Stopped in for their 4th Anniversary party this weekend. It was very busy, but I think I got the gist of the place.
Nice cozy little taproom with another bar on the outside of it next to their brewery area - this seems to be the trend in Jacksonville.
The bartenders were prompt and friendly and able to talk plenty about the beers.
The selection when I was there was just their own beers, and they had plenty because of the anniversary party. Can’t complain!
Prices that day were cheap - $2 pints for the party - but I believe most days they fit the Jax bill of $5 pints or so.
Overall, I can’t say this is a "must stop" when visiting Jax. Their tasting room hours are limited and you can get their beers all over town without going to the place. However, the owners and brewers are really friendly and talkative and they do sometimes have one or two beers on tap that you can’t get around town. Give it a shot, especially if you’re stopping at Intuition (do it), which is right around the corner within definite walking distance.
Visited on a Thursday near dinner time. Located near downtown, close off the freeway in a light industrial, somewhat rundown part of town. Park kind of wherever nearby. They had a lot, though when I visited there was an alumni function that occupied the space. There is a bar and tables in the open area of the brewery, or there is also a pub sort of area built in the corner of the building. Access to both is from the exterior of the building. 9 house beers on draft, pours or growlers - I didn’t see any tasters on offer. In addition to the alumni event (Wake Forest) there was also an urban yoga class happening in the brewery. Weird place, quirky but fun.
70 = ★★½ (Locals should check it out, visitors with extended time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
2-22-2013 RBWG. They have approximately 10 beers on tap. They plan to expand the brewery and add a beer garden. They have a malt room and this is a typical looking brewery. A brewery worth checking out.
Great local brewery!! I always love the feel of this place. When you walk in people are always friendly and playing games. The people that go here are always laid back and are there to enjoy great beer and relax.
They also have their brewery room open for additional seating and often have a food vendor or some sort for food if desired.
Their selection and what they have on is pretty small, but they are a small brewery, I do like that they keep it just their beers. When I bring new people they are always generous and knowledgeable and will give them a flight of their beers. This is a great place to bring people as everyone always enjoys something and has a great time. Their prices are really reasonable too!
I guess I’m a bit biased - I enjoyed BCB brews before they even officially opened. Just down the street from my house, it was the go-to spot for myself and several other Iowa transplants to enjoy cold beers in their parking lot with Jolly Mon cooking up delish grub on the grill. Duke’s Ale - named after their brew dog - was the first I tried. The family was always very nice and attentive in those first months, and service was top-notch. I still keep the complimentary pint glasses they handed out any time you killed a keg on your order. I no longer live in Jacksonville, but they’ll always have a spot on my top brewery list. It’s a fairly small bar and seating area, so enjoy the parking lot ambiance with some card, connect four, or jenga.
Visited here during RBWG 2013. Big thanks to the brewery for giving us the all-access experience, complete with complimentary beer and food! The beers from Bold City are decent. Not the most progressive beers out there, but solid. We were in the brewery rather than the bar section of this place, so we didn’t have the experience most visitors would likely have. The bar space looked nice, like a proper no-frills American bar. We got to meet a few of the staff and even the owner, who was generous enough to crack open some of their limited release beers for us. I had a great time here and would happily return.
Visited as part of the RBWG bus tour. Cool spot in a warehouse type building on the other side of the RR tracks (literally) from Intuition. Slightly shady neighborhood but we had strength in number. TUBES! Again, folks here had a number of food stations with paired kegs set up for us so we got the VIP treatment. Beers were so-so to not so good but the staff was all very friendly. Probably won’t return though unless GT dragged me there to tick.