Last Tuesday, the Giants in Game 4 of the NLDS blared on big screen TVs lining San Francisco’s Beer Hall, while fans and post-work drinkers enjoyed Saint Archer Brewing Co. on tap in the Bay Area for the first time.
San Diego-based Saint Archer Brewing Co. expanded distribution to San Francisco last Monday, and celebrated with a launch party at the Beer Hall the night after.
The young, 18-month old brewery self-professes as a group of skateboarders, artists, surfers, and snowboarders who all – as Saint Archer’s motto states – “work hard and drink beer.”
Saint Archer’s Chief Commercial Officer, Jeff Hansson, said they chose distribution in San Francisco because northern California embodies a similar lifestyle.
The four beers distributed are their IPA, Pale Ale, Blonde Ale, and Great American Beer Festival (GABF) gold-winning White Ale. Saint Archer describes its beers as full flavor yet sessionable (low ABV).
The award-winning White Ale is made from whole blended navel oranges which give the beer a natural bitterness. Indian coriander is added for spice, accentuating the citrusy elements.
“The goal is that you can order a beer, drink it, and have a couple more with friends,” said Hansson.
Saint Archer’s beer is created by brewmasters Yiga Miyashiro and Kim Lutz, who were both featured in All About Beer Magazine’s “Top 30 Brewers Under 30.” The two friends left their perspective Pizza Port and Maui Brewing Co. to brew at Saint Archer. Lutz’s White Ale is an evolved form of the Maui Brewing Co.’s GABF silver-winning La Peruse.
The brewery has doubled in staff over the last year to 40 members, and distributes in Los Angeles and San Diego. It plans to expand distribution to the East Bay, San Jose, Santa Cruz and Sacramento.