A1A Aleworks

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1 King Street
Saint Augustine, Florida, 32084
United States

(904) 829-2977 | map

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 56
Photo of StevenMilligan
1.93/5  rDev -45.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 3

We had the worst experience here. I'm not sure if it was an isolated incident, but our waiter was extremely inept. Failed to actual bring us the beers we ordered. Instead the food was brought out some 20 minutes later by a different employee. The waiter never did mention the beers we ordered. Food was OK. The interior of the place is cool, with some partial walls housing fish tanks, and outdoor seating with views of the water and the Lion's Bridge. However, the service and extremely limited beer selection make this place a huge a PASS in my book. They had 4 beers on tap, no guest beers, and after asking questions about the beers I was never offered a sample. It did not have a brewery feel at all. I caught no glimpses of any brewing equipment, nor did the staff seem overly knowledgeable.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Slap in the middle of the touristy area of town, parking is difficult.
Seating is plentiful and a flight gets you all 7 of their brews on tap. The staff is quite helpful and friendly.
The seafood entree I ordered came with the worst hushpuppies I've ever had, dry, underseasoned, and overcooked. The amount of seafood was acceptable, at best, on top of a lot of fries. It filled my hollow belly but it wasn't really enjoyable.
The beer is solid if unimpressive, tailored to a middle-of-the-road crowd not the beer explorer. Overall, not a destination worth seeking out, for several reasons.

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Photo of mverity
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Great service, good atmosphere (busy since it is in the heart of St Augustine), beer was fair to good, food was quite good, only six of their own beers on tap.

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

a 2-level brewpub, with a smaller pub-like area downstairs and a larger, fancier section upstairs. 6 house beers on tap ranging from light lager to coffee brown to IPA. All were at least good (for style).

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Stumbled on this brew pub on my way thru A1A so I decided to stop. Clean place with a bar area, indoor and outdoor dining areas. Wait staff was ok, no complaints there. Food selection was ok, nothing special. They have six of their own beers on tap and also a selection of regular beers for those less adventurous. Five of the beers they brew are available year round and then one seasonal. Not a lot of info on the seasonals. Overall not a bad place to stop if your in the area, but don't go out of your way.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in on a day trip and had lunch and their brown ale. Decent mahi sandwich with a good selection of food. The food was a little pricey for what it was but not terrible. Had their own brews which all looked OK. The brown ale was different for the style but not bad. Right on the water, so the upstairs outside seating was nice. Stop in if you are there.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

We had lunch here not once but twice because we were so impressed.

The atmosphere was outstanding. We were seated outdoors on the corner overlooking the Spanish Fort and the Bridge of Lions. The server was there immediately with drink orders. I ordered a flight of their beers which came with the appetizers.

Perhaps I am more jaded now but the majority of their beers struck me as pretty average but solid. It was their specialty beers which impressed me. Abbaddon was a Strong Belgian Ale which went down very smooth. It definitely stood out.

Most impressive was the knowledge of the servers about the beers. When the flight came out she set them down on a guide and explained the properties of each beer very knowledgeably. It certainly paid off since I could see that they serve up a great deal of the flights.

The food was also impressive. It was the first time that my wife (not a beer fan) actually suggested that we go back the next day. We both saw numerous dishes we wanted to return for.

All in all a great experience. We dropped exactly what we would have dropped on a great meal here in our hometown.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

We were helping a friend move down to Florida from New York City and we stopped in St Augustine to check out the "oldest city in America". It's a pretty cheesy-touristy town, but fun nonetheless. A1A Aleworks is right by the water, with some good views from the ground-floor bar and even better if you sit outside on the deck upstairs. But Florida is way too hot for that.

The main bar is rather small and a bit cramped, noisy and busy. Beautiful copper bar and six tap handles of the house beers. Sadly, the "Special Ale" was out, and so were the "Special Lager" and the IPA. That left us to choose between Brown, Red and Light Lager. Damn! Major disappointment. I had the brown, the wife had the red and that was it. Average beers. Perfectly inoffensive.

They had a cool alternative/indie band playing that was so good, though. Not the kind of crappy wannabe you get in many bars; these guys were the real deal! Sort of like Bob Dyland-meets-Coldplay-and-GN'R. Weird but cool.

