Beer taps along the wall at JDub's Brewing Co. in Sarasota
Beer taps inside JDub's Brewing Co. near downtown Sarasota [Photo: Nicole Coudal]
The Taproom at Jdub's Brewing Co. in Sarasota
JDub's indoor Taproom [Photo: Nicole Coudal]
Sign at Jdub's Brewing Co. in Sarasota
JDub's Brewing Co. in Sarasota [Photo: Nicole Coudal]
Canned beers at Jdub's Brewing Co. in Sarasota
JDub's Bell Cow milk chocolate porter [Photo: Nicole Coudal]
Beer battered fish with mango/cilantro sauce
Beer-battered fish and mango/cilantro sauce made with JDub's Passion Wheat Ale [Photo: Nicole Coudal]

Have You Tried The Beer at JDubs Brewing Company?

Find out what’s happening at this popular local craft brewer, and enjoy a tasty recipe at home using one of their popular products.

The folks at JDub’s Brewing Company celebrated their 5-year anniversary in 2019 at their 3rd annual 2-day party “Dub Fest” at Sarasota County Fairgrounds.  Awesome bands, a home-brew competition, special beer releases, and more made for the perfect way to celebrate the milestone. 

If you shop at local grocers like Publix, Lucky’s Market, Sprouts, Total Wine, ABC or Whole Foods, you’ve probably seen the colorful packages of JDubs craft beers.  If not, you’ve surely spotted them in local spots like The Old Salty Dog, Gecko’s Grill & Pub, Sharky’s on the Pier, Dockside Waterfront Grill or Dry Dock Waterfront Grill.

Sign at JDub's Brewing Co. in Sarasota
JDub's Brewing Co. can be found near downtown Sarasota along 12th Street [Photo: Nicole Coudal]

Their brews have names like Poolside (a refreshing, Kolsch style ale), Bell Cow (a milk chocolate porter), and Passion Wheat (with flavors of passion fruit and mango).  Periodically, the team even releases specialty brews to highlight interesting flavors like rosemary, cinnamon, orange/chocolate, or whatever strikes their fancy.  As part of their “Fruits of Florida” series, they sometimes release flavors to highlight what’s in season, like the new blueberry IPA coming out any day — getting its flavor and aroma from specialty hops.

JDub's Bell Cow milk chocolate porter [Photo: Nicole Coudal]

Jeremy (JDub) Joerger owns the place on Mango Avenue near Ed Smith Stadium, where he’s involved in just about every facet, even answering the phone when necessary.  You can tell he loves what he does, is determined to create an awesome product using quality ingredients, and do it all in a space where folks have lots of fun.

If you’re looking for something fun to do, call the brewery to schedule a tour!  Tours are available daily for $5 a person, ending with a flagship beer in the Taproom, where you’re advised to “please check your coat and bad attitude at the door.”  Also, be sure to mark your calendars for their monthly Food Truck Rally where the whole family can enjoy tasty food truck fare, entertainment, as well as, alcoholic OR non-alcoholic beverages.  Dogs are welcome, too, as long as they’re on a leash. 

Jdub's taproom in sarasota
JDub's Taproom [Photo: Nicole Coudal]

JDubs has plans for growth, their most recent effort being a new partnership with Kroger supermarkets in the state of Georgia, where stores will soon carry several of their flagship brands.  This is especially great news for Georgia visitors who miss their beer as much as our beaches!  Check out the JDubs Facebook page to stay on top of upcoming events. 

Brewery portion of JDub's Brewing Co. in Sarasota
Behind-the-scenes at JDub's Brewing Co. [Photo: Nicole Coudal]

Beer Battered Fish with Mango/Cilantro Sauce

If drinking JDub’s isn’t enough, here’s another way to try one of their most popular brews - Passion Wheat Ale.  It’s got tropical flavors and great fizz, which makes a yummy beer batter, alongside this tasty Mango/Cilantro Sauce. 

Beer battered fish with mango/cilantro sauce
JDub's beers make a great ingredient in beer-battered fish and sauce! [Photo: Nicole Coudal]

Ingredients - Beer-Battered Cod

1 1/2 lbs. white fish (cod, haddock, snapper, grouper, tilapia), cut in 3-4” pieces

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup cornstarch

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 12-oz beer (suggest Passion Wheat Ale from JDubs)

1 qt. peanut or vegetable oil

Lemon wedges (optional)

Cooking Instructions

1) In a bowl, add flour, cornstarch, BP, salt, pepper & cayenne; whisk to combine. 

2) Add beer and whisk to ensure no lumps; cover and refrigerate 20-30 minutes.

3) As you wait for batter to firm up, add oil to an electric fryer or Dutch oven (you may need to add more oil if you have a wide pan to coat the fish).

4) Bring the oil up to 375 degrees and test with a deep fry thermometer. 

5) When oil reaches 375, remove the fish, pat pieces dry with a paper towel and sprinkle with a little kosher salt and black pepper on both sides.

6) Remove batter from refrigerator and stir to refresh.

7) Set up a rack over a baking tray, or place paper towels/newspaper on a plate - this will be for draining the cooked fish.

8) Drop 2-3 pieces of fish into the batter to coat well.

9) Lightly pick up each piece with a fork and carefully place it into the hot oil, going away from you, to avoid splattering. 

10) Cook 2-3 pieces at a time, depending on size of pan (you don’t want to crowd or they’ll stick). Fish should take 3-4 minutes, depending on thickness, and pieces are usually done when golden brown.

11) Remove fish with tongs or slotted spoon, place on draining rack and sprinkle each with a bit of kosher salt (and lemon juice, if using) and serve with Sauce.

12) Test oil to ensure it’s 375 degrees, then repeat process for remaining fish.

Ingredients - Mango/Cilantro Dipping Sauce

3/4 c. mayonnaise

2-3 Tb. fresh mango, minced

3 scallions, minced

2 Tb. fresh cilantro (or parsley or basil)

1/2 lime, juiced

Pinch kosher salt

Instructions (Easy!)

Combine in a bowl/mix well; taste for seasoning then refrigerate until ready to use.

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Nicole Coudal is a home chef and food writer based in southwest Florida, where she fishes and cooks using local ingredients. When not on the water, she visits farms, farmer’s markets, and other food venues to highlight what’s in-season and to create tasty recipes for her blog. Nicole is a regular contributor to Edible Sarasota, as well as, a frequent guest on ABC 7’s Suncoast View.  Read more at www.MyDeliciousBlog.com.