St. Augustine Craft Brewers’ Fest gives back $13,000 to local nonprofits




St. Augustine’s second annual STA Brewers’ Fest was held May 8, 2021 at the beautiful Fountain of Youth Archeological Park. The sold-out event featured 29 craft regional breweries and 1,100 attendees, who enjoyed unlimited beer tastings, live music, local food trucks, face painting, and the exhibits at the Fountain of Youth, one of Florida’s oldest attractions.

Organizers of the STA Brewer’s Fest recently presented a donation of $11,500 to the nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, which provided volunteers for the event throughout the day. In addition, $1,500 was donated to Keepers of the Coast, a local nonprofit that provided a water refill station during the event.

“We are so grateful to the STA Brewers’ Fest and their amazing team for their support for our mission,” said Kathy Fleming, Executive Director of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. “This support makes a significant difference to our Educational Programs for all ages. And, we’ll put it all directly back to the mission.”

In addition to the regional brewers, four of St. Augustine’s breweries will be part of the event — Bog Brewing Company, Dog Rose Brewing Co., Ancient City Brewing and Old Coast Ales.

“You know what’s better than drinking beer? Giving away money! Because of our community sponsors and those who attended, we were able to donate $13,000 to our community,” said Courtney and Doug Murr, owners of Dog Rose Brewing Co. and organizers of the STA Brewers’ Fest. “Thank you to the St. Augustine Lighthouse for their incredible hard work, tireless volunteers and to the Keepers of the Coast for our clean beaches and keeping us hydrated all day. We love seeing happy faces coming together to share beer, music, and a beautiful spot all while supporting our community and local charities.”

What’s next? Festival organizers are establishing a nonprofit called Brewing a Community, with upcoming plans to include more events that give back to more local charities. The 2022 STA Brewers’ Fest is already planned at the same location.

“We were lucky enough to secure our spot at the Fountain of Youth for next year and after this year’s success, we think we can count on adding more breweries to the list and releasing more tickets,” Doug Murr said. “We think slow growth is key, so many people have come to us sharing how much they enjoy the size of the event and we want to stay true to that.”

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