Bold City Brewery

Bold City BreweryBold City Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar

2670 Rosselle St Ste 7
Jacksonville, Florida, 32204-3004
United States

(904) 379-6551 | map

Food service available 4PM - 10PM, Thursday through Saturday, by Jolly Mon Catering.

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 55
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Started going to this place when it first opened, but have not been back in a while due to distance and lack of coworkers. We used to really enjoy our visits for the most part. Once I was even firmly scolded by one of the founders for drinking my beers in the "wrong order" (heavier before lighter)! Thankfully I withheld sharing my personal, flexible philosophy of style order and just enjoyed the criticism, which showed they at least take a genuine interest in what they're doing. Normally when I went to this establishment it was with a wonderful boss who treated us, so this may color my perception favorably. Sometimes a large, slobbery, powerful looking dog would make its way around, though, and I was not much of a fan of that unless I happened to be drinking the beer and named after it.

As for the beers, guess I should finally get around to reviewing them (after what, 8 years? holy sh** how time has glided and scraped by), but overall they were decent, although I recall wishing for something bolder--particularly in view of the name they chose for the place. There was also a certain flatness and breadiness of flavor in most of the examples that I guess was attributable to the yeast, but that I partially associated with plastic (probably an erroneous association). Kind of an English essence, or at least something that reminded me of certain cask ales. No matter the cause, it became a somewhat endearing aspect of the experience. Wish I could go back (in time as well as place).

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Had 3 different cream ales on tap out of 7 available the day I went, so selection was mediocre. Good pumpkin ale, and a decent pale ale. Tap room is modest size, but kind of a mish mash. Service was fantastic all around and they've got some great people working there!

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.93/5  rDev +23.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Visited on Saturday September 5, 2015.

Excellent vibe, indoor and outdoor bars. The only bar I've been to were you are actually encourage to walk behind the bar. Every employee treated you like a regular.

They give you a free sampler, which I believe was supposed to be 6 beers but he gave us 8 - all the beers they currently had on tap.

The tour is where this place really shines. We were able to snag a tour with just my two friends and I - with one of the founders. Awesome dude, very informative tour about brewing. For those of us who already have a handle on the brew process, he was willing to dig deeper and talk about the business side of things.

The brews were reasonably priced from $3.50 to $5.50. Overall, visit if you want to be treated like family, grab some brews and food, play some games, and take an awesome tour.

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Photo of spginjax
4.03/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Friendly and fun place to drink beer. First timers get a free tasting flight. Also the free tours on Saturday are informative if you want to learn more about beer. The tasting room is on the small side, but has a bar and tables with board games you can play. You can also sit outside or in a large area that is covered. We went before the food truck was serving, but I have heard it is good. Often have live music on the weekends. Liked the Mad Manatee IPA and Duke's Ale the best.

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Photo of pugsley
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Always nice people, great cookout food, board games. I'm not into the bicycle crowd but I recommend stopping by for some good old school beers. Manatee is the way to go!

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Photo of Mangbus
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Got a private tour of the brewery the last time I went. They have a great setup. The staff is very helpful and their prices are very reasonable. The selection is not as robust as other breweries that I have visited but the quality is great. They need a stout or porter on tap!

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Photo of JulioH
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

I didn't really feel this brewery. The beers were too wheaty to my palate, and I felt that I was drinking a six pack from the supermarket. Not very different than the norm, very conservative and without any bold flavors.

The only beer that I liked a bit was their red, which coincidentally is their most popular one. Other than that, everything is bland. Maybe this is the alternative to it all. Maybe this is the little sister/brother brewery. I don't know, I wasn't crazy about it.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Recently, I attended a function at the Bold City Brewery with friends and found it to be mildly uncomfortable with excessive heat and no fans to be in for a long time. I was grateful to find its tap room and its welcoming spirit to be a good vacation from the main body of the venue.

The air-conditioned tap room featured the Bold City line up (only) and there were a few beers not on the regular menu that piqued my interest in trying everything they had to serve. While the Bold City beers were very accessible, I found the standouts of the Duke's Brown and the Killer Whale Cream Ale were pretty much the same ones I could reach for in any local bar to Jacksonville and
St. Augustine. The rest of the beers I sampled tasted as if they were mild impressions of what the brewmaster really wanted to accomplish.

I hope to return in the future to see other events and more of this brewery's work.

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Photo of BeerEngineer
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Bold City Brewery holds a very special place in my heart because it was the first microbrewery that I regularly went to when I was living in Jacksonville, FL. They are located in an industrial area with a lot of warehouses around it. Not exactly the best part of town either, thankfully by the time that I started to go there they were popular enough to draw a crowd, making it feel like it wasn't in one of the worst parts of Jacksonville.

