Daily Archives: August 17, 2017

Miriam Crowe


Miriam Crowe joins us on Buzz TV.

Veterans United Craft Brewery Three-Year Anniversary Block Party, Aug. 19

Linda Johnson is a BUZZ Contributing Writer and founder of the beer and travel website, BrewNymph.com, covering all things Florida beer from news to events. She is the first female Level 2 Certified Cicerone® in the Jax area, one of six in the metro area, and the only Level 2-certified independent beer writer in the state. 

 Veterans United Craft Brewery celebrates its Third Anniversary with the “End of the Block Block Party,” on Saturday, August 19, beginning at 1pm. The event features a number of small-batch beers brewed especially for the occasion, such as Passion Fruit IPA, Maple Tap Amber Ale, Cacao to Cacao Chocolate Ale, Grapefruit HopBanshee IPA, Blood Orange IPA, Blueberry Blonde Ale, Wild Strawberry Wheat Ale, Blood Orange IPA, and Orange is the New B. In addition, the brewery will re-release a few fan favorites, including Cup O’Joe Oatmeal Espresso Stout and Flying Squirrel Nut Brown Ale. Music will be provided by Shane Myers and The Snacks Blues Band. Mission BBQ Food Truck will be on site. Guests can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a growler gift box, with the winner being announced around 5pm. The brewery has obtained a special permit to allow beer outside of the tap room for the day.

With its military-themed tap room, Veterans United regularly holds charitable events to benefit veterans and military service organizations. One of those is the “Kongs for K-9’s” program, in collaboration with the Military Working Dog Team Support Association, held every September. For each “Kong” dog toy collected, the Kong Company donates a matching toy. Last year, the count reached 80 Kongs, with 160 being sent to troops in the field. The tap room offers beer specials during the Kong toy drive to promote the event. The brewery has also worked with several Humane Societies in connection with sponsored pet adoptions. “In addition to the great reception that we have received for our beers and the brewery, our involvement with charities has been very rewarding,” says Founder Ron Gamble.

Veterans United started canning two of its core beers, the Raging Blonde Ale and HopBanshee IPA, during its first year, with retail distribution around the Jax area. A few months ago, the brewery released its Scout Dog 44 Amber Ale in cans, and those will be available on Publix shelves soon, says Gamble. Currently, Veterans United beers are distributed in Tallahassee, Gainesville, Ocala and as far south as The Villages. Gamble adds that plans are already underway for additional expansion into the western Florida Panhandle, and the brewery is looking at distribution into the Daytona area also. Veterans United operates a 20-barrel brewhouse, with five 40-barrel fermenters and a 40-barrel brite tank. Coming online in the brewhouse within the next week or so is the brewery’s sixth fermenter.

Veterans United Craft Brewery is located at the end of an industrial complex, at 8999 Western Way #104 in the Southside area of Jacksonville. (The reason for the “End of the Block” Block Party name.) Many of the staff are military veterans or members of the Service. The tap room is open four days a week: Wednesday/Thursday: 3-10pm; Friday: 3-11pm; and Saturday, 1-11pm. Brewery tours take place hourly on Saturday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30pm.


Linda Johnson, Certified Cicerone®

(Excerpted from http://www.brewnymph.com)

(cover photo by Linda Johnson)

The Haunted Brewery Zombie Hunt


The Haunted Brewery experience at Anheuser-Busch Brewery is a festival experience programmed with many attractions, including the Hopocalypse Live Action Zombie Hunt. Grab your squadron and make your way through the brewery, ridding it of zombies through a first person laser tag experience.

After your squadron rids the brewery of zombies, head outside to enjoy the Haunted Putt N Crawl, Zombie Paintball, the Art Gallery of Death, the Crazy Clown Carnival and more!

From food trucks to nightly live music, the haunted brewery has experiences to entertain you and scare you. Each night is programmed with different entertainers, activities, private parties and over 40 live zombies in the zombie hunt experience.

Get the most scares from Budweiser, the king of fears, at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

Zombie hunt starts at 5pm.

