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.