The new blog is up and running! It has been quite sometime since I have posted anything, sorry about the lack of contact. We have been extremely busy here at Jackie O's. Spring was our busiest quarter to date, the production facility is getting closer to completion, I have been training the new pub brewer Sean, and we are cracking out more beer than ever from the brewpub. Summer is always a little slower around Athens due to the lack of OU students, we took this slowness as an opportunity to stack the taps. For the past 2 months, 12+ Jackie O's options have been pouring. We expect to continue this through August. Once we get the new facility running, this should be the norm. Tons of new beers have popped up on draft and all of them will be available to sample at the upcoming 8/18 bottle release. A detailed blog post outlining the production facility will be popping up soon, complete with a walk through video. We are shooting to be brewing beer by late September and getting cans into the SE Ohio territory by mid October. Now onto the release details.
The last release was in February, I wanted to do one in June, but we had some behavioral issues at Feb. release. A large portion of our regular clientele, mainly female, were harassed and voiced their discomfort to us. Primary visiting beer release customers were the ones causing the problems. Jackie O's staff witnessed a lot of this and some patrons were removed from the bar both Friday and Saturday night. We decided to take the June release off the calendar and give everyone a break. Hopefully this is not an issue this coming release. This release will be a little different in that there will be no bottle sharing permitted in Jackie O's. We received a letter in the mail from liquor control reminding us that it is illegal for someone to bring their own alcohol into an establishment that serves alcohol. Due to the change in the tap room laws, I believe that liquor control is making an effort to get everyone on the same page. With our new venture, Jackie O's Brewing Company, we are no longer flying under the radar and will be tightening up all of practices to ensure that we can continue for years to come. No bottles, growlers, or cans from other breweries will be permitted in Jackie O's. I believe that a BA or RB member is setting up a Friday night tasting at another location, check the message boards for details on that. Fluff will also no longer be opening their doors early for the beer crowd on Saturday morning.
On 8/17 I will be handing out tickets at 5pm on the brewpub side of Jackie O's. These tickets are free and ensure your spot in line for 8/18's bottle sale. The tickets are in the form of a tear-away (page-a-day) calendar. January 1 is the first person in line. Through out Friday night, you can get your tickets from the bar tender on the brewpub side. Please only grab one ticket, once everyone has had a chance to purchase bottles, we will do a second sale if there are still bottles available. Tons of Jackie O's will be on draft on Friday night, plenty of options! Saturday morning, I will place to calendar out front when I arrive (5-6am). We will open our doors at 9am for breakfast and beers. All 38 taps will be filled with Jackie O's, new treatments, new beers, old favorites, aged kegs, and Nitros! The bottle sale will start at 11am. We will have 4 beers for sale, cash only for apparel and bottles.
Funky South Paw, $16.00, 2 bottle limit
Dynamo Hum, $20.00, 2 bottle limit
Bourbon Barrel 1/2 Sharkalligator 1/2 Man, $18.00, 1 bottle limit
Cherryman, $18.00, 2 bottle limit
We will also have STAFF bottles of Evelyn and Lucile (new Kriek) available for pick up and purchase to STAFF members. Look for a STAFF email tomorrow detailing STAFF developments and stats on Lucile.
It has been a while since we have done a release and I sure do miss it. Looking forward to see everyone and meeting new people making the trek to Jackie O's. We hope to have some can artwork to share with everyone and are planing on doing tours of the new production facility after the sale has ended. We hope to have the majority of the equipment in place at that time. As long as the floor is finished, tours will be happening, easier said than done. See you all soon,