At the risk of losing my mancard, I’ll admit that I love a nice fruit beer during the dog days of summer. There’s just something about the sweet and tart nature of these fruit-infused brews that quenches my thirst like nothing else can.
It seems silly now, but I was resistant to fruit beers when I first became a beer geek. I thought the addition of produce into a brew was more of a gimmick than part of the brewers’ art. Plus, I thought fruit beers were for girls — like the wine coolers of the beer world — sugared-up to make the beer more palatable.
One sip of the first beer on this list changed my mind. It was then I realized that fruit beers are just plain awesome
Founder Cerise is a 6.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) ale brewed with fresh Michigan tart cherries that are added at five different points during the fermentation process. The remarkable thing about this beer is the sublime balance between the cherries and its biscuity malt foundation. It’s almost like a cherry cobbler in a glass, with the sweetness and the tartness and richness all perfectly interwoven. I buy this beer every year, and this year’s batch is particularly delightful. It’s perfect for enjoying on the back deck after dinner on a warm summer evening.
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