Things happen fast in the craft brewing world. Here’s the latest bi-weekly Craft Brewing Update on what’s happening in our region and the craft brewing scuttlebutt and goings on around the country:
2nd Annual Locals Only Beer Fest Jacksonville:
Jacksonville, FL: The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and ImpactJax are sponsoring and hosting the second annual local’s only beer fest this Saturday the 28th of March from 12:00 pm through 5:00 pm EST at the Jax Chamber center at 3 Independence Drive, Jacksonville, Florida. This will be a celebration of Jacksonville’s best local breweries with food provided by fantastic food trucks. Local breweries will include:
- Aardwolf Brewing
- Bold City Brewing
- Champion Brands
- Engine 15 Brewing
- Green Room Brewing
- Intuition Ale Works
- Pinglehead Brewing
- Veterans United
- Zeta Brewing
Admission to the event is free with 16 ounce pours @$5.00 each. Local musicians will also be providing the tunes throughout the event time. For more information, please contact the Jax Chamber by clicking here.
National Beer News:
Jolly Pumpkin Paints The Town Red:
Dexter, MI: Jolly Pumpkin brewing is set to release it’s all new beer La Roja Du Kriek. La Roja Du Kriek is an oak barrel aged, bottle conditioned sour amber ale blended with fresh Michigan cherry juice. Jolly Pumpkin has only announced it’s imminent release but hasn’t specified a date. From the label, this will be a 750 ml bottle size. I would expect to see this released at their tap room within the next few weeks. No bottle prices or limits have been disclosed at this time. If you would like to know more information about Jolly Pumpkin, please click here.
Yazoo to release three variants of Funk!
- Deux Rouges (batch 2), a wild fermented Flanders Red aged in Merlot wine barrels. Limit: 4 bottles each, 750 ml, $20.00 per.
- Delicieux, a double Brett Belgian Pale ale in 12 oz. bottles (no limit).
- Funky Blue Persuasion, a 100% wild yeast/bacteria wine barrel fermented sour with a secondary treatment heavy on the blueberries with brett. 1 bottle limit, 750 ml., $25 per.
New glass wear will also be on hand and Funk Fest tickets on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 are still on sale. Supplies are limited, so click here for the ticket purchase link.
Jack’s Abby to release BA Framinghammer & Variants:
Framingham, MA: Jack’s Abby brewing will be introducing their Barrel Aged Framinghammer Baltic Porter to the world on three separate dates in April. There will be multiple variants released along with the standard Barrel Aged Baltic Porter. Here are the dates and the details:
- Wednesday, April 1st at 12:00 pm EST: Barrel Aged, Vanilla Barrel Aged and Coffee Barrel Aged bottles for sale. Six bottle limit per variant per person. Drafts yes, growlers no.
- Wednesday, April 15th at 12:00 pm EST: Coca-Nut Barrel Aged Framinghammer on sale. Six bottle limit per person. Drafts yes, growlers no.
- Wednesday, April 22nd at 12:00 pm EST: PB&J Barrel Aged Framingammer on sale. Six bottle limit per person. Drafts yes, growlers no.
Maine Beer Company releasing Dinner Time:
Freeport, ME: Maine Beer Company is releasing their Dinner Time Imperial IPA (batch five) on Saturday, April 11th at the brewery starting at 7:30 am EST. Bottles will be $8.00 each with a purchase limit of one case per person. This will be a brewery only release and will not go into distribution. This beer scores 100 points out of 100 on BeerAdvocate and RateBeer. Please bring cash and a valid ID (driver’s license).
Disney Embracing Craft Beer, Replaces Bud Light With Einstok!
Epcot Center Orlando, FL: In a huge craft beer coup, the Disney Company has replaced ABI-InBev’s Bud light beer with Iceland’s Einstok White Ale. Einstock has been for sale for over a year in Epcot Center and the sales of it’s white ale have been tremendous. Einstock has only been produced in Akureyri, Iceland since 2011 and 70% of it’s beer is exported to the United States. As it’s replacing Bud Light across the park, I would consider this a major advancement for craft beer in one of the nation’s largest theme parks. This is a great move by the Disney Corporation and they have been very pro-active in supporting craft brewing world wide. Prost, Disney. Prost!