It’s been just over a hot minute since we premiered our Bruval issue, which featured a wonderful selection of our city’s craft breweries. Although a large amount of our coverage has cooled off, new brewing establishments are showing no hesitation in setting up shop in Jacksonville.
Wicked Barley Brewing Co. is the latest addition to Jacksonville’s craft breweries, securing a 2.33 acre site just last month. The property sits on Goodbys Creek, off of Baymeadows Road, in Jacksonville’s Southside. The partnership in this venture consists of locals Brett Baker, Tobin Turney and Phil Maple.
The brewery will offer nearly two dozen taps and feature a covered patio, biergarten and gastropub. The ownership trio aims to attract a new breed of patrons by highlighting the option for boaters to access and dock in the brewery’s backyard. Maple said, “You look at the city and even our jail is on the water. We need more places with water access and after something like this, hopefully, we’ll see more breweries on the water.”
Through a contract with Brown Distributing, Wicked Barley is also seeking to distribute kegs of their three flagship beers: Drink Me CPA (a copper-colored pale ale), The Eradicator IPA (a dry hopped double IPA) and Monks Ménagea (a Belgium-style tripel).
The freshman brewing company hopes to break ground by the beginning of 2015, and be open for business by next fall.