Florida Craft Brewery Review: Sailfish Brewing Co.

Sailfish Brewing Co.

Florida Craft Brewery: Sailfish Brewing Company

Established: April 4th, 2013 Florida Craft Brewery Review: Sailfish Brewing Co.

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.

Florida Craft Brewery Review: Sailfish Brewing Co.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 typicallyFlorida Craft Brewery Review: Sailfish Brewing Co. 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.

Florida Craft Brewery Review: Sailfish Brewing Co.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.Florida Craft Brewery Review: Sailfish Brewing Co.

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.

Florida Craft Brewery Review: Sailfish Brewing Co.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 visitedFlorida Craft Brewery Review: Sailfish Brewing Co. 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.

Florida Craft Brewery Review: Sailfish Brewing Co.Fun Fact:

-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.Florida Craft Brewery Review: Sailfish Brewing Co.

-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 Florida Craft Brewery Review: Sailfish Brewing Co.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!

Did I leave anything out or is there something else you would like to know about the Sailfish Brewing Company? Please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below.

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Copperpoint Brewing, Florida craft beer, craft beer, beer, craftdaddyblog.com

Copperpoint Brewing Co.

Florida Craft Brewery: Copperpoint Brewing Co.

Established: May 11th, 2015

Location: 151 Commerce Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426Copperpoint Brewing, Florida craft beer, craft beer, beer, craftdaddyblog.com

Known For: The B. Rabbit espresso stout on Nitro, G (grapefruit) Saison, Copperpoint Lager, and One Love IPA are what keep the regulars coming back. Unfortunately, One Love wasn’t on tap while I was there, but I was able to try the other three and I can see why they are so popular with the locals. The Copperpoint Lager is a great gateway beer for those who haven’t quite gotten their feet wet in the craft beer scene.

Copperpoint Brewing, Florida craft beer, craft beer, beer, craftdaddyblog.comCurrent Beer Menu: With normally 13 beers on tap there is no question Copperpoint will have at least one beer you’ll enjoy. From their Red IPA, the A-10 Hophog, to their Imperial Porter, the Cox Diesel, you will be hard pressed to make a bad choice. If you just can’t seem to make up your mind flights are offered which consist of four 5oz pours.

Price Range: Pricing per glass is between $5.00 and $7.00 depending on the style of beer you order. A flight of beer will run you $7.00 no matter which style you choose. Growlers are also offered. Depending on the style of beer a 32oz growler can run between $7.00 and $15.00 while a 64oz growler will run between $13.00 and $15.00. If you don’t already have your own growler you can purchase either a 32oz or 64oz for $6.00.

Wine Menu: So your significant other was nice enough to join you at the brewery, but doesn’t drinkCopperpoint Brewing, Florida craft beer, craft beer, beer, craftdaddyblog.com beer? Copperpoint has you covered. They offer at least four choices of both red and white wines. A glass will run between $8.00 and $10.00 per.

Food Menu: You have a couple of choices here. You can either have food delivered from any number of eateries or visit the food truck, which parks directly in front of the brewery and rotates daily. Monday through Friday the food truck arrives at 5pm, Saturday at 3pm, and Sunday at noon. Copperpoint keeps an updated food truck calendar on their website for your viewing pleasure.

Copperpoint Brewing, Florida craft beer, craft beer, beer, craftdaddyblog.comAmbiance: When I walked in the front door, I had a sense of stepping back in time to an American pub one of my great-grandfathers might have had a pint in. The wood, brick, and copper that adorn your surroundings seem to want to tell a story. Your eyes are then pulled across the room to the bar area where a window beckons you into the heart of the brewery. The lights are kept relatively low just as they were at Twisted Trunk. Is there a pattern forming? The grid ceiling doesn’t hold ceiling tiles, but it does hold strings of blue lights which add a little something extra to the relaxing feel of the taproom. No one under the age of 21 is allowed after 8pm and if you are interested in a brewery tour, a group tour is held on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

Bar Seating: The bar has seating for twenty with a mixture of eight high tops that seat six or eight. There are eight booths which form the outerCopperpoint Brewing, Florida craft beer, craft beer, beer, craftdaddyblog.com seating area along the walls. For those looking to drink their libations under the sun, a porch area has been provided with four large picnic tables and seven relaxing chairs. You can also venture upstairs to the game room where ping-pong, foosball, corn hole, and a few arcade games have been provided.  Three leather couches and a high top table make relaxation the name of the game upstairs.

Staff: Brie, Diane, and Irena handled the bar like seasoned professionals. Irena is working toward her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and science at FAU. Once she graduates, she hopes to become the Quality Control Manager for the brewery.

Merch: Hats ($25), tank tops and t-shirts ($20), long sleeve shirts ($25), and work shirts ($40) are available to purchase. If that’s not enough youCopperpoint Brewing, Florida craft beer, craft beer, beer, craftdaddyblog.com can also buy a pint glass ($5), snifter ($12), koozie ($3), or growler koozie ($10).

Membership offered: Copperpoint doesn’t have anything available right now, but I was toldCopperpoint Brewing, Florida craft beer, craft beer, beer, craftdaddyblog.com anything is possible in the future.

Best days or time of year to go: If you’re looking for a quiet time to experience Copperpoint’s offerings, then the 12:00 – 3:00pm weekday hours are your most promising. The crowd files in pretty quickly once 4:30 starts inching its way in.

Regular Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm, and Sunday 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Happy Hour: Monday – Friday: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Copperpoint Brewing, Florida craft beer, craft beer, beer, craftdaddyblog.comFun Fact:

The Trula Saison is named after brewmaster and part owner, Matt Cox’s grandmother.

Al Lettera, Jr. who is also part owner named the A-10 Hophog after his grandfather who was an engineer and pilot of the famed tank killer, the A-10 Warthog.

Corey, the assistant brewer was nice enough to share this bit of information with me. Cox Diesel, the imperial porter, is going to be put into one Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrel, four Heaven Hills barrels, and one Pinot Noir barrel for upwards of 12 months. The finished product will be used forCopperpoint Brewing, Florida craft beer, craft beer, beer, craftdaddyblog.com special occasions like Copperpoint’s anniversary for example.

Matt Cox has taken home over 50 awards for his beers in the last 15 years, including a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), gold medals at the North American Brewing Association, multiple medals at the U.S. Beer Championships, and multiple Grand National Champion Awards at the United States Beer Tasting Championships.

Overall Rating (1-5): I had heard good things about Copperpoint before I was able to visit so I’m happy that they lived up to the word on the street. I have no problem at all giving them a well deserved 5. All of their beers were on point while the Cox Diesel was a step above the rest. I almost Copperpoint Brewing, Florida craft beer, craft beer, beer, craftdaddyblog.comforgot. The bathroom was pretty badass as well.

What was missing: For me, the only thing missing was an imperial stout, which I had apparently just missed by a few days.

In closing, everything from the staff to the beer was top-notch. Copperpoint is definitely yet another of the newer South Florida breweries that should be put on your must-try list.

Did I leave anything out or is there something else you would like to know about the Copperpoint Brewing Company? Please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below.

Cheers!