St. Augustine Distillery has announced that it welcomed over 123,000 visitors in 2015 with March, July, and December being the busiest months. The craft distillery, which opened in 2014, is set to celebrate its two-year anniversary on Monday, March 7th.
“Craft distilleries are on the rise, and the St. Augustine Distillery is at the forefront of this exciting new industry. We believe that we hosted more visitors last year than any other craft distillery in the United States,” said Philip McDaniel, co-founder and CEO of St. Augustine Distillery. “Our mission is two-fold. We are producing high-quality spirits using the best regional ingredients, as well as creating an experience-based tour focused on education, passion, and a commitment to Florida’s agriculture.”
St. Augustine Distillery is currently ranked number one in attractions in St. Augustine on Trip Advisor and offers free tours and tastings seven days a week. Located in the historic Ice Plant building, the tour features a museum, short documentary, and first-hand look into the production of small-batch vodka, gin, rum and Florida’s first bourbon whiskey. Each tour ends with a sampling of the spirits and an opportunity to shop in their extensive gift shop.
“We look forward to a successful 2016, continuing to host visitors to St. Augustine while building our brand at bars, restaurants, and retailers in Florida, Georgia, and beyond,” said McDaniel. “Our bourbon will be released this fall, and we have some other exciting limited releases to unveil. Stay tuned.”