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Slow Food First Coast Slow Down

Posted in Uncategorized|No Comments » April 17th, 2014

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You are invited to the fourth annual Slow Down with Slow Food First Coast  on Friday, May 2nd starting at 6pm.

The Slow Down features local restaurants, farmers and artisans that source their produce and ingredients locally. It is a food fair of sorts, with locally-crafted brews and delicious appetizers featuring fresh, local ingredients from some of Northeast Florida’s finest small family farms prepared by some of the top chefs in our area.

Come out and meet the Slow Food First Coast board members and get to know where your food (and drink) comes from!

The $20 ticket price gains entrance to the event and food samples.

All money from ticket sales goes directly to Slow Food First Coast.

RESTAURANTS

 

29 South Restaurant / Black Sheep Restaurant / The Blind Fig / The Chef’s Garden / Cafe NOLA / Corner Taco / Dig Foods / The Floridian / Hawkers Asian Street Fare / Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails / Restaurant Orsay / Ovinte / Taverna / Uptown Market

 

ARTISANS

 

Community Loaves / Fretto Prints / Glades Ridge Goat Dairy / Grassroots Natural Market / Green Lotus Organics / Heritage Farms Jacksonville / Intuition Ale Works / KYV Farm / Meteor Street Produce / Olive My Pickle / The Spice & Tea Exchange / Ruffled Feathers Farm / Stubbee’s Honey / Trad’s of Jacksonville Garden Center / The Veggie Bin

 

The OFFICIAL beer of One Spark 2014!

Posted in Uncategorized|No Comments » April 9th, 2014

We are the OFFICIAL beer of One Spark 2014!

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Come downtown this week and have a pint of our One Spark Kolsch and One Spark Alt. They’ll be on tap at the One Spark 2014 Food Village presented by San Marco Dining District, the One Spark Beer Village presented by Sea Best and beer kiosks around the festival

Our founder Ben Davis will be speaking at the One Spark 2014 opening ceremony on Wednesday, April 9th at 6pm.

Learn more about this year’s One Spark brews at this link!

Help us defeat SB 1714

Posted in Uncategorized|No Comments » April 4th, 2014

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We need your continued support to defeat legislation that would harm the craft brewing industry in Florida!

On Tuesday, April 8th SB 1714 is up before the Community Affairs Committee.

If passed, this bill would require craft brewers to sell our bottled and canned beer directly to a distributor and BUY IT BACK from the distributor if we want to sell it in our own tap room! This would end UNDERDARK day as we now know it and cut into the profits of locally-owned small breweries across the state.

This article in the Chicago Tribune provides a good overview of the issue.

PLEASE email and call the committee members and ask them NOT to support SB 1714.

simpson.wilton.web@flsenate.gov - Wilton Simpson
thompson.geraldine.web@flsenate.gov - Geraldine F. “Geri” Thompson

hukill.dorothy.web@flsenate.gov - Dorothy L. Hukill
smith.chris.web@flsenate.gov - Christopher L. Smith

One Spark brews!

Posted in Uncategorized|No Comments » March 30th, 2014

We are proud to announce that we are the OFFICIAL beer of One Spark 2014!One Spark growler (2)

We’ll be unveiling our One Spark Kölsch and new One Spark Alt at a tapping party at the brewery this Wednesday, April 2nd from 6 to 9pmLearn more at the FB event page.

Read more about these two brews here!

You’ll find both the One Spark Kolsch and One Spark alt on draft at the One Spark 2014 Food Village presented by San Marco Dining District, the One Spark Beer Village presented by Sea Best and beer kiosks around the festivalApril 9 – 13.

Our founder Ben Davis will be speaking at the One Spark 2014 opening ceremony on Wednesday, April 9th at 6pm.

Let’s kill SPB 7120!

Posted in Uncategorized|No Comments » March 24th, 2014

Because of your efforts and outreach in support of Florida’s craft breweries, a favorable “strike all” was approved today for HB 1329!

