Florida Craft Brewery: Sailfish Brewing Company
Established: April 4th, 2013
Location: 407 N. 2nd Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Known For: The head brewer, Al Beltran, has a background as a chef and it shows in his creations. He uses that background to help mold different flavors together in his beers. One example of this is the Lionfish Pale Ale (my favorite offering of the day), which is brewed with jalapeno, cilantro, and lime.
Current Beer Menu: On top of the Lionfish Pale Ale there were seven other offerings from Sailfish and two guest taps available. After the Lionfish Pale Ale, my other two favorites were the Mutton Snapper Belgian which had a nice hop profile and the Sunrise City IPA, which is brewed with Florida Orange Blossom Honey and Florida Oranges. The remaining five offerings were Mullet Run Mild (English Mild Ale), Belgian Pale Ale (Session), Turbo Mutton Snapper Belgian (added plantains, star, anise, and turbinado sugar), Schooly Red (amber), and Sesión de Lupolo (session IPA). The guest taps consisted of Beach Blonde from 3 Daughters Brewing and Llama Mama Milk Stout from Darwin Brewing. Kombucha, craft soda and hop water are also available. You can see the semi-current tap list here.
Price Range: Flights consist of four 4oz pours for $7.00. Everything on the menu was available for either $5.00 or $6.00 and the menu typically doesn’t go any higher than $7.00. Both 32oz and 64oz growlers are available. A 32oz growler is $13.00 and the refill will run you $8.00. The 64oz growler is $26.00 and the refill will run you $16.00.
Wine Menu: Both red and white wines are available at $6.00 to $7.00 a glass for those looking to change it up a bit or who are accompanying their craft beer loving partner.
Food Menu: Sailfish allows you to bring food from home or for it to be delivered by one of the local eateries. They also offer locally harvested Mahi Mahi (Dolphin) fish dip, crackers, and hot sauce from Long Street Fish Company for $12.00. Food Trucks are also available on weekend evenings.
Ambiance: When I first laid eyes on Sailfish Brewing I wondered to myself how they fit a taproom and brewery into the two small buildings in front of me. When you walk in the door you find the bar to your left with additional seating up a stair or two to your right. You can definitely feel that you’re walking into a house that has been around a long time. The bar is L-shaped and the bar top looks to be made of copper. Paintings of ocean life adorn the walls, which are the color of the deep blue sea. Music from the likes of Slightly Stoopid, Bob Marley, Sublime, and Iration played overhead. Kids of both the two and four-legged variety are welcome at Sailfish which is always a plus. This may have been the smallest tap room I have ever been in.
Bar Seating: There are seven available seats at the bar and fourteen more spread around the space. Two leather chairs close out the available seating inside the taproom. The beer garden has a number of chairs and tables on the deck and picnic tables spread throughout the large outdoor space.
Staff: Caitlin was the bartender the day I visited. She is the tap room manager and has been with Sailfish since the day they opened their doors. She’s a homebrewer and seemed to really know the ins and outs of each beer. It was a pleasure spending a couple of hours talking to her about beer and the brewery.
Merch: Men and women’s t-shirts are $20, hats are $30, glasses are $8.00, a growler koozie will run you $10, a regular koozie can be had for $3.00, stickers are $2.00, and a Dri-Fit t-shirt will run you $30.00.
Membership offered: Sailfish has a yearly membership called the Mug Club. Between the months of October and November, fifty memberships are put up for sale at $50.00 apiece. Current members have the first right of refusal. The membership gets you 20oz pours instead of 16oz, the special club only kegs, the ability to growler a beer when others can’t, $1.00 off of all beers on Friday, and a beer mug for you to personalize.
Best days or time of year to go: You’ll have a better chance getting a bar seat during the summer when the snowbirds have gone home. I visited on a Friday and there seemed to be a steady stream of people starting around 3:00pm.
Regular Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 4:00pm – 11:00pm, Friday: 2:00pm – 11:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm, and Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Happy Hour: Only Mug Club members get the benefit of a happy hour.
-The taproom is in a house that is the third oldest house in Fort Pierce. How old may you ask? 200 years old!
-The property was originally a pineapple plantation.
-The pink Eucalyptus tree on the property is said to be the oldest in the United States.
-Sailfish opened their doors brewing on 1½ barrel system and currently brews on a 3 barrel system.
-A 17,000 sqft space was purchased a few blocks south of the current taproom. It now holds a twenty barrel system. The first beer was brewed using the new system on June 23, 2016.
-Their imperial stout, Goliath #10, is resting in Heaven Hills bourbon barrels for release sometime later this year.
Overall Rating (1-5): I’m giving Sailfish Brewing a 4.25. They do everything well with a couple of standouts. The tap room is small and welcoming and having someone as knowledgeable behind the bar as Caitlin is an absolute plus.
What was missing: My usual gripe has risen once again. Unfortunately, they had nothing dark on tap outside of the guest tap. Stouts and porters are not just for the winter months! I’m starting to think I’m the odd man out when it comes to thinking this way.
In closing, Sailfish is certainly worth checking out if you’re in the area. I for one would like to go back and try their barrel aged imperial stout when it’s released. See you there!
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