The brewery is in the warehouse and they did something that I really appreciated, they made a classy tasting room. They basically built a small room inside of the warehouse and turned it into the tasting room. They put up wood panelling and made it feel really nice!

They have a good assortment of beers and when I was there, they would always have something different either on keg or cask that would come out on the weekends. The food there at that time was buy a company called "Jolly Man". It was a pretty good food truck, not sure if it's still the same company running the food there.

The folks who run this place are all down to earth and are very nice. It's a family owned and operated place, something that is a nice touch in the world of corporate breweries that we live in.

I haven't been back there in about 3 years or so, I'm hoping that they are still doing well and will make sure to stop by when I am next in Jacksonville!

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Photo of ShaunNewman
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

You have to give Brian and Susan a ton of credit for opening a brewery in Jacksonville. With out Bold City who knows how long it would be until the current lineup of craft breweries in Jax would have formed.

Bold City is more of the package brewery than a brewpub. Not many seasonals beers or specials. The beers they do make well and you know what you are getting yourself into. I have a few of my favorites but ill leave those reviews in the beer section.

The food isn't really a part of BC but it's a solid selection of BBQ and grilled items.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Bold City is a good place to grab a beer with a decent selection. I admit I have perhaps only been here 7-8 times, I will say I do not notice many seasonals or new beers showing up. That being said, I have a few favorites that I enjoy including the 1901 Ale which is probably my favorite. I tried the food once and it was very good. The air-conditioned / heated portion is very small but with the right weather, it is enjoyable. I look forward to returning many times in the future. The service is usually very good and the staff seem to be personable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I had a blast visiting the brewery. My only complaint is that it is a little tough to spot if you are not entirely sure what you are looking for, or if you don't have a GPS. That being said, time to sing some praises. First, and arguably most impressive to me, you get your first sampler for free. First time I have seen that offered, and I was very impressed by that. The place has a grill-to-order for burgers and such if you want to eat, and you can eat outside at some tables they set up or bring it in to the tasting room. In the tasting room, they have a bookcase full of old-school board games to play while you hang out. I was there with my sister, and we played Connect 4 while we drank. Nothing better than brews and children's games! The staff was very informative and very courteous. Ever helpful with any service and questions we may have/need. They have beer to go, and all beers are available in a growler except the specialty tap. Good selection of beers and beer styles. The prices were reasonable, and I will be going back to visit this little gem!

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Photo of dixieboy74
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Bold city will always hold a warm place in my heart as it was the George Washington of microbreweries in Jacksonville. It led the revolution against shitty beer selection. Other quality establishments have followed suit, but Bold City fired the opening shot against the tyranny of being in a big city with no good beer. Okay, Bold City has cozy tap room, but its small size limits the amount of people who can sit inside. They have an assortment of board games that help pass the time, but only one tv, and never show sporting events. They allow you to sit outside or in the warehouse, but this is Florida and we its hot and has mosquitos. :( They have a great selection of year round beers, all of which I enjoy. They also have good seasonals. "Jolly Man" prepares food in the warehouse from a limited menu. They offer a veggie burger which is average, but, at least, they have one. Oh, and they really need mayo! lol The service is friendly, but sometimes lacks attentiveness. But I definitely like the place, and would reccomend visiting it.

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Photo of armock
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Atmosphere - Driving up to this place was like driving up to a storage unit with businesses running out of them. I was surprised with the amount of space they had for the brewery however the tap room is small. With about twenty people in the room it felt pretty crowded.

Quality/Selection - They only serve their beers and during my visit they had seven brews on tap. All of their beers that I tasted were pretty good.

Service - With the place being as small as it is and them having five people behind the bar there was always somebody looking to keep my glass full.

Overall this is a decent place to stop by and grab some beers and hang out with friends for a bit.

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Photo of PeteThePirate
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Mad Manatee IPA .... Yes Jacksonville has a neighborhood brewery. Away from the trendy turned up polo shirts and dockers this place has a solid local following .. Mad Manatee IPA ... they do insist you try their beers available, because "they want you to order something you like", an excellent idea ... my choice ... Mad Manatee, i dont know what nights are special but they break out the BBQ grill and cook burgers, brats, and wings with all the trimmings for cheap. This is a solid brewery with rumors of breaking into another ... try the Mad Manatee IPA and tell them Pete sent ya.

