After a brief hiatus for all of you to recover from the actual NFL Draft and the glut of mock drafts that you consumed leading up to it, we return with the most eagerly anticipated aspect of your otherwise drab Mondays.
This week, we highlight the best of the burgeoning craft beer scene in Jacksonville, which started in earnest back with Bold City Brewery’s founding nearly ten years ago and now features breweries in every part of the city with more popping up seemingly every month. Here are the locally produced beers that stand out the most to us here at RCR.
1. Intuition Underdark (Imperial Stout)
2. Bold City Killer Whale (Cream Ale)
The most popular selection from the areas first widely established craft brewery.
3. Intuition Easy on the Eyes (Session IPA)
I am an IPA fan (as my later picks will back up), and when I discovered this one for the first time last summer, I knew it was true love. Full IPA flavor with increased drinkability, it is perfect for any season.
4. Bold City Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale
With a top-five pick in my lap, I was going either Bold City or Intuition at 4. Duke’s Brown Ale is an easy go-to that’s never overwhelming. Plus, I always feel like I could pet the can. No? No one else?
5. Bold City Mad Manatee (IPA)
Manatees are my favorite Florida mammal so this beer seemed cool to me. Fun fact: manatees are believed to be evolved from elephants!
6. Green Room Double Overhead (Double IPA)
A hoppy delight no matter the time of year. A Double IPA with high alcohol content and a wonderful beach-y flavor.
–Jordan de Lugo
7. Intuition Jon Boat (Coastal Ale)
A highly underrated beer. It has a low ABV, which is good for the social drinker. And it’s easy to drink since it doesn’t have a lot of carbonation like other beers.
8. Veterans United Raging Blonde (Blonde Ale)
Raging Blonde is one of the first local craft brews I tried. Definitely a go-to beer for me when I’m overwhelmed with a large menu.
9. Green Room Pablo Beach (Pale Ale)
10. Aardwolf San Marco Sour (Sour/Wild Ale)
(Ed. note: Wale was too busy consuming San Marco Sour’s to explain his pick.)
11. Green Room Head High (IPA)
My first local IPA love, still the one I direct people who say they don’t like IPA’s to try before they completely swear off the style.
12. Intuition People’s Pale Ale
People’s Pale Ale and Jon Boat are the two local beers I drink the most. Figuring that Jon Boat would not make it out of the top-10, People’s Pale Ale provides me with a starter in this league for awhile.
13. Aardwolf Early Bird Special (Imperial Stout)
It even sounds delicious. With cinnamon and vanilla you can drink it for breakfast!
14. Intuition I-10 (IPA)
One of the most popular beers from our fair city. this west coast style IPA is a flagship brew at Intuition Ale Works.
–Jordan de Lugo
15. Engine 15 Nutsack (Brown Ale)
16. Bold City 1901 Red Ale
Being a red ale I never thought I would care for 1901. It’s one I like to just sip on when I don’t have the funds to get multiple beers.
17. Intuition King Street Stout (Imperial Stout)
Of Intuition’s four beers available in cans, King St. Stout is the rarest of them all. It’s pretty easy to spot Jon Boat, People’s Pale and Easy on the Eyes in stores, but running into a four-pack of this one is a nice surprise. Drinking a few of these at one time will fill you up pretty good – but that’s alright. It just leads you to spreading things out and making those cans last longer.
18. Pinglehead Endless Summer (Blonde Ale)
It is officially summer around these parts, and the Orange Park located Pinglehead’s light blonde ale is great for anything summer related.
19. Veterans United Scout Dog (Brown Ale)
Everyone needs a good go-to brown ale for the fall/winter nights, and this has become my local favorite. Bonus points for now being available in six packs for purchase!
20. Engine 15 Old Battle Axe (IPA)
Engine 15’s Old Battle Axe isn’t too sweet for me and can be refreshing on warm days.
21. River City Brewing Company Jag Light (Pilsner)
22. Green Room Quetzacoatl (Strong Ale)
One of the biggest bottle releases in the city. Every time Green Room taps this brew, it goes quick.
–Jordan de Lugo
23. Intuition Turn Down for Wit (Witbier)
24. Aardwolf Bees?! (Saison)
Lindsay: Because, for your information, I have a job.
Michael: Really? What kind of job?
Michael: G.O.B.’s not on board.
25. Green Room Count Shaka-U-La (Stout)
I *swear* I don’t drink dark beer nearly as much as my selections would make you think. I usually prefer pale ales and hefeweizens over anything else. But with my final pick in this draft, Count Shakula was hard to pass up. It’s not as easy to spot on tap (shouts to Island Girl Cigar Bar for featuring it on occasion) – but that just gives you a good reason to head out to the beach and pick up a growler.
26. Brew’s Hipster Speedball (Cold brew coffee + Stout)
You need your coffee, why not mix it with beer? Two birds -> one stone.
27. Aardwolf Farm To Table Saison
A seasonal offering from Jacksonville’s much needed first brewery that was not across a bridge. I have found that saison’s are my favorite niche style, and you cannot really go wrong with any from Aardwolf.
28. Aardwolf Endless Void (Sour/Wild Ale)
I needed to close with an Aardwolf brew. I haven’t been as much as I’d like, but Endless Void has treated me well when I’ve gone. My draft strategy was need over position.
29. A1A Ale Works Porpoise Point Pale Ale
I had to give St. Augustine some love, so I chose a random beer. (Ed. Note: This beer choice was so random, it actually isn’t even brewed anymore).
30. Bold City Bourbon Barrel Aged Roxy’s Finest Imperial Cream Ale (Nitro)
A sweet, yet potent, cream ale and the nitro version packs a serious punch. With over 10% ABV, this is one of the stronger local brews you’ll find.
–Jordan de Lugo
31. Green Room Brewing Cherry Key Limeade Wit (Witbier)
There are people who like fruity beers, and this is one choice that satisfies the fruity requirement. The cherry limeade makes it feel like you’re drinking one as you continue on. Not a bad choice if you like cherry and lime.
32. Ancient City Brewing Black Cherry Ale
I like order black cherry soda (especially from BJ’s brewhouse), so this is always a delicious decision.