Featuring: Sanitas Brewing Company
There is just something about drinking beer fresh from the tap in the building in which it’s made. This week I visited Sanitas Brewing Co. and enjoyed an evening of that unique something.
Let’s start off with what everyone is most excited about: the beer. I confess, I was “that person” this time and tried every beer they currently have on tap. The standouts were the Black IPA and Cinnilla Stout.
The profile of the Black IPA sounded somewhat off-putting on paper with fresh pine, grapefruit, roasted malt, and citrus. In practice, though, the combination is excellent. Standard carbonation allows the hops to flourish on the palate while a nitro pour tones them down, letting the malt surface a little more.
The Cinnilla Stout, as you might have guessed, combines cinnamon and vanilla to warm you up on a cold winter’s night. Neither flavor overpowers the other. Instead, they combine with slightly smokey and spicy notes to a smooth finish.
Honorable mentions include the Saison and the Raspberry Delúge. The Saison is bright, citrusy, and not heavy on the spices. The Raspberry Delúge is one of the sour beers on tap and goes down almost as easily as juice.
A notable aspect of this brewery is the service. The staff behind the bar were exceptionally helpful, their knowledge of each beer and the brewing process making the experience enlightening as well as enjoyable. I have a tendency to ask a lot of questions when I go to a brewery (one might even say too many) and there wasn’t a single one they couldn’t answer on the spot.
As for environment, Saints’ symbol of the owl beneath a brewer’s star greets you as you arrive. The floor plan feels open with two large community-style tables, seats at the bar, and another, more private room with available seating. In the back, beside the bar, are windows that let you catch a glimpse of the magic happening in the back of the house. Also, while it was too cold to spend time outside when I visited, there is additional seating on the patio and yard games to play. I certainly look forward to going back in warmer weather and reveling in everything Sanitas has to offer.