Jax Ale Trail celebrates seventh anniversary, adds two new breweries

SAN MARCO, Fla. — If you’re looking for a fun way to see the city, support local businesses and enjoy some local craft beer, then take a trip on Jax’s Ale Trail.

The Ale Trail is officially in its seventh year.

New to San Marco is Tepeyolot Cerveceria. Owner Luis Melgarejo wants you to come for the tacos and stay for the beer.

“I wanted to do something that speaks to me and my culture, so I wanted to do authentic-style Mexican food,” Melgarejo said.

Melagarejo’s business started as a food truck. The brewery has been open for five and a half months so far.

This week, it officially became part of the Jax Ale Trail.

“I think being on the ale trail and having our stamp and being on the passport is one of the times where I thought we’re official now,” Melgarejo said.

It’s not only a major step for Tepeyolot, but for the Ale Trail itself.

Jacksonville’s craft beer scene also added Ink Factory Brewing in Jacksonville Beach to its self-guided tour.

Craft beer fanatics now have two new spots to raise a glass to the trail’s seventh anniversary.

“When we just launched this latest passport, there are 24 breweries on it. To think in seven years that we’ve been able to multiply it over three times it’s just crazy,” Visit Jacksonville Chief Marketing Officer Katie Mitura said.

You can take the passport to all the breweries and get special stamps to get special prizes.

“You get four stamps and you get a free koozie (beer can holder). Eight stamps and you get a koozie and a T-shirt. If you get all the stamps, all 24, you can get a super-secret prize,” Mitura said.

You can find a passport at any of the breweries or a Visit Jacksonville visitor center.

“I just want to start stamping passports as soon as I can,” Melgarejo said.

Learn more about Jax Ale Trail HERE