There is an extensive food menu, but we had eaten somewhere else in town so it was beer only for us. It was a good time at A1A, no doubt, but just so average. Only three beers on tap? Ouch. And the crowd left a lot to be desired too... loud fat Floridians, pardon my French.

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Photo of yankeej13
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Since A1A Aleworks is St Augustines local brewery, and since I live in St Augustine figured I would do a write up of them. I do enjoy going in there from time to time to get drinks with friends. The place is usually quite packed with people enjoying drinks or going upstairs for dinner so it can get kinda crazy.

There beers are ok. Nothing to ride home to town about. I did enjoy one of their stouts that I have had. The bartenders are extremely busy in there so your really not going to get a complete chance to talk about all the beers. Have a better chance talking to one of the servers upstairs.

This is a cool place to check out if your ever in the area and I do recommend you check it our for dinner one night. You would not be disappointed.


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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I have to say I go here quite a bit with my family because it's great food, good beer, and all for a reasonable price. If you want to sit outside and watch the boats go by, this is the perfect place to do it. The service can be slow, but I never go there when I have to rush. To me, it's just a nice place to hang out for lunch and drink a cold one. They have their regular beers, but I always drink their seasonals and it never bad. I wouldn't say it's the BEST place I've ever been, but of course I go there every other time I'm in St. Augustine. Great brewpub, highly suggest for lunch!

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Photo of brewman63
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here for lunch one Friday afternoon while visiting relatives. Started out with the Summer Wheat which I think they just tapped the day before. It was okay but had a strange aftertaste. Maybe the line needed cleaned more before they connected it. Then I had the Red Ale and was more impressed with that. It has an interesting mixture of hoppiness like a pale ale and sweetness. It was much more refreshing than the wheat. The food was pretty good also. Had a couple of their daily specials and the lobster tacos as an appetizer. The lobster tacos were probably the best of any of the food. We ate downstairs which was good because upstairs there was a party going on and it was much warmer and noisier. Downstairs was quieter and more relaxed although the service was a little slow at times. It's in a nice location and probaly a fun place to go in the evening. I would stop again the next time I'm in town.

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Photo of Thiestru
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was the second brewery I ever visited, and the first brewpub.

My fiancee (then girlfriend) and I stopped in here last March while visiting St. Augustine, and I really enjoyed it. The service was rather slow, which was irritating, but the food was delicious, and the beer was solid. They had an IPA, a brown ale, a lager, and a few other styles, all of which I sampled, and the worst of them was still decent. It was around midday when we went, and we sat right at the bar, downstairs near windows, so the atmosphere would probably be better a) at night, or b) upstairs.

If you're ever in St. Augustine, be sure to stop in.

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Photo of DIM
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

My wife and I had dinner here new years eve and we were pretty impressed.

There is seating on two floors. The first floor is the main bar area while the dining room is upstairs. There is also a smaller bar and outside seating upstairs. We ate outside overlooking A1A and the water. The atmosphere was cozy, with lots of exposed wood and brick, plus a few aquariums.

Not surprisingly, the place was packed. We waited a reasonable 20 minutes before being seated and then enjoyed prompt, personable service. I had one of the dinner specials, a tasty blackened chicken pasta dish that could have used a bit more kick. My wife was very happy with her jumbulaya.

I had two beers. The stout was pretty good while the Porpise pale ale was pretty thin. I don't know anything about the local beer scene, so I don't know if there are better options. I'd come back for the food, but I wish they had more beer options than just the half dozen taps they offered.

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Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

A1A is an above average brewery in St. Augustine. They have five standard beers on tap plus a rotating brewers special. The beer was tasty, I just wish they had more variety. The winter bock was exceptional. The atmosphere is clean and woody. There is a small bar downstairs with several tvs. Upstairs, the atmosphere reminds me of spring, lots of white, cute tables, and several aquariums. There is a big open window and terrace seating that overlooks a bay. There was a nice mix of locals and tourists at the bar. The food was very good and very affordable. Lots of fish. I had lobster bisque, 1/2 a crab sandwich, and mashed potatoes for $10. My wife really enjoyed here veggie quesadilla. The service was knowledgeable and friendly. They were very accommodating for my vegetarian wife. St. Augustine has several good looking touristy bars. I would stop here for the food and grab a quick pint, but could not see myself spending a drinking night here due to lack of beer variety.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Located directly on the corner of King Street and Avenida Menendez in the Plaza Building at 1 King Street at the foot of the Bridge of Lions. Entering, a stairway up to the restaurant and banquet area was to the right. High tables and chairs lined the windows. The bowed, "U" shaped, copper-topped bar was right center with the FVs and the brewhouse visible behind glass. Doug was another highly enthusiastic brewer. Time to rethink those perceptions regarding both chains and Florida. Lunch was strawberry drizzle salmon and asparagus.

