By: Shawndra Russell

 

Intuition Ale Works has built a loyal following through their Mug Club program—membership is currently at capacity to give you an idea about how much folks love this place—and small batches that run the gamut of flavors and styles. Right now they are located in a church in the funky Riverside neighborhood of Jacksonville, but they do have plans to move to a downtown location in late 2015. Each tap room beertender is also a Certified Beer Server under the Cicerone Certification Program.

Riverside is also where you’ll want to eat and stay when visiting Jacksonville to get a more locals’ experience. Check out the Riverdale Inn, with 10 luxe rooms and a private pub on-site. The historic home is one of only two mansions left from “The Row,” where over fifty historic mansions used to reign. About a mile away sits the perfect dinner destination for beer lovers, Kickbacks Gastropub, which is worth going to alone to see the hundreds of taps hung from their ceiling, and beer paraphernalia is squeezed into every nook. They also have huge portions of classed-up pub grub alongside their “Vintage” menu of childhood favorites like SpaghettiO’s and Fluffernutter sandwiches (peanut butter and marshmallow fluff on bread). For breakfast, it’s tough to compete with Maple Street Biscuit. We met the owner on our first visit and his passion for serving great food with a side of community—most of the seating is communal—was evident in the attention to detail and the inventive choices like fried chicken biscuits served up ten ways.

Hop around Riverside’s Five Points area for lots of boutiques, handcrafted goods and the Riverside Arts Market. At night, be lured in by live music at Black Sheep’s Rooftop Bar or Bold City Brewing.