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St. Augustine Distillery has announced the appointment of Matt Stevens as General Manager. Drawing on more than a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, Stevens is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations at the facility including tour operations, the distillery's on-site retail gift shop and guest experience.
"We are excited to welcome Matt to our team," said Philip McDaniel, co-founder and CEO of St. Augustine Distillery. "His management experience and knowledge of the hospitality industry coupled with a vibrant passion for our community is the perfect recipe for success."
Born and raised in St. Augustine, Stevens spent seven years in management roles at Momentum Aviation Group in Tucson, Ariz. and six years as manager of A1A Ale works, a popular restaurant in downtown St. Augustine. His responsibilities will include all tour and retail operations while enhancing the experience of the 150,000 guests who visit the distillery each year. "I join an already passionate team of 45 employees who have helped build this company from the ground up," said Stevens. "When you focus on team building and creative thinking within a passionate group of people, the sky's the limit."
St. Augustine Distillery, a family-owned and operated company, is housed in the historic FP&L Ice Plant, which dates back to 1907. After a multi-million dollar renovation in 2011, the St. Augustine Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rum, gin and vodka on-site. The Distillery is a contributing building to the Historic Lincolnville Neighborhood, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Noted as the most visited craft distillery in the USA, the company has hosted over 500,000 visitors since opening in March of 2014 and was recently named "Florida Whiskey of the Year" by Whisky Advocate. St. Augustine Distillery has also garnered more than 50 awards for its broad range of ultra-premium spirits. To learn more about St. Augustine Distillery, visit here.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – St. Augustine Distillery has been named Best Craft Gin Distillery in the United States in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. It was one of 20 distilleries from around the country nominated by a panel of industry experts including Brian Christensen from Artisan Spirit Magazine and Olivier Ward from Gin Foundry.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (August 24, 2016) – St. Augustine Distillery is proud to announce the official release date of its eagerly awaited Florida Double Cask Bourbon, the first bourbon to be put into barrel in the State of Florida since Prohibition. Florida Double Cask Bourbon will be available at the distillery’s gift shop on Friday, September 9th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and select retailers, bars and restaurants shortly after.
St. Augustine Distillery and Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center have teamed up for a MLK Day fundraiser to help the museum renovate their historic building on Martin Luther King Avenue in the Lincolnville neighborhood of downtown St. Augustine.
In partnership with the Florida Power and Light Company (FPL), the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce are helping more businesses twinkle with holiday lights in the wake of Hurricane Irma. St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights runs from Saturday, November 18 until Wednesday, January 31, and attracts international visitors, shoppers and locals to the historic downtown St. Augustine area.