Jax Beer Week has been highlighting all things local craft beer for six years. It began as a hastily thrown together week that featured local beer tastings, tap take-overs, a screening of the 2009 documentary Beer Wars and a grand tasting. In the years since, Jax Beer Week changed to a fall celebration, a move that, if anything, increased the enthusiasm and quality of the lineup.
This year, Jax Beer Week officially begins Nov. 4 and runs through Nov. 11, though there are several events as early as Nov. 1. One early event is a beer and wine pairing dinner hosted by locals Engine 15 Brewing Co. and Hobnob at their Brooklyn neighborhood eatery. Each of the dinner’s five courses will be expertly paired with both a beer and a wine. On Nov. 3, Atlantic Beach Brewing Company kicks off its first bottle release with Cafecito de Cuba, a big, bold, Cuban coffee inspired Imperial Stout. Also on Nov. 3, Southern Swells Brewing Company will release their first canned offerings: In a Galaxy Really Really Close By IPA and Truth Juice Double IPA.
On Nov. 4, Jax Beer Week’s official kickoff features a full roster of events, including several revolving around the always-entertaining Jax PorchFest in Historic Springfield. Music and beer lovers alike will enjoy tunes by dozens of bands on beautiful porches while sipping beer from the soon-to-open PorchFest sponsor Legacy Ale Works. Springfield brewer Main & Six Brewing Company is partnering with Jax Brew Bus to shuttle folks to and from Macclenny’s Crooked Rooster Brewery (also celebrating their one-year anniversary) for PorchFest. Main & Six hopes to be open that weekend to sell their first beers to thirsty fest-goers.
The beer mavens at Five Points’ Alewife Bottleshop and Tasting Room have planned several stellar beer week events. Pucker up; the first is a Sour Beer Spotlight on Nov. 4, a tart tap takeover featuring beers from two of the country’s finest sour beer producers: Almanac Beer Company and Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. The next day, Alewife hosts a Belgian-style brew competition wherein 10 local brewers will show off their finest Belgian styles, which is certain to be a honking good time. Later in the week, the ladies of Alewife host a Beer and Cheese Pairing Basics class.
Another interesting beer week event is GastroJax’s Moon Over the Market at the Jacksonville Famer’s Market on Nov. 9. This culinary adventure will feature food from many of the area’s finest eateries, including Black Sheep Restaurant, Blue Bamboo, Blue Orchid Thai Cuisine, German Schnitzel Haus, Magnolia’s, The Perfect Pear Catering Co., Pie95 Pizza and more. Wash these outstanding bites down with Engine 15’s finest.
Jax Beer Week is an excellent time to support all of our local brewers. As an emerging beer city, Jacksonville has a lot to be proud of and a lot to enjoy. Show your love by visiting a local brewery for a pint, a pitcher, a growler fill or some merch. You’ll have a great time and the brewers will appreciate your support.
For more events and details about Jax Beer Week, visit their Facebook Page at facebook.com/pg/JaxBeerWeek/events/