NYC's First Women-Owned Taproom & Brewery Is The Coolest New Spot For Beer-Lovers

by Stephanie Maida · April 12, 2021

    It's 2021: we don't need to tell you that beer isn't just for boys. The male-dominated brewing industry, however, seems to need reminding. 

    Luckily, we've got Tara Hankinson and LeAnn Darland on the scene, and they're not only breaking gender barriers in the biz, but innovating beer for everyone.

    The founders of TALEA Beer Co. launched their brand in 2019, shaking up the craft beer market with fresh, fun, easy-drinking beverages that didn't feel marketed towards bro-y beer snobs. After working with a third-party brewer and self-distributing their creations, the pair has finally opened their own taproom and brewery right in the heart of Williamsburg. 

    And let's just say the airy space is a welcome (and welcoming) departure from the typical beer bars we're used to. 

    The 9,000-square-foot space boasts modern interiors inspired by the women of the Bauhaus, "who wove together clashing colors and different textures to create beautiful textile art." As Darland told Eater, "The perception of most beer bars is that they are more industrial with dark wood tones; we tried to create a color palette that’s meant to be welcoming, gender-neutral, elegant, and thoughtful."

    With 11 beers on tap, tasting flights, and seasonal offerings focused on fruity, light, and approachable brews, TALEA hopes to inspire discovery and serve up something for everyone. 

    If anything, it's certainly the chicest taproom in town.

    TALEA Beer Co., 87 Richardson St, Brooklyn

    [Photos via Talea/Sydney Butler Photography]