The Ultimate Guide to Breweries in Jacksonville
Enjoy some local brews at these places
Florida, is home to more than 250 breweries. Florida Brewing Company, opened in the year 1986, is known to be the first brewery in the state. Mid-size regional breweries dominated the industry until earlier 1950s when the national macrobreweries such as Budweiser came forward and established their facilities. Since early 1980s and particularly after the legal changes in 2001, the state has become a home to a wide array of craft breweries and brewpub restaurants.
Craft beer is a personal experience subject to your perception and every beer has its own unique features. The number of beer styles and brands has been increasing over the years. Today the number of recognized styles is over 150, and new breweries are popping up all over the place. That means you might have a hard time selecting the best. In 2018, for example, the over 6,000 breweries in the United States of America have over 20,000 unique beers on the market.
Most breweries have had challenges and successes like any start up business would, but without the support of beer lovers, the industry would not be what it is today. To try some of the best beers in Jacksonville, Florida you might need to visit one of the following places.
Here are some of the top breweries in Jacksonville.
Aardwolf Pub & Brewery
1461 Hendricks Ave
Established in 2012 Aardwolf is located in a converted ice house in the heart of Historic San Marco. Their tap list features Belgian and German variety beers, American stouts, and many IPAs.
Bold City Brewery
2670 Rosselle St #7
Tasting Room Hours
Thursday & Friday 3PM-11PM
109 E Bay St
Friday & Saturday 11AM-11PM
Perhaps one of the most well-known breweries, Bold City has a number of beers in local grocery stores such as Publix and many bars throughout North Florida. Their most popular beers include Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale and Killer Whale Cream Ale.
Engine 15 Brewing Co.
1500 Beach Blvd
Engine 15 provides a wide variety of craft beers, including many brewed on site. Every Thursday the hold an event “Tap 42” which showcases a single barrel brewed beer. This allows them to experiment with different notes and flavors.
Intuition Ale Works
929 E Bay St
Located within walking distance to the Jaguars stadium a downtown favorite and Jacksonville staple. Intuition Ale Works offers over 20 different styles of craft beer, brewed in house, on tap. Stop by Intuition on a sunny day and enjoy their rooftop which showcases views of the St. Johns River.
207 Atlantic Blvd
Friday & Saturday 11AM-1AM
Situated in the center of the Beaches Town Center in Neptune Beach, Ragtime started as one of Jacksonville’s first brew pubs. The interior offers a rustic environment and live music. Ragtime is also a sister company of Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery and A1A Ale Works which is located in St. Augusting.
River City Brewing Company
835 Museum Circle
Hands down River City has the best views in the city out of any brewery. Located along the St. Johns River, River City has been brewing its own beer for more than 20 years.
Southern Swells Brewing Company
1312 Beach Blvd
Friday & Saturday 12PM-1AM
Southern Swells, which opened earlier this year, is home to Jacksonville Beach’s largest taproom. The facility also has a space for special events and an outdoor patio. Although fairly new many believe Southern Swells is going to be a standout in all of Jacksonville soon.
Wicked Barley Brewing Co.
4100 Baymeadows Rd
Friday & Saturday 11AM-12AM
Wicked Barley opened in early 2014, located off of Baymeadows Rd they offer a large selection of not only craft beers but also ciders and meads all of which are brewed in house. Their slogan is “Naughty Ales for Noble Souls” which speaks to the envision of pushing the boundaries. They also have a large outdoor space, which is perfect for a family friendly crowd.
Green Room Brewing
228 3rd St N
Green Room was Jacksonville Beaches First Microbrewery. They are dog friendly and offer a wide variety of games in the taproom. The taproom has 16 rotating drafts and live music.
Veterans United Craft Brewery