PHILADELPHIA, July 23, 2015 — This is the first in a regular series of beer reviews that is meant to introduce you to beers that should be drunk now. Some will be seasonal, like this beer from Yards in Philadelphia, and others may be available year-round but just seem more seasonally appropriate.
A very significant majority of all beer produced is intended to be consumed as close to production as possible. These reviews will almost always focus on beers that are relatively widely available for at least a season at a time, if not longer. Vintage beers and special release beers are fun, of course, but by the time I write about them and you go looking for them, they’re likely hoarded away only to be found in the grey market.
With that, allow me to kick off this series with a beer that has a special back story and is perfect for summertime drinking.
Brewery: Yards Brewing Company
Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
Availability: Summer and early fall; DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA
Serving size: 12 oz. bottle
Price: approx. $10-$12/six-pack
Style: Fruit beer
Special ingredients: Raspberries, sour cherries, sweet cherries
Alcohol (ABV): 5.5%
What makes this beer stand out on the shelves: This beer is truth in advertising as the label describes Pynk as a “tart berry ale”. There is a pleasant tartness and the fruit profile abounds. Sour beers and their accompanying tartness are more wildly popular than ever and while many sour beers in the extreme can quickly cause palate fatigue, Pynk is not one of those.
Why you drink this beer now: While not an extremely sour beer, Pynk strikes a perfect trifecta of deliciously abundant cherry and raspberry flavors, a pleasantly refreshing tart snappiness, and a reasonable alcohol level. This combination makes it a perfect summertime thirst quencher and accompanies fruit and cheese platters quite nicely paired with a setting sun.
What else you should know about this beer: As is clearly marked on each package of Pynk beer, a portion of each case and pint is donated to the Tyanna Foundation, an organization that works at the local level to raise funds supporting breast cancer research, treatment, and other services.
Quotable from the brewery: from Tim Roberts, head brewer at Yards: With Pynk we have “revived the brand that hadn’t been brewed in many years. We had the freedom to brew a unique beer, and one that has nothing at all to do with sweetness. We did more test batches than any other beer we’ve ever introduced, I believe six in all. Some didn’t have the right nose. Some were too sour. Some were lacking the fruit character we were looking for. Now, I drink it all year long (I’m able to do so because the shelf life on this beer is amazing!), as does my wife Amy who considers it the second best beer in the world right behind Yards’ Philly Pale Ale.”
Quotable from the barstool: from Ryan Poshefko of Berks County, PA: As “I am not usually a fruit beer kind of guy, I was pleasantly surprised by this very refreshing brew. It hit my palate with a blast of sweet raspberry just before the perfect amount of sour cherry kicked in. I felt it was very drinkable and it helps to promote breast cancer awareness too – double win!”
If you have tasted this beer, please weigh in with your own comments below. If you know of a beer that should be profiled here, likewise let me know.
About the writer: Bryan Kolesar has been on the trail of great beer for over twenty years and writing about it for more than ten. In 2015, his “Beer Lover’s Mid-Atlantic” book was released and in a mere 416 pages covers the diverse beer scene of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.