almost everyone in st. augustine is now familiar with the ice plant, a new bar in town. if you’re not, go check it out because it’s quite the experience! as you enter the building you feel as though you’ve stepped back into the 1920’s; the original architecture, dim light, industrial decor, and vintage attire takes you back. the food is locally sourced and handmade, just like old times, and the greatest part is that the liquor is distilled right below the bar.
the st. augustine distillery just opened! their goal is to distill whiskey, gin, rum, vodka and bourbon made from locally grown products. so far they have bottled vodka and barreled bourbon. all the ingredients come from a local farm and the scraps are returned to the farm to feed the animals – bringing it full circle.
the most exciting part (at least for me) is that i got to be apart of their work! they wanted an illustration of fransisco, the main sugar cane farmer, to put on their vodka label. i was hired to sketch fransisco and the sugar cane that he’s standing in front of. my artwork was incorporated into the label, which was created by another local artist, jared swafford. it was a fun job, and it’s neat to have my artwork represented on such a great product! after going to one of their tours, we couldn’t help but buy a few bottles for gifts and keepsakes! i recommend going on the tour!
photo by still55 photography.