Beer expertise on tap locally |

Beer expertise on tap locally

Sean Cox
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When Sean Cox purchased Jernigan’s Tap House & Grill a year ago July, the new proprietor found a good fit for his passion for craft beer.

He was already underway on another enterprise — Ambrosia Hop Yards — when the opportunity arose to purchase Jernigan’s. Having previously consulted with the Seven Hills Business District restaurant, Cox was familiar with the operation.

“My goal for Jernigan’s has always been to create a sense of a core community … a friendly place to enjoy craft beer and good company,” Cox said in July. “I had no idea that along the way I would make so many wonderful friends. The spirit of Jernigan’s keeps broadening.”

Cox brought his extensive knowledge of hops, years of home brew experience, and love for beer to the venture and has found his niche.

“I feel that I’m better served on the personal side of things,” he said.

Rather than just dealing with hops, Jernigan’s allows him to build relationships with everyone that has to do with beer — brewers, distributors and customers. He is currently a Certified Beer Server and next month plans to take an exam to earn the title Certified Cicerone to become a tested and proven expert in beer, according to http://

A Certified Cicerone is an official designation by the Craft Beer Institute and is similar in nature to a wine sommelier.

At Jernigan’s, Cox’s expertise can be seen in his selection of brews on tap. There are 16 in all, including one root beer.

While the breweries may vary from week to week, eight of the taps always have the same styles popular with customers: pale ale, IPA, double IPA, cider, wheat, lager and a brown or light stout.

The other seven taps represent brews that are rare, available through distributors or ones that Cox is excited to drink, he said.

Cox will share his expertise on craft beer in a new monthly column for the Farm to Table section in The Union. His column will be featured the third Wednesday of each month, beginning Oct. 16.

For more about Cox or Jernigan’s, go to and or like them on Facebook. The tap house and grill is located at 123 Argall Way, Nevada City.

Features Editor Brett Bentley can be reached at

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