Later today St. Augustine, will welcome a new brewery to its mix of eclectic restaurants and watering holes. Bog Brewing will open at 218 West King Street across the street from St. Augustine Beer Brewing Solutions and just up the street from San Sebastian Winery.
Occupying a 1,600-square-foot space, the brewery and tap room aims to be a neighborhood hangout, but also to grab some of the burgeoning tourism traffic from the Historic District. Situated just a few blocks from the hustle and bustle of St. Augustine’s tourist hot spots should work in the budding brewery’s favor.
Steven Mendoza, John France and Jeffrey Hayes began renovating the space a year ago. Gone are the tacky linoleum and carpeted floors, stucco walls and outdated furniture. In are sleek polished concrete floors, exposed brick walls and a bar and furniture made from reclaimed Okeechobee wood. The center pieces of the room are the two copper brewing vessels and fermentation tanks. The changes make the room inviting with a rustic feel.
The brewery will operate on a new philosophy in the brewing world – rotating taps rather than a few core beers with specialty beers filling out the tap selection. Operating in this way makes it more likely that guests will be presented with new beers on each visit and encourage them to try different flavors and styles. To begin with the brewery will serve a Wheat Pale Ale, an IPA (single Pacific Jade Hop), a Cream Ale and a Smoked Chipotle Porter.
Doors open at Bog Brewing tonight at 12:00 p.m. and close at midnight. Normal business hours will be 4:00 p.m. to midnight Wednesday and Thursday, and 12 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.