Hey, everybody! It’s Davi. Looking for somewhere to toss back a brew with your furry friend? I’ve tapped a few local breweries who leave the doggy door open for business.
Green Room Brewing
228 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 201-9283
Wagging through the door, I was greeted by Max, the alpha dog of Green Room Brewing, and his dad, Mark, the owner. He told me well-mannered dogs are allowed and invited me to explore the grounds. Leashed and ready, I looped under high-top tables, sniffed around comfy couches, and even jumped atop a platform that’s a stage for homegrown talent to perform, according to Mark. After lapping a drink from a dog bowl, I followed Mark to the back, where he gave a spiel about the brewing process, but I was too distracted by patrons hitting a ball back-and-forth to pay much attention – Must. Have. That. Ball!
Aardwolf Brewing Company
1461 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 301-0755
After checking the scene at this hip San Marco tap house, I bellied up to the bar for a treat. My top dog, Cory, poured a pint of water in a bowl as told me the building is actually an old icehouse built in 1927. How cool is that? Cory and co-owner Preben Olsen serve up all kinds from European lagers to American craft beers – Belgian Pale Ale is the most popular.
Bold City Brewery
2670 Rosselle St., Ste. 7, Riverside, 379-6551
I’d heard that Bold City Brewery accepts leashed, well-behaved canine friends of all breeds and sizes, so I decided to give it a shot. As soon as I arrived, I could tell that the open space was begging for my attention. The taproom is for humans, so I sniffed around the bar and stared at the pictures posted beneath the counter. Taproom manager Kazzie offered me a bowl of water and told me each poster represents a different brew. “On tap, we serve favorites, like Killer Whale Cream Ale and Mad Manatee, but our best seller is Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale named after Duke, the owner’s late boxer,” Kazzie explained. A beer named after a dog? Wow! Maybe if I’m really good, I can have a beer named for me one day! Davi Growlers!
Veterans United Craft Brewery
8999 Western Way, Ste. 104, Southside, 253-3326
I’d heard this place – rumored to be clean as a hound’s tooth – was jumping sideways with dog-friendly activities. Ron, the brewmaster, took me on a tour and told me about his handcrafted beers. “We offer a variety of delicious ales, which are available on tap,” he explained. “Scout Dog is one of our most popular beers and is named in honor of military service dogs.” I’ll drink to that! Yappy Hour is from 3-10 p.m
Davi is a brown dachshund with an appetite for adventure. He’s currently the “Out and About Scout” for Unleash Jacksonville Magazine and contributes a weekly column to Folio Weekly. He loves sweet potato treats, playing at the park with friends, and exploring the unknown.