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Talea Beer puts bagels into brews

Brooklyn’s Talea Beer has teamed up with Black Seed Bagels to create two culinary-inspired waste-reducing brews.

The NYC-based companies got together with Gotham Greens to produce two beers that were brewed with a mash that included surplus bagels.

The two beers are named the Lemon Basil Weekender which has been made with Gotham Greens’ basil, and the Experimental Everything Bagel Beer and have each launched at the brewery’s taprooms.

Speaking to local press, Talea Beer co-founder Tara Hankinson said: “One of our core goals is reaching more people who aren’t part of craft beer, and what better way to do it than with a brand that is seemingly not a fit for a craft beer brewery?”

Hankinson explained that, in an effort to reduce waste, Black Seed Bagels had been turning its extra bagels into “reusable bagel meal” and had been offering it to bakeries and breweries and it was the perfect opportunity to use it.

For the two Black Seed beers, Hankinson revealed that the bagel meal was added to the wort to create each brew and said that the Weekender beers are all “lagers with a twist” and pair well with citrus.

She added: “We have the superfans, we have beer nerd fans, we have people who get really excited by our more culinary-inspired side, so we usually try to make a batch of something that may sound like a turnoff to some people, but that kind of challenges our brewing team.”

Talea co-founder, LeAnn Darland observed how the beers capture the “most salient characteristics” of a bagel, and that when we think of those foods garlic and onion stands out the most — so those have become the flavours in the Experimental Everything Bagel Beer.

Hankinson admitted: “That’s pretty much what the beer tastes like, but in a highly aromatic way. It is potent, it will hit those flavour receptors in that way.”

Both of the beers made from surplus bagels will be available on a limited run via Talea Beer taprooms in Williamsburg, Cobble Hill, the West Village and Bryant Park as well as a selection of restaurants and retailers.

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