I stopped in at Bold City Brewery in Jacksonville, Florida and enjoyed a pumpkin ale. Just right on the pumpkin flavor. This also marked the eighth and final stop on the Jacksonville Ale Trail – #jaxaletrail. So I then headed to the Jacksonville Visitors Center and claimed my koozie and t-shirt.
I stopped in at Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville, Florida and enjoyed Tall, Dark + Cherry. I was hoping for more cherry flavor, but it did deliver as a chocolate stout with hint of cherry. Of course, you wouldn’t want the cherry to be overpowering any way.
I’ll also mention that several years ago while on business in Jacksonville I had the opportunity to stop by and was given a private tour by the owner which was totally cool.
I stopped in at Veterans United Craft Brewery in Jacksonville, Florida and enjoyed the Buzzin’ Bee Honey Rye Wheat, a tasty, slightly sweet, slightly malty, slightly bready, slightly spicy easy-to-drink beer. Tasty!
I stopped in at Aardwolf Brewing Company in Jacksonville, Florida. I sampled a few of their beers. The Bees?! Saison is very good. The Belgian Pale Ale is very good. The San Marco Sour is very good if you like sour style beers. And, my favorite of the evening was Ermah Gourd the Pumpkin Ale – it had enough pumpkin flavor to be a pumpkin ale but not too much to be overpowering. Great balance. Great beers. I enjoyed them all so much that I bought a sweatshirt to bring home with me.
I stopped in at Engine 15 Brewing Company in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. One of the flagship beers is Nut Sack Brown Ale which I couldn’t resist trying. What a treat! This is a smooth, nutty, brown ale. Full of malty sweetness. This beer is easy to drink. I enjoyed it so much I purchased a bomber bottle to bring home and share with my friends and family.
I stopped in at Zeta Brewing Company in Jacksonville Beach, Florida and enjoyed the Ruby Beach Raspberry Wheat. It’s a tasty wheat beer with enough raspberry for flavor but not overpowering. They had live music Sunday evening when I stopped in. Wonderful experience.
I stopped in at Green Room Brewing in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Each beer in the flight I enjoyed was delicious. I enjoyed Double Dry Hopped Pablo Beach which sounds like a hop-bomb but is actually a very nicely balanced pale ale with hop character; also Tsunami which is a very nice saison with peppercorn accents; and Barista Volcanista a stout with many complex flavors going on; and my clear favorite was Key Lime Berliner, a sour Weiss beer which tasted like a slice of key lime pie – delicious. The Key Lime Berliner alone is worth stopping for.