Regina Heffington

What’s Brewing – March 2014 – party month

This Irish toast is so fitting for the month of March, the de facto “party month” where almost everything is allowed, expected, and forgiven on and around St. Patrick’s Day. “A keg of does not an Irish bar make” – that’s one of mine. It takes more than an Irish stout and a few pictures on a wall to really have true Irish bar ambiance. Everybody knows that, too. This is the month for trying Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers ‘n Mash, Guinness Beef Stew, Corned Beef ‘n Cabbage and Fish ‘n Chips (best with Malt Vinegar sprinkled on top). In the …

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What’s Brewing, Dec 2013

Did you feel that? Did you see it? That thing flying past you is 2013. This year has brought some new players into the Greater Jacksonville “chews and brews” scene, including a new local microbrewery, products of other microbreweries around the country not available before and some new establishments making a commitment to offer craft beer. The good news is the year has some good things left! This winter, IBUs start accumulating like snow in Colorado with New Belgium Brewery’s new Accumulation White IPA, their winter seasonal. Brewing a white IPA was not only a way to salute the white …

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What's Brewing – Nov. 2013

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) …

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What's Brewing

by REGINA HEFFINGTON Lederhosen and Dirndl. No, that’s not a new law firm you see in advertisements on local TV. Savvy beer lovers know these are traditional Bavarian leather breeches for men and the corollary dress for ladies. As you frequent our community’s “brews and chews” establishments in October, you may see fellow patrons have donned these outfits to celebrate Oktoberfest- Jacksonville-style! Here are some of the upcoming events where you may glimpse these, assuming you don’t arrive in your own. October 5 Engine 15 Brewing Company Oktoberfest Celebration 2-5 pm. E15 will be crowning a King and Queen for …

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What?s Brewing – September 2013

by REGINA HEFFINGTON A book by Hillary Rodham Clinton focuses on the impact individuals and groups outside the family have, for better or worse, on a child’s well-being, and advocates a society which meets all of a child’s needs. Some dispute the concept and favor stronger and more effective parenting. However, this concept can certainly be applied to the Greater Jacksonville-area craft beer “village.” Any new microbrew making its debut in our community’s “brews and chews” scene MUST be adopted, loved and cared for if it is going to “make it” for any significant length of time. Recently, our local …

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What's Brewing – August 2013

by REGINA HEFFINGTON A doctor, a lawyer and an engineer walk into a bar on Ladies Night…Years ago, this lead-in to a joke would have created a mental image of three men entering a honky-tonk in search of something to drink and, well, ladies. Though feminist progress has been made over the past few decades, some modern thinkers still need a figurative slap in the face to wake up to the realization that all three of the professionals above could easily be women. This same stodgy thinking has been rampant in the craft beer industry in the past. Believe me, …

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Maple Street Biscuit Company in San Marco

My grandmother made what I considered to be the best food–always from scratch. My mother has some recipes she developed herself, which I still think are fabulous, but we both know nothing compares to Grandmother’s cooking. Grandmother’s liver and onions, meatloaf and fried chicken still top my list of food for which I have not found an acceptable substitute. During the significant portions of my youth I spent living with Grandmother, I came to anticipate morning breakfasts of scrambled eggs, real bacon, toast and often her locally-famous biscuits and gravy. None of this was on my mind as I made …

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