I bid you adieu
Over the weekend our crew took a last trip to Brasserie Saint Somewhere in Tarpon Springs, FL. Yes, you heard me correctly, this will be the end of the taproom.
Bob Sylvester is one of the original brewers to make beer a “thing” in Florida. Saint Somewhere Brewing has been creating amazing farmhouse Belgian ales in Tarpon for a good decade plus. After many years they moved forward with the business by opening up a taproom in a large vintage house.
Sadly, after a few short years though, this taproom will be closing up for good on March 30th. Truth is, Tarpon while being a neat little Greek town is a tough town to survive. Business are not frequented by locals like you see in areas like Dunedin or Tallahassee. Most business comes from outside the community.
Adding salt to the wound, Florida in itself is not a good market for the beer brewed at Saint Somewhere. They definitely have an exotic niche here, and have continuously struggled to get recognition for their home town.
It’s not all bad news though. Saint Somewhere Brewing will continue to produce amazing beer in its main brewing facility. Only the taproom will be disappearing. So as exciting as it is to hear the brewery will remain, I needed to visit for one more beer.
Had to visit Saint Somewhere once more
When I arrived I took a glance at the menu and quickly found a beer calling my name. Recently, I had seen a facebook post about a new beer called Wayward Corsair that was a collaboration brew with Late Start Brewing Co.
Wayward Corsair is a Gose style ale brewed with Gulf of Mexico water. Just the description alone had me intrigued. In all my days of brewing beer and drinking beer, I had never thought of brewing with sea water. Is that even a thing? Are you allowed to do that?!
Obviously so, and it was an amazing beer. This ale had a nice lemony tartness with a little bite but not too much. Amazingly the gulf water added a nice saltiness to the beer. It was in no way overly salty or even something you would focus on. The salt was there but not in your face as if simply seasoning a piece of meat. It really accentuated and brought out the character of this light session-able beer.
Wayward Corsair had a nice seltzer like sizzle and bit of a sticky mouthfeel. Overall an amazing beer that made me sad when the glass was empty. I wanted more or to figure out a way of creating a bottomless glass.
Going out with a bang!
March 30th will be the final occupy at Brasserie Saint Somewhere. Don’t miss out on your chance to get a beer or four and say bid adieu to the taproom. While sad to see it go, we excitedly look forward to many more beers from Saint Somewhere.