The Craft Breweries of Jacksonville

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A look into Northeast Florida's popular craft brewing industry.

Mile Marker Brewing
3420 Agricultural Center Dr
St Augustine, FL 32092
Phone:(904) 217-4294

Located in the historic city of St Augustine, Mile Marker is known for its unique beers that encompass the spirit of Florida: the beach, warm sunny days, and even Datil peppers—a flavorful native pepper.

“The concept of Mile Marker Brewing began in a basement in New Jersey in December 2008 (on National Repeal Day, in fact!). Over a couple of beers, the two co-founders Vance Joy and Mike Fierro came up with the whole idea. They brought in artist Mark Mueller to create the artwork and graphics, and then brought in long-time friend Dennis Grune to develop the brewery operations. The intention was to develop a brand that relates to the laid-back, fun, beachy lifestyle of Florida and the Florida Keys and tie that into beer.”

But brewing a great beer is just the first step of many. Many things, such as supplies, logistics, and distribution, still needed to be planned out. Vance, Mike, and Dennis formed a dynamic trio fit for tackling any problems they may face while getting their business running. Both Vance and Dennis had years of experience in homebrewing and Mike had experience with corporate beverage sales.

Being the only full-scale commercial craft brewery in St. Augustine is a big title to hold up to. Mile Marker aims to keep their roots grounded in the history of America’s oldest city. They work closely with many local organizations and donate their time to a large number of non-profit events. From golf tournaments to fundraisers, Mile Marker is there. And when they’re not out in the community showing their support, they are hosting events right in their home base. They’ve held events for Toys For Tots, Think Pink Motorcycle Ride, the World Golf Festival of Trees, and many more.

“We have hosted and donated to various motorcycle associations and hosted poker runs and stops. In December, we host a big fundraiser for a local food pantry, working with a great group of local musicians. For our last December fundraiser, we also donated to S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue… We receive so many requests, and we regret that we can’t do them all, but we really try to help out as much as we can.”

Mile Marker’s taproom has plenty of room for anyone looking to relax and enjoy one of their many craft brews; it’s the number one choice for many locals and tourists. They support patrons bringing their own food to the taproom, and even feature local food trucks outside. Local musicians perform every Saturday night—as well as every other Friday—and even feature cornhole tournaments. You can’t get more southern than joining in on a cornhole tournament and sipping on an Ancient City Red Ale.

A great way to keep up with Mile Marker’s numerous events is to look no further than their “Events” tab on their website. They also are constantly updating their Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram.

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