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Showing posts with label St. Augustine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label St. Augustine. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Rose by the Name of Dog Rose Brewing to Open in St. Augustine

Dog Rose Brewing, St. Augustine
(photo by Linda Johnson)
"Handcrafted." That's the word Doug Murr uses to describe his new brewery, Dog Rose Brewing Co., as it moves toward opening later this summer in the historic Lincolnville area of downtown St. Augustine. While still undergoing construction, the brewery is all about attention to details and giving brewery guests the experience and beers that they want. The beer, the bar, the tables - all handcrafted - says Doug.  



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

That's a First: Bog Brewing Company To Celebrate First Anniversary March 4 With First Bottle Release

[UPDATE, 2/26/2017:  The Anniversary Ale referenced below will be subject to a two-bottle limit, at $15 each. Sales of bottles will begin at the back door of the tap room on March 4, 2017.  Cheers!]



On March 4, 2016, brothers Steve Mendoza and John French quietly opened Bog Brewing Company on West King St. just off of US 1 and downtown St. Augustine (see pre-opening story from this site here).  The brothers opened the 3.5 barrel brewery and tap room in a building that housed a former drugstore and a pawn shop with the intention of bringing a neighborhood brewery to the area. Over the course of the first year in its young existence, they have done just that. Walk into Bog Brewing anytime, and guests are immediately made to feel welcome while enjoying a glass of house-made craft beer (and, yes, this writer speaks from experience).  

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Old Coast Ales, St. Augustine, Set to Share the Beer on Opening Day, February 1

For Jon Boisclair and Matt Hooker, the past three-plus years of planning, building and crafting their local, community-inspired brewery are about to give way to the reality of opening their doors to the public. 

On January 30, Old Coast Ales, 300 Anastasia Blvd., held a "soft opening" preview night and will make it official on Wednesday, February 1, when the long-awaited Opening Day finally arrives. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Old Coast Ales: Riding Into St. Augustine on a Bicycle Built for Brew

[Ed. Note: I am thrilled to have been the first writer and site to publish a preview story about Old Coast Ales.  The new brewery held a soft opening on January 30,2017, and will open to the public on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.]

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. 


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Opening Day in St. Augustine: Bog Brewing Company

It may be Spring Training elsewhere in the Sunshine State, but yesterday, St. Augustine witnessed its own Opening Day: Bog Brewing Company officially opened its doors to the public. Serving up six original house craft beers, owners Steve Mendoza, John France and Jeffery Hayes unlocked the front door at 218 West King St. to guests already waiting to be among the first customers to sample their beers. With a soft opening scheduled for noon, Steve let those folks in a few minutes early, and the steady stream of well-wishers continued throughout the day. I arrived shortly before 4pm, and I found the place humming with guests at the bar and tables. If you haven’t heard about the newest addition to the local North Florida brewery scene, take a look at my earlier story from a couple of weeks ago, where I got a sneak peek before opening day.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Shhhhh! ..... Bog Brewing Company Ready to Open in St. Augustine

EDITOR'S NOTE: OPENING DAY IS FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 12pm
See also: my follow-up story from March 5
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Quietly, over on West King St. in St. Augustine, just west of the US 1/King St. intersection which leads to downtown, three guys who love beer have been hard at work converting a building which previously housed a former pawn shop and an old drugstore/soda shop into a craft brewery and community tap room. 

From the outside, you may not have noticed much going on at 218 W. King St., but inside, the transformation is just about complete, and within the next couple of weeks or so, you'll be able to visit and taste the small batch brews crafted by Bog Brewing Company



Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!



Merry Christmas, Everyone!

May your pint glasses, steins and mugs be full of Christmas cheer!

Thank you!


Peace, Love, Pints®

Linda

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It Was Cookin' at Brewz n Dawgz' First Beer Dinner with Cigar City Brewing

When I first found out a couple of months ago about the first Beer Dinner being planned at Brewz n Dawgz in St. Augustine (December 22), I was intrigued.  After all, how does a menu featuring brats/hot dogs offer the culinary variety and flair usually associated with these pairings?  As I saw the food menu come together, my interest was further piqued (not to mention that it really sounded good). And, then I got the lowdown from owner Roger Lim on the beer menu (exclusive, I might add).  Nothing like a new place hosting its first beer dinner with some creative brews from the most recognizable craft brewery in the state of Florida, Cigar City Brewing.  







Monday, November 30, 2015

Now Twinkling and Dazzling in St. Augustine: Nights of Lights!

'Tis the Season..... for lots of things, including the acclaimed "Nights of Lights" celebration in Downtown St. Augustine.  On Nov. 21, the downtown came alive with the illumination of 3 million+ tiny white lights and a dazzling Christmas tree in the Plaza. After some early rain, the ponchos came off.  A few thousand other folks also witnessed the holiday spectacular.  I worked my way through the crowd right there in front of the tree. Check out one of my YouTube videos here:


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Twinkle, Twinkle.... Hey, Lighten Up! St. Augustine Switches on Nights of Lights Nov. 21 (From the Perspective of A Holiday-Frenzied Local Beer Blogger)

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I'm a bit festive, especially at this time of year. I'm the the midst of Holiday decorating at my house, and there haven't been any casualties involving ladders, snowmen, reindeer or Santas.  The Pilgrims and turkeys are getting along nicely with the elves and string lights waiting patiently in the background for their turn to shine.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

St. Augustine Distillery Releases Rum Discovery Series Sept. 3

It's St. Augustine's 450th Birthday, and celebrations abound in the city from Sept. 4-8.  As I walked around the downtown yesterday, stages were being prepped, yellow-and-red buntings were draped on buildings, and the tour trolleys were humming along.  What better time to visit the St. Augustine Distillery Co.  It appears that quite a few others had the same thought, as the distillery hosted a steady stream of visitors. 


