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Engine 15 Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Engine 15 Brewing CompanyEngine 15 Brewing Company
Based on:
40 Beers
311 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 22
Visits: 48
Avg: 4.07
pDev: n/a
Taps: 50
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store ]

1500 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, 32250-2621
United States
phone: (904) 249-2337

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Place added by: CampusCrew on 07-02-2010

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Reviews: 22 | Visits: 48
Photo of tduecen
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great place to grab a beer and some bar food... not only do they have 20+ of their own beers on tap but they have several other local options on tap as well.

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Photo of chinchill
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

This is very beer-centric venue, with on site brewing, educational brewing programs, and a craft beer clientele.
Very good tap selection with a broad range of on site brews in additional to a gine slection of most American brews. Guest brews included Cigar City (2), Sprecher, Smuttynose, Six Point and Terrapin.
Very speedy service given the rather pressing demands from a multitude of customers.

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Photo of SDean82
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Hands down my favorite Jax place to hangout! The staff is awesome, there is plenty of beer to choose from and the food is great! Is you enjoy stouts and they have their Chupa Cabbra get it! If it's barrel aged pick some up to bring home! It is great aged. The atmosphere is a place that once you are there you feel home.

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Photo of ashleylake
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a good little hangout with 50 beers on tap, they also have a pretty neat brewing program for those who want to start brewing without buying all the equipment. The beertenders get really busy and sometimes there isn't enough people behind the bar to help...patience comes in handy sometimes when you are here. The atmosphere is very friendly and they sometime play chicken poop bingo! Around christmas time is a great time to be here they brew a different beer for 12 days...if you make it to the end you get a free beer a day for the rest of the month.

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Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Engine 15 is a regular stop for my wife and I, we love the laid back atmosphere of the place, the good food (Split Sheboygan -Awww Yeah!), and most importantly the beer selection.

They recently upgraded the beer menu from a chalkboard to flatscreen TVs that broadcast the beer/abv/type/glass, which makes for a much better process of selection. If you still can't decide what you want, no worries, just ask for a sample or do a flight. Everytime we're there we always start with a flight of new beers to try. WeissGuy, Nutsack, and Mosaic WetHop are my personal favorites from E15s own brews.

The food menu while small in selection is big in flavor. Anything with a Brat in it is good, can't go wrong with a good Brat. Their Frito Pie is really good, was nice to see a Texas favorite in Florida!

Service has always been spot on for us, we've never had a problem getting the bartender's attention or really even had to, we finish a beer and they're there asking if you're ready for another.

We might be a bit bias because this is our go to place, but it's awesome to us and we recommend everyone to check it out for themselves.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

So, I just spent nearly 10 minutes giving a very insightful, verbose, eclectic review, and the ole CPU shut down on me. I am reluctant to re-review, so I am going to give a synopsis of my previous review, which should be fungible in both its integrity and details (without all the details).

A nice littel joint in a strip mall (not fond of). Great local selection with 6 or so house brews as well as Cigar City and Florida Beer Co represented. 20+ other brews including some Belgians and typical craft beer.

Service was competent without being overly doting and "homerish". One aspect I liked was the permanantly reserved table for some older patrons (Bonnie and Wilbur?). I happened to be at the table directly adjacent to them and noticed the sign that said "This table reserved daily at 4:30 for Wilbur and Bonnie. If you find yourself here at that time, pound sand", or something to that effect. The couple seemed lovely and were having a great time.

I would certainly return here again. It is kind of in no-mans land as it is about 2 miles from the beach and 1 mile from any kind of industrial (Target, Wal-Mart, Publix, etc) commercial area.

I had the Double Drop IPA and I must say it was quite delicious. A new pet-peeve of mine has become the ubiquitous Session IPA; isn't that just a Pale Ale? They had a session IPA on draft weighing in at a hefty 4.9% abv.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

One of the best places I have been to in Florida solely owing to (mostly local) beer selection, though I also liked the patio. In a strip mall near the coast. A long bar, with knowledgeable staff who knew the beer reasonably well. Decent house beers, with some very good guest taps. Fast to give tasters. Good sized samples. An effort to have many styles, with a bias toward saison a Florida favourite. Friendly people. Safe, relaxing, reasonable prices.

