Talea’s Women-Owned Brewery Comes to the West Village

By Village View Staff

The new taproom is located at 102 Christopher St.  Photo courtesy of Talea.

Talea’s was founded in 2018 in Cobble Hill, and expanded to a Williamsburg location in 2021, taking advantage of a corner spot with expansive amounts of outdoor seating. It was started by LeAnne Darland and Tara Hankinson, two avid home brewers who found traditional breweries didn’t deliver what they wanted. Their goal with Talea was to launch a brewery more appealing to customers like themselves rather than the male-dominated taprooms.

And while breweries are known to be family friendly, that’s especially true for Talea where the restroom’s changing table is a spectacular addition to the accessible bathroom and emergency diapers are on tap.

The beer too is different. The focus is on easy drinking beers, and many of their flavors are fruit-forward. They have a long list of sour beers, and a colorful selection.

“As two women leading a company in a male-dominated field, we make a pointed effort to highlight other female voices within our community in New York, the beer industry and beyond,” co-founder LeAnn Darland said in a press release. “We want to ensure our mission of inclusivity and challenging perceptions translates to the consumer side, creating space and support for everyone to feel welcome.”

“We realized that we had a common vision of building a beer brand that expanded craft beer beyond the mostly male consumer base,” Hankinson told PIX11 in 2021.

Their brews include lots of flavors and to celebrate their opening, they teamed with other local favorites to make a special West Village beer. Working with the cocktail bar Dante, they made a sour called Dante’s Fluffy. They serve a “savory brew” called Angie Lasagna Lager and Pumpkin Pudding inspired by Magnolia Bakery. Village Hazy IPA is dedicated to The LGBTQ Center.