Food + Drink

A Toast!: St. Augustine Distillery Co.

  is relatively new in name, but their ethos, practices, and location have roots that reach far into the area’s past. The business operates with a tenacious sense of place, an exacting emphasis on quality, and a circuitous conscience that results in their distillers grains getting turned into soil or when they are fresh, fed to livestock. The concept is multifaceted and is one that is meeting the challenge of creating a celebrated entity among locals and a sought-after attraction for tourists. The only thing that , Co-Founder and CEO, talks about as glowingly as the distillery, is . “I …

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Relax In The Cool Breeze Of The Trade Winds

In 1946, two merchant seamen opened the in downtown St. Augustine. It reflected the rustic charm of the South Seas bars they frequented while sailing far from their Florida home. The lounge changed hands in 1954 and generations of the Leonard family have operated “the Oldest Lounge in the Oldest City” ever since. “My Aunt Betty was the first of the Leonards to own the lounge,” says owner  of Elizabeth Leonard Clark, who purchased the bar with husband Rex Clark. “I began working at the lounge for my mother on my 18th birthday in 1980, 35 years ago. Since her …

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Where to Eat in St. Augustine: A Taste of Florida

Sometimes Jacksonville folks end up touristing in St. Augustine, if only for a weekend or because the inevitable out-of-state relative makes it their vacation destination. And the question always comes up: where to eat? While places such as the Columbia or end up on every tourist’s list, there are a few places that you can try which make for a great visitor’s experience, but should be on your own list the next time you day-trip to the Oldest City. Everything on this list is on the casual side, so any tourist in flip-flops and ragged shorts can walk in without …

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Wear Your Wine: St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival

Last year’s featured five events in four days and had record attendance at each of its events. From the 300 percent increase in attendance at the Kick-Off Luncheon, to sold out crowds at each of the week’s events, it was great to see residents and visitors enjoying authentic Spanish food, wine, music and dance in a variety of formats. We hope to see you all, and many of your friends, in 2015. KICK-OFF LUNCHEON When: Wednesday, Sept 9, 2015 at 12pm to 1:30pm Venue: First Coast Technical College Cost: $25 advance ticket, no ticket sales at door The St. Augustine …

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Behind the Bookcase at Grape & Grain

The Parlour at Grape & Grain in San Marco

BY RYAN HICKEY If you walk through the well-lit charm of , past the bottles of Fernet Branca and the cooler of local beer, you’ll come to a large teak bookcase. Give it a hard shove, and it will reveal , a jazzy speakeasy with some of the best cocktails in town. It’s one of the better kept secrets in Jacksonville, and that adds to the élan and appeal of the place. Perhaps the secret is too well kept, as The Parlour recently reduced its hours of operation to three days a week. In response, bar manager decided to update …

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Hemming Park Beer Festival: Drinking Great Beer for a Great Cause

  and are presenting the inaugural at Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 6-9pm. This event is being held as a fundraiser to benefit the , a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Surprisingly, it will be the first major beer festival to be hosted in Hemming Park. While craft brews have played an important role in many of the events that have recently taken place there, beer has never been the primary feature of an outdoor festival in the park. With the inception of the Hemming Park Beer Festival, this omission has been rectified. The organizers will …

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The Real McCoy: Meehan’s Irish Pub and Eco Relics

Eco Relics, Meehan's Irish Pub, St. Augustine, architectural salvage, collectables, antiques

is no plastic paddy. A stone’s throw from might seem an unlikely place to find a traditional Irish pub, but Ireland traces its St. Augustine diaspora back to 1595, with the arrival of , an adventurer and soldier who had helped establish the lost colony of Roanoke with Sir Walter Raleigh a decade earlier. In 1597, from Limerick arrived in St. Augustine on a Spanish ship to serve as parish priest. If Father Arthur and Darby Glavin were alive today, they’d be sipping Bushmills at Meehan’s with Reggie and David, a couple of Ireland’s more recent arrivals now employed at …

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On The River: Raising a Ruckus for the St. Johns

  Every Saturday under the shade of the , the Riverside Arts Market brings thousands of people to our downtown waterfront for local produce, fresh food, artisan crafts, live music and entertainment. While the St. Johns River is a beautiful backdrop for all of these exciting weekend activities, the river itself is seldom used. The 200 ft. boat dock may get one or two visitors. The Water Taxi doesn’t stop here. Kayakers or swimmers aren’t usually seen passing by the waterfront amphitheater. Fishing isn’t allowed. The river isn’t as healthy as it could be. Algae blooms are so common now …

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Sbraga & Company to Open in Brooklyn Neighborhood This Fall

Kevin Sbraga, Sbraga & Company coming to 220 Riverside, Brooklyn, Jacksonville, FL

Sbraga Dining’s new restaurant will celebrate the harvest of the South July 30, 2015 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Celebrated chef is expanding his eponymous restaurant group to include , a new restaurant that will open this fall at in Jacksonville’s . The restaurant will offer shareable small plates and entrées, an innovative bar program, house-made breads, and a raw bar. 220 Riverside With approximately 50 percent of the menu dedicated to Southern crops and grains, the restaurant will showcase the versatility of regional ingredients and Sbraga’s passion for modern American culinary techniques. “The harvest of the South offers a bounty of …

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Our GIN Story – St. Augustine Distillery

St. Augustine Distillery, New World Gin & Tonic

Gin is meant to be mixed. Juniper and botanicals come to life in cocktails and add complexity.  This is why many cocktails call for gin. The simplest and most common gin cocktail is the GIN & TONIC, a cocktail with a RICH (literally) history.  Adding gin to tonic water originated in India in 1825. A concern for the health of British soldiers, colonial administrators, and families living in India required the British to consume rations of quinine in the form of Indian tonic water.  Quinine was used to fight the deadly disease malaria.  Of course, the British added gin to …

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