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Florida — Georgia Weekend Gets Its Own Beer

By Marc Wisdom @JaxBeerGuy

bitter-rivalryThe week of the Florida – Georgia football game in Jacksonville is always an exciting and busy time. RV City begins filling with fans of both teams displaying their team pride with flags, banners, signs, colorful awnings, mannequins, and even more interesting displays. Fans of these teams are zealous to say the least. And that includes the brewers at the two breweries in each of the team’s home towns. Swamp Head Brewing Company calls Gainesville, Fla. home along with the Florida Gators, while Terrapin Beer Company hails from Athens, Ga. the same as the Georgia Bulldogs.

Four years ago the owners of the two breweries began talking about brewing a collaboration beer to commemorate the annual gathering known in Jacksonville as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail party. An entry on the Swamp Head blog says, “Since our inception, we have thought ‘It would be fun to do a beer with our friends at Terrapin for the Florida Georgia game in Jacksonville.’” This year, those discussions came to fruition with the Swamp Head/Terrapin collaboration Bitter Rivalry.

The two brewers began to toss out ideas, Craig Birkmaier for Swamp Head and Spike Buckowski for Terrapin, but the conversation kept coming back to using the other thing each state is known for: Florida oranges and Georgia peaches. So, the two settled on an English Bitter style brew with hints of both. They also wanted to make the beer sessionable so they kept the ABV low so that fans can enjoy many pints as they celebrate their teams and with friends.

Because both breweries are supporters of their home teams, they also decided to come to Jacksonville for the game and host several tasting events. If you would like to try the beer with the brewers consult the schedule below to find out where they will be. Or, if you just want to know where you can find a pint of this delicious collaboration, check the handy list provided below as well.

No matter which team you root for this weekend, be sure to try this Bitter Rivalry and remember to party safe and responsibly.

  • Thursday, October 31, join the brew crews from both breweries at Aardwolf Brewing Co., 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 31, the fun continues at Mellow Mushroom Southside for the Halloween Party, 8:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 1, head over to World of Beer – Jacksonville Southside, 6:00 p.m  – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 1, onto Green Room Brewing, 9:00 p.m. — ?
  • Saturday, November 2, head down to Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub, 11:00 a.m. until game time to enjoy brews with crew.

The distribution of this beer will be very limited and it will all be released starting on Thursday, October 31st. Most of the beer will be distributed in the Jacksonville market for FL/GA weekend with some reaching into St. Augustine and a small amount will stay here in Gainesville.  We will have the beer on draft at The Wetlands starting Oct. 31 as well.

Here is a list of the locations that will be getting kegs of Bitter Rivalry: Remember, this beer will probably go quickly and won’t be tapped until Thursday.

Jacksonville/St. Augustine

  • North Star Pizza Bar – Downtown
  • Fionn McCools — Downtown
  • Underbelly – Downtown
  • Dahlia’s Pour House – Riverside
  • European St – Riverside
  • Kickback’s  — Riverside
  • Bold Bean Coffee Shop – Riverside
  • Stripes and Solids – Orange Park
  • Brewer’s Pizza – Orange Park
  • Mellow Mushroom — Southside
  • World of Beer — Southside
  • Stogies Cigar Bar — Southside
  • European St – Jax Beach
  • Engine 15 – Jax Beach
  • Mellow Mushroom — Jax Beach
  • Green Room Brewing – Jax Beach
  • Poe’s Tavern – Atlantic Beach
  • JP Henleys – St. Augustine
  • Dos Coffee – St. Augustine
  • Mellow Mushroom – St. Augustine
  • Floridian – St. Augustine
  • Taps 210 – St. Augustine
  • Mojo BBQ – St. Augustine
  • Gas Full Service – St. Augustine
  • Aardwolf – San Marco
  • Grape and Grain Exchange – San Marco
  • Salty Pelican – Fernandina
  • Tomoka Brewery – Ormond Beach
  • Saucy Taco – Julington Creek


  • The Top
  • Loosey’s
  • Brass Tap
  • Stubbies
  • Mother’s
  • Salty Dog
  • The Swamp
  • Tall Paul’s
  • Tipple’s
  • KC Krave

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