Celebrate Father’s Day by visiting distilleries here in Florida. At these three locations, you can tour, taste, and learn about the process of distillation of dad’s favorite spirits, such as whiskey, rum, and more, all while learning how the product goes through the process of fermentation, distillation, and final product.
By MARIANA MEJIA
ST. AUGUSTINE DISTILLERY
St. Augustine, FL | staugustinedistillery.com
The St. Augustine Distillery is dedicated to producing world-class spirits using local agriculture. Their distillers work with farming partners throughout the state, and from their grains, they make our whiskey every day. The St. Augustine Distillery was established in 2013, which is part of a new generation of American craft distillers. They distill and bottle everything they sell, making sure that the spirits are just right before barreling and aging. Hand bottled by real people, who are passionate about showing not only what goes into each and every bottle, but also love to show the history and the making of the very best possible cocktails with our spirits. So come on by for a tour, make a purchase to give back to the community, and help local organizations each and every day.
NJOY SPIRITS DISTILLERY
Spring Hill, FL | njoyspirits.com
NJoy Spirits Distillery is a family-operated Florida whiskey distiller in the heart of the nature coast of Spring Hill. Owned by Natalie Goff and Kevin Goff, NJoy Spirits Distillery is the #1 non-GMO, organically-focused distillery, located inside the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. The NJoy Spirits Distillery is very proud of their Wild Buck Rye Whiskey, Mermaid Rum, and Ryes-In-Shine Moonshine because they have become a reality through many years of trial and error! Mermaid Rum started in 2016, made from grass like bamboo and sugarcane. A year later (2017), the Ryes-In-Shine Moonshine, which is basically the same as whisky, just unaged and higher proof, was released. Their products are smooth, bold, handmade, and bottled at 100 proof. A growing distillery that realizes that its patrons are the key to success!
SUGAR SAND DISTILLERY
Lake Placid, FL | sugarsanddistillery.com
Sugar Sand Distillery is an estate-grown sugarcane farm distillery that was opened in April 2018. Although this distillery originally began in 2017, founder Don Davies began experimenting with the processes of making mash, or rye and home distilling with sugarcane. This place is nestled in the middle of a 10-acre sugarcane farm. The Sugar Sand Distillery is a true farm-to-bottle operation, producing small batch rum, whiskey, vodka, limoncello, and moonshine. When he discovered a deep love for his process and finished product, he gave some to his friends and family and they all started to rave about it more and more, and so his market began to grow and the dream of the Sugar Sand Distillery was born. Sugar Sand Distillery, a one-of-a-kind Florida agritourism operation, promises to be a one-of-a-kind destination suitable for everyone.