JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 8, 2015) – The 7th Annual Jacksonville Craft & Import Beer Festival is quickly approaching. On Friday, May 15, the sweet smell of hops will fill the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. More than 40 breweries will be represented at the event, and five of those will be homegrown talents that started right here in beautiful Jacksonville.
Aardwolf Brewing Company, located in historic San Marco, will be on site pouring its favorite brews. This popular brewery typically has 15 beers in their taproom on Hendricks Ave. Although Aardwolf doesn’t serve food, they welcome a delicious food truck in their parking lot every Wednesday through Saturday to satisfy their hungry patrons’ food cravings. Pinglehead Brewing Company, located on Blanding Blvd. in Orange Park, will also be in attendance. Recently venturing beyond the walls of Brewer’s Pizza, Pinglehead is looking forward to serving up its “Beer With Attitude!” to all festival-goers.
Intuition Ale Works, established by owner and brewer Ben Davis, became the first craft brewery in the state of Florida to can their beers. “The craft beer industry is having a renaissance period right now, not only in Jacksonville, but in the entire state,” said Cari Sanchez-Potter, general manager of Intuition Ale Works. “The Jacksonville Craft & Import Beer Festival helps interject energy and excitement into our community, and we are looking forward to another great event this year.” Besides its three notorious brands: People’s Pale Ale, Jon Boat Coastal Ale and I-10 IPA, they also brew a host of draught-only small batch specialties that can be found flowing out of one of 20 taps in their Riverside tap room.
Veterans United Brewing Company was founded in 2013 by Ron Gamble, a former naval flight officer who turned his dream into a reality by enlisting a group of fellow military veterans who shared a desire for producing and enjoying premium craft beer. Located on the Southside, they offer taproom tours and can accommodate special events ranging from birthday parties to weddings. Zeta Brewing Company rounds out the five local breweries at the festival. Serving up delicious eats and libations to Jacksonville Beach locals and visitors, Zeta offers house-brewed beer and lunch, brunch and late-night menus featuring made-to-order burgers, specialty pizzas, wings, tacos and more.
There are two different ticket options for the festival. The VIP ticket ($60) includes admission to the event from 5 – 9 p.m. (one hour prior to general admission), a 5-ounce beer sampling glass and access to limited and high-end beers not available to general admission ticket holders. The General Admission ticket ($45) includes admission into the event from 6 – 9 p.m. and a 5-ounce beer sampling glass. All ticket levels will have access to beverage and food samples, entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased online at beerfestjax.com or at the door the day of the event. Online ticket sales end at 5 p.m. Friday, May 15.
The generous sponsors for this event include: U2 Cloud, B&C Financial Advisors, GolfTEC, Swisher Sweets, Client Focused Media, The Jacksonville BUZZ Magazine, CantrellWhite Communications, Jacksonville Party Company, and Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.