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Photo of Anaom
2.08/5  rDev -48.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

First off, this only gets two because they have a decent beer selection. If you can get by with being overcharged and horrible service, then read on.

OK. Traveling for work and was dying for a beer bar in JAX Beach. Low an behold I find this establishment. Upon entrance, the place is somewhat crowded for a Wednesday @ 5:30. Sit down at the bar and then proceed to wait 20 minutes for a beer. I'm desperate at this point and don't have the energy to go elsewhere. They have over 30 draft lines and I settled on a nice IPA. I asked about happy hour and was informed the prices were 1$ off all drafts. So I start drinking my beer and start perusing the limited menu to find something to munch on. I try to attract the bartenders attention to place my order numerous times, only to get brushed off. The only time she came by was when my beer was empty. Food was decent for what it was (don't expect anything CLOSE to gourmet) which was sad as alot of beer bars I've been to in my travels have decent eats.

That being said the service is Horrible. If they didn't have beers that I couldn't find in New England I probably would have left. So I ask for my tab and upon review noted the 1$ off all my drafts was applied but the price on the reciept for 2 of my beers was wrong. The board clearly said 5.50 and they charged me 6.50. I grabbed the bartender (another 10 minutes to attract her) to let her know and she went to who I can only assume was the manager to explain. She then comes back and tells me the price in the computer is correct and the price on their chalk boards is incorrect. She gives me this dumb look and I proceed to ask her if they expect me to pay the 6.50 and she says yes. I tell her no based on what I'm looking at. She goes back to the manager who then stands on two kegs to change the board before giving me my 'revised' check. He then comes back to me, throws it down and says 'you'll see multiple charges because I had to change it". I then look down to see its the same price. Disgusted, I just sign and leave as they clearly have no clue. The couple next to me asks what happened and when I tell them (they apparently are regulars) they say its not the first time they have seen this happen.

Bottom line. Beer selection is great. Pay with a credit card to protect yourself. Service is better in a third world country. Oh and check your bill as they will try and pull a fast one on you and expect you to pay for their mistakes. They put the "ass" in class when it comes to running a business.

I'd rather drink BL in a can than return to this place.

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Photo of stakem
2.28/5  rDev -44%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3

I was in Jax for the week of the 4th of July visiting family. They told me there was this new place that popped up since my last visit that I should check out. Based on the name, I thought I had been there before but as we pulled into the parking area for this small shop-like brewery in a strip mall I knew this was a location that I would have remembered being at. Certainly, I was never here before and my pending experience proved that I would never return.

From outside, the first thing you notice is the 2-3 parking spots that they have built a wooden fence around to let patrons outside to drink/smoke. Going inside, the place is small and was packed to the gills with patrons on a random Monday/Tuesday evening. Regardless, I was here to try their house-made beer so I pressed on. The fellow with me was not big into beer so he made a random selection from the menu. I walked up to the bar, ordered our beers and watched as he filled them. When he placed the beers infront of me, he no longer knew which was which. Luckily I was paying attention to see the difference since both beers were similar in style and identical in appearance.

As far as their selection goes, they have 50 draft choices to pick from but it is disappointing. I am from PA and looking to try some local stuff. Imagine my surprise to see more beers from my home state being offered on draft than anything else (including their own beer which only occupied 3 of the taps.) Their rye beer that I tried was not that good. It had a yeasty finish that reminded me of dirty lines. Not pointing fingers here, just saying my thoughts based on initial impression. If I was at home, I would have drain-poured it. However, since my host for the week drove me out of the way, I manned up and chugged it down just to get rid of it. I was ready to leave after that but considering my partner in crime was outside smoking, I ordered a cigar city brew. 8$ for a snifter, what a kick in the dick. I should have just went and purchasd a 750ml bottle for slightly more.

As if all the above isnt enough, lets talk more about the atmosphere of this place. I am 30 years old. Ive been to college not too long ago and ive had my fill of parties that are associated with playing a college sport and how roudy/loud they can get. This place quite frankly made me uncomfortble. Between the drunks screaming and the DJ yelling over the obnoxious loudspeaker, I had a headache within minutes. This place is a fucking hangover before the party even starts.

