I consider myself fortunate to be a beer lover living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and working in Greenpoint. The two vibrant communities are surrounded by craft brewers and are a paradise for beer connoisseurs, offering a diverse range of distinctive and innovative brews that push the boundaries of flavor.
Talea Beer Co., co-founded by two women, LeAnn Darland and Tara Hankinson, has made a name for itself among the area’s prominent breweries. Its exceptional variety of beers and its Peach Berry Punch Sour Ale are remarkable illustrations of their craftsmanship.
Walking into the Talea Beer Co. taproom is like stepping into a world of beer exploration. The atmosphere is lively, with conversations flowing and the scent of hops permeating the air. The bar is lined with an impressive selection of their own creations, each with its own story and flavor profile. As a resident of this beer-centric neighborhood, I feel a sense of excitement and anticipation whenever I step foot into this haven of brewing excellence.
On my first visit, reading the menu, I found myself irresistibly drawn to the Peach Berry Punch Sour Ale. Its fruity, delicious description depicting a medley of peaches and berries immediately captured my attention.
I would later purchase a 4-pack from my neighborhood grocery to taste-test and write my review. Looking at the cans, the artwork sets the tone for the sensory excursion that awaits inside.
As I cracked open the can, a burst of fruity aromas wafted up to greet me. The tantalizing scent of ripe peaches and luscious berries filled the air, instantly transporting me to a sun-drenched orchard. It was a promising prelude to what I hoped would be a remarkable tasting experience.
Pouring the Talea Peach Berry Punch Sour Ale into a glass revealed its radiant golden-orange hue, reminiscent of a summer sunset. The effervescence created a delicate white head that dissipated quickly, leaving behind a tantalizing aroma that beckoned me closer.
With my first sip, the initial burst of tartness awakened my taste buds, instantly grabbing my attention. But what followed was a symphony of flavors that danced across my palate. The sweetness of the peaches mingled harmoniously with the tanginess of the berries, creating a delightful balance that was neither too cloying nor overly sour. It was a refreshing and invigorating combination that spoke to the skill and artistry of the brewers.
What truly set the Talea Peach Berry Punch Sour Ale apart was its complexity and vibrant fruit flavors. The finish of the beer was clean and crisp, with a lingering sourness that invited another sip. The light and effervescent mouthfeel further enhanced the refreshing nature of the brew, making it effortlessly enjoyable and easy to drink.
As I savored the last drops of the Peach Berry Punch, I couldn’t help but appreciate the dedication and passion that went into creating this masterpiece. It was a testament to the innovation and artistry that define the craft beer scene in Brooklyn.
For beer enthusiasts seeking an extraordinary sensory experience, this brew is a must-try. So, raise your glass and toast to the wonders of Williamsburg and Greenpoint’s craft beer community, where exceptional brews like this one continue to redefine the boundaries of taste.
- Style: Fruited Kettle Sour
- ABV: 6.0%
- IBUs: 5
- Hops: Citra for bittering
- Malts: 1/2 pilsner 1/2 wheat
- Tasting Notes: Harmonious blend of tart & tangy with peaches, strawberry, and pink guava
- Brewer: Talea Beer Co. – Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based, Craft Beer Brewery