Slowly but surely, I’m finding the opportunities to get to the legion of Central Florida breweries. After the last trip to Super South Georgia, I was fortunate enough to pass through Jacksonville, on my own, somewhere around dinner time. In Jacksonville, dinnertime means one thing more than any other… get off the roads and find somewhere to eat, because traffic isn’t letting you go anywhere anyway. So, I looked for breweries close to I-95 that might have some good food. Turns out that Bold City Brewery fit the bill on both counts. It was time for a detour!
Finding some breweries is a process that makes me happy that we have progressed to a point where we have GPS on our phones. Aside from the great big fermentation tank out back, I would never have guessed from the outside that this was anything other than an industrial building of some sort or other.
But, true to the kind of quirky neighborhoods in which breweries tend to reside, there was some interesting graffiti on the building across the street.
And, what quirky neighborhood would be complete without a completely random and inexplicable billboard on the other side of the parking lot?
To be honest, that’s a pretty good start to a brewery visit for me. Quirky and I get along quite well. Must be time to see what the inside looks like.
Stopped in at Bold City Brewery on my way home through Jacksonville. Very impressed so far. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
Pretty damn nice on the inside. The industrial vibe is completely gone… except for a giant window that looks out into the brewing area and the Bodega where I got some astounding fried nachos with pulled chicken. And, of course, my attention was immediately drawn to the bottle collection displayed in the tap room.
Bonus points if you spotted the Duff Beer. And, as if that isn’t enough, they have interesting beer-related products for sale, such as beer hand lotion. Crazy.
So, the quirky industrial exterior works and the interior vibe has it going on as well. What about the beer? I have to admit, I already knew about the beer as they have a great brown ale in distribution that I’ve had several times before.
But at the brewery you get to see a picture of the actual Duke for which the beer is named. He’s quite the cute sucker too.
So, I knew the beer was going to be great. What surprised me was that when the bartender noticed I was a first time customer, he immediately provided me with a free flight so I could get a feel for their full range of styles. That is the best business move I’ve seen from a brewery in many, many years.
You can also see in the picture a set of Jax Ale Trail booklets in which you can get stamps from many of the Jacksonville breweries. Another great business move. I think these guys are going to be around for a while. After the flight, I ordered a pumpkin ale and got a free pint glass because I kicked the keg.
This is definitely my kind of place. If it wasn’t a two hour drive, I would make this a regular stop.
But, let’s get down to the nitty gritty here. Did I get a bottle for the collection? Hell yes. They have growlers and I have a growler koozie that I keep handy for long return home drives. So the trip was a success on all fronts. Let’s check out a 360 video tour so you can see the whole shebang. I think you’ll be surprised at how big the whole place is based on the size of the taproom in the 360 picture.