Continuing my tour of breweries back home, I ventured out to a few local watering holes in my hometown of Jacksonville, FL. Main and Six, located at, you guessed it, Main and sixth in downtown Jacksonville, is a relatively new joint that has popped up in what was once a barren location for craft beer. This may be one of the trendiest places I have ever visited too. Read on to see my thoughts on a brewery I went to before it was mainstream.
- Beer – A decent selection of beers on tap, they even had a sour my wife was very excited to find. My personal favorite was their Hubbard Street stout, a roasty, full bodied beer that left me wanting another pint. With a variety of special release and seasonal beers available throughout the year, Main and Six scored solidly with the quality and selection of brews. Score: 4/5
- Brewery – The best way I can describe the interior décor here is industrial meets modern design aesthetics. This place would be right at home in the trendiest of New York beer scenes. With a spacious interior and a nice outdoor seating spot, there is plenty of room to grab a spot and sip your beer. The prices are a little on the higher side compared to most craft breweries and they did not have any food offerings; however, they do have food trucks stop in several times per week. With a television to watch the Jaguars game, they have everything you hope to find at a brewery. Score: 4/5
- Ambiance – Hipster with a touch of punk. That would be the best way to describe the feeling I got when I walked in. The crowd at the bar was very gregarious and seemed to be having a good time, making me think this is probably a routine spot for locals to hang out. I got a pretty good vibe from Main and Six and think it would be one of my go to spots if I still lived in the area. Score: 4/5
- Location – Located in the historic Springfield neighborhood of Jacksonville, this area has not had the best of reputations for some time. With available street parking in front of the brewery, you will likely be able to find something close as most of the buildings around it are vacant. With little options near-by for late night food, the location leaves a bit to be desired when compared to other breweries in the city. Score: 3/5
- Customer Service – Our bartender may have looked like Sid Vicious however he was a pleasant fellow to chat with and made us feel like the only customers around despite a full bar. Our drinks were poured with speed and skill and we were checked out with rapidity. They get full marks for quality customer service all around. Score: 5/5
Total Score: 20/25
Final Thoughts: While I may never be quite as much of a hipster as this place attracts, it was nonetheless a pleasant experience with good beer. I think the area around this bar will become one of the trendy new places in Jacksonville that they can say they knew about first, and now so can you! Give them a try next time you are in Jacksonville, I don’t think you will be disappointed.