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Oktoberfest Jacksonville

Oktoberfest Jacksonville at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery celebrates German cuisine, culture and great beer with this two-day event in Jacksonville, Florida. Enjoy a variety of entertainment including live music and traditional dancing while food vendors provide a smorgasbord of authentic German cuisine, traditional festival fare, and thirst-quenching beers. Games and activities available Friday and Saturday. Kick off the event with the 1st Place Sports Beer Run, Walk, Crawl.

Upgrade your experience in VIP or by attending the highly talked about Stein Party. Oktoberfest Jacksonville is fun for the entire family – kids 12 and under are FREE! Only 10 minutes from downtown, 5 minutes from the Jacksonville Zoo and 17 minutes from the Town Center, this is the event of the year you will not want to miss.

Friday, Sept. 29, 3 pm – 11 pm
4:00 – Festival Gates Open
5-11:00 – LIVE MUSIC (3 Stages)
6:00 – Tapping of the Keg Ceremony (Main Stage)
6:30-8:30 – Oktoberfest Rock and Roll & Beer Trivia benefiting Hope Springs Florida with Trivia Night Live
11:00 – Get a safe ride home with zTrip. Download the app and save $10 on your trip from Oktoberfest Jacksonville

Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 am- 11 pm
11:00 – Festival Gates Open
11:00 – Kegs and Eggs Party / Brunch
11-6:00 – Fun4FirstCoastKids KINDERFEST Family Zone open for all ages
12:00 – Keg Tapping Ceremony
11am-11:00pm – LIVE MUSIC (3 Stages)
2:00 – Wiener Dog Races | Is your wiener a winner? Register here!
12-5:00 – Games of Oktoberfest (Stein Hoisting, Brat Eating, Tug of War, Barrel Rolling, Best Dressed)
3:30-5:30 – (VIP Tent 3) Oktoberfest Sports & Movie Trivia benefiting Hope Springs Florida with Trivia Night Live
11:00 Get a safe ride home with zTrip. Download the app and save $10 on your trip from Oktoberfest Jacksonville!
1:30-2 – Brat Eating Competition Men and Women
2:45-3 – Stein Hoisting Women
3:45-4 – Stein Hoisting Men
4:45 – 5 – Lederhosen Competition
5:45 – 6 – Tug of War

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Erika Hatch


Erika Hatch with Best Buddies joins us on Buzz TV.

Pegine Echevarria


Pegine Echevarria joins us on Buzz TV.

Hawkers Asian Street Fare

Hawkers Asian Street Fare introduced new menu offerings this week with the Summer Share menu.  The good news, many of the original favorites such as the Roti Canai and Wok Fried Lettuce remain safe for those of us who must indulge in that goodness.  The new offerings are quite exciting and will certainly be a wonderful addition to a menu already peppered with delightful dishes.

A few of the new items we sampled and voted our favorites; starting with the Tiger Salad, fresh greens liberally full of fresh cilantro, field greens,  julienne cucumbers and topped with tender slices of octopus.  Another table favorite the #Dimsumcrunchyballs, named by the staff made us all laugh.  These may have been my favorite, perfectly brown and crunchy outside, warm sweet shrimp filling accompanied by a slightly spicy dipping sauce. The Nam Nem Rolls similar to a fresh spring roll filled with spicy ground chicken proved to be a most enjoyable dish. Our table favorite was the Singapore Spicy Crab, soft shell crab, lightly battered then deep fried, with a home made BBQ sauce served along with a pair of beautifully baked buns.  The crisp sweet body full of meat was complimented by the slightly tart sauce. Yi-Yi’s  Chicken Dumplings rounded out the dim sum offerings, dumplings are one of my favorite items on any dim sum menu and these will stand up to any expectation you may have, we asked for extra.

This is only a sampling of the new items, it is certainly worth a visit to Hawkers Asian Street Fare at 5 Points or the beaches location to check out these new flavorful dishes for your own dining pleasure.

Tiger Salad











Nam Nem Roll





Yi-Yi’s Chicken Dumplings




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