Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time to put away the heavy beers of deep winter and break out the fruit-infused variety, like The Flaming Lips new dragonfruit beer. In recent years, craft brewers are infusing fresh produce into seasonal beers to marry the flavors of spring with comforting hops. To see what the experts have dreamt up to make your springtime a little more fun, cast an eye on these eight fruity beers that you’re going to want to try ASAP.
1. Black Cherry Porter ($13 / 9.2 percent ABV): Michigan cherries envelop this deep porter from Short’s Brew. Though it sounds unusual to pair the deep red globes of springtime with a darker beer, it highlights the chocolatey notes of the brew for a pleasant drinking experience. This is the beer to drink if it’s still chilly and damp in your region during spring.
2. Grapefruit Sculpin ($14 / 7 percent ABV): IPA is known for its bright, hoppy flavor that naturally has hints of citrus. So it’s only logical that Ballast Point would try to pair this brew with grapefruit, which grows in the winter and peaks in the beginning of spring. This particular IPA is light enough that you’ll want to enjoy it during the day too.
3. Hell or High Watermelon ($9 / 4.9 percent ABV): Only available starting in April, this innovative beer was brewed by 21st Amendment Brewery in the pursuit of American values like independence and perseverance. (Hence why Lady Liberty is featured on the can.) This straw-colored beer has only a kiss of watermelon flavor. Surprisingly, it makes for a crisp and easy-to-drink wheat beer.
4. Saison X ($9 / 6.0 percent ABV): Brewed with lemon, orange peel, and crystallized ginger, this brew is aged for five months in oak barrels to give it a mellow taste with an effervescent mouthfeel. In fact, this beer is so good that it was the gold medal winner in the Belgian Session category in 2016.
5. Farmer’s Reserve #3 ($10 / 6 percent ABV): This Almanac Beer Co. ale is aged for 12 months in white wine barrels where its wild yeasts develop a tart finish to complement the infusion of nectarines and strawberries. Made with local fruit from the fields of California, this beer is a celebration of new growth that you won’t want to miss.
6. Apricot Blonde ($9 / 5.1 percent ABV): When you need to quench your thirst with something fruity, apricot ale from Dry Dock Brewing is your best bet. Brewed with crates of fresh fruit in each batch, the scent of apricot mists off the beer as you pour it into your glass. The brewery suggests pairing it with sunshine for the full effect.
7. Rübaeus ($15 / 5.7 percent ABV): This Founders Brewing Co. beer receives its red hue and sweet-tart flavor from the infusion of raspberries. It’s exactly what you need when the clouds lift, and you find yourself outdoors.
8. Tangerine Wheat ($5 / 5.5 percent ABV): Tangerines are the last vestiges of winter fruit that always seem to get better when the first hints of spring appear. This wheat beer from Lost Coast Brewery is perfect for those inaugural days when you’re brave enough to bare your legs and sit poolside, even if it isn’t quite yet warm enough to actually go swimming.
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