A1A Ale Works in St. Augustine is no longer a brewery.
The popular restaurant on King Street at the base of the Bridge of Lions stopped serving its own beer in January, switching to a 24-tap system that features a rotating selection of beers.
The restaurant isn’t going anywhere, though, just changing, said Miranda Brooks, a representative of ownership group CraftWorks Restaurants &Breweries.
“While we are no longer brewing beer on-site, we are remaining in our same great location and will be continuing our tradition of serving chef-inspired American fare,” Brooks said in an email to The St. Augustine Record.
There have been rumors that the property owners, the White family, were not going to renew the lease with A1A. But that’s not true, said Jennifer White, who operates The White Room special events venue in the same building.
“A1A has a current lease and as far as I know they are staying,” White said in an email.
The White family, which also owns O.C. White’s across the street from A1A, is busy with the renovation of the former Santa Maria restaurant.
They purchased the bayfront property and are planning a new restaurant there.
For those missing the unique beer offerings at A1A, there are two relatively new microbreweries in the city – Bog Brewing and Old Coast Ales.
And there is Ancient City Brewing off State Road 16.
Dog Rose Brewing, owned by 16-year A1A brewmaster Doug Murr, will open at 77 Bridge St., site of the former Absolute Americana Art Gallery.
There’s no firm opening date as Murr just left A1A this week.
With A1A as the lone microbrewery in town for many years, Murr has seen tastes change a lot in his time in St. Augustine. He said people are demanding more choices now.
“I’ve been able to watch the whole craft beer movement grow,” he said. “Ten years ago, I had to arm wrestle somebody to try my light lager instead of a Budweiser. And [now] the same guy’s coming in: ‘What’s your hoppiest beer?’”