Beers: King St. Light Lager; Porpoise Point Pale Ale; A Strange Stout; Red Brick Ale; Bridge of Lions Brown Ale.
Seasonal - Summer Wheat.

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Photo of beertooth
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

I stopped by this place the last time I was in Florida visiting my mom.

It's a fairly large space with dining on the second floor and a bar and more dining space on the first floor.

This place was packed on the afternoon we stopped by, but we managed to get a table by the bar. There was a band playing in a small corner by the bar as well.

The draft selection was very limited to only a few offering. The house beers were boring and safe. An amber, brown, hefe, dry stout, and an IPA which was out.

I tried a stout which was just ok. I had samples of the rest and they all tasted watery, dusty, and mineraly. I was not impressed at all. It seemed that everyone was drinking the hefe with tons of orange and lemon slices.

We didn't try the food, but I wish we did because the menu looked interesting.

I will give this place another chance the next time I'm down there. I'd like to see if it's improved at all.

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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A1A Aleworks is one of my favorite restaurants to go in downtown St. Augustine. The food is very good, my recommendation would have to be the Bistro filet and crab stuffed shrimp. The service kind of depends on the day of the week. Friday and Saturday's expect to have a little slow service, but all in all it is exceptionally well. The atmosphere is very beautiful overlooking the bridge of lions. However, the construction does kind of ruin the image, but who is there for the image anyways.
On to the good part... The beer. A1A Aleworks has a excellent selection in beer. My favorites consist of: Red brick ale, brown ale, and of course the IPA. All there brews are brewed at the restaurant giving it the fresh taste from the brewing tanks. If you are wanting good food and good beer, A1A aleworks is a place you might want to stop at.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have been to A1A Aleworks on several occasions. It is about 45 mintes from my house, and I like to go there when I visit St. Augustine.

A1A is the only brewpub in St. Augustine. The food is excellent, the service is usually good, and the beers are always worth a try. I typically drink the Red Brick Ale, but have enjoyed all the in-house brews. The downstairs bar is made of copper and creates a cool vibe. It's right on the corner next to the Bridge of Lions, it's a cool place to hang out, sip a brew, grab a bite, and people watch.

Beers are usaully reasonable, ~$3 a pint. Food is reasonable for the quality, but expect to apy a bit more than your typically "pub". Apps range from $8-$15, dinners from $10-$20. You can do some lunch items for aroud $10.

This place it a must visit if you are in st. Augustine. JP Henley's is a must visit also (around the corner from A1A).

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A1A Aleworks is one of my favorite brew pubs to go to in all of St. Augustine. They have a wonderful selection of freshly brewed beers, seafood, and steaks.

The atmosphere is excellent... you have the choice to sit inside or out on the balcony. Two different setting but all and all great. Inside is dim with many fish tanks full of salt water fish. The brew tanks show proudly behind the bar holding the fresh brews for all to try.

The quality and service is top notch... not much else to say. Excellent.

A great selection of seafoods and other delicious foods. My favorite is the bistro filet and crab stuffed shrimp. This is a stop that all St. Augustine visitors should make.

Note: New ipa is on tap.. very good!

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Photo of ridedammit
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

The first time I went to A1A (back in the 90's) I was impressed with their beer. Not sure if they got a new brewer or if they decided to go cheap, but my 2 visits since have been letdowns ( most recent visit was 2006).

The brewpub is located right across from the Bridge of Lions, so its a centerpiece of downtown SA. If you are sitting on the balcony you get great views of the intercoastal and the plaza.

The food is decent, especially the seafood offerings, but the beers seem to have become second fiddle to the "atmosphere" and food. Lots of tourists in this place. I am sure there are regulars but its mostly packed with people from somewhere else. this may be one of the reasons the beer has gone south. without a steady bunch of regulars there is no reason to experiment. Anyway, just guessing.

