If you're finally ready to venture beyond your favorite brew, there's a whole world of fruit beers out there to explore. They have a long history that goes back thousands of years. Using hops in beer is a relatively modern practice, so historically, sweet fruits, as well as herbs and spices, were used to flavor beer. The fruit stimulates fermentation and balances the natural tartness of ales. Lately fruit beers and ciders are becoming trendy, even with those who don't normally like beer. They're light, delicious, refreshing, fruity (of course) and have lower alcohol by volume (ABV), making them great for sipping any time of the day. Foodies have also taken to pairing them with their favorite desserts.

Best Served With …

Fruit beers are fabulous solo, provided you serve them in the right glass.You may wonder why the glass you drink your beer out of really matters. Much like wine, the taste, color and even the aroma of beer is affected as soon as you pour it into the glass. The shape of the glass also helps to direct how the aroma of the beer reaches your nose and what parts of your tongue it reaches first. If you’re pairing fruit beers with food, their complexity and flavor make them perfect for  savory chocolate, cream or fruit-based desserts.

 

5 Fabulous Fruit Beers

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Wyder’s Dry Pear Cider

With the aroma and flavor of fresh-pressed pears, award-winning Wyder’s Dry Pear Cider is sweet and refreshing.

Flavor: Light, tangy and fruit-forward

ABV: 4.0%

Serve In: Flute or Stem Glass

Availability: Year-round

Gluten Free: Yes

 

Lost Coast Brewery: Tangerine

Lost Coast Brewery: Tangerine Wheat

Available all year, this crisp and light beer has a delicious tangerine flavor that isn’t too sweet.

Flavor: Refreshing and balanced with a sweet, citrusy flavor

ABV: 5.5%

Serve In: Flute or Stem Glass

Availability: Year-round

Gluten Free: No

 

Shock Top: Raspberry Wheat

Shock Top Raspberry Wheat

This Belgian-style wheat ale is brewed with hand-selected hops and the essence of wild raspberry, giving it a flavorful twist with a smooth finish.

Flavor: Crisp and fruity with a smooth and flavorful finish

ABV: 5.2%

Serve In: Flute or Shaker

Availability: Year-round

Gluten Free: No

 

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Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

Brewed from 13 varieties of apples imported from France and Italy, this crisp apple cider has a complex flavor that is both sweet and refreshing.

Flavor: Crisp apple flavor that is slightly tart

ABV: 5.0%

Serve In: Bowl, Flute or Lager Glass

Availability: Year-round

Gluten Free: Yes

 

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales: Tweason'ale

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales: Tweason’ale

Mild, hoppy tones are balanced by the fruitiness of strawberries and a malty buckwheat honey, making this a delicious beer that can be enjoyed year-round.

Flavor: Complex with hints of molasses and strawberry notes

ABV: 6.0%

Serve In: Shaker or Tumbler

Availability: Year-round

Gluten Free: Yes

 

Raise Your Lager Glass

If you’re wondering what fruit beers are available in your neighborhood now, the TapHunter app has the answer. Just choose your market (i.e. location) and search “fruit beers.” Then after you find your brew, sip and tell us all about it the blog comments.