Ah, the Treasure Coast.
I do love it so, as it’s the perfect mix of quiet places and culturally exciting activities. It’s on the Atlantic coast of the state, below the Space Coast and north of what is traditionally thought of as South Florida.
It’s starting to get a lot of breweries there, especially in some of the hot spots such as Vero Beach, Sebastian, and, in this case, my beloved Fort Pierce.
Fort Pierce is a great little place, with some really interesting museums, and more than a couple restaurants that I love going to. It’s also got some of my favorite beaches in Florida, being quiet and untouched by massive throngs of tourists. The most you’ll get is a train of horses coming by with riders on them.
It was nicknamed the Sunrise City, owing to its great location to watch the sun, well, rise. And it was that name that inspired that are local darling Sailfish Brewing to make Sunrise City IPA (IPA, 7% ABV, 77 IBU).
Much like Fort Pierce itself, Sunrise City IPA is smooth and readily enjoyable by a wide variety of people. It uses Pale Wheat, Munich, and Cara Pils malts to give it a great, bright golden color. From there, it was hopped with Columbus, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops, then dry-hopped again with Simcoe and Mosaic powder.
While that sounds like a very intense hop bill, it ended up being very easy. Yes there are alpha acids present, but it will not be an aggressive brew to consume. Instead, it’s nice and bright and very approachable, like a sunrise on the beach.
The best part about it is the fact that I actually found it distributed in cans, a couple hours away from its Fort Pierce birthplace. Such is the nice thing about Sailfish and their new, much bigger brewing facility. And that brewing facility is smack dab in the middle of downtown Fort Pierce, one of the many reasons why I hardly recommend everybody to go visit Sunrise City.
You can go to the beach there, just not my beach. I like to keep it nice and quiet.
Drink Florida Craft,