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Photo of boldcity2008
2.55/5  rDev -37.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Wow strip bar a narrow place that gets worse as you try to go find the restroom. We had to try this place as it got such high ratings. Well its a decent place section beer wise. I do not think its a great value. Tried a few of the bar snacks, not impressed.

I think most that review this place are drunk when they review it and of course they only ever been out of town to see the Gators play. It's a typical dive bar really, seats are hard as rocks. Music is way to loud. The beer was served in standard shakers pints and some special glasses. You can brew beer here. Once the double the size we rereview the place, if that ever happens.

as it is its a local hangout that is very close nit. If they know you and like you it could be a nice place, if you can afford it.

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Photo of macster
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Engine is an absolute gem of a beer bar here in the Jax Beach area. One NOT to be passed over if you are a fan of quality craft beers.

Has a friendly neighborhood bar feel to it. Small place overall, but expansion to the vacant adjacent store coming soon. Luch, the owner, is a Seibel Institute grad and knows the brewing process and beer scene inside and out. Barkeep staff is also quite knowledgeable of the nuances of the beers they are serving. Live music on occasion (mellower stuff), sports on the tube and good eclectic tunes being played otherwise.

Draft beer selection is ALWAYS superb. Well balanced with something for all tastes and desires. Everything from the lighter Pils and Lagers to the big Barleywines and DIPA's. When they run out of a draught they always seem to be replacing it with something even tastier!! Recently I have enjoyed Stone Double Bastard, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe and Sweetwater Festive Ale. In addition, their house brews are also fantastic!!

The food menu continues to grow and improve. Also the food prices are VERY reasonable.

Love this place!! Great folks and great beer. Couldn't ask for more!!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The atmosphere is decent. It is kind of small and the chairs are a little uncomfortable. The people seem to be your average beer lover and its a nice place hang out. The beer selection is excellent, both bottles and taps. The prices are excellent and you can pay $5 for a 4, 4ounce sampler of anything they have on draft for those wanting to try more beers. Their own brews are very good as well and I imagine they will just get better. The food choices are good for a brewpub. The flatbreads are excellent as are the gyros. Service is decent. They are fairly attentive and nice people.

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Photo of Redrover
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I was able to stop by here during my latest visit to Jacksonville. It is located in the same strip mall as Mojo BBQ, which makes a good one-two punch.

They have a small patio in front as you enter. The bar is to your right and I would guess it seats about 15. There are several picnic type tables to share. The brewing equipment is back and to your left.

They are still working out their permits to serve house beers, but you can brew your own on premise. A couple of guys were doing that during my visit and they were getting some expert instruction from the staff.

The bartender was quick and had good knowledge of their rotating taps. She is the type of tender that you hope to get at a good beer spot.

They offer 30+ taps with some really nice local and not so local options. I had a nice beer from Cigar City and a unique smoked lager from Germany. They offer several flights and give you the option to design your own flight. I though the prices were very reasonable. They offer a limited bottle selection stored in a cooler at the end of the bar.

I did not try the food this time, but in looking at the menu, I did see several things I will try during my next visit.

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Photo of PlayHarderTours
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is my home base for beer drinking in Jax! The best Pub in town. You can't beat the friendly atmosphere. The staff is always willing to share their expertise, and offer samples to a thirsty customer.

Engine 15 has a varied selection of beers on tap, including domestic craft brews and imports from Belgium, Germany, and Cezch Republic. The list changes often and the beers are always fresh.

I would strongly recommend Engine 15 for both Jax locals and visitors to our beach city. Engine 15 has everything you could ever want in a pub... See you there!

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Update. This place is solid and keeping up with my original review. Brew On Premise service fired up last week, and things seem to be running smoothly. They plan to brew on Tuesday and Sundays, appointment is required in advance. This is a must visit beer destination in the Jacksonville area.

