Sailfish Brewing Company – Brewery Review

by Thomas Miller – Food Blogger / Restaurant Critic for Vero Vine

My next tasting experience takes me down to Fort Pierce to a brewery called Sailfish Brewing Company.  This brewery is the brainchild of co-owners Nick Bischoff and David BuShea Jr and has been around for four years as of May 2017.  They recently moved into their new location on 2nd Street in Fort Pierce which is much larger than their previous space to keep growing their business.  All beer is brewed, put into kegs, bottles, and cans at this new location and can accommodate a much larger crowd.  They have an outdoor patio and entertainment space for local bands or comedians, and a large bar and several tables inside.  The brew room is visible from the inside tap room via several large windows so you can watch them brew beer as you are tasting it.  We met with Al Beltran, General Manager and Head Brewmaster for our tour of the facility and the beers, so let’s jump right in.

We arrived on a Friday night and parking was definitely at a premium.  There is a large parking lot directly behind their building near the loading dock and it was quite full due to several other events going on the same night around the brewery.  We ended up circling the block and ended up finding a spot right off of 2nd street and had just a short walk to the brewery entrance.  They have some outdoor seating and a stage area with a large video screen right off 2nd street.  The band that was playing that night was setting up for their set later that evening.  We entered into the main tap room and they have a large rectangular bar with stools all around it.  Lots of staff were on hand to take care of the customers.  We grabbed a table and got settled in for our tasting experience.

Now let’s dive right in and see what this place has to offer and what I had to drink!

Comments below are starting from the left, making my way to the right.

#1 – White Marlin | ABV – 5% | IBU – 13

Tasting Notes:  Aroma was subtle, light, crisp, an easy drinking beer.  It definitely had orange and citrus notes and is probably their closest to a mainstream beer, a real crowd pleaser.

#2 – Tag & Release | ABV – 5.5% | IBU – 27

Tasting Notes:  The aroma of the malt was subtle.  It was a medium bodied beer, definitely an easy drinking beer due to the low IBU’s.

#3 – Red Eye Jack | ABV – 4% | IBU – 25

Tasting Notes:  The aroma was undetectable, but had a subtle coffee flavor and was very smooth and creamy due to it being on nitro.  The flavors really came through as the beer warmed up and came to room temperature.

Comments below are starting from the left, making my way to the right.

 #4 – Port Fierce | ABV – 6.7% | IBU – 63

Tasting Notes:  The aroma and flavor was very hop forward, definitely has that bitter taste that is popular with IPA’s.  This is definitely an IPA for someone who is a “Hop Head”.

#5 – Sunrise City | ABV – 7% | IBU – 77

Tasting Notes:  The aroma was definitely bitter.  The flavor was mildly hoppy and definitely had that bitter taste that is popular with IPA’s.

#6 – Johnny Stumbleseed | ABV – 7.8% | IBU – 27

Tasting Notes:  The aroma was slightly sweet and spicy.  The flavors were definitely fall inspired and were subtle.  An easy drinking beer that would be nice on a cool evening.

Price List:

1/2 pour:  $ 3.00

1/2 pour premium $ 4.50

Taster (5oz pour): $2.00

Taster (5oz pour) premium $3.00

Pint:  $ 5.00 – $ 8.00

4 Flight (4 5oz taster pours):  $7.00

32 oz. Growler:  $ 13.00

64 oz. Growler $ 26.00

(Premium costs apply to growlers, as well)

Brew Kettles where each batch of beer begins!

The orange mash is the beginnings of the White Marlin beer!

If you get hungry while sipping on some pretty tasty brews, our friends from Taco Dive are just down the street and will deliver to your bar stool!  Menus are located throughout the brewery.

In Conclusion:

Out of all the brewery reviews I have done so far, I’m really impressed with the Sailfish offerings and especially with their Brewmaster, Al Beltran.  He spent a lot of time with us at our table and talked to us about the specifics of all the beers we were tasting.  Our good friends, Joe and April joined us for this review and Joe has traveled the country on business trips and sampled craft beers from over 200 different brewery’s nationwide and he said that Al was one of the most knowledgeable and passionate Brewmasters that he has come across yet.  If craft beers are something you are passionate about and you have not had a chance to try Sailfish yet, then I suggest you make the short drive down to Fort Pierce and check them out, I know you won’t be disappointed!

Have you tried Sailfish Brewing Company?  What has your experience been with them?  Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts, or feel free to email me at thefoodguy@verovine.com with your questions or comments.

Atmosphere – 5 Forks

Service – 5 Forks

Beer – 5 Forks

Rating Scale Legend:

1 to 5 Forks – 1 Bad to 5 Excellent

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Address: 130 N 2nd St, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Hours:

Wednesday 12–11PM
Thursday 12–11PM
Friday 12PM–1AM
Saturday 12PM–1AM
Sunday 12–8PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 12–11PM
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verovine
3 years ago

man oh man