Aardwolf Brewing Company


Type: Brewery, Bar

1461 Hendricks Ave
Jacksonville, Florida, 32207-8622
United States

(904) 301-0755 | map

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Added by kylehay2004 on 02-08-2013

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 56
Photo of Ctb6582
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

No food (occasional food trucks or BYO), and kind of quiet. It was pleasantly surprising to not have blaring music, just quiet conversation amongst friends enjoying good beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.35/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Awesome place.l, as long as you go to Kings Av. and not King St. Doh!
20 different brews on tap at this point, ranging from sours to barleywines.
Staff is very cool, very friendly, willing to chat if they have the time and professional.
I love the exposed brickwork, the raw wood, it's a really great vibe, and very family-friendly.
If you only do two, this better be one of them.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Really cool place with a nice vibe in Jacksonville.

About 10-15 of their own beers on tap, all solid, but none of them were spectacular. They sell growlers, but no bottles. The place was quite crowded, but the place is big, so it never felt claustrophobic. No food that I could tell.

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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Large and pleasant microbrewery with good service, multiple seating areas and plenty of free parking (around back). About 20 beers on tap, including about 4 IPAs, a gose, a RIS, a coffee brown, a pale ale and several other styles. Small pours available at $2 ea., with full pours at $4-$5.

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Photo of JaxBeerBear
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Probably my favorite Local brewery at the moment. Awesome old school building that they renovated to make it into the Brewery/Tap Room. All brick sort of demolition looking style and a few rooms in the back accessible for parties/groups to hang out at. The staff is awesome and I enjoy a majority of their beers as well. This is a must visit if you are traveling through/near Jacksonville, Florida.

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Photo of WoolyFSU
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I really liked this place. Went there on a Saturday night and had a good mix of folks, great service and a lot of options (not just in the beer dept, but also in seating areas). Will definitely go back next time I'm in town.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Big tasting room and great beers! Revisited there yesterday (1/15/16). Super friendly and knowledgable staff. Cool music and at least 20 beers brewed on site. Ample parking with a food truck in the lot (a Friday). Reasonably priced flights and pints, and growlers to go.

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Photo of yankeej13
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Went there on a Friday night, the place was really busy but still very easy to order beer. They had a TON of different beers to try including guest taps. Very nice modernized brewery, also very clean. Didn't really get a chance to talk with any of the staff but I still had a great time and enjoyed a few beers with good people. The prices were really good as well.

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Photo of solo103
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Aardwolf is one of the best up and coming breweries in Jacksonville FL. They brew a wide range of beer styles wich offers great variety to choose from. Their taproom is huge with a long bar and separate spaces for lounging or hosting a business meeting or party. They usually have some of the best food trucks outside their brewery as well and they also don't care if you want to order food in and eat it in the tap room. They just put their first BA beers they are going to release into the barrels and also are about to start their sour program. Although they brew a lot of styles they are all really solid. If your ever in Jacksonville, FL then you definitely need to swing in and check them out.

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Photo of JulioH
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

One of my favorite breweries in Florida. No nonsense, people are helpful, they have a very big lineup, there are guest taps, everyone is cool and having a good time. Also, the variety is vast. Lots of styles being made and served, and lots of them are very good beers.

I didn't come out with a favorite beer, but definitively a great brewery.

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Photo of Djm04f
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Original review: I'm going to begin with the fact that I love this place. The beers are fantastic and they have one of the most gorgeous taprooms I have ever seen. The staff is great, usually (follow up below). Plenty of brews on tap, usually 12-13 house beers and a few guest taps. Flights are offered for $8 and pints are $5-6, so nothing out of the ordinary.

3/1/15: While delicious, Early Bird Special deserves a better, more organized release. Just sayin, guys.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The Aardwolf Brewing Company has become one of my favorite beer venues to visit with friends in Jacksonville, FL as it expresses a welcoming to all who may enter its tap room in a simple and friendly way. Since my arrival in Jacksonville, FL last Spring, its subtle character has grown on me with every visit and its unadvertised theme about bringing people together with great beer is apparent.

Polished in a light industrial style with bare brick walls and very high ceilings, I find the absence of many distracting tv screens and blazing neon signs to be a welcoming factor where one is not subjected to the latest pummeling in the UFC or the statistical commentary of modern baseball.
Aardwolf stands apart from its competitors with Spartan comforts and no real supporting kitchen, other than the food trucks the sit in the gravel parking lot.

The real story of Aardwolf Brewing Company is served by the glass and the thorough craftsmanship that goes into its brewed products can be tasted. Daring to explore many different styles of beer, Aardwolf is clearly not afraid to articulate its own vision of traditional styles of beer complete with funky names having to do with wolves...For instance, I tasted a very good Weizenbock from the brewery last night known as "Wolf-in-Stein" and a funny Christmas Ale known as "Merry Christmas, You Filthy Animal".

