Just in time for the spring thaw and the gradual arrival of outdoor drinking weather, local canned beer offerings from Brooklyn and Sixpoint will be joined on store shelves by another local product: For the first time since they began operations in 2011, The Bronx Brewery will be selling its flagship beer, Bronx Pale Ale, in 16oz cans. It's the brewery's first foray into the world of retail; their beers were previously available exclusively on draft.
Sold in 4-packs with packaging similar to Sixpoint's, Bronx Pale Ale is an extremely pleasant east-coast take on the style. The hop profile is mildly fruity, but mostly earthy and just a little bit spicy. There's a big malt presence, with big bready qualities and lots of caramel. It's substantial at 6.3%, but not so much so that you need to stop after one. Or two, or three.
In related news, the Brewery has also signed a lease on an 8,500-square-foot space in the Port Morris section of the Bronx, which will house greatly expanded brewing facilities, a tasting room, offices and a dog-run. They expect to be up and running by the end of the year.