A new local beer bar in the beaches area for all things beer geek. ~30 taps that stay full, fresh, and newly rotated as of about 4 weeks after opening. Seems 3-4 new taps every visit once a week or so. The lines are clean and they plan to stay this way as the staff/owners are homebrewers going brewpub/pro.

The food is enjoyable and they do a good job for what they offer. Menu is limited but seems appropraitte if you need some viddles. FYI this is mainly a beer bar. It's supposed to be a Brew On Premise also, but the permit is pending >90 days of opening. More details to follow from others once this happens.

I will report on this place in a few months to see if they have maintained what seems to be the best/new beer bar in the beaches possibly jacksonville area. (...with kickbacks as the Florida as The Mecca of variety and an exception to this statement at this time...)

More details to come once they start up the Brew On Premise services also.

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Photo of Schwarzwald
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited Engine 15 last month and was very impressed with it. What a great selection of tap beers that you normally only see in the bottle. The owners are great and are very knowledgable about their brew. I ordered a gyro and their must have beer nuts. Awesome food! The gents at Engine 15 will offer some brewing station enabling you to basically "home brew" at their establishment. They will ferment and you can bottle. Very cool idea! Stop by and have a look at this German infused restaurant/bar. What a find and what a comfortable place.

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Photo of BeachBrewerDude
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Engine15 is one of my new favorite places to go and drink some really fine beers. The beer selection is amazing!!! They have some really obscure brands that you would never find anywhere else in town. They rotate their draft selection frequently, so there is always something new to try. I was introduced to the Saison Dupont at this bar, and it is now one of my favorites. The food is simple, delicious, and of very high quality!!! Excellent bratwurst and beer sour kraut, and wonderful chili. I highly recommend the gyro too!

This place is awesome!

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Photo of caxler
4.6/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is just what the beach needed a good beer bar. The selection is ever changing and you are for sure to see one or two new beers on tap every week. From local brews to across the sea Belgium's they have it all. Very cool to go to a bar and they don't have some satellite generic music playing but an eclectic mix from Phish to the Misfits. Music can make or break a bar in my opinion. I love the official Oktoberfest tables they have for seating and the outdoor area is a nice recent addition. The bar staff is very knowledgeable and almost all of them are home brewers so they definitely know what they are talking about. The food menu is small but there are some awesome unusual items on there you don't usually see(Frito Pie, Pigs in Blanket, BarBe-Cuban). Very good beer companion food. Once they start brewing their own beer this place should be unstoppable.

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Photo of CASK1
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Finally got out to the beach to try this new place. Comfortable place with lots of open space. Could fit a few more tables if they needed. Large board over the back of the bar displays the tap offerings, another on the opposite wall show the bottles.

Very nice selection of all craft beer offerings. Wide range, from pumpkin, to Quads, several IPA/IIPAs, a harder-to-find RIS, such as Weyerbacher XV Anniversary. Staff seemed reasonably knowledgeable, although I didn't have a chance to really test them ;>). Service was good, not great. I pointed out that they only charged me for one of the two beers I ordered, and they gave me both at happy hour prices (it wasn't h.r.).

Food was high quality, inexpensive, and interesting. My kids loved the pigs-in-a-blanket, a favorite that I've never seen in a bar before. Good sandwiches, etc. Small selection, but good beer food.

A welcome addition to the JAX beer scene. I'll be back.

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Photo of azorie
3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

This is NOT A WORLD CLASS PUB, not even close.
God I love how folks overrate everything:
Dec 2012 visit: they got their own beer now. and man the place is more overcrowded...

July 2011 visit:
more food, better beer bottle list. Taps the same, chairs are horrible, too loud in there still. rating it higher but to us the atmosphere is just another beach bar, that is not on the beach, and is in a strip mall. They can brew now, but its a brew your own limited thing, that quite frankly makes the place even with less space, AKA they need a bigger place ASAP. Service sucks if your not at the bar, no 1 waits on your nor do they tell you that, you figure it out for yourself, and its not easy to get through to the bar if its packed.

Oct 23, 2010 visit:
went back to see if anything changed. The good point they got prices on the board now. still very difficult to read they should be over the bar, not on the other side of it. At least they got bottles listed. I give them a b+ for effort. Still its a Local's clique type place, the chairs are just what kills it for me.

