Don’t call them women’s beers, but Talea, the fledgling New York brewing company, is founded by women: two former home brewers and business executives, Tara Hankinson and LeAnn Darland, a Navy veteran. They saw space in the market for easy-drinking beers, perhaps to replace that glass of rosé. Their first is Sun Up — a hazy New England-style I.P.A. (6.5 percent A.B.V.), more mellow than bitter — brewed at a contract facility in the Bronx by Johnny Osborne, who was at Sixpoint and LIC Beer Project. Talea has just released Lunch Date, a balanced, fresh-tasting and slightly cloudy I.P.A. (5.5 percent A.B.V.), with edgy bitterness in the finish. By next year, the company expects to have its own brewery and tap room completed in Queens or Brooklyn.
Talea Beer, served at many New York pubs and restaurants, and also sold in stores ($4 to $5 for 12 ounces) including City Beer, Milk & Hops and Astoria Bier & Cheese, taleabeer.com.
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Florence Fabricant is a food and wine writer. She writes the weekly Front Burner and Off the Menu columns, as well as the Pairings column, which appears alongside the monthly wine reviews. She has also written 12 cookbooks.
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