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Maggies-3D-Can_TransparentBeer is a many splendor thing, whether it is in the form of an IPA, stout, kolsch or pale ale, there is an ever-changing kaleidoscope of flavors to choose from. And craft beer lovers like it that way. All one has to do is pay attention to the weekly offerings at many of the local breweries to see that mid-week most offer a variation to one of their current brews. Be it an herb-infused saison or an IPA aged on fruit, variety is the name of the game.

One of the hottest emerging trends in the world of craft beer is fruit-infused brew. Sure, the Belgians have had fruit in their beer for more than a century. Breweries such as Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels created Framboise (raspberry) and Kriek (cherry) lambics more than 100 years ago. Lambics are a style of ale that is not inoculated with yeast; instead it is allowed to spontaneously ferment from yeast present in the air that gets to the beer via open air cooling vessels often located on the roof or the top floor of the brewery that is open to the outside.

As a modern phenomenon, fruit beers come in several iterations; fruit additions to typical styles like IPAs and stouts, styles that have traditionally included fruit or fruit syrup additions like Berliner Weisse and hybrid styles that are created specifically to highlight fruit flavors like apple ales.

A trip to your local beer monger will reveal an ever-increasing shift towards fruit-flavors in familiar styles. The highly-rated IPA Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company of San Diego, Calif. now comes in a wide array of fruit flavors like grapefruit, pineapple and even habanero (yes, peppers are technically fruits). Another style that has had the fruit-infusion treatment is farmhouse ale. This style, akin to saison, has been refreshingly imbued with peach by Terrapin Beer Company of Athens, Ga. in their Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse. Wheat beers are also frequently amped up with fruit flavors. Traditional Belgian wheat beers often include orange peel in the brewing process, but American brewers like 21st Amendment have upped the ante by adding watermelon in their Hell or high Watermelon.

Berliner Weisse, a German sour wheat beer, was traditionally served with raspberry (Himbeersirup) syrup to balance the tartness. Today brewers create their own riffs of the style by adding fruit directly in the beer during fermentation. Locally in Jacksonville, Aardwolf Brewing Company has created several variations of their Lactic Zeppelin Berliner Weisse with guava and passionfruit.

Samuel Smith’s The Old Brewery in Tadcaster, England produces several fruit beers that defy any other style categorization. One of their best is Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry a spontaneously fermented brew with tart and sour flavors similar to a Belgian lambic. The addition of strawberry juice adds some sweetness to balance the flavors. But, perhaps the fastest growing flavor among fruit beers is apple. With the growing popularity of hard cider, companies like Redd’s (part of the Miller Brewing Company) are capitalizing on the fruit beer trend. Available in several flavors, Redd’s is an apple-flavored beverage that is brewed like a beer rather than simply fermented like a cider.

Whether you are a purist and think beer should taste like, well, beer or a progressive and accept the current flood of fruit beers hitting the market, one fact is certain; brewers are going to keep experimenting with new fruits and flavors. You may as well relax, fill a cooler with ice and add some refreshing fruit-infused brews for enjoying on the back porch on the coming hot summer nights.

 

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Posted by on July 24, 2017 in Beer, Beer Styles

 

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New Belgium to release two new brews

New_Belgium_Sign_March_2017Two new flavors will be available from New Belgium in the next few weeks. The first, Voodoo Ranger Juicy Mandarina IPA, follows the current trend of juicy hops-forward IPAs.

The second is a  sour farmhouse ale aged in oak barrels named fittingly, French Oak Saison. Interestingly, this saison is a blend of a Wallonia-style saison with a soured golden ale.

Get more information about each beer below in the official press release.

Ft. Collins, Colo. – April 17, 2017 – New Belgium Brewing’s Voodoo Ranger line is adding a special release series to the mix. First up is Voodoo Ranger Juicy Mandarina IPA, an unfiltered wheat IPA. It bursts with citrus and juicy tropical flavors and features German Mandarina Bavaria and Australian Galaxy hops.

Juicy Mandarina IPA pours a hazy orange and comes in at 6.5% ABV. It’s available this spring in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

French Oak Saison

Another special release addition to the New Belgium lineup, although not part of the Voodoo Ranger family, is French Oak Saison. This barrel aged sour farmhouse ale is a limited release. French Oak Saison brings together a dry, hop-forward Wallonia-style saison with a golden ale, which is soured in French oak foeders for 15-18 months. Rye and spelt grains give the beer a medium body, while Huell Melon and Tettnang hops provide a honeydew and white pepper aroma.

This saison has a mouthwatering sourness with a clean, dry finish. It comes in at 7.5% ABV and is now available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

 

To find Juicy Mandarina and French Oak Saison near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: or download New Belgium’s Beer Mode app.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2017 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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