Friday, August 28, 2015

A Happy First for First Magnitude Brewing

It was more than a one-day party!
Well, I can't believe it's been a year already!  First Magnitude Brewing Company celebrated its First Anniversary last Saturday, August 22, and I had this one marked on the calendar for a while.  It's a pretty easy drive from North Florida to Gainesville, and it wasn't too tough of a decision to make this trip.  After all, they're some pretty cool people over there, the brewery and tap room provide a fun environment, and I knew that they were putting together an awesome tap list to complement their very tasty core beers (Siren Blonde Ale, 72 Pale Ale, Drift English Mild Ale, Ursa IPA).

Back in April, I made the drive to Gainesville for my third annual visit to Hogtown Craft Beer Fest (see blog post here).  Being that First Magnitude was the new brewery kid in Gainesville, there was no doubt that I would also include a stop there. I was really glad I did -- check out my initial blog post here



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....





Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fill 'er Up at Obi's Fillin' Station on the Beach

Cue the Beach Boys, Dino the Dinosaur, Happy Days, and Grease.  They say "enter empty, leave full" ... and, trust me, you will.  Get your appetites revved up and cruise on over to Obi's Fillin' Station, now open on A1A Beach Blvd. at St. Augustine Beach.....





Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ready to "Flip Flop Til You Drop"?

Walk it or ride it.  Enjoy food and drink specials. Support local St. Augustine Beach businesses.  And, last but not least, support a local charity.  Grab your special t-shirt -- then put your creative touches on it -- put on your flip-flops, and get ready to "Flip Flop Til You Drop"!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hey, How Was Your Weekend? Part 2: Race to the Taste and Taste of St. Augustine


Mother Nature was smiling on the St. Augustine Amphitheatre last Saturday, April 25, for the 19th Annual Taste of St. Augustine. Not only is this a gastronomic food fest which featured over 30 local food and beverage vendors, the event kicked off with the Race to the Taste 5kI participated in the 5k, and then proceeded to check out some of the flavorful and beautifully presented food items.  I almost felt like I needed another 5k!  Two live bands rocked the fest attendees during the afternoon, and restaurants vied for awards. All in all, it was a fun day at a fun venue. 

The event, a fundraiser for Epic Behavioral Healthcare, was first held in the downtown Plaza, then moved to Francis Field, and has been held in the Amphitheatre since the venue was renovated about 9 years ago.  According to Theresa Andrews, the Director of Development for Epic, and the coordinator of the event, this year's Taste featured a slightly re-vamped layout, which utilized additional space in the upper level grassy areas and overall provided a more "spread out" scheme to allow attendees to wander around more easily.  I thought the set-up was friendly, and this was no small feat, in view of the Alan Jackson concert the night before. Volunteers began working on tent setup on Thursday, and everything else was done on Saturday morning.  The food vendors began arriving between 8:30-10am, and the event was ready to go!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

There's Too Much Going On!

OK, so it's Tuesday afternoon, and you're already thinking about the weekend? Well, why not, there are plenty of things going on! Check out some of these events:


Monday, March 16, 2015

Slainte!: St. Patrick's Day and Life Thereafter in St. Augustine

Hey, St. Augustine, so you survived Celtic Fest this past weekend.  I had a fun time out there yesterday selling beverage tokens and listening to Irish music. 

You get one day to recover (except for you really hard-core Irish party animals who probably haven't stopped yet).  There's a lot of Irish going on in St. Augustine, so get your green derby, shamrocks, and whatever else green you can put on your body, and check out some of these Irish shindigs. Whether you're talkin' Guinness, Murphy's, Smithwick's (do you know how to pronouce that, by the way), or Harp (and I hear there's something called Jameson), there's somethin' for ya in town on this March 17, whether you're hoisting a green beer or not.  Of course, I'd recommend at least an Irish Stout! Here are a few places that will be partying like leprechauns with a pot of gold:


Saturday, December 20, 2014

100 Taps Overlooking Downtown St. Augustine: Henley's Steak and Seafood Opens


You probably heard about it, as it had been in the works since Summer.  The new Henley's  Steak and Seafood is now open in downtown St. Augustine, upstairs at the corner of St. George and Hypolita Streets. It's the sister to the J.P.Henley's pub on Marine Street (which, as you know [especially if you read my posts], has 70 taps, along with wine, and salads and sandwiches). 


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jax to St. Augustine, 10-19-2013: A Day of Beer Fests

A Five-Year Anniversary and an Oktoberfest: Could've Used A Helicopter in NE Fla

Five Years for Bold City Brewery in Jax
What better reason to head over to Bold City Brewery than for its Five-Year Anniversary Party? Unbelievably, I had not visited this brewery before.  That was evident when I got a bit turned around and ended up further west.  When I passed European Street Market (which had an Oktoberfest of its own going on, with a German band and really cool hat giveaways), I figured it was time to bring out Google Maps.  A short while later, I made it to the brewery warehouse building, situated along some railroad tracks. Doesn't matter what it looks like, it's what they do that's important.  And, that's making beer. I like a number of the Bold City Brewery beers, but my favorite is Killer Whale Cream Ale. And, look who's looking over the whole place!