Typically unequaled as thirst quenchers and frequently an exquisite accompaniment to dessert (particularly fruit lambics), fruit beers have an impressive ability to satisfy, particularly during these dog days of summer.
Examples: Click here to find fruit beers available in your neighborhood.
History: Fruit likely served as the original spice for beer, millennia before hops were first used in the brewing process. A likely precursor to soda, sweet fruit was used to stimulate fermentation by attracting yeast-carrying bugs, and to balance the natural tartness of spontaneously fermented ales.
Food: The complex fruitiness of fruit beers make them the ideal pairing with savory desserts, particularly chocolate, cream, and fruit based dishes.
Recommended Glassware: Flute Glass
Original Gravity (OG): 1.030 – 1.110
Final Gravity (FG): 1.006 – 1.030
Alcohol Content (ABV): 2.5 – 12.0%
Bitterness (IBU): 5 – 70
Color (SRM): 5 – 50º L
Ideal Serving Temperature: 45 – 48º F