New Jacksonville craft beer bar and shop Town Beer Co. opens for business in the Murray Hill area on Saturday, May 27. Focusing on local, the taps will pour only beers brewed in Jacksonville, and the retail shelves will offer packaged beers exclusively from Florida breweries.
Co-owners Alex and Priya Moldovan wanted to “showcase” beer made in Jacksonville. Through this concept and under the tagline “Drink beer from your Town,” the bar looks to introduce the community to beer styles produced “in town,” and will offer various beers that many people may not even know exist, says Alex. The business seeks to support local breweries and increase sustainability by decreasing reliance on beer transported long distances.
The venue is open and airy, featuring clean, bright lines in a coffee shop-type atmosphere which might be described as modern, rustic and industrial all at the same time. The 1200 square foot space is anchored by an eight-seat concrete bar which faces the 10 taps and menu board. Guests will find additional seating options at tables and chairs, a 12-seat table, corner wall bench, and a six-person table that also doubles as a ping pong table. The lighting fixtures, including a Sputnik pendant, have an industrial flair. Shelves along the back wall will be home to retail beer ready to-go. Alex worked on the much of the build-out himself and removed parts of the existing drywall to reveal a brick wall that adds a different character at the corner near the bar.
The first distributor trucks arrived on site Thursday with Town Beer Co.’s initial beer deliveries. As far as the beers that guests will have waiting for them, there’s a mix of different beer styles, from light to dark, to barrel-aged and a few surprises that haven’t been seen outside of the breweries much, if at all. At the outset, the taps will feature beers from Aardwolf Brewing, Wicked Barley Brewing, Intuition Ale Works, Pinglehead Brewing, Veterans United Craft Brewery, Bold City Brewery, Engine 15 Brewing, Zeta Brewing and Green Room Brewing. Tap beers will be available in different size pours: pint, half-pint, and 4-ounce sizes. For those looking to sample a few, order several short pours. The bar will also fill growlers to-go.
Town Beer Co. holds its Grand Opening (which is also its Opening Day) on Saturday, May 27, starting at 11am. Festivities include pretzels available from Community Loaves (about a block away) and doughnuts from nearby Jane Dough. Momni Boutique will be on hand with gift cards. Brewery reps will be on site with some free beer stuff. Live music starts at 6pm, with Folk is People, Adrian Kennedy, Matthew Harrison and Strangerwolf.
Town Beer Co. is located at 1176 Edgewood Ave. South, in the Murray Hill area of Jacksonville. Note that the entrance to Town Beer Co. is at the corner at Edgewood and Mayflower St. Parking is available streetside or in a backlot.
Linda Johnson, Certified Cicerone®
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