St. Mark's Alumni Making a Splash in Jacksonville

Ben Davis is a Jacksonville native who has always felt a drive to give back to his hometown and help move our city forward. Ever the entrepreneur and small-business innovator, Davis’ first contribution to Jacksonville’s cultural landscape dates back to 1999, when he purchased a San Marco coffee shop, popular local hang-out, the Grotto.  Anticipating market trends and capitalizing upon growing demand, Davis saved the Grotto from almost certain demise by transforming it into the wine shop/wine bar concept it is today.

Fascinated by the wine business, Davis moved to Northern California in 2001 to pursue training in wine production and, in 2003, launched his own wine label, Tallulah, enjoying critical acclaim early on. At the time Davis could not have foreseen the direction his time in small business would take, but he always knew that his heart was rooted in Jacksonville.

In 2010, Davis founded Intuition Ale Works, the ultimate combination of his passion for small business, community involvement and crafting a product that he was proud of. Since its opening in November of 2010, Intuition has become one of the most popular and fastest growing brands of craft beer in the area. Davis also made history as the first craft brewery in the state of Florida to can its most popular brews.

Giving back to the community is central to Intuition’s mission statement. Intuition Ale Works regularly donates to local charities and hosts their events and has forged fundraising partnerships with organizations like the Sulzbacher Center, Community Connections, Arc Jacksonville and the St. Johns Riverkeeper. In 2012 Intuition was awarded the Mayor’s Disability Council small employer of the year.

Davis achieved the rank of Eagle Scout from Troop 2 at St. John’s Presbyterian in Avondale, is a member of Riverside Rotary and a member of the Leadership Jacksonville class of 2014. Davis also serves on the City of Jacksonville Planning Commission.

Davis is an alumni of St. Mark's, graduate of Episcopal High School and currently resides in Avondale with his wife, Diana, and their sons, Roman and Troy.