Where do I begin? How had I not heard of Hoop Tea until this past Saturday.
I was supposed to go on a brewery bike tour with friends over the weekend, but the universe had other plans for me. I enjoy the bike riding, the company that’s involved, but beer on the other hand is not my forte. How tea and beer merge is something I’d never prepare for.
This blog is all things tea. And that means anything tea. So when I found out after the fact that friends of mine tasted some malt tea (and bought some to go) at Peabody Heights Brewery, I was floored. I was excited but also dismayed at myself that I missed this opportunity.
I’ve been on previous bikes and brew tours with this same group and the tasting room is available several days a week, so my opportunity would be coming. Thankfully it came even sooner, July 4th to be exact.
Fortunately, at the holiday party I attended, (hosted by the same folks who host the bike tour), the White Mango tea was in plain view for sampling and sharing. And this was something else. It was so easy to drink. With a 4.0% alcohol content it was deceptively light. A few quick glasses of this could really do some damage. So I limited myself to two. And I drank them very slowly.
Upon research, the sweetness comes from the organic cane sugar, maybe more so than the mango. But nevertheless this was incredible. To be fair, I have nothing to compare it too so I would love to try some more flavors in the future. And my intent is to do so and soon.
We’ve got plenty of summer left. This is the quintessential seasonal beverage. The fact that it’s local and even more specifically from Ocean City, MD adds to the charm.
Even before I knew more about this tea (can I still call it tea), I had the sense that there was a powerful spirit behind this operation. To say that would be an understatement. Their story is an inspiring one. One that I hope to be able to tell in a similar fashion, in whatever facet of life I tackle. I won’t spoil it, but click here to read more.
I’m on the bandwagon. This company is growing and I sense an inspired thought is going to grow exponentially and in short time. How can it not? Why did I not think of something like this? There’s an unlimited amount ideas out there that are there for the taking. This is one of the most amazing things to be a part of. And to be in our backyard makes it all the more special.
From what I understand, Peabody Heights is the only distributor in Baltimore City proper. They’re looking to expand into more parts of downtown. I don’t see that being a problem. I’d be happy to help and this link gives you an option to request Hoop Tea in your area. For our pals in Maryland, you can check to see if there’s a distributor near you at the same link.
I wish I could have written a recap from Peabody itself. That just means this is only the beginning. This was only going to be the beginning anyways. This is worthy of revisiting regularly. In the mean time I’ll leave you with photos from the aforementioned party with a hearty meal and then with dessert. I never got to try the dessert actually. But gosh darnit doesn’t that look pretty? Here’s more from this shindig.
Finally, here is a way to contact them.