Augusta Brewing Company

109 West Main Street
Washington, MO 63090


The original Augusta Brewing Company was opened in 1889 at 13th and Fenwick streets in downtown Augusta and was Georgia's first brewery. Its first beer, Belle of Georgia, was an instant success. The brewery's product line grew rapidly in a market with few - if any - regional competitors. Other beers included Dixie, Extra Lager and Belle of Carolina "export quality" beer, as well as soda waters, colas and ginger ales. 

Prohibition came to Augusta on May 1, 1916, however, and the prosperous home of Belle of Georgia beer eased toward an uncertain fate. The company changed its name to Augusta Ice & Beverage and replaced its quality brew with nonalcoholic "near beer" in hopes of staying solvent. By March 6, 1921, the company announced its bankruptcy. The Augusta Brewing Company buildings were demolished in 1964. 

The Current Augusta Brewing Company & Beer Garden is a small microbrewery nestled in the hills of Augusta Wine County of Missouri. Steve Neukomm owns the Augusta Brewing Company & Beer Garden. In 1999 Steve purchased the assets of Heartland Brewing Company that began production of New Harvest Beers in 1997. Soon after the purchase, in June of 2000, Steve Neukomm purchased in Augusta the property that is now the home of the Beer Garden.

April of 2010 Steve Neukomm sold Augusta Brewing and Beer Garden to Jeri and Terry Heisler, owners of John G's Bierdeck in Washington and longtime Augusta Brewing customers.

At the beginning of 2012 renovations of Droege grocery store on Main St. in Washington to move the brewing operations in and open a new Taproom. On July 13, 2012 John G's Taproom opened. By November of the same year the new brewing system was fully installed and production brewing began at the new location.

John Witte began brewing at Augusta 2005 and helped open Square One brewery with Steve Neukomm the following year(2006).

Shawn Herrin was brought onto the Augusta/Square One brewing family in early 2009. That summer Shawn was given the Head brewing duties at Augusta and John ran the Square One brewery.

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