In 2012, husband and wife team Dave and Quynh Rathkamp decided to swap their jobs as physicians and open a brewery. Marble Falls, Texas-based Save The World Brewing Co. received its LLC in January 2013, with construction beginning in early 2014 and finishing with a grand opening at the brewery on Sept. 13, 2014.
The brewery claims to be the first “100% philanthropic” craft brewery, meaning all of the profits are given to charities, including Food For The Hungry, Meals On Wheels and Highland Lakes Habitat For Humanity.
The inspiration for its Agnus Dei Witbier can best be summed up by head brewer Dave Rathkamp:
The main inspiration for Agnus Dei came from Pierre Celis and his wit bier he made at the Celis Brewery in Austin, TX in the 1990’s. I fell in love with this beer the moment I tried it: citrus, cloudy, nice white head, beautiful mouthfeel and a touch of coriander. Very complex yet very approachable. Once I started brewing, this was on the top of my list as beers I wanted to recreate. I spoke to a multitude of brewers who were making wit beers that I respected including Rob Todd of Allagash and Jason Davis of Freetail for advice and pointers.After much trial and error, I believe I came upon a wit that Pierre would have enjoyed. I made some minor artistic twists to make it my own without detracting too much from the style. Our white cloudy beer with a thick white head reminded me of the sheep we encountered while traveling throughout New Zealand and was one of the reasons we named it Agnus Dei.
Agnus Dei is Latin for lamb of god and is a liturgical song in the Catholic mass.
Poured from a 22-ounce bottle, the color of this wit is pale gold with white, foamy head and carbonation bubbles racing to the top of the glass. The aroma is extremely light with aromas of coriander, lemon, fresh oranges, biscuits, hay and light malt.
Like the aroma, the taste is very light and delicate with the coriander coming through again, along with orange peel, stonefruit, creamy malt and a touch of spiciness. The mouthfeel is very tingly on the palate and refreshing. Flavors become slightly subdued as you drink and the beer warms and there is a bit of a watery feel as you progress. While they are a touch too light, they still manage to balance well and maintain a refreshing feel.