Hey folks.. I will start by saying I know this is going to be extremely unpopular.
Most fruit beers get crucified on the rate beer type websites - but I don't actually care and I don't judge my beers based on popular opinion.. Unlike the rest of the beer expert population, I actually love a Fruli on draught while sitting on a patio.
Even more so This summer I find myself craving infused beers. IPAs have become extremely saturated, and as much as I love them, I cannot get excited about another GLB IPA at this point, I'm sorry. Lagers and Pilsners, I like too, and usually will switch to these or an ISA when I'm in session mode. But they are generally boring and just don't excite me, even when good ones come along. And even if I drink these for a night, I start with something far more flavorful and interesting.
So I actually think the future of craft will hold a lot of spices, flowers, and fruits, to be honest, and here is why: It opens up an infinite world of possibilities.
Strawberry wheats, blueberry ales or hefe's, hibiscus beers, rose petals and pink peppercorns, papaya or mango saisons, the list goes on. Watch the Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown episode about NOMA restaurant and Copenhagen, and they even enjoy asparagus beer!
I am finding it extremely easy to enjoy all all of these lately. something I would not have said years ago back when a good local IPA even was hard to come by, and herd mentality convinced me fruit beers were blasphemous.
The craft beer market is expanding too rapidly and it's becoming saturated with styles that taste the same, or specific beers that don't taste the same from batch to batch.
I truly think fruit, flowers, and spices give beers and producers the ability to be truly unique, rather than trying to make the hoppyest, grapefruityest IPA EVER!
They get a bad rap but I really hope herd mentality doesn't stop breweries from experimenting with it. Fruit does not have to mean sickly sweet! Craft Heads in Windsor is one of the first places that seemed to embrace this idea and as a result have some absolutely delicious seasonal beers
Thanks for reading