At the end of 2011, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Evan Benn reported that Augusta Brewing Company would be expanding their operations to include a new brewpub in Washington, Missouri. This brewpub would take the place of the former Droege’s Grocery Store which was located in downtown Washington.

Rehabbing a 19th century building obviously takes some time, but I’m happy to announce that beginning today, Tuesday, July 17th, the new John G.’s Taproom is now officially open to the public. Located at 109 West Main Street, John G.’s will feature nine Augusta beers on draft and two guest taps.

The only thing this brewpub doesn’t currently have is a brewery. Augusta’s head brewer Shawn Herrin is expecting the new brewing equipment to arrive mid-August which he hopes will bump their current production of 500bbls per year up considerably.

For some interesting photos of the build-out of the new location, be certain to check out the Rediscovering Washington blog. If you head out, let us know what you think in the comments or on the forums.