Whether you want to cool off after a hot day or enjoy a hot night out in St. Augustine, A1A Ale Works is a great spot for a house-made craft brew and “New World” cuisine to soak up all that “culture” in your system. On weekend nights, belly-up to the copper-topped bar downstairs and listen to a local band riffing in the tiny corner window.
“You’d be surprised, sometimes they’ll get a big ol’ band stuffed in there,” bartender Kirsten Bass said.
Light, airy, with lots of seating and ice-cold air conditioning, A1A has a menu that consists of “a fusion of culinary influences that flourished as a result of Columbus’ discoveries,” otherwise known as grilled seafood paella, lobster and shrimp tacos, white-chocolate sun-dried cherry bread pudding and more. And, of course, you can wash it down with a classic Red Brick Ale or King Street Light Lager.
A1A Ale Works is owned by Gordon Biersch (as are sister restaurants Seven Bridges and Ragtime).
After a hot, tropical day combing the streets of the Oldest City, you’ll appreciate the refreshing taste of a King Street Light Lager — it’s got enough flavor to appease any discerning palate. Of course, for fans of more robust beer, there’s Purpoise Point IPA, Bridge of Lions Brown Ale and A. Strange Stout, as well as seasonals like Belgian Wit.