Cigar City Brewing sates desires for sophisticated imbibitions with an array of seasonal and year-round beers. Available by the taste, bottle, or keg at wholesale prices, these frothy treats are great for tickling your tonsils or intoxicating your imaginary friends. Tipple a bottle of the premium Jai Alai India Pale Ale, in which six different hop varietals fuse with a hint of caramel malt to create a complex, hearty interpretation of the classic IPA sprinkled with notes of citrus fruits and toasted sweet bread. Those tired of the cold weather can sip on a Warmer Winter, an old ale traditionally brewed to help natives through the chill of the brief Florida holiday season—customarily known to foreigners as summer. After visiting the tasting room, guests can visit the merchandise store to scoop up a CCB T-shirt ($20–$22), hat ($15), or 128-ounce growler jug ($7) to fill with fresh beer, glassware, and more.
You don’t have to be a professional boxer to benefit from boxing training. In fact, many of the athletes who've trained at Gym Rat Boxing & Fitness have been your run-of-the-mill pro basketball players. Coach Todd’s dynamic, results-driven regimen helps people of all fitness levels—from all-stars to amateurs—attain a wide array of fitness goals without resorting to repetitive gym routines. Instructors use cardio-boosting calisthenics, footwork training, and shadowboxing techniques to help students lose weight and build muscle tone over time. Classes cover basic striking skills as students launch flurries of jabs and crosses at speed bags and heavy bags stuffed with the shirts of high-school bullies. Outside the ring, the gym offers personal-training sessions and intensive boot camps as well as access to the facility's free weights and cardio equipment.
microbrews to complement its Italian-American bistro-style menu. Brewmaster Fran Andrewlevich—whose past work has won gold and silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival—whips up lagers, pilsners, and seasonal beers right onsite. In the open kitchen, chefs feed flatbread bruschetta and hand-stretched pizza dough to a hungry brick oven, and craft ranch burgers filled with Angus beef, bacon, monterey jack cheese, and dreams of running away to join the circus concession stand.
From soup to suds to sandwiches, Shipyard Emporium’s menu settles tempestuous stomachs with home-crafted cuisine and fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Warm up food-intake valves with a bowl of clam chowder ($6) or lobster bisque ($8), both conjured from traditional recipes left behind by the lost civilization of Maine, before wrapping tonsils around a 10-inch flatbread pizza ($10) in styles ranging from roasted chicken with barbecue sauce to pot roast with crimini mushrooms and gorgonzola. Sandwiches arrive in the loving embrace of freshly baked bread, accompanied by a choice of potato salad, pasta salad, orzo, or potato chips. The Lake Rose drizzles orange-cranberry sauce over smoked turkey and brie on a hot ciabatta bun ($8) and the Rollie grills swiss, yellow cheddar, and herbed goat cheeses into a gooey Triforce of tastiness ($6). Frigate-size appetites load up a cargo of pan-roasted Atlantic salmon and coriander under an orange-blossom-honey glaze ($16).
Mile Marker Brewing's beermasters swirl hops and yeast into towering kettles within the sprawing St. Augustine brewery. Inside the on-site tap room, barkeeps pour 5.5-ounce samples of Mile Marker's three signature brews straight from the barrel (a $5 value), each of which is named for the coordinates of bars frequented by Hemingway's beard. Mile Marker 1565, a nutty Irish red ale with hints of caramel, offsets the light, citrusy flavors of Mile Marker Zero, a German summertime ale. Centennial and Sterling hops lend subtle bitterness to the IPA Mile Marker 82's floral flavors. After selecting a favorite beer from the flight, patrons can follow up with a full pint (up to a $5 value) and bask in the tap room's cool blue light, which illuminates retro console video games, dartboards, and an elevated fish tank. Mile Marker Brewing also leads free tours through the brewery itself, where large steel and copper kettles slosh with foaming yeast and piquant hops as master brewers stir, read bedtime stories to, and generally supervise each effervescent batch.
As one of the world’s largest beer brewers, this Jacksonville outpost of Anheuser Busch is surprisingly open about its process. The looming facility offers free tours on how they brew and package Budweiser, with guests catching glimpses of the state-of-the-art technology, giant tanks, carefully controlled temperature rooms and bottling and packaging facilities, all of which can be seen through glass viewing windows. There’s also information on the recycling program, energy recovery and conservation of wildlife in the surrounding Jacksonville wetlands. After the tour, stop in the hospitality room and sample some beer. For the truly curious, the more in-depth Beermaster Tour is for true connoisseurs and a one-off Beer School class introduces patrons to different beer styles, proper pouring and a variety of craft beer and food pairings. There’s also a gift shop on hand, and occasional events take place on the property.