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Friday, July 31, 2015

Hey, Have You Heard?....Brewz |n| Dawgz Is Now Open in St. Augustine......

Ok, I've known about it for a few months, and I have to admit that I was "stalking" the opening of this place (in a good way).  But, hey, it's a craft beer bar, with some really legit ownership, so, of course, I was waiting...and waiting....



And, then, last Friday, BrewzNDawgz had its "soft opening." WooHoo! Of course, I was there! And, I've been back again since then.  Actually, the place already has its core of "regulars," and there's that "first name" feeling that is so welcoming!

So, what's the big deal?  Let's start with the ownership. You know Roger, the "beertender" extraordinaire from J.P. Henley's in downtown St. Augustine. Yep, this is his place...along with co-owner Samantha (who just happens to be Roger's wife, and from what I hear is quite the foodie).  Also in the mix are managers Cara from Cafe 11 (which, as you know from my social media posts, is one of my favorite Happy Hour places to grab a beer on the Beach), Tony (from No Name Bar, another cool place), and kitchen manager Krystopher (already serving up some great plates). 

Then, there's the beer: 24 taps of all-Florida craft beer. 


I see some favorites, already!  Florida beer. 




And, this is a well-thought-out selection, too, which offers a variety of styles sure to please every taste: cider, lager, weiss, red, IPA, double IPA, stout. I really like the focus on local Florida beer, because there are so many good ones out there! You'll find local from Jacksonville, of course, in addition to quality brews from Gainesville, Tampa and points south. I've been to many of these breweries!



But, that's not all. Sing it now:  "99 bottles of beer on the wall......". 



Actually, they're in the cooler, so take your pick.  Drink all 99 of 'em, and you get your name on the wall. Ask for the 99 Bottles Card. Just a warning-- I've already started my list. The first 50 are already set for you (those are the ones that are required drinking), but you get to be a little creative with the remaining 49!  Who's gonna be the first one on the wall?  Just a little friendly competition!

There's food here, too. BrewzNDawgz strives to use organic and non-GMO food products, free from hormones, antibiotics and nitrites/nitrates, from humane farms.   That said, check out some of the current menu items: organic chips with organic and farm-fresh toppings; cheese sampler plate; and vegetarian chili.  Then, there are the "dawgz":  Cuban Dawg (pork brat on organic bun with organic Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles); Spicy Dragon Dawg (Italian beef sausage, with organic spicy jack cheese, jalapenos and ranch dressing; inspired by the Mammoglams Dragon Boat Racers in support of breast cancer); Slaw Dawg; Vegan Beer Brat (tofurky beer brat marinated in Full Sail Amber Ale, along with organic sauerkraut and mustard); and the Kiddie Pup (for kids). If you want a gluten-free bun, you can get that, too. 


Cuban Dawg... Loaded Chips ... Very tasty!  And, a beer!
I had the Cuban Dawg, and it was quite tasty.  The pressed bun was a nice touch, and the flavor of the dawg was perfect.   The ranch dipping sauce for the chips is delicious. 

More menu items are on the way, including organic fries, and burgers, and who knows what else. They're also doing a "Dawgz for Dogs" special, which will help support local pet rescue. 

Not a beer fan?  (Hey, I don't judge).  There are house wines, and specialty wines along with champagne splits. Soft drinks are also offered, including Sprecher Cream Soda. 



BrewzNDawgz is located at 1974 Highway US 1 South in St. Augustine (southeast corner of US 1 and Hwy 312). Seating is available at the bar and at tables, with a couple of tables outside.  There are a couple of TVs, and some board games, too. They're on Instagram and Twitter...and, they have been posting some very delicious photos of the dawgz, I must say. 

It's open 6 days a week (closed on Mondays), with Happy Hour from 2-6pm, and Hospitality Hour from 10 til close. For the first week, they've been opening at 2pm, but my understanding is that they'll be open for lunch at 11 am with an expanded menu starting next week, so check back. 

As you've probably figured out, you'll be seeing me around here... along with the other "regulars" who have already found this place.

And, lastly, BrewzNDawgz will be celebrating its Grand Opening on August 18, so stay tuned for more info on that... along with some other events and activities in the planning stages for the future. 

But, for the time being.... if you see someone studying the 99 Bottle Card, along with the Untappd list, that could be me.... 

Congratulations to BrewzNDawgz! And, now the dawgz are out of the bag.....

I'll see you out and about in Florida Somewhere!  In the meantime, if there's an event or place that you think I should know about, just let me know via email at brewnymph@comcast.net, or through the box on the website, www.brewnymph.com.  And, be sure to check out the website for reviews of places and events, and the "BeerSphere" tab for upcoming events that you can go to!  

Cheers!