It’s always something with three daughters.
I understand that sentence can be taken a myriad of ways, but the ‘3 Daughters’ that I’m speaking to is the brewery in St. Pete and the ‘always something’ it refers to is the fact that there’s always something good going on whenever we visit.
They have the beer down, obviously. The cider game is going pretty well. And their seltzers are starting to pick up a lot of steam.
So naturally, they went for wine.
This doesn’t mean that they have a vineyard, and you can’t pick up bottles just yet, but what they do have on tap right now are sangrias. There are two varieties at the present time, a red one and the white one pictured below. And it’s an excellent sangria, light and sweet and fruity, but not nearly as astringent as some wines and wine drinks tend to get. It’s very much like one of their fruit-forward ciders.
I kept to the beer. One of the new beers they had on tap was Central Avenue Light Pale Ale (Pale Ale, 4.2% ABV), an homage to the main artery through St. Pete that lies merely a few blocks away.
As a pale, it hits every single mark it needs to. It’s got a light and sharp malt bill, while being surprisingly low on the Hops. It tends to be a little citrusy (yay!) and nice and buoyant, perfect drinking for the hot summer afternoons we have to endure.
Later, we got a flight of the ciders that they are really pushing forward with and having a lot of fun making. Key Lime Mango (Cider, 5.5% ABV) is big and fruity. You’ve got bold, tart notes from the key lime that is blended nicely with the sweetness from the mango. You can definitely taste both in ample amounts blended in with the apple cider.
Cucumber Lemon (Cider, 5.5% ABV) was amazingly refreshing, a big favorite of both my wife and I. I would love to see this be a canned release in conjunction with the key lime cider they are well known for and their new rose cider cans. That cucumber is amazingly refreshing, and the lemon gives a light tartness. So what you end up with is one of the most refreshing ciders I’ve ever had. Not necessarily overly sweet, and the Cucumber brings so many things to the cider that it is a lot more dimensional than what I ever expected it to be.
I’ve had the Semi Dry Apple (Cider, 7% ABV) before, and it is exactly what it says that it is. Not too sweet, not too tart, and very easily approachable by anyone who is afraid of drinking straight apple juice.
It was the Peach Jalapeno (Cider, 5.5% ABV) that I was very shocked by. We were expecting this to be an excessively warm and way too spicy cider, but what we got was something that was so expertly controlled and so amazingly rich and developed, that I would easily have this again.
Thinking of peach salsa is a great place to start, because it’s got a juicy sweetness from the peaches and just a touch of the jalapeno heat. It is not excessive, it’s not in your face, it delivers just enough heat to make the cider interesting, but not so much to be aggressive. I was really impressed with how this one turned out and I could easily have more of it.
If that wasn’t enough, they’re doing food now, too. Remember, their Head Brewer Ty was a chef, and developed the recipe for what would eventually become Beach Blonde Ale.
They have a kitchen owned by them on site. Remarkably enough, there is even a kids menu. From that menu, the wieners wrapped in puff pastry were a particular favorite. Of my daughter, I can’t eat her food.
I’m lying. They were good.
They also had mac and cheese for the mac and cheese-loving-kid crowd (my daughter), but this was mac and beer cheese and had a great deep flavor to it that I would readily enjoy over Kraft dinner any day.
Another thing they had that my wife is a huge fan of is Tuna Poke. It’s not something that you would ordinarily see on a food truck, and if this were any other food truck, I probably wouldn’t have ordered it. But this was a 3 Daughters food truck and I had absolutely zero concern.
This was the correct choice, since it was amazing. The marinade, with just a touch of soy a touch upon to maybe a hint of Wasabi somewhere in there, was amazingly fragrant and incredibly tasty when combined with what was a very fresh, very lean perfect cut of tuna.
Being a brewery, I also had to go for their soft pretzel, which came with both whole grain beer mustard and some more of that beer cheese that my daughter got with her hot dogs. It’s difficult to try to figure out which one was better, since they were both amazing and I am always a big fan of all things mustard.
But that’s the thing, I know that when I go to 3 Daughters, there’s a lot that’s going to be new, and it’s all going to be good. It’s just a question of what they’re going to come up with next.
At this point, if they start distilling, I would not be surprised.
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