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Best Jacksonville Breweries: The Jax Brew Scene

Best Jacksonville Breweries
Breweries in Florida are making waves not just in the ocean but in the burgeoning Jacksonville beer scene. Here are four of the top-rated ale houses to satisfy your taste buds one pint at a time.

Aardwolf Brewing Company

Aardwolf is a taproom and brewery in one, located in the historic San Marco neighborhood. Vintage architecture lovers will get a kick out of the former 1930s ice house not too far from Downtown. The brick building was in operation until the early 1940s. During the 50s, the Moyer Marble & Tile Company took over until the year 2000, when they moved closer to The Avenues.

In 2012, two friends named Michael Payne and Preben Olsen purchased the building to open up their brewing business. Aardwolf is a family-friendly place (pets included!) that’s not just for beer enthusiasts; but being a brewery, they do not have a kids’ menu. However, there are various food trucks outside where you can grab food for the whole family.

The spirit of experimentation and adventure is alive and well in the brewery—come on Wednesdays to try their pilot batches. They also have flights available if you’re not ready for a full pint and would like to try a variety of flavors.

Recommended Brew: Alvin’s Coffee Brown

Intuition Ale Works

This twenty-tap craft brewery has been in business for less than 10 years, but they are the first of their kind to can their own branded beers. They achieved this milestone just two years after opening in 2010 and have since been one of the fastest growing breweries in Jacksonville and beyond. These are their signature brands: People’s Pale Ale, Jon Boat Coastal Ale, I-10 IPA, and King Street Stout.

Intuition Ale Works was founded by Jax native Ben Davis, a former winemaker with a heart for craft beer and his Jacksonville community. Intuition has a modern and industrial feel with plenty of room and high ceilings. This space reflects their desire to bring people together. Black Sheep provides their unconventional bar food to pair with your drink of choice. In addition to beer, they also have an excellent wine selection.

Recommended Brew: Try the crowd favorite, Jon Boat.

Green Room Brewing

Beach and beer lovers unite! Green Room Brewing is a cozy spot along Jacksonville Beach, where you can grab delicious brews and release your inner kid. Owners Mark Stillman and Eric Luman combined their business, brewing, and construction skills to build Green Room from the ground up.

Luman brought to the table his brewing experience honed in Southend Brewery and Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery, both located in Florida. Stillman, on the other hand, had the knowledge and skill to be the business administrator as well as the resident handyman (he used to flip houses).

They opened in 2011, and from their humble beginnings, they now offer 16 taps with a variety of stouts, IPAs, and other flavors. Green Room Brewing is dog-friendly, and you’re welcome to bring your own food since they don’t serve any. Adults are free to act like kids with a giant Jenga set, ping pong table, and foosball to unwind.

Recommended Brew: Try the Count Shakula for a malty and chocolaty experience.

Engine 15 Brewing Co.

Award-winning Engine 15 Brewing Co. is the brainchild of Luch Scremin. Much like the other breweries on our list, Engine 15 started when two friends with a shared love for craft beer made the dream happen. Luch Scremin teamed up with Sean Bielman when they met in 2008. The brewpub was named after Scremin’s 1962 Ford Fire Engine, which represented old-fashioned wisdom, teamwork, and passion—truly a Jacksonville gem.

The microbrewery offers pilot batches and experimental flavors. They have also partnered with a variety of food trucks, and you can check which ones are out on their website. Keep a lookout for Engine 15’s downtown brewery and Biergarten, opening November 2016.

Recommended Brew: Try the citrusy Old Battle Axe IPA available all year round.

We hope this list helps you get to know the amazing beer culture in Jacksonville. Don’t forget to pick up a pack of Berghoff Beer while you’re in Jax. Use our beer finder below to find Berghoff near you!