A look into Northeast Florida's popular craft brewing industry.
Aardwolf Brewing Company
1461 Hendricks Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Breathing life back into an abandoned building, while still maintaining the aesthetics that made the architecture uniquely charming, is no simple task. Rustic is an understatement when it comes to Aardwolf’s handsome taproom. It would have been easier to tear the building down and start from scratch, but they were determined to renovate and hold onto the charm the old building had. After several years of renovation, Aardwolf’s taproom finally opened in September of last year.
Before he was with Aardwolf, Michael partnered with the Brewer’s Pizza to get them open in Orange Park. He had been working at Terrapin Beer Company in Georgia, and was biding his time until he could open a brewery of his own. Aardwolf is the embodiment of many years of hard work and passion for brewing. Their co-founder, Preben, was working at a natural food market in Five Points when he met Michael:
“…I found a job at Grassroots in Five Points where the owners would eventually impart their love of craft beer to me. It’s through the medium of craft beer sales I met Michael Payne. For about 4 years I had been honing my skills and knowledge of the craft beer industry locally as well as nationally with thoughts of potentially someday seeking a regional marketing position for a craft brewery. Michael approached me about partnering up in opening Aardwolf several years ago. Being able to market your own product, and being a part of the rapidly evolving City of Jacksonville beer scene is the best of all worlds.”
Even though Aardwolf has only been open for less than a year, they are already planning on expanding. They plan to triple their current capacity for the beers sent out to various bars and restaurants. In October, Aardwolf will be holding an event sponsoring local green businesses, here in Jacksonville. This will be their second year running the Green Lion Festival. The taproom often holds events and features local food trucks. They strive to involve themselves in the community, supporting local charities and businesses. It is definitely a place worth enjoying a beer (or glass of wine wine) at.
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