In 2021, craft breweries continue to grow in popularity throughout the state of Florida, and St. Augustine is no exception. This year, the 2nd annual St. Augustine Craft Brewers Fest took place on May 8, 2021. This day-long festival celebrates local breweries by offering guests unlimited samples from the 20+ vendors. Local food trucks, musicians and family-friendly activities were also available during the event.
Some of the many sponsors of St. Augustin Craft Brewers Fest 2021 included the St. Augustin Distillery, the Sebastian Hotel, The Kookaburra coffee and ICEMULE Coolers.
We were invited to experience the festival by Florida’s Historic Coast. Here’s an inside look at St. Augustine Craft Brewers Fest 2021.
Inside Look: St. Augustine Craft Brewers Fest 2021
St. Augustine Craft Brewers Fest 2021 was held at Ponce De Leon’s Fountain of Youth historical attraction and archaeological park in St. Augustine, Florida. The spacious location is fully outdoors with an indoor VIP section available at an additional cost.
Ancient City Brewing — St. Augustine
Ancient City Brewing offers a Downtown Taproom in historic downtown St. Augustine and a Brewhouse located right off State Road 12. Each month, Ancient City Brewing also partners with a different local charity to give back to. You can also find some of their craft brews at over 500 different restaurants and bars across North Florida.
We sampled Ponce’s Pale Ale (pictured below). This craft beer was light and ideal for a warm and sunny Florida afternoon.
Rockpit Brewing — Orlando
You can find Rockpit Brewing in Orlando’s SoDo district. This local brewery is dog-friendly, family-friendly and releases new beer options every week. Rockpit prides itself on its extensive community of team members and customers.
At Rockpit, we were impressed by the Geschmack Yourself (Sour — Berliner Weisse) with our choice of mango syrup. Syrup option range from raspberry to peach, mango and more, allowing customers to customize and enjoy new beer experience every time.
Dog Rose Brewing Co. — St. Augustine
Another St. Augustine-based brewery, Dog Rose Brewing Co. is located in the historic St. Augustin neighborhood of Lincolnville. Whether you prefer ales, lagers, sours or IPA’s, Dog Rose Brewing Co. has a handcrafted brew perfect for you.
Our favorite beer from Dog Rose was the Lions Head Honey Sour, which featured delightful flavors of citrus and honey.
Moonrise Brewing Co. — Palm Coast
Moonrise Brewing Co. is a local brewery located just south of St. Augustine in Palm Coast, Florida. Moonrise offers fresh brewed craft beer as well as fresh, never frozen bar bites curated and prepared by the in-house chef.
Lemonstreet Brewing Company — Jacksonville
We also stopped by Lemonstreet Brewing Company at the brewers fest. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, Lemonstreet is a local neighborhood brewery focused on community, their Hispanic heritage and great flavor from locally sourced ingredients.
Funkadelic Food Truck
A St. Augustine favorite, Funkadelic Food Truck offers a delicious assortment of tasty eats from their Pork Belly Sticky Rice Bowl to the Lump Crab Grilled Cheese Sandwich. You can typically find Funkadelic Food at Marina Munch, a local St. Augustine food truck attraction located right on the water off of US-1.
We ordered the O.G. Grilled Cheese, which is made with avocado, provolone, pepper jelly and applewood smoked bacon, served on two tasty slices of asiago cheddar bread. It’s easily customizable for vegetarians by opting out of bacon like we did.
Another food truck available at the festival was El Agave Azul, which offered tasty Mexican street food and drinks. Some of their most popular dishes include the Tacos, Tostadas, Mexican Street Corn and Churros.
Live entertainment sets the tone for the St. Augustine Craft Brewers Fest, creating a relaxing and upbeat atmosphere. Bands present at the 2021 fest included Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizards, rickoLus, Not Quite Dead and Dewey Via.
St. Augustine Craft Brewers Fest offers tasty food, craft beverages and fun for the entire family. To learn more about the annual festival, visit StABrewersFest.com. For more information about St. Augustin and Florida’s Historic Coast, visit FloridasHistoricCoast.com.