Ancient City Brewing has some big plans for 2017, with a new taproom location in downtown St. Augustine and a long-awaited canning line to distribute their beer into new markets. I recently spoke to owner Greg Tuttle about the brewery’s new updates and plans for the future.
Hey Greg. So give us some more info on the taproom, when will it be open, where is it located, what will it feature?
Zachary Sweat, good to be with you buddy! Congrats on your recent engagement, you’re a lucky man! The new Taproom is going to be open in the next couple weeks at 18 Cathedral Place in downtown St. Augustine. We’re right in the thick of it all with A1A Ale Works, Centro and Cellar 6 across the street, Tradewinds and Harry’s right around the corner and our adjacent neighbor is a cool little bluesy/jazzy spot called Tempo. We’ll have our core brands on tap year-round along with a couple rotating taps with new ACB beers that our brewing staff have been thinking up and are ready to get out there.
Thanks for the kind words, it’s about time! What is the main purpose for opening the taproom? Why choose that location?
Our production facility is located west of town out by the Outlet Malls, and we love that location. We have plenty of space to grow our distribution, and we have a solid customer base in the taproom there — really great group of regulars that are in all the time. One of the biggest wants that we’ve heard over the last couple years from the other side of St. Augustine, is that we need a space in the heart of town for the downtown crowd to grab a pint. So, here we are opening up on the Square right in the middle of the action.
What sort of beers will you guys have there? What else?
We’ll keep on brewing our core brands, Matanzas River Red, Galleon’s Golden, Ponce’s Pale and Augustine’s Orange to name a few. Along with those, our brewers have a long list of additional lines their ready to get into the rotation.
How was the process for getting approval of the location?
The approval process for the downtown taproom wasn’t difficult. The city of St. Augustine has welcomed us with open arms to downtown — everyone has been great to work with over there. Big thanks to the planning and zoning board, the building department and really the entire city staff!
What’s the plan for the existing location?
The production facility isn’t going anywhere. That’s where we started, and we all love it out there. We’ve just added five new tanks into the fold that will give us the ability to increase our output significantly. We have some additional equipment coming in the near future that’ll help us with economies of scale but in the meantime were focused on keeping our cooler full with a stable of solid brands.
Can you tell me more about the upcoming can distribution? Where can people get them and when?
Well, cans are definitely coming. We picked up our canning line about a month ago and the first order of cans has been placed. It’s going take us a minute to get that sucker dialed in but once we do we’ll try and have as much package in the market as we can brew. Starting out, we’ll release them at the production facility, but it won’t be long before we’re in restaurants and on store shelves, hopefully all over North Florida.
Any other big plans for Ancient City in the near future?
We’ve got a lot in the hopper right now. I think we’ll try and execute our current plans and see where they take us. Something big could be on the horizon, you never know …