Many of my Florida readers half-familiar with the wine selection will know the name San Sebastian. For those of you that aren’t, San Sebastian is a winery on King St., near the old town touristy section of St. Augustine.
Their wines (and the wines of their sister winery, Lakeridge Winery in Clermont) are made from native muscadine grapes. These grapes tend to be very sweet, so most of their wines tend to follow suit. They do have excellent ports and cream sherries, both of which are aged on the premises.
Upstairs, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, San Sebastian opens up their bar, The Cellar Upstairs. There’s usually live music, a nice view, a menu full of little nibbly things, and a lot of San Sebastian’s wine portfolio.
And beer. Oh, yes, there was beer.
The Cellar Upstairs had a lot of local beers on draft, which made me very happy. The beer I settled on, a nice Irish Red, can from a little farther away. St. Petersburg, to be exact. And a brewery called 3 Daughters Brewing.
The brewery was founded in St. Pete by Mike Harting. Brewing runs in the family, and the brewery contains bricks from the Lexington, KY brewery opened by Wilhelm Harting, a presumably distant relative. Or just an incredible coincidence? You decide (Or Mr. Harting can send me an email).
There’s a wide range of beers brewed by 3 Daughters. It seems, however, that the only one that got distributed to the Atlantic coast is their Irish Red. It’s a good, solid beer. Light hoppiness, light maltiness, big, rich flavor.
I’d like to get the chance to try more from 3 Daughters. Here’s to hoping they get to increase their distribution.
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