I am sure it will do a good business with the tourist crowd, but I hope they start to pay attention to the beer again.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Quality: The food is great. chef selected meals and everyone I was with liked their meals

Service: solid, everyone is helpful and good hospitality.

Selection: They have 5-6 micros beers on tap with some bottled macros

Food: great selection with a floridian touch, not your average pub food.

I highly recommend this place for all vistors. It's a great place to eat and a good place to hang out and try a local selection of beer. I really thnk they need to work on some of their beers though. Food defenitly shines here. Beers are not horrible though.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I stopped by A1A Aleworks twice in a recent visit to St. Augustine. Once for lunch, and once in the evening for dinner. This brewpub is located on the corner of King Street just before you get to the Bridge of Lions.

There are two floors to this establishment. The downstairs is the bar area with large televisions on during the day and a small band playing one of the nights I was there. The upstairs is the main seating for the dining room. There is an balcony outside with tables that provides a very nice view of the intercoastal waters.

When I visited, there were 5 beers that were regulars to the menu (Light Lager, Pale Ale, English Brown, Red Brick and a Stout). There was also a Winter Seasonal on-tap which was a Porter. The Light Lager and Pale Ale were both pretty average beers at most. The English Brown was a pretty solid brew and the Red Brick Ale, Stout and Holiday Porter were all enjoyable as well. None of the beers are absolutely to die for, but there are a few very drinkable ales that are enjoyable.

The service is pretty average, I never received any poor service or any over the top service either. The food was definitely one of the highlights. On our lunch visit, we got two appetizers (Crab Fondue and the Blue Crab and Artichoke Dip) which were both phenomenal. I would definitely recommend the Artichoke dip. On the second visit for dinner, I ordered the Blackened Mahi Mahi sandwich which was a pretty decent sandwich as well.

The food is a little pricey but everything I ordered was worth the price. You can purchase a beer sampler which allows you to sample all 5 of their beers plus the one seasonal brew in 3 or 4oz samples for just under 6 dollars.

Overall, I would recommend A1A Aleworks for some good beer and solid food. Sit outside on the balcony to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather and the great view.

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Photo of azorie
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Its located in a great spot except for the parking which sucks. Same old Gordon B beers, but not done as well. I been here since it opened about 6 times, and always liked some of the food, but the beer is just average to poor. Great views on the patio upstairs, and if the weather is pleasant its great, but go inside if its 85F plus or under 60F. Its part of the chain of 7b and rag time is in. its not a bad stop the strange stout is decent and we go when there is a band of some sorts. Just not much to do in this area if you don't play golf and don't have a boat. Bars are it. As music lovers we go to anyplace if the music is good. I always rate these places low on selection because they only have BMC bottles and of course there 3 to 6 beers on tap, if there NOT out. Service is all over the place also. its a tourist town so prices reflect that.

First visit was 1999, last was Nov 2008

last Visit September 2009, sat a t bar beer was decent for the small selection the October fest was decent, service was well good for sitting at the bar.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

This place in St Augustine is extremely centrally located and right on A1A near the Bridge of Lions. Two stories with the bottom looking a bit like a chain steakhouse. The upstairs is a bit more open, but somewhat awkwardly laid out. There is a nice balcony with tables along it and the building overall is very nice, although the atmosphere is a bit corporate. Service was adequete, and the food was decent if unremarkable pub food with some decent salads as well on the menu. The beer tranges from poor to decent. My wife thought it all tasted a bit sulphurous, and while the stout and pale ale are decent, the Hefeweizen was not. If you are on vacation in the area its worth stopping once to check out, but its not someplace I will make a regular stop.

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Photo of mullenite
2.29/5  rDev -35.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2

Tried this place out based on the reviews on BA, I was severely disappointed. They only offer their beers on tap and BMC bottles, aside from the standards listed on their website they also had a Belgian honey wit and an Oktoberfest.

I decided to go with the Oktoberfest after the honey wit was described as being "like Blue Moon" and being put off by an obviously inaccurate description.

The beer was poured with about 5" of head that was then poured out and refilled. This was general practice for every beer poured while we were there including the samples they offered.

The beer itself was my least favorite that I've tried of the style, it was similar to the Hacker-Pschorr offering but had a nutty smoky flavor to it that did not work with the beer at all. The malts tasted, for a lack of better description, cheap. Like Bud made an Oktoberfest.

Overall I was not impressed with this location and won't be returning.

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