HIP, HIP, BREWS, YAY!

May 18, 2016
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We’re smack in the middle of American Craft Beer Week and the state of local craft beer has never been better. Eight years ago, we had very few craft beer options in Northeast Florida, other than corporate brew restaurants, and bars that focused on quality craft beers were hard to find.

Since Bold City Brewing Company opened in 2008, Jacksonville has become a destination for craft beer. The area now boasts 16 breweries or brewpubs, with at least two more opening by the end of the year. Some of our relatively old standards are in the process of expanding.

In addition to the growth among breweries, beer-centric restaurants and drinking establishments are popping up with such frequency that beer-lovers in any part of the region can find a quality cold pint close to home.

With the rapid growth in the Northeast Florida craft beer scene, we knew you’d want to see what’s happening all around.

Bold City Brewing Company To the right of the forthcoming Cowford Chophouse, there’s a storefront with the Bold City logo covering its windows. This, the future home of the brewery’s Downtown expansion, will house a small, three-barrel brewing system and taproom. This smaller system will allow experimentation that the brewery hasn’t been able to do as much as they’d like. Look for the new space to open later in 2016.

Intuition Ale Works When Intuition opened on King Street, owner Ben Davis thought they’d have plenty of growing space. Over the past few years, it’s become clear that a larger facility is needed. After several false starts, Davis found a new home just a Hail Mary pass from EverBank Field, on the corner of Bay Street and A. Philip Randolph Boulevard. It will feature an indoor taproom and a rooftop beer garden, and an expanded brewing space. Look for the new digs to open in late August or early September.

Wicked Barley Brewing Company Jacksonville’s newest brewpub, Wicked Barley, plans to open at its Baymeadows Road location some time next month. They won’t be able to serve their own brews right away – the licensing process is long and arduous – so they’ll have guest taps until then.

Amelia Tavern The owners of The Salty Pelican Bar & Grill in Fernandina Beach have just opened Amelia Tavern on Centre Street. It features an airy indoor seating area dominated by a central bar with a huge blackboard wall behind it. Many of the beers served at the tavern are being crafted in a glass-enclosed brewery to the left of the entrance. The owners hope to start serving their own creations in June (pesky licensing again).

Bog Brewing Company Two months after opening near St. Augustine’s historic district, Bog Brewing Company already has a neighborhood following and a steady stream of tourist traffic. The exposed-brick and open taproom make it a comfortable place to imbibe beers brewed just feet away.

With so many craft beer projects in the works, it’s a fun challenge keeping up to date. One thing is certain: Craft beer is here to stay. Northeast Florida has fully embraced craft beer culture, and the future has never looked brighter – or beer-ier.

Folio is your guide to entertainment and culture around and near Jacksonville, Florida. We cover events, concerts, restaurants, theatre, sports, art, happenings, and all things about living and visiting Jax. Folio serves more than two million readers across Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, including St. Augustine, The Beaches, and Fernandina.

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