Saint Archer Brewing Company- San Diego (Miramar)
Two things were crossed off my craft beer bucket list the other day at the same time: a visit to one more San Diego County brewery, and tasting another Great American Beer Festival 2014 medal winner. And they happened at the same place– Saint Archer Brewing.
A new batch of beer was brewing when I arrived for my visit, and the air outside the brewery smelled of sweet malt and hops. Inside, a Hoppy Yoga class had just finished and the tasting room was blissful. Modest Mouse was drifting out of the speakers, mixing with the bliss and subtle sounds of brewing coming from the brew house.
Last year Saint Archer’s White Ale won a Gold Medal at GABF in the Belgian-Style Witbier category. I wanted to taste it as part of my sub-quest to try all World Beer Cup and GABF winners for 2014 that were brewed in San Diego County. At the same time I was able to check off another brewery for my main quest, which is to visit every craft brewery in San Diego County in one year.
As I’ve mentioned in other blog posts, I like to taste GABF and World Cup winners as a way to not only further my education on craft beer styles, but also to calibrate my palate. It was great to visit Saint Archer to accomplish all these things. It’s an impressive brewery and the White Ale, 5% ABV, is quite wonderful. Here is my tasting review:
Pale and cloudy, with a fluffy white head, good retention, and slow rising bubbles. Spicy aromas of coriander and orange peel are mixed with a hint of biscuit. Moderate sweetness, a little tart, with flavors of spice and citrus are beautifully balanced and pleasing to the palate. Body is soft and creamy, with lively carbonation and a low hop bitterness adding to the crisp and refreshing aftertaste. Overall, this beer is true to the style and I totally understand why it received a Gold Medal. It is delicious.
Like all wheat beers this brew would be great paired with salads, peppery and tangy cheeses, and lighter meats such as fish, shellfish, and chicken.