina Heffington – the Jax Brew-Bitch
“Go ahead–kiss me now before I eat these onions.” I was sitting close by a couple at one of our local restaurants as the wife said that to her husband, who then dutifully followed her direction. Smart man. Smart woman, too–kissing someone who has just finished off a meal with onions can be a little…well, you know.
Craft beer-loving couples don’t have to worry about all that stuff. You’ll never hear, “Kiss me now, before I drink this Double IPA” or “I can’t kiss you now–I just finished a Russian Imperial Stout”. Heavens no. Quite the contrary.
The lingering scent and flavor of handcrafted brew on your breath is actually a type of aphrodisiac for me … uh … I mean, for those involved in craft-beer-centric romantic relationships. Write that down.
Here is some craft beer news and events for Jacksonville to help get you in the mood this February:

Two Brothers Brewing Company (Warrenville, Illinois) is expanding their entire line of beers for statewide distribution in Florida via Cavalier Distributing. The Two Brothers Brewery is owned by brothers Jim and Jason Ebel who developed a passion for flavorful specialty beers while living in Europe. After returning to the states, they had trouble finding craft beers in Chicago, so they opened Two Brothers Brewing Company in 1996. The brewery resides in a 40,000-square-foot facility 30 miles west of Chicago. Ask for them by name anywhere craft beer is sold.

New Belgium Brewing is releasing two new creations: Snapshot Wheat Beer, an unfiltered wheat beer full of refreshment and a flash of tart at the finish, and, Spring Blonde Belgian Style Ale. A seasonal offering brewed with pale and Munich malts, this golden ale pours bright copper and holds a strong, white head aloft. A nose of lemon peel, pepper, and fresh baked bread entices a sipping. Spring Blonde drinks malty, sweet and wonderful.

Engine 15 Brewing Company (1500 Beach Boulevard – Jax Beach)
Thursday, Feb 13 – FREE manicure night (+ $9 bottomless glass) for the ladies featuring the specialists from Atlantic Nail Spa from 5 to 7 pm. All other Thursdays will be randal and cask nights. Engine 15 will also be one of the sponsors of the Bella Luna event at MOSH on February 8. www.themosh.org/bella_luna.html

Intuition Ale Works (720 King Street) – February 25 at 8 pm – Trivia Night with Trivia Night Live – the first place team wins a $50 taproom gift card!

Dahlia’s Pour House (2695 Post Street) – Feb 28, 4-10 pm — Mead Tasting! Enjoy eight meads on tap with light snacks. $35 per person or $60 per couple until Valentines Day!

Bold City Brewery (2670 Rosselle Street) – Feb 8 – Sensory Saturday featuring Patrick Evan and The Coalition and tapping a Bold City Signature Series Saison. Feb 14 tapping the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cask Ale using Dukes Brown Ale, and Feb 20, tapping the Woodford Reserve Barrel Aged Chinook IPA.

Silver Cow (1506 King Street) – Happy Hour every Tuesday through Sunday from 4-7 pm. $1 off all craft beer and house wines.

The air this month is going to be filled with Cupid’s arrows throughout the Greater Jacksonville area “Brews and Chews” scene, so there is a good chance you’ll be struck with one as you share a tasty craft beer at one of Jacksonville’s many establishments. Yes, of course – it’s okay to go ahead and kiss – smooch away! But don’t be surprised if you hear me yell, “Hey, you two! Go get a taproom!”