We got over charged on 1 happy hour beer, was 3 but we just missed the start of happy hour by like 10 minutes? Not a deal breaker. Cheese plate was excellent. most places the Happy Hour is 2 to 7 hear its 4 to 7.

We got a laugh when I asked about tripels, the beer tender held up a Rochefort 8 and told me it was a tripel, I said not. he was not interested to learn, or just thought i was wrong, so funny, they know American beer but nothing much about Belgium beer. That said I have to be thankful they have a decent selection.

Still its our last visit, after nearly getting hit in the head by some game by the bathroom, and no apology about being overcharged, not to mention at shift change, they turned the music up so loud you could NOT hear yourself think, we will most likely never go back, besides they still cannot brew on Premise.

for a true beer bar, beer wise I say they are number #2 in town.
not saying much after KB, 84 taps

Sept 2010
New place in strip mall, newest one on Beach near Penman, not far from the beach.

ok i was not going to rate this place yet. 1 visit and all that. So I am hoping the place will get better. not sure it can its in a small place. That is not a bad thing really. I am hoping they will start letting folks homebrew on site soon.

A: so other wise its a small strip mall bar, with a L shaped bar, and way too many of the sorry, rock hard on your ass wooden bar chairs I ever sat in. I would think they would want folks to stay and drink since, there is only a small bar food menu.

Service: well at the bar at the start of happy hour, timed that right. No menus, and the beer is on a flat board on the back wall, hard to read and NO BEER PRICES IS a big NO NO in my book. What's the matter does the price change? heck even the receipt was void of prices. That bugs me, maybe things will improve.

Selection: well same standard overload of IPA, PA as most places with 20 taps in town.
Beer i had was ok, no big glass freak, so the ST creme B in a ST b glass no big deal, it was full to the rim so not bitching about that.

food: ok bar snacks mainly

its very loud in there, had a few nice tv's, tables outside for smokers. Not the most friendly place but few are at the beach. I noticed a old face moved here from Euro street, Andy, he was busy so he could not talk much.

all in all maybe they will make it and can expand and get better seats and tables, and bigger beer selection, but its just a watering hole, no bottle menu yet. Wife was mad no blue moon.

nothing earth moving great about it, its a strip mall craft beer bar, no BMC yet, but that will change I bet money on it.

mainly a local click place, outsiders not really welcome if you ask me.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Yes!!!! Another BA worthy place in Jacksonville. This place has alot of potential. Great setting, good food menu, and 20 taps rotating with quality brews. Throw in that in the future it will be a brew on premise and they will be brewing their own beer. great location in Jacksonville beach area too.

I went here for the world cup final with a small crowd and eveyone enjoyed themselves, the food, and beer selection. I have a feeling I'll be back many times. I'm excited to this place grow and be another force in the craft beer movement in Jacksonville. It's getting better!

If you are an out of towner, stop by here!

NEW *** Just had some pre-samples of E-15 beers at the Beaches SummerFest at Jacksonville to benefit MDA on 6/18/11.


They served a 15 Imperial IPA, a Rye Pale Ale, a standard IPA called Battleaxe, and exciting new Saison with Jasmine and Belgian rock candy. I had the Rye Pale which was well done and the Jasmine Saison which was amazing. I'm looking forward to seeing them in the bar. Looks like they have some serious talent.

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Photo of cbak999
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Wow...first review for Engine 15. New beer bar that also plans to brew onsite, both for their taps and for customers to brew and take home. Great concept not seen in Jax before. As of today, they are about 4 to 6 weeks from brewing. Otherwise a nice selection of taps. 24 of them. Weyerbacher Double Simcoe was my choice. Seemed very fresh. Others include Lagunitas Pale, AVBC Hop Ottin, a couple of Lefthand taps, and some decent European selections, among others. Overall a nice bar. 16 and 20 oz drafts available. Happy hour gives a dollar of 20 oz. I talked to Andy, one of the owners and he is real beer guy. I like this place and will be back when the brewery is up and running.

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Engine 15 Brewing Company in Jacksonville Beach, FL
91 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.