I have a special place in my heart for Ft. Pierce. It’s a wonderful little town with some really good restaurants, a couple of fantastic museums, and some nice beaches. In fact, one of those beaches is where my wife and I always go, and where I proposed to her.
But I had always assumed that there was no way to find a good craft beer in Ft. Pierce. Well, I certainly was wrong, since my wife and I (after a trip to the beach, of course) visited Sailfish Brewing. Coincidentally, our visit was almost exactly 2 years since it opened.
And, much like Ft. Pierce, it’s wonderful.
Sailfish Brewing is built out of an old house. Two, to be exact. There’s the house containing the actual brewing equipment, which is off limits unless you have a tour. And right across the porch is the other house, containing the taps and seating. There’s live music on the weekends as well; they’ll be in the tap room.
Since they’ve been chugging along for some time now, and the head brewer has (according to him) a great staff making beer, Sailfish has a nice, constantly rotating, selection of homegrown beers to choose from.
So I got a flight and a soda for my wife and we went out to the back patio area to relax. I would like to thank Sailfish Brewing for having a nice selection of non-alcoholic drinks, by the way. My wife is pregnant (yay!), and having choices to drink makes it more welcoming for her to go to breweries. Sailfish is also very welcoming of children, especially in the back area. It’s something a lot of breweries do, but I would hope more do. Thank you, Sailfish.
So the back patio is HUGE, and extensive. It’s a lot of fun, with fire pits, benches, hammocks, and plenty of space. Plenty. And we managed to go at just the right time for some awesome shots of the beers.
How were the beers? Fantastic.
White Marlin Wit (Witbier, 5.5% ABV, 17 IBU) seems to be their signature beer. It’s almost always on tap, and they do a lot of treatments. It’s very classic, with a light, crisp flavor and a very clean finish on the palate. Excellent.
Pelagic Pale Ale (American Pale Ale) is a moderately hoppy pale ale. It still has a bitter kick and a big nose of citrus, especially grapefruit. It’s a moderate drinker, and sessionable for hot days.
Schooly Red (Red Ale, 7.5% ABV) is a hop-forward amber ale. Yes, it has a big malty sweetness and a light caramel bouquet you can smell, but the hops are more prominent here. It’s definitely the more aggressive of the two amber ales I had there.
Tag and Release (Red Ale, 5.5% ABV) is a malt forward amber ale, and one I was very impressed by. There’s almost a honey aroma to the beer, followed by a big caramel sweetness that lingers nicely. It’s fantastically balanced, and I can see this being a great beer after a long afternoon.
I am really happy I was able to finally head to Sailfish Brewing. And yes, I will be back.
Probably to head to one of those hammocks.
Drink Florida Craft,