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Photo of cbak999
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I've been going to Bold City for just about 2 years now...since they open. As a matter of fact, I was there for the invitation-only pre-opening party. Finally!!! A real brewery in Jacksonville. My hats off to the Miller's for stepping out and accomplishing this feat - and not only accomplishing it, but knocking it out of the park. I've taken so many friends there and everyone loves it! The ambiance of the tasting room is quaint and cozy...and if we were in FL, you expect a fireplace in the corner. They've done a great job to make you forget you are sitting in the corner of a warehouse. Brian and Susan are amazing people and great to sit and talk to about beer! Tours are available on Saturday's officially, but if you get to talking to them, they will show you around anytime! The beers that Brian and Cody turn out are awesome! Great ingredients and fresh. A larger brewhouse is going in now so they will be able to keep up with the demand - brewing 6 days a week, and still not keeping up, is a good problem to have and is a sign of just how good this beer is. Cheers to the Millers! Keep up the good work!!!

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Bold City Brewery. A REAL BREWERY in Jacksonville Florida? Yes and it took me a year and a half to find and sample the craft beer that are distributed to the area without me even knowing? Yes! BCB is a place that you drive by and say " Wait... I think thats it!" Back up and pull in.

My overall feeling when I walk in is "yes you found us and hey have a free sampler of all we haver to offer". I loved this exclusive feel I got when me and my friend walked in. A massive amount of "old school games" like connect four, Jenga, cards and other fun ass drunk games are readily available for your enjoyment.
Service was kinda so-so with the fact I had no idea what to do when I walked in but then found wonderful waitresses to do the explaining.
Selection was decent but to my experience of beer the brews were simple and had nothing out of the ordinary to make the beer defferent. All and all they had a craft feel and this is all that matters when opening a joint like this. Had a Lager, two IPAS, one brown, one red and a few others.

Good place to suprise a friend who knows nothing about craft beer, and thats what i did and purchased a Growler of Mad IPA.

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by here on a recent trip from GA to St. Augustine.

Atmosphere is really nice. It doesn't look like a whole lot from the outside (most breweries don't) but once inside it's similar to a European back alley. Round tables and chairs line either side of an aisle leading to the bar. The brewing equipment is visible from the bar along with a good deal of merchandise. A digital picture frame shows pictures taken during a normal brewday.

Quality is good. The pours came out at a good temperature with proper amounts of head. No chilled glasses.

Service is very good. We hardly waited once sitting at the bar for someone to ask us what we wanted. They discovered we hadn't been there before and let us know we'd get a free flight with all their beers with purchase of a beer (or growler). They also walked through the beers with us.

Selection is good. There were about ten beers on-tap, including a cream ale, hefeweizen, smoked porter, brown, and two IPA's. Currently they don't have bottles (besides the Manatee IPA however it wasn't available at the brewery) however they mentioned an abbey ale was almost done and that it would be bottled.

Value was good - the growlers were on the expensive side but it made sense once I saw it was an entire gallon.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this place. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I had the chance to find this place while visiting Jacksonville, FL for vacation.

I agree with some of the other reviews about not being sure as I approached the entrance way, but as soon as you get inside you feel like you are in a small pub with a handful of tables, a small brick bar and a collection of empty bottles from around the world lining the rafters. They got things started at 3pm for the beer tasting and insist that you try a collection of all 10 beers that they had available at the time before you drink anything else. They did ask that we buy a pint of our favorite after, but honestly who isn't going to buy a $3.50 pint of beer after they were given a good amount of free beer!? The bartender was one of the co-owners and was knowledgeable about the beers and answered all of my questions pretty easily. After trying all of the samples they were all pretty solid beers, but only a handful seemed worthy of me ordering a pint of. My favorites were the two IPA's and the 1901 Red ale. They were all solid, but the 1901 was original and fairly complex. I got a growler of it to-go, which was fairly cheap even for the initial buy since it is a full gallon growler and very cheap to refill once you have purchased it! They had a small catering food menu that you could order from if you like, but we weren't interested at the time. Had a great time and will definitely be back.

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Photo of moeman
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

While driving back home after visiting friends, we decided to see if there were any local breweries to stop at in Jacksonville. My wife looked on-line and made a few calls and came up with this place. The tap room was actually not open that day, but one of the friendly owners said to stop on by anyway.

Not having read any reviews before pulling up, I was a little worried by the look from the outside. Upon opening the front door, however, we were greeted warmly by Susan, one of the owners, and welcomed into a cozy little taproom with a nice neighborly feel. I am told it can get pretty busy when they are open, but we got to have the place to ourselves for our visit.

