St. Augustine Distillery wins 2018 Drammie Award for ‘Best Whiskey Distillery Tour’ in North America


St. Augustine Distillery was named "Best Whiskey Distillery Tour in North America" at the 2018 Drammie Awards.

The local distillery was one of over 300 nominations for 25 award categories voted on by more than 2,000 people from around the world. Philip McDaniel, the co-founder and CEO of St. Augustine Distillery, said he was “completely overjoyed, honored and flattered” to win the award.

"I'm just so incredibly grateful to all our staff who have worked so hard to continue to get better each and every day,” he said. “They were the heart and soul of winning this award, everyone in the company really, so I'm overjoyed and incredibly grateful. While we’ve been fortunate to win numerous medals for our spirits and the historic preservation of our home, this award is perhaps the most rewarding since it was voted on by the world’s leading whiskey enthusiasts.”

Founded in 2012 by contributing editor Kevin Erskine, the Drammie Awards heap praise and accolades on top distilleries around the world. In 2017, Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace Distillery won the same award and in 2016, the winner was Maker’s Mark.

"Since opening in March of 2014, we've hosted over 600,000 visitors, sampled more than 2 million cocktails and have received more 5-star TripAdvisor reviews than any distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail,” said McDaniel. “Recently, our Port Finished Bourbon won the Platinum Medal – Best in Class for the 2017 SIP Awards, the only international spirits competition that includes consumers as judges. This award is another milestone in the extraordinary growth of our young company. We could not be more proud of our team.”

The St. Augustine Distillery is open seven days a week with gift shop hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tour hours from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Distillery tours are free, include a free tasting and begin every half-hour. For more information, call (904) 825-4962 or visit