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Friday, June 14, 2013

I'm a Craft Beer Lover and I Like Fruity Beer! Deal With It!

This image of a beer seems to offend some people, and I just don't get it.

What is it about fruit in beer that offends some beer drinkers?

Fruit is perfectly acceptable in mixed drinks. In Sangria. Why not beer?

I love a good fruity beer. The Boston Beer Works Watermelon Ale pictured at left here is one of my all time favorite beers, period- fruit or non-fruit. On a hot summer day, this beer is an amazing, refreshing blast of cool watermelon brew deliciousness.

Fruit has long been used in the brewing process, this isn't new. Pumpkin Ales are among the most popular fall beers. Peppers- Jalepenos, Habeneros- in IPA and Stouts are popping up more and more. (Yes, peppers are a fruit. Look it up)

Perhaps its the addition of an actual garnish that offends? Do "they" think that a garnish tips off others to the fact that they are drinking a frilly, less manly, fruity beer?

Oh no, the HORRORS!

To those with reservations about fruity beer, I say relax. Fruit and beer have been sleeping together longer than chocolate and peanut butter, and I think most would agree that the fruit and beer combo is far more appealing on a hot summer day.

Here are some more of my personally recommended, favorite fruit beers to enjoy during those hot summer days-

Boston Beer Works also brews an amazing Blueberry Ale, picture here at right. Note the blueberries are actually in the glass, not just affixed to the top for affect. No, the berries are in the drink, and let me tell, you'll be happy they are there when you get to the bottom of that glass and get to gorge on beer infused blueberries!

But you don't need actual fruit in the glass to enjoy a great fruit beer. Try another local great- like Blue Hills Watermelon Wheat, pictured here at left- a heffewiezen style beer brewed with watermelon.   No actual fruit in the glass, but you still get awesome watermelon refreshment.

Wanna be more clandestine? Try Wachusett Brewing's excellent Blueberry Ale- in a can!

There are far too many great local fruit beers for me to mention them all, and there are even more if you look nationally. Blueberry and Watermelon Ales are the kings (most common), but you can also find great beers brewed with Apricots, Raspberries, Grapes...among many others. You get the idea.

What's you opinion of fruit beers? Have a  favorite? Leave me a comment!


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