Beer Festival

Jacksonville’s own Buzz Magazine will be holding its 8th annual Craft and Import Beer Festival on Friday, May 20. With more than 40 different breweries in attendance, there will be over 300 hundred different beers up for tasting. So, to all beer enthusiasts, put on your drinking hats!

 

The Craft and Import Festival this year will be making new additions to tradition, including beer dinners leading up to the event throughout the week at local restaurants as well as private sampling opportunities in the arena the night of the festival. Live musical performances on the main stage from Austin Park will keep the atmosphere alive and energetic. If you get hungry, there will be food samples from several of the restaurants sponsors as well!

 

Steadily becoming an established event in the Jacksonville area, The Craft and Import Beer Festival is a great event for friends, couples, or neighbors to let loose and have a fun and memorable evening out! Ticket prices range from a $45.00 ‘Beer Lover’ general admission level to an $85.00 ‘Beer Aficionado’ level admission, as well as other special offers. For more information about Buzz Magazine’s Craft and Import Beer Fest, visit beerfestjax.com

National Beer Mile

NATIONAL BEER MILE

2016 EVENT DATES

 

The Event Series Boasting “Four Beers, One Mile and One Awesome After Party”

Will Visit 25+ Cities Across North America

 

Tickets On Sale Now For 15 Races

 

January 21, 2016 (Atlanta, GA) — The National Beer Mile is proud to announce the first 15 cities confirmed for its 2016 race dates. Now in its second year, the event series will ultimately bring its innovative blend of fitness and fun to over 25 metropolitan cities across North America. The one-mile course designed for fitness enthusiasts, social drinkers and party-goers is capped off by an after party featuring food, games and live music. The first National Beer Mile event will be held in Jacksonville, FL on March 5. Tickets may be purchased at nationalbeermile.com.

 

While runners are welcome to bring their A-games, race creators Kevin Cregan and Rob Goldstein say the race is more about having fun than anything else. “National Beer Mile is definitely geared towards a more social audience,” says Cregan. “We welcome drinkers, runners and party animals alike. We don’t care how you get through the course, as long as you have a great time.”

 

The first-ever Beer Mile started in the late 1980s as an informal event among friends. Runners would meet at a local track, drink a beer, run a lap and repeat four times. The concept hasn’t changed, but the Beer Mile has experienced a huge increase in interest and international media attention over the past 30 years. Attendance at the National Beer Mile is projected to exceed 125,000 in 2016.

 

National Beer Mile events appeal to a diverse group of participants — from college seniors to CEOs. The majority of beer mile runners sign up as part of a team, underscoring the emphasis on teamwork, friendship and fun. Many of these teams are part of running and social drinking groups outside of National Beer Mile. This isn’t just a one-time event for them; it’s a lifestyle.

 

“It’s an event that draws 21 year olds and 51 year olds. Exercise, beer, party — those are three words all generations can get behind,” says Goldstein. “Combining them all into one experience adds up to the Best. Saturday. Ever.”

 

A limited number of General Admission early bird tickets are on-sale now and start at $35. Early bird VIP packages are also available starting at $55 and include a swag bag containing exclusive National Beer Mile merchandise plus express check-in. Group discount options for participants registering with five or more participants are also available. Tickets will increase to an advance price of $40 for GA and $60 VIP once early bird tickets sell out. More details regarding rules and sign-up can be found on the National Beer Mile’s website and social media platforms. Tickets can be purchased through the National Beer Mile website at nationalbeermile.com.

 

CONFIRMED NATIONAL BEER MILE DATES/LOCATIONS

3/5/16 – Jacksonville, FL – Unity Plaza

4/2/16 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

4/30/16 – Charlotte, NC – NC Music Factory

5/21/16 – Cleveland, OH – Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

5/28/16 – Dallas, TX – Fair Park

6/4/16 – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Expo Center

6/11/16 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium

6/18/16 – Nashville, TN – The Fairgrounds Nashville

6/25/16 – Miami, FL – Sun Life Stadium

7/23/16 – Atlanta, GA – Turner Field

9/3/16 – Houston, TX – Minute Maid Park

9/17/16 – Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin State Fair Park

9/24/16 – Tempe, AZ – Tempe Diablo Stadium

10/1/16 – Brooklyn, NY – Aviator Sports & Event Complex

10/15/16 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chickasaw Brockton Ballparkn

Veterans United Craft Brewery

Here’s some exciting news for the craft beer scene in Jacksonville!

Veterans United Craft Brewery’s Founder and Brewmaster, Ron Gamble, has announced that the grand opening date for the taproom will be Friday, August 22nd, 2014. Veterans United is one of the newest microbreweries headquartered in Jacksonville, and the first packaging operation on the
Southside.

The opening of the taproom and brewery is a welcome addition to the burgeoning craft beer scene in Jacksonville. “We have already experienced a big surge of support from the community for what we are brewing and for our plans to reinvest our time and effort in local causes here. I really hope people will see our passion and excitement for both,” said Gamble.

Taproom festivities will be from 5pm until 10pm on Friday, and continue on Saturday from 1pm until 10pm. Dirty Birds Wings on the Fly and Driftwood BBQ food trucks will be on site Friday and Saturday evenings. Shawn Lightfoot and Arvid Smith will be the featured musicians. Tours of the premises begin at 1:00pm on Saturday, and will be available on the hour through 4:00pm. Branded
apparel and glassware are available for purchase at the bar.

About Veterans United Craft Brewery
Founded in 2013 by a diverse group of military veterans, Veterans United Craft Brewery is a microbrewery located in Jacksonville, Florida. At the helm is Ron Gamble, Brewmaster and former Naval Flight Officer, who is set on pouring his enthusiasm and dedication to the art of craft brewing into the creation of unique, flavorful beers. Pints, kegs, and growlers of flagship styles, Raging
Blonde Ale and HopBanshee India Pale Ale—as well as seasonal and special edition brews—may be found at the taproom located in the heart of the Baymeadows area, at 8999 Western Way #104, Jacksonville, Florida.

For more information about the brewery, please visit http://www.vubrew.com, or follow them on Facebook (/VUbrew) and Twitter (@VUbrew).

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