Mile Marker Brewing
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Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 116
Beer Avg: 3.64
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Aiptasia:
1/5 rDev -72.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | $
According to their website, Mile Marker Brewing opened it's doors in late October, 2011. I decided to visit this brewery during my lunch break at work on the hopes of finding a new after work beer spot and to laud on my blog site. It's not the easiest location to find, off of highway 16 & 208 in West St. Augustine (near the I-95 exit) on Agriculture drive. Once on agriculture drive, go way back around the curve and it'll be on your left hand side.
When I exited my car, I was assaulted by the loud drum & bass of a nightclub. Mile Marker takes up two stalls in a multi-warehouse complex.
When I walked in, the tasting room was completely empty, consisting of a small wooden bar, a wooden dance floor area with a neon painted mural on the floor, a corner nook with a grungy looking saltwater tank (clean it, you have a calcarious purple algae problem on your glass) and the ubiquitous black paint and purple annoyance of black lights. It looked like my old college dorm room threw up a double rainbow in there.
The brewery was unoccupied and sterile looking. I got a quick glimpse of four conical steel/copper fermenters and a pallet of bagged malts before I was surprised by a 20-something kid from behind the bar.
I was told by the young lady that they weren't open yet, even though the hours on their website said the tasting room opens Tuesday-Sunday at 1:00 pm to midnight. When I pointed this out, the young lady responded, "oh wow, what time is it?" When I filled her in, she announced that she'd be open by "oh 2:30, can you come back then?"
No. No, I cannot. Some of us work at real jobs for a living.
As I wasn't allowed to sample the product (of which there are a total of three beers), I can't offer a review of that. I can tell you that the atmosphere screams college. Good luck bridging that gap into the target craft beer demographic of St. Augustine with Ke$ha dominating your eardrums.
The quality of their beer remains unknown. The service is inept at best and lacks serious customer service at worst. The selection is miniscule, however if done right, they might be nice beers (I wouldn't know). There didn't appear to be any food and the only value lost was my time and effort.
If I see a single on the local brew store shelves, or a tap offering at a local brewpub, I might try it. I won't, however, re-visit the brewery.
11-22-2011 20:02:09 | More by Aiptasia
More User Reviews:
2.21/5 rDev -39.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$
I'm a local and I awaited the opening of Mile Marker for quite some time. The reason to go to any brewpub, number one, is the quality of the beer. I love brewpubs (I've been to over 100 different ones). I know it must be a hard business, but I believe that if you rate all brewpubs "above average" then you're doing a disservice to the really good ones.
If you like cornhole, ping pong, etc. then by all means, come here. However, of all the beer I've had at micros and brewpubs, these rate the worst. I've given them chances to get better -- the last chance was to go and refill a growler -- but the tap of the least offensive beer, an IPA, wasn't hooked up.
I'm not a troll -- I've got better things to do. But I do not understand some of the high opinions in the other reviews.
09-28-2013 00:27:04 | More by Libertarian
2.63/5 rDev -28.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
I visited Mile Marker a few months back on my way to Downtown St. Augustine. The location is a bit out of the way if you're on vacation and want to jump to a "Craft Brewery" for a beer in between Ripleys and a Pirate Museum. However, if you have a significant other who likes outlet malls, this is your place because it's located a quarter of a mile or so from one.
I went on a Friday afternoon around 3:00pm so I didn't expect a big crowd, however I didn't expect it to be empty either. The Brewery itself is part of a warehouse complex (as are many Micro Breweries). When we pulled up we were immediately greeted by what I came to understand were the "house pets," two very friendly dogs. The set up is an open air bay that exposes the brewery and has a small "stage," ping pong tables, corn hole sets, and a bunch of other outside activites that would be fun at a Tailgate in a college town (there is a college in St. Augustine [Flagler College], but they don't have anything worth tailgating for). Music was playing extremely loud, though there was no one outside listening to it. Upon entering the bar area, my eyes were shocked by having to adjust from the summer Florida sun to the dark painted walls and flourescent light coming from the fish tank. There was a smell of old beer (or urine) that immediately hit as well. The dark interior gives the room an extremely seedy feel. Oh, and by the way, the "house pets" are free to come and go inside and out as they please, so add that to the good smells. I love animals, (have two dogs of my own), but there are some places they don't need to be. Maybe that's knitpicking.
The service was good as the bartender was attentive (kind of had to be as I was the only person there for a bit). After about 15 minutes what seemed to be a small group of regulars (bartender knew their names) came in. This is the point that I started to get the feeling that I was in a dive bar masquerading as a craft brewery. The interaction between what I assumed were regulars/locals was crude, and led to some serious discomfort which was definitely noticable but not recognized or cared for as they continued the behavior.
The beer was OK. They had 8 beers on tap, 5 of their own, and 3 rotating taps with local Brews (Swamphead, Cigar City). I tried their Porter (it was decent, but not great), and the Brown Ale (it was about like the Porter, not hard to drink but not what I would call award-winning, though I don't think that's the goal of this brewery).
After visiting other similar size breweries (Swamphead) this really disappointed. The "dive bar" atmosphere sells well for some reason in Florida (Daytona Beach is full of them), but for a brewery it just doesn't work.
Maybe I went on a bad day. I could see the open air portion of the brewery being fun on a fall Saturday, but I can't imagine a lot of people are driving way out there to watch football and party like they're at the game.
All in all a disapointing experience
09-25-2013 17:32:14 | More by TomB
Mile Marker Brewing in St. Augustine, FL
86 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.