St. Augustine Distillery appoints new general manager


The St. Augustine Distillery has appointed Matt Stevens as general manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility, including tour operations, the distillery’s on-site retail gift shop and guest experience.

“We are excited to welcome Matt to our team,” said Philip McDaniel, co-founder and CEO of St. Augustine Distillery. “His management experience and knowledge of the hospitality industry coupled with a vibrant passion for our community is the perfect recipe for success.”

Born and raised in St. Augustine, Stevens spent seven years in management roles at Momentum Aviation Group in Tucson, Arizona, and six years as manager of A1A Ale Works in downtown St. Augustine. His responsibilities at the distillery will include all tour and retail operations to enhance the experience of the 150,000 guests who visit the distillery each year.

“I join an already passionate team of 45 employees who have helped build this company from the ground up,” said Stevens. “When you focus on team building and creative thinking within a passionate group of people, the sky’s the limit.”

St. Augustine Distillery is housed in the historic FP&L Ice Plant, which dates back to 1907. The facility produces bourbon, rum, gin and vodka on-site and is a contributing building to the Historic Lincolnville Neighborhood, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The company has hosted over 500,000 visitors since opening in March 2014 and was recently named “Florida Whiskey of the Year” by Whisky Advocate. To learn more about St. Augustine Distillery, visit To take a virtual tour, visit