I stopped in at the Heartland Brewery Union Square location for the debut of the Cherry Blossom IPA. This seasonal ale was brewed with American hops, cherry juice & rose hips. This is a deliciously drinkable beer for the spring season – not much cherry but the rose hips add an earthy, lightly floral backbone to the citrus hoppiness and there’s a slight yet pleasing tartness at the end (probably also from the rose hips). This is a very quaffable ale – a 6.3% refresher to usher in the warmer weather. Available now at Heartland locations around the city.
Bonus: this beer was free! Follow Heartland Brewery on Facebook to find out when more free beer will be poured (& other cool discounts & promotions).
Side note: Kelly Taylor, head brewer for Heartland & Kelso, told me tonight that Greenpoint Beer Works (where the aforementioned beers are brewed) recently installed three new 60 barrel fermenters & a bright tank, bringing their yearly capacity to 22,500 barrels! The NYC brewing scene continues to expand…
Pictured below: Heartland owner Jon Bloostein & head brewer Kelly Taylor