Premier Beverage Co. recently announced an exclusive agreement with St. Augustine Distillery to distribute and market its super-premium line of craft spirits. This agreement will give Premier Beverage both on-premise and retail distribution rights for St. Augustine’s portfolio of locally sourced and produced products throughout the state of Florida.
The first cases of product, which include artisanal vodka, gin, bourbon and rum made from locally farmed ingredients, will be ready for shipping this spring; statewide distribution is expected in early summer.
“We are excited to partner with St. Augustine Distillery, says Eric Pfeil executive VP of Premier. "Our extensive and effective distribution network at Premier coupled with St. Augustine’s unique, hand-crafted spirits will offer consumers around the state the opportunity to experience quality products while at the same time supporting local businesses.”
St. Augustine Distillery has set-up operations in its namesake city’s last remaining ice manufacturing plant (built in 1919). The plant was restored by distillery owners to house their manufacturing operations, barrel and bottling facilities, and a museum.
“St. Augustine Distillery is proud to partner with the remarkable team at Premier, one of the largest distributors of wines, spirits and other beverages in Florida," says Philip McDaniel, president and CEO of St. Augustine Distillery. "The country’s growing taste for super-premium, hand-crafted, small batch production is driving record sales of these innovative U.S. spirits. We are confident that strong consumer interest in our bourbon, the first to ever be produced in Florida, as well as our botanical vodka, Florida-style gin, and agricultural-style rum, will grow and we’re ready to diversify our production to meet this growing demand.”