I know what you’re thinking: Poems at Midnight? That sounds like the journal entry of an angsty teenager from the early 2000s.
The name happens to come from Tantrum Brewing Co.’s unapologetically fruit-forward and tart Berliner Weisse series.
Before the brewery opened on March 23, Ross Crumpton, its founder, said he made a dash to the grocery store to gather ingredients for potential brews.
Teaming up with David Sheets, Tantrum Brewing’s brewmaster, he experimented with different fruit combinations, which led to the birth of Poems at Midnight.
Poems at Midnight with Strawberry and Pomegranate
Brewery: Tantrum Brewing Co.
Alcohol by volume: 5.2 percent
Style: Berliner Weisse
Bottom Line: A refreshing fruit-forward beer perfect for sipping in the mountains
Tucked in the hills of White County wine country, Crumpton said he wanted to create brews that would ease wine-drinkers into craft beer.
“It’s not off-putting to someone that doesn’t really enjoy or know what a sour beer is,” he said. “I’ve had tons of men and women say they don’t really drink beer, they’re just wine-drinkers. They try it, and the next thing you know, their glasses are empty.”
One beer from the series, Poems at Midnight with Strawberry and Pomegranate, caught my full attention when I visited the brewery.
The beer fully embraces both its strawberry and pomegranate counterparts, from the vibrant color of the beer, to the distinct flavors.
With all of the beers from the series, Crumpton said he aimed to do just that.
“For me, fruited beer should be a representation of the fruit that’s in it,” he said. “I don’t like when you get a beer that’s raspberry or whatever, and it comes out looking like a normal beer.”
Despite the punchy tart nature of pomegranate, I found myself pleasantly surprised by how it didn’t overshadow the strawberry flavor in the beer.
As a self-proclaimed Berliner Weisse snob, I always wait for the style’s characteristic wheat aftertaste. This beer did not disappoint.
Tantrum Brewing’s breathtaking view of Yonah and Pink mountains also didn’t hurt the vibe of the beer.
Whether you like the beer or not, Tantrum Brewing’s mountainous backdrop should be enough of a reason to visit.
And here’s a fun fact: Tantrum Brewing is Georgia’s first agritourism-designated brewery. In another year, Crumpton hopes to have fully mature hops plants growing at the brewery.
If you’re even considering checking the brewery out, don’t hesitate, just do it.
Tantrum Brewing is located at 1939 Helen Highway in Cleveland. For taproom hours visit tantrumbeer.com.