distilleries

Angie’s Subs Owner Plans Distillery, Barbecue Joint To Join 40-Year-Old Restaurant

Jun 7, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

Edward Malin, owner of Angie’s Subs, plans to redevelop his property at 1436 Beach Blvd. which, if approved, could include a bourbon distillery and barbecue restaurant.

He is scheduled to present the plans Monday to the Jacksonville Beach Planning Commission.

Four Fathers Distillery owner Tim Daniels smelling a batch of his Black Copper Rum.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

A steam-boiler powered by new solar technology manufactured in Jacksonville is now being used to make whiskey, bourbon, vodka and rum at a local distillery.

This July brought changes to Florida’s craft distilling industry.  New laws loosened regulations to allow more flexibility in person-to-person sales.  But some distillers hope those changes are just the first step.

In a second floor office of a warehouse that used to produce electricity and store ice for St. Augustine’s, Phil McDaniel is rooting through a small cabinet.

“So this is,” he begins, “that’s some whiskey, you can see the color, I mean it’s amazing.” 

Anna Hamilton / WJCT News

For drinkers, good news from Tallahassee: Florida lawmakers have passed a bill granting more freedom to craft distilleries and breweries.

Small-scale beer and spirit producers are seeing more opportunities for growth and exposure.  

The St. Augustine Distillery occupies the bottom floor of a 1920s-era ice plant that once produced huge frozen slabs for shrimp boats and homes. Amid the steampunk-looking copper stills and barrels of aging bourbon, co-founder and Chief Financial Officer Mike Diaz says business has blossomed since its grand opening just over a year ago.