We were both given a sample board of all their beers with descriptions - we were not made to promise to buy beer as other reviewers were, but I would consider it poor manners to sample at a small establishment like this and not at least buy a pint. Their prices were very reasonable after all. I think all the beers were reasonably true to their style, but definitely had their own uniqueness to them. Being an IPA fan, I particularly enjoyed their Manatee IPA and the Chinook. Both had good hops, but also let the other subtle character of the beers come through.

I had a Pint of the Manatee IPA, my wife had a glass of Fritz's hefeweizen, and we took a a growler of the Chinook and Hefeweizen for consumption over the Christmas holidays. A wonderful experience overall.

If you live in the area, or are planning on passing through, I would strongly recommend giving this place a try! I know my wife and I will be trying to stop by any time we pass through.

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Photo of flag8r
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Although they've been open a year this was my first time to visit the Tap Room. My brother and I stopped in today around 4 and were immeadiately greated and waited on. Not sure what the typical sample policy is, but the bartender offered samples of whatever we wanted. I went with the Chinook and later the Cream Ale. Very small room, but very neighborhood feeling. Yes, it's not the nicest of areas, but unless you live in PVB, what is anymore?
You can see most of the brewery from the large windows at the back of the bar.
The beers are a very good deal, can't speak too much to the quality since I'm still quite new at tasting craft beers.
I'd say go visit if you live in the area, 180 degrees different than the Budweiser brewery here in town. Really enjoyed it and will be back soon.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

OK, BCB has been open a year to date. This was my first time visiting and it surpassed my expecations. I have heard that "they still need to get thier act together" to date. I have also heard the beers are not the best, and far from consistent.

Well on my visit this past Saturday, these accusations were proven wrong. I tried a sample of all brews and I was VERY impressed. All brews were according to style, not one stood out as "off" and the atmosphere was cozy.

I enjoyed the whole experience. My wife and I visited some friends who live close, so we walked up to the taproom. I enjoyed the walk in the unique neighborhood. The prices were excellent. We paid $15 for 2 pints, +1 "tall" Hefeweizen and a full sampler. I even "won" a pint glass since the keg went dry on one of my orders. Shows their family style service.

I really enjoyed the Manatee & Chinook IPAs. We got to pet and hang with "Duke" the dog and very much enjoyed his "cold nose brown ale". The Hefeweizen was amazing and I hope it stays this way.

So in summary, I would award BCB a big congrats and would back they they have arrived. I can not speak for their consistency yet. But I can support that their service, selections, value, atmosphere (for what it is), and brews all surpassed my expectations!

I enjoyed the large variety of styles on tap, but feel they may improve their focus and consistency if they narrowed their offerings... perfecting one style at a time (considering their "young" brewery expereince to date).

Congrats BCB on 1 year and I wish you many more here in Jax!

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Photo of boldcity2008
2.73/5  rDev -31.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1

Ok I been to this place a 9 times now. Its in a warehouse, and its near the tracks.
Parking is not very good and its looks like your in the ghetto over there, but I heard there are worse places like the north side, so I don't know.

Anyway the folks in there are friendly and nice. They don't know much about beer sadly, but they are nice. You get used to free snacks, the samples are no longer free, unless you promise to buy at least one pint. well you can get some free if your not sure what you want and they are slow.
The pints actually seem to be about 14oz, they have small and large and pints go figure?

You can get some food Thursday thru Saturdays, after 4pm
its a side project of some one not employed by BCB.

Newest visit: they got 10 beers now so I am re-reviewing. 11 beers total. the porter rocked and the ESB rocked. The wife still thinks the wheat beer sucks and so do I. the cream ale was what she settled for, she hates the place, its boring to her.

Still I say its like one of 3 or 4 local breweries or brew pubs, so hey what else your going to do here if you don't play golf or have a boat?

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Photo of brewdogales
4.43/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I visited BC on their grand opening, while they were extremely busy, they still had they time to be friendly and the service was still pretty quick. The beer is excellent. I've been back several times, and have never had a bad experience. My only complaint (if you can call it one) is that I had a growler explode while sitting in a cooler..but it's only happened I'm giving it up to a fault in the glass. My favorite beer of theirs is the Rye Pale Ale and the Old English Ale. Both very good, and far better than most small microbreweries I've visited elsewhere in FL.

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Photo of redneckchugger
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I like this place. a lot of the microbreweries in the area give the impression that the beer is just a gimmick to draw sales . that is not the case here. The place looks like a warehouse. the taproom looks like a converted office space. You can see the brewing equipment through the window behind the bar. The service is slow if the waitress is bored, but that's OK. The brewer stopped and talk to me and my drinking companion for a minute, and gave us a sample a cask hefe he was working on. Great place.

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