On March 4, 2016, brothers Steve Mendoza and John French quietly opened Bog Brewing Company on West King St. just off of US 1 and downtown St. Augustine (see pre-opening story). The brothers opened the 3.5 barrel brewery and tap room in a building that housed a former drugstore and pawn shop with the intention of bringing a neighborhood brewery to the area. Over the course of the first year in its young existence, they have done just that. Walk into Bog Brewing anytime, and guests are immediately made to feel welcome while enjoying a glass of house-made craft beer (and, yes, this writer speaks from experience).
Since its opening day 2016, the brewery has brewed more than 30 different types of beers, served on its ten rotating taps. Signature beers include the brewery’s Cream Ale, Amber Rye, Session IPA, IPA and Chipotle Porter. In addition, the brewery serves up a few very creative beers, such as the Smoked Datil Cream Ale. One of this writer’s favorite Bog beers is the Oatmeal Coffee Stout, made with local coffee beans.
On Saturday, March 4, 2017, Bog Brewing celebrates its One-Year Anniversary in grand style, as it releases its first bottled beer, a limited edition Anniversary Ale, available in 22 oz. bottles. The special beer is a barrel-aged combination of Barleywine and Belgian Brown styles, with a deep ruby color, a vibrant bourbon aroma, and an “assertive, yet balanced” bitterness, according to a statement by the brewery.
The public is invited to stop by the brewery on March 4, beginning at noon, to meet co-owners/brewers Steve and John. Pie 95 food truck will serve wood-fired pizza starting at 12:30pm.
Bog Brewing, or simply “The Bog,” as it is called, serves only craft beers brewed on site, along with wine. Patrons may purchase glass growlers of Bog beer in quart and half-gallon sizes. The tap room is family and pet-friendly, and the venue also features a beach-like picnic area (complete with sand) at the back of the tap room. Food trucks are on site regularly.
Bog Brewing is located at 218 West King St., St. Augustine, and is open six days a week, beginning at 4pm on Tuesday-Thursday and at noon, Friday thru Sunday.
Congratulations, Bog Brewing!
Linda Johnson, Certified Cicerone®
(cover photo by Linda Johnson, April 2016)