Tea infused beer!

Ok – so treading lightly here because while this is technically a production by Beau’s Brewery it was done in partnership w/ DAVIDsTEA and I definitely got to see “behind the curtains” a bit as this cool combo beer came to fruition and I don’t actually know exactly how much of the ‘how we got here’ I’m allowed to talk about so I’m just gonna err on the side of none of it…

Also not sure how “rating” this one falls morally – again, not technically a DT product. Just something that uses a DT product in it, right? But I’m also just going to err on the side of not rating it just because of any potential conflict of interest or subconscious bias that I might have. So, all of that said!

This is definitely not my first run in with a tea infused beer – and it’s not even my first run in with a London Fog flavoured beer. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – I love the concept of tea beers and I’m really always game to try one because I think the pairing and flavour potential is endless. However, I also don’t really love beer aside from a good stout or the occasional radler. So I often end up trying these tea beers and then feeling kind of just “meh” about them – not because they’re necessarily meh beers but just because it’s not my thing.

That said, I like this one more than others! It’s still not something that I could just sit down with a pitcher of like I can a Guinness but I really appreciate how well this appears to be brewed and how much the essence of the tea actually does really, truly come through. It’s very creamy/silky – more than any other pale ale I’ve had, I think (admittedly a small pool of contenders). I get some hops sort of funk that I just don’t love, but mostly I’m taken away by the smoothness and how much I actually get vanilla! It’s nice and I can actually finish a full can without feeling as if I’m really, really pushing myself to do so!

So, you can probably take all of that with a grain of salt because I don’t know shit about beer – but just for me personally I’m down with what this combo is trying to achieve! If Beau’s can make a pale ale so appealing to me by mixing it with Cream of Earl Grey – which is a tea that I don’t even love, I wonder what they could do with something that I am really into!? Would definitely love to see more tea beers developed – so much cool potential!

(Tossing on my disclaimer statement – just in case…)

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Martin Bednář

Interesting tea/beer. I have few beers with tea, but they were usually only single batches.

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Martin Bednář

Interesting tea/beer. I have few beers with tea, but they were usually only single batches.

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a mid-twenties tea addict, blogger, and all around nerd. I grew up in the Prairies, but a few years ago I relocated to Quebec to pursue a career with DAVIDsTEA in the tea industry! I’m still working on getting my French language skills down…

My first introduction to tea, in any form outside of instant and bottled iced tea, was about seven years ago when I happened to stumble upon DAVIDsTEA while looking for a birthday present for a friend! I tried their Birthday Cake rooibos blend, and I’ve been hooked on tea ever since! In those seven years; I was introduced to the online tea community, expanded my interest in flavoured teas to include a deep love and appreciation for straight teas and traditional brewing methods, got a tea themed tattoo, started reviewing teas, amassed a sizable tea and teaware collection, became a TAC certified Tea Sommelier, & even came full circle by beginning a career in the tea industry with DAVIDsTEA!

I consider myself a Jack of all Teas, and strive to have a knowledge and appreciation of all tea types, formats, and styles of drinking. I don’t like to feel boxed in to just being a “flavoured tea” or “straight tea” drinker – my expectations may vary depending on the type of tea or how it’s been processed/prepared but if it’s good tea, it’s good tea no matter how it’s been made!

You name it, I probably drink it- and I’ll absolutely try anything at least once.

My default method of preparation is hot, Western style, and straight – but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea or use a different method of preparation I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gongfu. Often I curate very intentional tea and music pairings, and sometimes I share them here in my tasting reviews. Music is something that I find can deeply affect the experience of having tea.

I’m also one half of the “tea and fandom” podcast GeekSteep where, weekly, we discuss newly explored fandoms over tea as well as try to figure out the perfect tea to pair with each fandom. You can find us on Spotify and Apple & Google podcasts.

Favourite flavour notes/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, hazelnut or walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strongly spiced profiles (and most Chai in general), mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, stevia, saltiness or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/obsessed with: Sheng from Yiwu, Yancha (Qilan in particular), anything with a strong sweet potato note. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas! Searching for a really good caramel flavoured blend, ideally with a black tea base.

Please contact me at the instagram account listed below if you would like me to review your teas.

Currently I’m employed in the tea department of the DAVIDsTEA head office. While I’m still sharing my own personal thoughts on new & existing DAVIDsTEA blends, I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any comments expressed are a reflection of my own thoughts and opinions, and do not reflect the thoughts and opinions of the company. Any DAVIDsTEA blends you currently see with a numeric score were reviewed prior to my being hired there and have not been adjusted since becoming a DAVIDsTEA employee.


Montreal, QC, CA



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