Jax Beer Week typically has been a loosely organized collection of tastings, beer-pairing dinners and other events to celebrate the growth of craft brewing in the Jacksonville area. After all, these are beer people. Things tend to be laid-back and casual.
Now in its fourth year, the Nov. 7-14 event is being steered by the Jax Beer Society, and while the schedule is still a bit in flux, there are anchors on each end and quite a bit of stuff in between.
The kickoff will be a “Mash In” party Nov. 7 featuring all eight Jacksonville craft breweries, live music, food trucks and games at Engine 15 Brewing’s downtown production brewery. The Mash In will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at the 601 Myrtle Ave. brewery. General admission tickets are $35; VIP tickets are $55 and include entry an hour early, lunch and access to special beers — and private restrooms. To purchase tickets, see http://bit.ly/1PDr6Z1.
That Saturday also is Learn to Homebrew Day, and amateur brewers from CASK (Cowford Ale Sharing Klub) will set up in front of Just Brew It, next to Bold City Brewery on Rosselle Street, for a brewing demo starting around 10 a.m. The brewing supply store also is marking its 10th anniversary with a people’s choice homebrew competition at 1 p.m.
During the week, more than 40 events are planned, including tastings, tap takeovers, bottle shares and beer dinners.