We are a brand new business collaborative; a group of locals that share a dream. We wanted to bring the national movement of distilling super premium, small batch spirits to our community. And we want to do it better than anyone in the world. We knew that if we could bring some of the world’s best distilling experts here — the oldest and coolest small city in America — with access to locally grown sugar cane, wheat, corn, and citrus, we could develop a ﬁner quality spirit than just about any other place in the world. When we engage our farming partners to help preserve our heritage by growing crops unique to our region, we challenge the status quo of commercially produced spirits. In turn, we will provide greater choices to our friends and customers. And as we explore and develop new products, we will share them with everyone who wants to learn with us.
Locally Founded and Community Owned
We wanted to bring something special to St. Augustine; something that could take root and grow. Craft distilling was happening all over the country, but not in Florida. So we talked to some people and found they shared our vision. After 18 months (and a lot of coffees and lunches), 28 brave, beautiful local people signed on to help us build this dream. Three years later we are standing here together in this historic building, proudly taking our place in this city’s rich history.
A Passion for Spirits
We were fascinated with the idea of making craft spirits. Utilizing local ingredients to produce whiskey, rum, vodka and gin challenged the way we thought about a cocktail. Some of us have spent a signiﬁcant portion of our adult life in pursuit of the perfect adult drink – so we knew this could be fun. And so we did what we do best: talked to people. We talked to the smartest people in the industry we could ﬁnd. Farmers, distillers, engineers, bartenders, consumers—we talked to them all. Armed with great advise and insights, we designed and built what we think is the most beautiful and well-designed craft distillery in America. In these stills we are making some of the best spirits in the country.
Florida’s Oldest Ice Plant & Our Home
Finding a place big enough to house a distillery and convenient enough to allow folks to visit and learn what we were creating, was no small task. There was one building that had everything we needed: The Historic FP&L Ice Plant. Built as part of St. Augustine’s ﬁrst power and ice complex in 1907 (we have pictures from 1925 in the museum to show you), we have lovingly restored and brought her back into service so she can serve the community for the next century. The Ice Plant is a contributing building to the Lincolnville Neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places and was the ﬁrst of it’s kind to make commercial block ice in Florida over 100 years ago. Today, she is helping us make Florida’s ﬁrst bourbon and other ﬁne craft spirits. We love our new home and hope you will too.