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Published on March 3rd, 2015 | by Alastair Gilmour

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We get around don’t we?

A few months ago, regular reader Brian Burgess sent us a selfie displaying Cheers outside the famous Alamo fort in Texas. He also spent some time in Florida where he did much the same, this time in the A1A Aleworks brewpub in St Augustine in the company of head brewer Doug Murr.

Brian says: “ St Augustine is known as the oldest city in the US (or more correctly, the oldest continuously-occupied European-established settlement). It was founded in September 1565 by Pedro Menendez de Avile.

“There’s a pub here – thankfully there are several – called the A1A Aleworks which stands on the Bridge of Lions which crosses the Matanzas River from Anastasia Island and carries the old A1A road which runs up the east of Florida. It’s where the pub and brewery gets its name. There’s only draught keg beer brewed on the premises, so no Bud, or Miller, or Coors.

“While in the pub I got to talking – as you do – to Doug and I told him about Cheers magazine and he said he had heard of it and agreed to let me into the brewery for a photo.

“Everything in the brewery is visible from the bar and in the photo we’re standing above the copper mash tuns. The fermenting vessels are to our left.

“The beers available were King Street Light Lager (3.6% abv), Red Brick Ale (5.4% abv), Porpoise Point IPA (6.0% abv), White IPA (5.4% abv), Belgian Wit (4.0% abv) and my personal favourite, the dark and malty Bridge of Lions Brown (5.2% abv).”

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