What’s Brewing? Oktoberfest

A personal beer mug that displays, in holographic form, the temperature of the beer within its confines, the beer’s alcohol content by volume (ABV), its International Bitterness Units (IBUs), your heart rate, blood pressure, family birthdays and bank account balance–along with the price you are paying for your selected brew. Sounds like Google Glass, huh?

Where can you purchase such a beer mug? Wrong question. You should be asking when you will be able to purchase it. It doesn’t exist–at least not at the time this article is published. But I am sure somewhere, somebody is working on developing such technology at this very minute.

Technology – rockin’ steadily along since the early days of man. Back then, “technology” was discussed around the communal bonfire, “You hear? Thog turned rock into wheel.” Fast-forward to mid-20th century and “technology talk” around the office water cooler focused on the development of affordable integrated automobile air-conditioning and color television.

Today, we are immersed in technology, much of which is computer-based, and we expect a lot for something to be noteworthy in the world of “Breaking News in Technology.” Especially for digital natives (those born after the advent of personal computers), something heralded as a new breakthrough had better be a product providing more information, more entertainment and an easier way to do something, in order to be respected, purchased, and used. Technology has found a home–your home–in microbrewing, as well.

Former employees of Microsoft have developed PicoBrew, the world’s first fully automatic all-grain beer brewing system that’s the size of a microwave. Check it out and pre-order here: picobrew.azurewebsites.net.

Koob, Thog’s northern cousin, would have given a mammoth’s tusk for an IceMule, the modern world’s most portable high-performance soft cooler – to carry chunks of ice into his cave to cool his bowl of blubber soup. For more info on the IceMule, visit icemulecooler.com.

At local Jacksonville “brews and chews” establishments, you’ll find technological advancements in the form of tablet-based payment systems, digital beer lists, and sound systems.

This month provides you several venues to enjoy what modern technology supports:

Dahlia’s Pour House (2695 Post St, 738-7132)
Pumpkin Night – Tuesday, Oct 7 from 6-11pm. $20 for 10 Pumpkin Brews Tasters + 1 full pumpkin brew. Tickets can be purchased at www.dahliaspourhouse.com

3rd Annual Halloween Bash – Thursday, Oct 30 from 7-11pm. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Ticket price includes free: Terrifying Trivia from 7:30 to 9:30pm; Kreepy Karaoke from 10pm-1:30am; Costume Contest at 10:30 pm with Cash and House Cash Prizes and finger foods, desserts and a beer!

Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery (9735 Gate Pkwy North, 997-1999)
Oktoberfest Brewer’s Dinner on Wednesday, October 8, from 6-9pm. Inspired by the rich German tradition of Oktoberfest! Chef Blake and our Brewer Aaron work side-by-side to pair each of the six courses with the perfect beer. Each dinner is just $50, but seating is limited. Stop by the restaurant, or call to reserve your seat today!

Sausage and sauerkraut stuffed into a deliciously fried fritter with beer mustard sauce for dipping. Paired with the a Belgian Table Bier.

Zweite Kurs
Crab, celery, onion, garlic, and cabbage broiled in a seafood broth with scallops, shrimp, and crab. Paired with the Southern Flyer Light Lager.

Dritte Kurs
Pears and radicchio tossed with honey-lemon vinaigrette. Paired with the Southside Pilsner.

Vierten Kurs
Schweinelende In Bla Herteig. Rosemary-crusted pork loin with black forest ham and swiss cheese baked in a warm puff pastry. Paired with Oktoberfest.

Funften Kurs
Sausage and sauerkraut stuffing inside a cast-ironed grilled chicken. Topped with handcrafted Oktoberfest beer and apple glaze. Served with bacon and onion-braised asparagus. Paired with the Toll Tender IPA.

