The wheels are in motion for Florida's newest brewery to open during Nights of Lights in the nation's Oldest City. Inspired by the St. Augustine community and a passion for brewing locally-made beer, Old Coast Ales is gearing up for an opening date by the end of 2016.
Co-owners Jon Boisclair and Matt Hooker have been seen around town sporting "Old Coast Ales" shirts and hats for over two years, as they worked their way through the arduous task of finding a property and building a brewery. There's now a light at the end of part one of their adventure, and the two are eagerly anticipating the next phase: sharing their handcrafted beers with the public in their brewery and tap room at 300 Anastasia Blvd., near the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine.
|Yes, really: On the way soon......|
In May 2015, they decided to set up shop at a former auto garage property, which the property owner intended to refurbish. I happened to be sipping on a beer at The Kookaburra coffee shop when an excited Matt stopped in with lease in hand.
The former garage at 300 Anastasia Blvd. circa May 2015
(photo by Old Coast Ales)
|The "after": The brewery and tap room sits on the right half;|
tenants for the left half are still in the works
(photos by Linda Johnson)
|The main entrance to Old Coast Ales tap room.|
|Outdoor patio, under roof. Won't this be an awesome spot|
for people watching along Anastasia Blvd.?
I visited with Jon and Matt at the still-under-construction-but-oh-so-getting-there brewery last week. Jon was building out the bar as we spoke, and later that night, had completed the framing. The space occupies roughly 1900 square feet, comprised of the brewhouse, bar area, and a lounge/game/brewery activity area. Plus, there's a pretty cool covered outdoor patio space accessible from the lounge area, which overlooks Anastasia Blvd. The tap room might be described as "industrial rustic," with hanging bronzed light fixtures and a cypress ceiling. Jon and Matt work in the trades (Jon in HVAC and Matt in painting), and they put the inside together themselves -- from the 150sf walk-in cooler, insulated with concrete and styrofoam, to the bar area. Take a look:
|Brand new brewhouse! (photos by Linda Johnson)|
|Fermenters and brite tank ... |
By the way: Yes, there's beer in there!
|Industrial meets rustic: |
cypress ceiling, hanging lights in tap room
The tap room will feature 12 taps at the end of the bar pouring beer directly from the walk-in cooler. Old Coast Ales will have its own house beers on tap when it opens for business. (They're just a bit busy right now.) And, yes, the fermenters are already full of beer -- a brown ale and a session IPA -- just waiting to be kegged and stored in that cooler. The brew schedule has an IPA and Porter being brewed in the upcoming week. The bar will seat around 8-10 guests, with a view of the brewhouse through a glass window. One wall will feature a "leaning bar" with a shelf for holding beer, and the tap room will also include tables. Here's how it's shaping up:
|Framing: Bar area just off the main entry. Overhanging lighting.|
Room with a brewhouse view through the large window.
(photos by Old Coast Ales)
|More progress! You're getting thirsty, very thirsty!|
|Old Coast Ales Porter: Looking forward to more of this one!|
(photo by Linda Johnson)
|The Old Coast Ales signature bike: "The Alcohauler"|
(photo from Old Coast Ales)