However, our struggles in Tallahassee are not over. On Wednesday at 1:30pm, the equally detrimental SPB 7120 will go up in front of the Senate.

We need to keep the momentum going – it is imperative that you contact the Senate President and your local State Senator to tell them to VOTE NO on SPB 7120!

More details can be found on the Brewers Association website.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

 

Help save Florida craft beer!

Posted in Uncategorized|13 Comments » March 18th, 2014

Many of you are aware of the ongoing issues craft breweries have been facing in Tallahassee.

We have asked for reasonable changes to state law to allow us to start filling half gallon growlers (the industry standard) in our taproom and to allow for beer tastings in stores where it is currently illegal.

Our opposition – Anheuser-Busch wholesalers and their lobbyist Mitch Rubin – have proposed a “compromise” that is punitive and will severely stunt and possibly end the growth of the vibrant Florida craft brewing industry.

NOW more than ever we need your help to save Florida craft beer!

See below for a recap of the issues we have been facing these past months.

It’s time to take action and let our elected officials know they should follow the lead of other states and embrace an industry that creates jobs, generates taxes and draws tourists to our state.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? YOUR VOICE MATTERS!:

- read the recap of the issues below

check out this article in the Miami Herald where Senate President Don Gaetz states that he will side with his friend and campaign contributor, an Anheuser-Busch distributor, on the issue

- contact Don Gaetz and politely let him know you support Florida craft breweries. Encourage him to do the right thing – stick to his Republican principles and help pass a clean growler bill without restrictions to a growing industry creating jobs in Florida!

- find your local representatives in the Senate and House and let them know your opinion – we have included email templates at the bottom of this post.

BREAKDOWN OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CRAFT BREWERIES AND DISTRIBUTORS:

In Florida, breweries are required by law to sell our beer to a distributor. Essentially distributors are state-mandated for-profit middlemen in our State. We cannot sell beer to any vendor other than a licensed distributor. [F.S. 563.022(14)(b)]

Now, distributors are lobbying behind the scenes to restrict and hurt our business.

Florida craft breweries have limited options when it comes to distributors. All distributors in the state of Florida are controlled by just three entities: Miller-Coors,  Brown Distributing and A-B InBev. Distributors own a brewery for life; it is nearly impossible to terminate a distribution agreement.

We want to make it clear that we are happy with our distributor partners Champion Brands, JJ Taylor and Brown Distributing. All Miller-Coors distributors in FL, along with The Beer Industry of Florida, stand in full support of the pro-craft brewery bills recently introduced.

The proposed restrictive regulations are coming from Anheuser-Busch InBev and their lobbyist Mitch Rubin.

TIMELINE OF RECENT STRUGGLES IN TALLAHASSEE:

Current Florida law allows growlers that are 32-ounces and smaller, and growlers that are 128-ounces (a gallon) or greater. In most other states, the industry standard is the ½ gallon growler. Last year Florida craft breweries mobilized to introduce legislation that if passed would allow for the sale of ½ gallon growlers in the state of Florida.

Earlier this year House Bill 283 (the “growler bill”) and House Bill 387 (tastings bill) were introduced to the Florida House of Representatives. HB 283 called for legalizing the sale of 1/2 gallon growlers in Florida and HB 387 would allow for tastings to be conducted at grocery and convenience stores with proper licenses.

Rep. Ray Wesley Rodrigues countered with HB 1329 that it if passed would institute a slew of punitive regulations that would stifle the growth of the craft brewing industry and severely restrict brewery operations.

HB 1329 calls for eliminating the sale of gallon growlers; prohibiting breweries from expanding their businesses; prohibiting the sale of any to-go beer other than growlers (ie cans or bottles) from tap rooms; prohibiting the sale of collaboration beers; imposing restrictive growler-filling and -sealing requirements; and more. See below for a full breakdown of the bill.