Spricht fur Sich Selbst
Chocolate Scotch whiskey cake paired with Vanilla Pumpkin Porter

Bold City Brewery (2670 Rosselle St, 379-6551)
Best Of Jax Party will be held at Bold City Brewery on Sunday, October 12, from 4-8 pm! The amazingly talented 77D’s will be performing in the brewery, and a lot of fine food will be provided by the catering team of Mojo’s BBQ! Tickets are $10 each and include 2 Bold City beers, food and live entertainment!
Mark your calendars for Bold City Brewery’s 6 Year Anniversary Bash on Saturday, October 18. $2 Pints all day including Bourbon Barrel Aged Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale and Bourbon Barrel Aged 1901 Red Ale. Live music all day including the recently paroled Bold City Bandits! Raffles for Free Beer for a Year, killer swag, and a chance to win one of Bold City’s new LED’s!

Intuition Ale Works (720 King St, 683-7720)
Please join Intuition Ale Works and a number of Northeast Florida’s most celebrated chefs as we host a very special memorial event for Chef Thomas Tolxdorf on Friday, October 17 at 6pm. Tickets are available for The Friends of Chef Thomas Food Fair at Intuition on eventbrite.com.
Chef Thomas was the pioneering, influential and inspirational Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island who earlier this year was taken from us too soon. He was a tremendous supporter of Intuition and the local food scene across Northeast Florida. To honor his legacy, Intuition Ale Works is closing down the street in front of the brewery and setting up a food fair featuring Northeast Florida’s top chefs and restaurants, including
*29 South *The Art Institute of Jacksonville *Black Sheep Restaurant *Cafe Nola @ MOCA *Chef’s Garden *Corner Taco *Post to Post Links II error: No link found for term slug "Hawkers Asian Street Fare" *Intuition Ale Works *Kelly’s Courtyard Cafe’ *LuLu’s at The Thompson House *M Shack *Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails *Restaurant Orsay *The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
*The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
*The Salty Pelican Bar and Grill *Taverna San Marco *The Blind Rabbit – A Burger & Whiskey Bar Riverside
*The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia
*The Florida House Inn & Restaurant *Uptown Market Our brewers will be brewing a special batch of kolsch (Thomas’ favorite beer!) and dedicating an honorary Mug Club membership to our friend.
Tickets include food samples from all of the restaurants below and one Intuition beer. Intuition will donate 100% of proceeds from ticket sales to the Chef Thomas Tolxdorf Memorial Fund. The event is kid-friendly and children under 12 years of age can attend free of charge. We hope you will join us as we celebrate a dear friend and incredible talent.

Engine 15 Brewing Company (1500 Beach Blvd, Jax Beach, 249-2337)
Time to do the Chicken Dance and get ready to Oompah your socks off! Engine 15 Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest bash is happening on Saturday, October 4th, all day long!
11am – Tapping E15 Oktoberfest Beer
1pm – Feats of Strength
2pm – Crowning of Oktoberfest King and Queen
2:30pm – One Step Ahead of the Law – Oompah Band
5pm – Chick Sh*t Bingo
5:30pm – Live Music – Mark O’Quinn
$2- Mab filled with E15 Oktoberfest beer or 904 Weissguy – plus $8 refills all month!

Silver Cow (1506 King St, 379-6968)
Silver Cow – a Riverside area craft beer and fine wine eatery with a whole new extended menu will have these events during the month of October:
All Day Happy Hour Monday
Open Mic Night Tuesday 8pm $1 off drafts to close
Ladies Night Thursday with drink specials all day featuring Vintage Poor Girl, Old Skool Junk and Mad Nails by Morgan
Craft Beer & Homebrew Share Sunday
Bard & Brews Night 2nd Wednesday’s 9pm – Poetry and Spoken Word
This month, don’t’ re-invent the wheel – look for examples of new, advanced technology when you get out and about to enjoy what the Greater Jacksonville area “brews and chews” has to offer. Thog would be so proud of you.
When you notice such an example, send me a quick text. No phone is needed – just send me your message via internal brain waves – my beer mug is MME (Mental Messaging Enabled) Version 2.1. Isn’t everyone’s?

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