"During the Renaissance, Harlem was a catalyst for artistic freedom and one of the most popular cultural destinations on the planet"
It was from this melting pot of culture that the Harlem Brewing Company was born! Having started by experimenting back in the early 90's with a simple home brewing kit, Celeste Beatty has long outgrown her small Harlem Apartment that witnessed her initial forays into craft beer.
Celeste sought out some key people in the New York brewing industry and steadily honed her skills and learnt the craft. The year 2000 saw her initial offering, Sugar Hill Golden Ale released via Contract Brewing through a facility in Upstate New York, Renaissance Wit followed in 2014
Pouring a rich Amber which a weak sunlight shines through topped with a light off white foamy head! Ok, even I cant take myself seriously. I am going to start over, Wit does indeed pour a rich amber colour, the cumin and spices are clear on the nose and the beer is lightly carbonated. The added spices enhance the regular Wheat Beer taste which makes for a deep taste and a wonderful after finish and follow up.
Taking a look at the bottle itself, it is clear Renaissance Wit is brewed in New York and imported. A lot of beers are brewed under license in the UK, which invariably affects the taste when you consider the difference in water and other ingredients. A downside of shipping a beer like this can be the effect on the taste. Renaissance Wit doesn't seemed to have suffered from its journey. Its a clean American, Belgian style Wheat Beer.
Overall this is a Wheat Beer packed with flavour. Having never drank an American take on the Belgian classic, I have to admit I was impressed. Its obviously expertly brewed which produces a surprisingly decent craft beer
Renaissance Wit from Harlem Brewing Company, recommended by the Brewer to pair with fish and cheese.
5.8% ABV in 355ml glass bottles
**I got my bottle courtesy of the kind folks at Pierhead UK. I did not pay for this beer, however Beer is far to important to lie about.. So I stand by my review!