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St. Augustine Distillery Company, 112 Riberia St.

The St. Augustine Distillery Company, which opened in February, offers farm-to-bottle spirits in small batches. The business collaborative is a group of St. Augustine residents who have come together to create a high-quality craft product by using locally grown sugar cane, wheat, corn and citrus by sourcing from area farming partners.

Bottles of Florida cane vodka are currently available, with whiskey, rum and gin to be offered in the future.

The distillery is housed in the historic Florida Power & Light Ice Plant built in 1907 in Lincolnville, a St. Augustine neighborhood that is on the National Register of Historic Places. The ice plant was the first of its kind to make commercial block ice in Florida more than 100 years ago.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free tours are continuous and include a tasting. Guests enter into a small museum that shows Florida farming and distilling history through a collection of photos, documents and antique bottling equipment. Next, visitors view an 8-minute film that gives a glimpse of the farmers who supply produce, distillery business partners and sugar cane harvesting. Next, guests can see the huge stills where the spirits are made, followed by a tasting. Visitors can purchase a bottle of vodka and other souvenirs such as shakers, flasks and mugs.

For information, go to staugustinedistillery.com or call 904-825-4962.

The distillery shares the building with The Ice Plant, a restaurant and bar that specializes in creating cocktails. Its mission: “To return to the craft of ice harvesting by freezing purified water in large blocks. Our bartenders make drinks colder and with precisely the desired amount of dilution.”

A customer is served at the bar in the Ice Plant
Cesar Diaz serves a hand-crafted beverage to a customer at the bar in the Ice Plant.

Ice Plant hours are 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily, with dinner served each night. Call 904-829-6553 or go to iceplantbar.com.

San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St.

Vinters White wine
A bottle of Vinters White wine, San Sebastian Winery’s second most popular bottle is for sale in the gift shop.

San Sebastian Winery opened in 1996 in Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railway Building, just a few blocks from downtown St. Augustine. Although the grapes are mostly grown at an 80-vineyard in Clermont, all the wines are made on site in the Ancient City.

The winery staff creates table, sparkling and dessert wines from hybrid and muscadine grapes.

Wines include Blanc De Fleur (sweet, sparkling); Blanc Du Bois, Castillo Red, Cream Sherry, Port, Reserva, Rosa, Vintners White and Vintners Red.

Complimentary tours and tastings are offered daily about every 25 minutes during regular hours. Tours last about 45 minutes. Reservations are not required, with the exception of groups of 25 or larger. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The last tour is offered at about 5 p.m. daily. After a short audio-visual presentation, guests can take a guided walking tour of the 18,000-square-foot wine production facility. Participants will learn details about the 5,000-gallon stainless steel tanks where the wine is fermented and stored prior to bottling. After visiting the Barrel Room where the Port is stored, guests are treated to a wine tasting experience.

Participants will learn about the five “S’s” of wine tasting — see, smell, swirl, sip and savor.

A wine shop features San Sebastian wines, wine accessories and gift items such as linens, glassware, cooking items and gourmet foods. Private labels and gift baskets also are available.

Open Friday through Sunday, The Cellar Upstairs, located on the rooftop of the winery building, offers live music by local bands and musicians, along with wine, beer and appetizers.

For information, go to sansebastianwinery.com or call 904-826-1594.

A1A Ale Works, 1 King St.

Although A1A Ale Works is a full-service restaurant located across the street from St. Augustine’s bayfront, the location also brews beers on site.

King Street Light Lager, Porpoise Point I.P.A., Bridge of Lions Brown Ale, Red Brick Ale and A.Strange Stout are served to customers daily. Seasonal beers also are offered.

Guests can order a tasting flight to sample five or six beers.

The best place to dine is upstairs on the outdoor balcony, with a view of the Bridge of Lions and the bayfront. Seafood, chicken, steaks and other items feature a variety of Caribbean, Cuban and Florida influences.

For information, go to a1aaleworks.com or call 904-829-2977.

Bartender serves customer
Bartender Sara Chimento serves up a pint at Mile Marker Brewing.

Mile Marker Brewing,  3420 Agricultural Center Drive

Mile Marker Brewing is the only full-scale commercial brewery in America’s oldest city. Mile Marker produces, markets and sells a full line of microbrewed beers in a building on Agricultural Center Drive.

The business opened in October 2011 and beers are currently being distributed by Burkhardt Distributing in the St. Augustine and Jacksonville areas.

Five beers are created including Mile Marker Zero Blonde Ale; Mile Marker 1565 (Ancient City Red Ale); Mile Marker 82 Islamorada IPA; Mile Marker 1513 (Pecan de Leon Nut Brown Ale); and Mile Marker 70 (Palm Beach Coconut Porter).

Locations serving the beer include Café Eleven, Hurricane Patty’s, Florida Cracker Café, Cellar 6, JP Henley’s, Scarlett O’Hara’s, World Famous Oasis, Ann O’Malley’s, Cruisers Grill, Rendezvous Wine & Food, Santa Maria Lounge, Spy International Cuisine, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, World Golf Village Resort, Local Heroes Café, Puccinni’s Pizzeria, Serenata Beach Club, Mojo Old City BBQ, The Floridian, Hurricane Grill and Wines, Kingfish Grill, San Sebastian Winery, Aunt Kate’s, Cap’s on the Water, Coquinea Beach Surf Club, Ripe Bistro, Stogie’s Cigar Emporium and the White Lion.

Tap room hours are 4 p.m. to close Tuesday and Wednesday; 1 p.m. to close Thursday and Friday; and noon to close Saturday and Sunday. For information, go to milemarkerbrewing.com or call 904-217-4294.

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