Bracing your senses with a taste that transcends the ordinary, Eagle Brewery’s (formerly known as Charles Wells) Banana Bread Beer is no ordinary libation. Its initial pour reveals a rich, tantalizing aroma of banana bread, fresh from the oven. Though bananas might not be my first fruit of choice, this delightful fragrance captures the essence of comfort and warmth in a truly irresistible way.
This extraordinary brew first caught my eye while stopping for drinks at Kent Ale House in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Amid a common line-up of beers, the can’s artwork caught my attention, reading “Banana Bread Beer by Eagle Brewery.” I’d never encountered a banana-flavored beer before, so curiosity piqued, I decided to give it a shot.
My first sip elicited a simple thought: “This is different.” As the night was winding down after a long day, the thought of another round was tempting, but I held back. Yet, I was keen not to let this unique brew slip from my memory, so I snapped a few pictures as a reminder of my newfound gem.
Fast forward a few weeks and a routine perusal of my local Whole Foods’ beer section brought a delightful surprise. There it was—my memorable banana bread beer, gleaming in a six-pack arrangement. Without a second thought, I grabbed a pack, eager to revisit the experience, and pen down this review.
As it turned out, one six-pack wasn’t enough. The beers disappeared faster than I could type, and on my return to the store, the shelves stood bare, mirroring my disappointment. A few more trips, and I finally lucked out, securing another six-pack and another chance to delve into the flavors of this remarkable brew.
Eagle Brewery’s Banana Bread Beer is more than just an intoxicating blend of flavors; it’s a sensory experience that kindles the warm, comforting nostalgia of homemade banana bread, encased in a finely crafted brew. It strikes a fairly balanced note. It pours a dark amber, tasting with a subtle hint of bitterness that complements rather than competes with the sweet undertones. Its flavor profile embodies the essence of an authentic English ale, with smooth hints of ripe banana, caramel, and a touch of malt that dance on the palate.
For beer enthusiasts seeking to venture beyond the traditional and for anyone who cherishes a high-quality brew, Eagle Brewery’s Banana Bread Beer presents an unparalleled taste adventure. It stands as a testament to the magic that can happen when innovation meets meticulous execution, adding a delightful new chapter to the beer industry’s narrative. So, should you stumble upon this enticing brew at your local bar or retailer, don’t hesitate to indulge in the unique charm of this banana bread beer. Here’s to embarking on a memorable taste journey! Cheers!