St. Augustine Distillery creates award-winning whiskey, rum, gin, and vodka, and offers free tours and tastings to St. Augustine visitors in the unique setting of St. Augustine's former ice plant building.
The celebrated distillery was awarded "Best Whiskey Distillery Tour in North America" in the 2018 Drammie Awards. Their new, self-guided tour takes guests through a number of exhibits, including artifacts that reveal the fascinating history of Old Florida and the many ways in which the art of distilling spirits has changed — and not changed — over the years.
The tour emphasizes that St. Augustine Distillery specializes in farm-to-bottle spirits. They invite guests to enrich their experience at the distillery, by opting to purchase a bottle of St. Augustine's cask-strength, unfiltered bourbon — as well as the chance to cross into the production lines and fill, cork, seal, and label their own bottle.
Those who wish to shop in a more conventional manner will enjoy St. Augustine Distillery's retail store, which is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week.
The tour also explores the historical significance of the ice plant building, which was constructed in stages between 1905 and 1927. The structure now houses the working stills of the St. Augustine Distillery and its exhibit areas, as well as the popular Ice Plant Restaurant and Bar.
The St. Augustine Distillery's spirits have won numerous awards, including gold medals in the 2016 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2016 "Best Gin of the South" in Southern Living Food Awards, and the 2015 American Craft Spirits Association Competition.
In September 2016, USA Today named the St. Augustine Distillery the Best Craft Gin Distillery in the U.S. -- an amazing tribute to the high quality of the spirits produced here.
In addition to learning about the spirits made at the Distillery and the uses for the ice that was manufactured there in the past, visitors will learn about the importance of ice in crafting perfect cocktails.
The renovation of the historic ice plant building won the 2015 Regional Award for Excellence in Culture, Historic Preservation or Adaptive Use by the Northeast Florida Regional Council, as well as the 2014 Award for Excellence for the Reuse and Repurpose Sector by the Urban Land Institute of North Florida.
Self-guided tours at the St. Augustine Distillery are available between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Monday through Sunday.
The retail shop at the St. Augustine Distillery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday through Sunday.
The St. Augustine Distillery no longer rents their space for private parties, corporate events, and weddings.