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St. Augustine Distillery's Tour & Tasting is a Winning Combination in the Nation's Oldest City By Sharon Kurtz


avvy travelers are continually ferreting out authentic new and unique experiences. If that describes you, St. Augustine, Florida, is a destination that should be high on your list. If your travel plans always seem to include ferreting out distillery tours and discovering new cocktail bars, then you are not alone. If you are a small-batch spirit devotee, then the St. Augustine Distillery offers a respite to enjoy and savor a few pleasurable and tasty hours.

A new style of Florida tourism. St. Augustine Distillery, established in 2013, is part of a new generation of American craft distillers. The quality comes through both in the taste and in the story of how this small family-owned distillery has become the newest, best attraction in the Nation’s Oldest City. Locally owned and community founded, the artisanal spirits distillery is in historic downtown St. Augustine within a beautifully restored ice plant from the turn of


the century.

#1 Whiskey Tour in North America The #1 Whiskey tour in North America, the distillery's free tour and tasting, much like a wellbalanced cocktail, blends education and entertainment for guests of all ages. The distillery's passion for sustainability and community shines through every step of its process. They utilize Florida's legendary agriculture, including citrus, sugar cane, corn, and wheat sourced from local farmers, and transform them into some of the country's most sought-after craft spirits. The tour starts in the small museum, then passes through the distillery to a tasting room, finally ending up in the gift store. Each tour takes 45 minutes but leave more time for enjoying the