If one is visiting Jacksonville for the first time or the 50th, I highly suggest visiting Aardwolf in the San Marco area for a taste of innovative ales that seemingly bring people together at the brewery.

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Photo of Redrover
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I was finally able to stop by during my latest visit to Jacksonville. It was close to my hotel, so it worked out great.

I like this space. According to the friendly bar tender, it has gone through numerous incarnations starting out as an ice house (notice the tongs behind the bar), a tile warehouse, etc. There are three rooms, the main bar, an indoor German styled room with picnic tables and then a room with couches and stuff for private parties.

They had a good post work crowd. I think lots of folks were going to the Jacksonville Jags game that night like we were.

They offered 8 or 9 house beers and about the same amount of guest taps. They had a pretty impressive range of styles. I liked everything I had.

I wish they offered food, but food trucks usually show-up. They offer full size and half growlers.

I can really recommend a stop at this friendly gem!

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Photo of azorie
3.94/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

3rd and 4th 2014, nothing new atmosphere, not much changed (bier garden), more brewing cap, more of their own beer. interesting stuff, pricey. wife hates it. nothing new its just a sterile bar. i usual I am low ranker, but I have better standards, lol

2nd visit: 29nov 2013:
Same place, went because of newspaper writeup said that had a full rack of their own beers now.
A: still old brick building, one assume they are renting. its got a beer hall now. its nice and modern and clean.
BIG BIG pet peeve, no itemized bill.
ok i understand 8% and up in sniffers but the whole beer line up in snifters (except 1 or 2), and pricey as HELL
I get it your in San Macro, wow to expensive for most locals i bet. you better hope all the rich tourist keep coming.

good deals the 2 buck for 4 oz pours. since its really like 6oz its a good deal.
Subject to change:

I had all beer but the IPA and DIPA. after the so called BPA i figure the others are just hop bombs. All the beer was good. Not to much of a headache later.

I see no real reason to come back as the prices are just too much for us.

Still needs serious sound damping badly.

Overall impression, nice clean place. Its a nice old building redone into what it really at this point in time is a bar. The feel of the place is open and airy, but frankly, too modern and bland.

A very sterile feel to the place in front. IMHO they need to break the ceiling up some, the place has all the character of a school cafeteria or tile showroom, lol. It really needs some acoustic design work done....

Good points, Nice long bar. Nice signs of beer list. Very nice clean bathrooms, Great parking lot.
Private room in back. Decent beer list quantity wise and line up wise there was a few things different that it made it interesting.

First impressions: 7/18/2013 3:03pm (1503)

We got there at opening, but there were folks already in the back, while its marked private, they seemed friendly back there. Still I wanted to sit at bar at first to get a feel for the place.
I REALLY like the place allot when it was slow. still Frankly there is nothing to do but drink and talk. Now days sadly so many live on their phones. They had music playing in background. The place was setup for a corporate party.

So is the place awesome? humm. Compared to the rest in town, yes. In some way its better.

Its got lots of room, but its gets NOISY! I did not want to say much negative about it, I want to visit again and drink in the back.

oh heck some negatives, aluminum bar seats are HORRIBLE. ok industrial theme I get it, not comfortable after 1.5 hours...The place is a great grab a beer and wait out the traffic rush, in the front area that is the feel I get. Noisy when it gets crowded.

Still if they get some of their own beer it could be great. The got to do something about the noise level though. Still those they know me know I never overate places.

A: its not cozy
Q: beer was good, still it gave me a headache, that's a bad sign.
S: at the bar and no1 there well it better be great, it got crowded not so much. No worse than any other place in town.
Sel: ok here is where I know your new, but its a brewery not a bar right? or is it a bar?
F: they do not sell food, but like all other you can order in, and this place is located near more place than most.
V: well I think their prices are well a tad pricey. frankly. YMMV

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I have visited over 100 breweries and Aardwolf stands out as having one of the most attractive tap rooms with a great atmosphere for enjoying good beer. The brewer is not only very talented but seems to enjoy brewing many different ale styles. Not only will you find great tasting beer but also excellent variety. The staff are all very knowledgeable in beer terminology and styles. They are friendly overall especially as you get to know them. The food trucks that come through are all solid. My biggest knock is the growler fill price which is a lot higher than other breweries this size however this may change as they make more beer and are able to keep up with the early demand for their beer. If you are in Jacksonville and can only visit one brewery, this should be the one you choose.

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Photo of candc1
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Best look in a new brewery ever. Beers were good and bar staff friendly and knowledgeable. We stopped on our way through to Cocoa beach. Food truck arrived just in time for a snack. would highly recommend you visit this brewery. Brew master was on site working hard but came out to chat. We meet a great news friend Scott hope to stop by again. Thanks

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Aardwolf Brewing Company in Jacksonville, FL
4.1 out of 5 based on 624 ratings.
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