Striking artwork make this bottle of beer standout. As does the taste which is rather like continental fruity beers, but it is brewed in Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders. It smells and tastes of passion fruit, but it is not overwhelmingly sweet or fruity. It is perfectly balanced and I loved it.
My first thought on tasting this beer was 'interesting.' It certainly tastes of passion fruit, but it is not as sweet as I expected. There is a dry hop taste that tempers the sweetness. This is what makes it different to continental fruity beers, which can be intensely fruity. I do love Belgian fruit beers, but I also loved Passionfruit Berliner. I found it very refreshing and I will definitely be having this again.
Tempest Brewing also produce Totally Radler, another fruit beer with continental influences. It is great that they are trying these different tastes and doing something a bit different to other Scottish beer producers.
The label on Passionfruit Berliner makes the beer standout from the crowd in your local bottle shop. It was designed by an art student from Glasgow. I think that the bottle label is a vital element in a customer's decision to purchase a beer and you do see plenty of innovation from small breweries with their design.
Tempest Brewing has a shop in the brewery, located in an industrial estate that is adjacent to Tweedbank station, the last stop on the Borders Railway. There is great cycling to be had in this part of Scotland, so there is no excuse for not trying a Tempest beer. There are stockists throughout Scotland, mainly in the east and the Borders. The Tempest website lists all the stockists and you can also buy online.