Boldly Saving Some Tail
Another fantastic weekend in the books, what started out as a stormy wash out of a Saturday turned into a perfect evening.
We shared some delectable plates at the new hot spot in Five Points named Hawkers Asian Street Fare. They have been busy since they opened their doors so we did not mind the relatively short 15-20 minute wait for a table. It was a new experience though as there were half a dozen empty tables but come to find out those were for the people who were responding to the wait list that sent them text messages that their table was ready.
Hawkers is a blend of Malaysian, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai and Singapore street fair that are small plates intended for sharing. You have to ask for a fork as they expect you to eat with either your hands or chopsticks, neither of which am I prone to use.
After dinner we traveled only a few blocks away to the highlight of the evening which was being held at Bold City Brewery. Being that we had never been to Bold City, we were not sure what to expect and therefore were not disappointed.
As we pulled into to park we could hear the live music of Sweet Scarlett resonating from inside the warehouse. Outside people were gathered around conversing and drinking their fresh from the tap brews that Bold City is known for. Many people brought their four-legged family members to join them for the evening as well.
The event this evening was Drink some Ale Save Some Tail a fundraising event for First Coast No More Homeless Pets(FCNMHP), a nonprofit organization here in Jacksonville. FCNMHP had a tent set up outside where they were selling 50/50 tickets, t-shirts as well as designer pilsner glasses that included a free Bold City beer with the purchase. There was also a silent auction with some one of the kind art work to purchase inside as well.
Bold City is a local owned and operated brewery in Jacksonville and has been a proud supporter of FCNMHP and regularly donates their services to them as well as other charities in the area. This particular night for every drink sold whether it was there ice-cold homemade drafts on tap or wine glass they in turn donated a dollar back to FCNMHP.
Whether you wanted a cold glass on tap or a take home Growler (as in beer not the dogs) for sale, if your choice was Duke’s Cold Nose Brown ale or a Killer Whale Cream Ale there was something for everyone. The live music, food and lively crowd made for an energetic environment inside the warehouse. If you wanted a quieter atmosphere the tap-room was also open with plenty of seating and beer flowing.
For those that chose to gather outside there was a competitive game of corn hole under the lighting of some vehicle headlights going on. There was plenty of energy and excitement for anyone whether you wanted to sit back and enjoy some music or meet up with your friends; Bold City is a great watering hole whatever your tastes may be.
If you are interested in volunteering, donating or in any other way helping First Coast No More Homeless Pets in their journey in saving dogs and cats in our community as well as their future events such as the Mega Adoption Fair on April 25-27 or the chance to participate in the Dare Me For Charity event, all that information and more can be found on their website or Facebook page.
About Charles Johnston
Charles is a Christian, husband and father of fur-kids who shares his walk with others in hopes to help other's along the way.