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Sweet, fruity or tart, sometimes when enjoying a fruit beer you forget that you're even drinking a beer at all! Fruit has been used in brewing beer for centuries so it's no surprise that some find that there's nothing better than a fruity beer. But there's so much more to it than that, so let Beer Hawk help you discover what else there is to love in beer and fruit.
We get that many people think fruit beer is a gateway beer. And while it's true than many newcomers and ladies do, indeed, prefer a fruity ale there's so much more to it than that. There are many styles that welcome the sweet, tart flavours that come with fruit. It takes a skilled brewer to incorporate fruit into a recipe and still have it come out refined, balanced and, well, tasting like it's a beer as opposed to a fruit drink. Here are our favourite beers that we think are fine examples of why everybody should give a fruity beer a try:
Made with grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice and lactose, the Siren Pompelmocello is intended to be an IPA but its tart, juicy character comes across so fruity and refreshing that we think it suits those who love fruit beers.
Brewed on the base of a Belgian dubbel, the Kasteel Rouge is blended with a sour cherry liquer. Sweet and tart, this fruity ale has flavours of dark red fruits and zesty sour cherries. Its light carbonation appeals to those who don't like the full brunt of a Belgian dubbel.
Low ABV with intense flavours of raspberry, Lindemans Framboise is an easy-drinking fruit beer. There's a slight acidity and lively carbonation that temper the sweetness of the raspberries making it appealing to a wider audience.
Tiny Rebel Clwb Tropicana is a juicy, fruity IPA with loads of cracking flavours. Don't let the "IPA" fool you, however; this is tropical-fruitiness in all its glory. Haters of bitter beers needn't worry.
Made famous in Berlin, the Berliner Weisse is a cloudy, sour beer measuring at about 3% ABV. It’s made with a blend of barley and wheat malts and gets its sour character thanks to a lactobacillus culture. It’s popular to add syrups like raspberry to balance out the tartness.
Must try: Evil Twin Nomader Weisse
Another sweet-and-sour style, the fruit lambic is a lambic that has been blended with fruit juices: most often peach, cherry or raspberry. While lambics are famously sour with a refreshing, dry finish the addition of fruit juices tempers the "funk" by bringing in a good bit of sweetness.
Must try: Lindemans Pecheresse
A signature brew of Bavaria, this is a medium-bodied, effervescent beer exploding with notes of banana and clove alongside a biscuity maltiness. Traditional versions will be cloudy, malty with a smooth mouthfeel and dense, whipped-cream head. Serve in a tall glass ‘mit hefe’ — swirl the bottle to make sure you get all the yeast!
Must try: Schneider Weisse Original Tap 7
We know it's a bit strange to see a dark style on here if you're used to fruit beers coming in pink or peach. But the milk stout is made with lactose which gives a creamy, somewhat sour quality that brings out some of the hidden fruit notes in the beer. Also, this style is usually fantastic with fresh berries so try them alongside each other!
Must try: Wiper and True Milkshake
Italian Grape Ale
A refreshing and complex Italian ale, distinguished by the addition of grapes or grape must, the Italian Grape Ale is an exciting style to come from the Italian brewing movement. Incorporating both Italian wine and beer traditions, this style has the characteristics of the grape without overpowering.
Must try: Fyne Ales Devine
Pairing beer and food together isn’t all rules and science. That would make for a terribly boring dinner party! Instead, it’s the art of taking a good beer, some good food and partnering them together to make something even better. It’s the adventure of discovering what works, what doesn’t and what you like. It’s you taking a bite, taking a sip and then declaring your undying love for that imperial stout and chocolate cake.
Barrel-ageing beers is not a new thing, but it is getting more and more popular, and has probably never been as inventive. Adrian Tierney-Jones explores the new wave of ageing beer in wood
While some so-called off-flavours can be appropriate in certain styles others are not and may kill a little bit of your soul. Here's a quick guide to the most common off-flavours.
Father’s Day, 20th June 2021, is the special date in the calendar when we celebrate and give a nod to the Dads in our lives. It’s an excuse to spoil them with a little something to say thank you for being awesome. If you’re looking for inspiration for a craft beer-loving Dad, then check out our top 7 Father’s Day beer gifts.
Another can spins off the line at Stone Brewing’s new brewery in Berlin. The speed of the whole process is astonishing, a matter of seconds from empty can to filled and sealed. Those amazing hop aromas that Stone Brewing’s IPA is known for are locked in, only to escape as you release the swirling lemon, pine, grapefruit aromas in one of the world’s best IPAs. Cans are the perfect container for this beer. And here’s why.
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