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Breweries in St. Augustine

For being young on the beer scene, Florida is catching up real quick! Our first microbrewery, Dunedin Brewery(opens in a new tab), didn’t open until 1997. Since then, over 300 more have sprung up all around the Sunshine State. Tampa is currently the epicenter of Florida brewing, with almost 30 breweries and brewpubs and more scheduled to open! Great breweries are everywhere now. From Pensacola Bay Brewing(opens in a new tab) to The Waterfront Brewery(opens in a new tab) in Key West and everything in between. Make sure to check out all the amazing breweries in St. Augustine, and we added a few in the surrounding area that are worth a short drive. If you are visiting during the holiday season and Nights of Lights, make sure to ask the first brewery you visit about the Nights of Pints(opens in a new tab)!
A short walk from the central Plaza in historic Lincolnville, Dog Rose is a place you will find yourself coming back to over and over. At just 4 years old this place has developed a loyal following by both beer and music lovers. They have a great selection of flagship and rotating beers that spans pale to dark malts. They just started canning a select amount of beers, so if you like something check with the bartender to see if it’s available to-go. Every weekend music lovers come to hear jam bands, rock, or bluegrass concerts right in the taproom. They change up the food trucks out back each weekend, but you can also bring in food from any of the amazing restaurants around St. Augustine. Dog Rose is a featured stop on our Ale Trail Craft Beer Tour where we discuss the brewing process and awesome beer history.
St. Augustine’s first production brewery, you will find these guys on tap at bars and restaurants all over North Florida these days! We love that they can all 6 of their flagship beers so we can bring Ancient City Brewing with us while golfing, fishing, or to the next party we get invited to. Their original location and brewhouse is located off Route 16 near 95, and their downtown taproom is right on our central Plaza, just a few doors down from the Cathedral. The brewhouse hosts an awesome variety of fundraisers, trivia, and poker nights. On weekends, the downtown taproom has a mixture of live music and live art events during the First Friday Art Walk(opens in a new tab). Cans can be bought to go at either location, so if you’re staying at a hotel or Airbnb downtown this is very convenient for you! Ancient City is an important stop on our Ale Trail Craft Beer Tour where we discuss the impacts the beer industry has had on St. Augustine.
Like many other great breweries, Old Coast Ales started in a 10 gallon pot in a garage. You can’t visit Anastasia Island these days without a trip to Old Coast Ales. Our one local brewery holding down the island (for now), you can easily walk there from downtown if you don’t want to move your car. Only a 15 minute walk from our central Plaza, you will have an awesome selection of world class IPA’s, blondes, malty porters, reds, and any other awesome creations the brewers might be thinking up. A comfortable and relaxing taproom with 2 separate outdoor spaces gives you plenty of seating choices, and feel free to go right next door and grab a few Osprey Tacos(opens in a new tab) to bring back and pair with your brew.
We love Bog Brewing because they are always pushing our palettes to new heights making some of the funkiest beers in town. Located in the Historic West King Street District, just across US 1 from downtown, be ready to stay for a while because you will want to try everything! The draft list features seasonally influenced Belgian, German and American-Farmhouse style ales. Head Brewer and Co-Owner Steve leverages his years of experience in the craft beer scene as well as his travels overseas to inform and inspire the beers he creates. Visitors can enjoy a unique selection of seasonal beers, like the Smoked Datil Ale, brewed with locally sourced hot peppers, or the Saison Blanc, a saison aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels for 11 months. Make sure to pop out back and visit another local favorite, the Tacos My Blessing(opens in a new tab) food truck!
Just outside of St. Augustine….
Next time you head south, make sure to check out the awesome Moonrise Brewing located in European Village. Palm Coast’s first brewery also has a full kitchen, so make sure to visit on Taco Tuesday, Burger Wednesday, or on weekends for some incredible brunch specials!
If you head to Palatka don’t miss this newie-but-a-goodie! You can stop in to Azalea City Brewing Company for a break while biking on the Palatka-to-St. Augustine or Palatka-to-Lake Butler trails, kayaking or fishing on the Ocklawaha River or Dunns Creek, or hiking in Etoniah State Forest or Ravine Gardens State Park.

Ron, a former Naval Flight Officer, organized a motley group of military veterans sharing an enthusiastic desire for producing and enjoying premium craft beer and formed Veterans United Craft Brewery in 2013. They are proud to count themselves as one of the largest microbreweries headquartered in Jacksonville, and the first packaging operation on the Southside.

Southern Swells Brewing Co. opened in January 2017 and has been dedicated to consistently producing high quality craft beers while providing an inviting and friendly taproom experience. Located in Jacksonville Beach, Southern Swells is a craft brewery and taproom focused on New-England IPAs, Heavily Fruited Sours, Imperial Stouts and Mixed-Fermentation.

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