The long-awaited grand opening for Putnam County’s first microbrewery is on tap for Thanksgiving Day.
Azalea City Brewing Co., 120 S. Seventh St. in Palatka, plans to open its doors to the public 5-10 p.m. Thursday. It will also be open 3-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3-9 p.m. Sunday.
Owner Andrea Conover has spent more than two years renovating the former Coca-Cola building. A portion of the building will eventually be transformed into the brewery’s restaurant area.
Conover said outdoor seating will be available and there will be socially-distanced tables inside because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests are required to wear face coverings except when seated with their group or family at a table. Hand-sanitizing stations will also be available.
Conover said this month marks two-and-a-half years since she bought the building. She said she wants the brewery to be a “community gathering place and support things going on in the city.”
The interior of the brewery includes a mural of the St. Johns River.
“We appreciate the support and assistance for the past two and a half years while we’ve planned and built the brewery and taproom,” Conover said.
“We hope the local community supports us and we want to promote Putnam’s outdoor recreation to visitors as a tourist destination.”
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