Recently we learned that Rep. Rodrigues received donations from three different Anheuser-Busch wholesalers and their lobbying organization last month. It is our understanding that the AB wholesalers and their lobbyist Mitch Rubin prey on legislators who are not informed on the issues of craft beer in our state.

The “compromises” introduced in HB 1329 are not in good faith. They are unfair and punitive to our burgeoning craft beer industry.

Let your representatives know they should allow HB 283 and HB 387 to be voted on and not prevented from being heard!

QUICK AND DIRTY SUMMARY OF HB 1329:

- Eliminates the use of a 128 ounce (gallon) growler

- Creates a specific, restrictive definition of a growler (not currently defined in Florida law)

- The bill would prohibit breweries from also opening a winery (currently permitted under FL law)

- Creates a grandfather clause as of July 1, 2014, and permits breweries that are currently opened and licensed to maintain their current license structure but PROHIBTS them from obtaining any other vendor licenses after that date, which PROHIBITS a brewery from expanding their business!

- Stops breweries, even those with current vendor licenses, from selling any alcoholic beverages to go with the exception of growlers filled ONLY with beer made at that location. (Current law allows a brewery to sell beer to go in, etc., and even wine and spirits if they have the correct vendor license)

- Specifically PROHIBITS a brewery from selling a collaboration beer EVEN IF the beer was brewed and bottled at that current location. (This is currently allowed by law)

- “Allows” breweries to conduct free beer tastings at their own location (which they can ALREADY do).

- Exempts distributors from the ‘come-to-rest’ requirement for beer purchased from licensed Florida manufacturers.

- Permits growler sales ONLY at breweries or vendors with quota licenses (SEVERELY restricts the current law, and would prohibit specialty beer shops from selling growlers – this is VERY protectionist language and created specifically for certain industry members)

- REQUIRES breweries to fill growlers according to “food safety conditions as determined by a county or incorporated municipality” – this creates ANOTHER layer of bureaucracy and would create a ridiculous patchwork of different regulations around the state for growlers.

- Creates heightened requirements that a growler be sealed with a “tamperproof, tamper-evident seal” and include the *already* mandatory federal requirements; also, it conceivably prohibits ANYONE ELSE from selling a growler other than the brewery/vendor EVEN IF IT IS EMPTY – i.e., a store could not sell empty growlers.

- MAKES IT A SECOND DEGREE MISDEMEANOR if a brewery or quota licensed vendor DOES NOT adhere to every one of the new growler restrictions!

SAMPLE EMAIL TEMPLATES FOR CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES

Dear Senator Gaetz and Rodrigues,

I recently read the Miami Herald/Associated Press article written by Brendan Farrington, which discusses the proposed legislation regarding the sale of growlers and you support of HB 1329.

I am writing today to let you know that as a resident of Florida and registered voter I support Florida craft breweries. I believe they are a growing industry in the State and have the potential to add many jobs in the future. However, I believe that the bill you support, HB 1329, would ruin any potential these businesses have for the future.

Please pass a clean growler bill without restrictions to a growing industry creating jobs in Florida!

Regards,

Your name

Dear Senator Bean,

I recently read the Miami Herald/Associated Press article written by Brendan Farrington, which discusses the proposed legislation regarding the sale of growlers and HB 1329.

I am writing today to let you know, that as a resident of your district and registered voter, that I support Florida craft breweries. I believe they are a growing industry in the State and have the potential to add many jobs in the future. However, I believe that the bill , HB 1329, would ruin any potential these businesses have for the future. The “compromises” introduced in HB 1329 are not in good faith. They are unfair and punitive to our burgeoning craft beer industry. Therefore, please allow HB 283 and HB 387 to be voted on and not prevented from being heard!

Please pass a clean growler bill without restrictions to a growing industry creating jobs in Florida!

