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The Beers are Back in Town

Story by: Judd Barczak

Tabula Rasa Brewing Company located on Corbett street in the middle of the Jacksonville Raid District, is one of the newest micro breweries to grace the River City scene. The company’s owners are looking to bring a breath of new life to their little branch of Jacksonville. 

This family owned company originally started off as a hobby for owner Randy Peterson, after his wife Jackie bought him a book focused on brewing in the early 90’s. After years of practice and the family sharing their brew with friends and family, their product seemed to gain traction. Through hard work and dedication the family has been able to give this hobby a life of its own. 

Randy and Ryan Peterson, a father and son duo and now co-owners of Tabula Rasa both still work day jobs in addition to their work at the brewery. Both of them have experience in construction management and refrigeration, which has helped them to start up their business. 

Ryan explains how their experience in their day jobs has helped them with “everything from permits, to machine maintenance.” While their day jobs still take precedence for the Petersons, they have allocated Saturday mornings as their dedicated brew day.

Another distinguishing element for Tabula Rasa is their newly refurbished tapyard and their focus on local artists. The tapyard is where patrons are encouraged to enjoy various brews outdoors. Ample seating and well groomed plants enhance the overall experience. 

The walls of the taproom are adorned with various paintings from local artists. Patrons are not only able to enjoy the art, but are encouraged to purchase the works to support the artists displayed. 

The Peterson family has had to overcome plenty of challenges when starting the brewery, ranging from supply chain shortages to picking a location. However, when it comes to these issues, the family has mentioned that despite these difficulties there is “nowhere else that they would rather be.” When asked if there is anything that patrons should know, Jackie Peterson responded with, “we’re just excited for people to know that we’re here.” 

Tabula Rasa is open Tuesday-Sunday with Happy Hour from 3-7PM.