Steve Hindy and Tom Potter founded Brooklyn Brewery in the mid 1980’s. In the beginning, most of the beer was brewed on contract sites in upstate New York, until they found space in Williamsburg for a functioning brewery. It all started with Brooklyn Lager, but today the brewery produces over 16 year-round brews with and multiple seasonal selections throughout the year. They have grown well beyond their microbrew roots, to one of the most recognizable brands on the market today.
brooklynbrewery.com – “Brooklyn Bel Air Sour is full of surprises. Our sour ale starts up with bright notes of tropical fruit yet finishes crisp and gently tart. It’s a trip that’s laid back, breezy, and completely refreshing.”
Pour: Light yellow in color and slightly hazy with a good amount of carbonation. A small off white 1 finger heads forms before fading quickly.
Nose: A good amount of fruit, pineapple really stood out to me, and floral hops. There’s really nice tart aroma with some wheat behind it.
Palate: Very smooth and balanced making it easy to drink, has more of citrus taste to it mixed with wheat and lemon grass. Tart but not but overly sour, the finish is clean with no acidity giving it a refreshing feel.
Overall: The sour style has been huge last two years and is still growing with bigger breweries joining the party, including Brooklyn last year. This was a seasonal release last year and I can see why they added to the year round line up, very refreshing and easy to drink.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 5 Pints