Regards,

Your name

Dear Representative Davis,

I recently read the Miami Herald/Associated Press article written by Brendan Farrington, which discusses the proposed legislation regarding the sale of growlers and HB 1329.

I am writing today to let you know, that as a resident of your district and registered voter, that I support Florida craft breweries. I believe they are a growing industry in the State and have the potential to add many jobs in the future. However, I believe that the bill , HB 1329, would ruin any potential these businesses have for the future. The “compromises” introduced in HB 1329 are not in good faith. They are unfair and punitive to our burgeoning craft beer industry. Therefore, please allow HB 283 and HB 387 to be voted on and not prevented from being heard!

Please pass a clean growler bill without restrictions to a growing industry creating jobs in Florida!

Regards,

Your name

River Run Kegs + Eggs After Party

Posted in Uncategorized|No Comments » March 6th, 2014

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Join us for a River Run Kegs and Eggs After Party at the brewery this Saturday, March 15th starting at 10am!

We are opening early the day of the River Run to bring you a brunch block party at the brewery.

We’re closing down King Street and will have Funkadelic Food Truck and Chew Chew Food Truck parked in our courtyard until 5:00pm. They’ll be serving up various brunch-themed items along with their regular lunch menu!

Our brewers are concocting some creative brunch-themed beers, including: Javadark, Beermosa, Sweet Potato Pancake, Blueberry Coffee Cake, Georgia 10, Cocostar, Graham Boat and Pork Porter.

ATTENTION RIVER RUNNERS: Bring your racing number to the brewery after the race and have a beer on us.

Learn more at the FB event page!

Cooking with Intuition events

Posted in Uncategorized|1 Comment » March 2nd, 2014

Mark your calendars! We have partnered up with local chefs, food truck owners and artisans to bring you a series of tastings, book signing events and beer-pairing dinners that feature recipes from Cooking with Intuition, our first cookbook!

Read on for details and make sure to follow us on Facebook to get updates on these events and more.

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Book-signing with Taverna at San Marco Bookstore
Thursday, March 6th @ 5:30pm
Book-signing and beer and food tasting event with Chef Sam Efron of Taverna. More info here.

Beer dinner at The Blind Rabbit
Monday, March 10th @ 7:00pm
Four-course beer-pairing dinner in Jacksonville Beach. More info here.

Beer dinner at Tapa That
Wednesday, March 12th @ 6:00pm
Six-course beer-pairing dinner in Riverside that features recipes from the cookbook. More info here.

Craft Beer + Chef’s Bites at Cafe NOLA @ The MOCA
Thursday, March 27th @ 6:00pm
Beer and food tasting event featuring the chefs from Cafe Nola, Uptown Market, Dig Foods, Gourmet Aviator, 29 South and Sweet Theory Baking Co. More info and tickets available here.

Slow Food First Coast Slow Down @ Intuition Ale Works
Friday, May 2nd @ 6:00pm
Annual fundraiser for Slow Food First Coast featuring over 20 local chefs, restaurants, farmers and artisans. Tickets now on sale!

Last week of UNDERDARK

Posted in Uncategorized|No Comments » February 24th, 2014

Don’t miss your last chance to enjoy this year’s vintage of UNDERDARK!

This Saturday, March 1st is the LAST DAY we will be serving UNDERDARK until next year so make sure to swing by the tap room this week to enjoy a snifter.

We do not have bottles available for sale but UNDERDARK will be on tap through this week.

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Smoke IPA

Posted in Uncategorized|No Comments » February 14th, 2014

Smoke IPA will be available in the following select bars and restaurants downtown starting the weekend of February 21st! We collaborated with Downtown is on Fire to create this unique limited-edition IPA with a smoky twist.

The Volstead / Burro Bar / The Florida Theatre / Zodiac Bar & Grill / Underbelly / Burrito Gallery / 1904 Music Hall / Dos Gatos /The River Club of Jacksonville

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Learn more about Smoke IPA in this video!

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