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Fruit Beer by Type of Fruit

By Jay Brooks
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 8:55 am in On Beer.

If you read my most recent column in the newspaper, Fruit in Beer, it was about all of the different kinds of fruit that brewers are putting in their beer. Below is a list of beers made with at least twenty-six different fruits. It’s not intended to be a shopping list. Unfortunately, many of the beers are not available in California and some are not even imported to the U.S. But it does show just how creative brewers around the world are being with the use of different ingredients to make their beer. See how many you can find.

apple

Apple

    Applebocq
    Floris Pommes
    Hopworks Sour Apple Pie
    Lindemans Apple
    Newton
    Unibroue Ephemere (Apple)

apricot

Apricot

    Cantillon Fou ‘Foune
    Cascade Apricot Ale
    Chapeau Apricot Lambic
    Dogfish Head Aprihop
    Ithaca Apricot Wheat
    Odell Friek
    Pyramid Audacious Apricot Ale
    Russian River Compunction (brewed with Pluots, an apricot/plum hybrid)
    Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Ale

bananas

Banana

    Chapeau Banana Lambic
    Mongozo Fair Trade Banana Beer
    Wells Banana Bread Beer

black-currants

Black Currant

    Cassis De Hill
    Ducassis
    Ephemere (Cassis)
    Hair of the Dog Rose Cassis
    Kuhnhenn Extraneous Ale
    Lindemans Cassis
    Mort-Subite Cassis
    Saint-Louis Cassis
    Storm Insane 12 Year Black Current Lambic
    Timmermans Cassis-Lambic

blackberries

Blackberry

    Almanac Beer Blackberry Ale
    BluCreek Wild Blueberry Ale
    Long Trail Blackberry Wheat Beer
    Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier
    Upland Blackberry Lambic

blueberrys

Blueberry

    Blue Point Blueberry Ale
    Caulier Bon Secours Myrtille
    Marin Blueberry Ale
    Sea Dog Plue Paw Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale
    Upland Blueberry Lambic

cherries

Cherry

    Belle-Vue Kriek
    Belle-Vue Kriek Extra
    Bell’s Cherry Stout
    Boon Kriek
    Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait
    Bruery Kriek
    Brussels Kriek
    Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic
    Cantillon Kriek Lou Pepe
    De Cam Kriek
    De Neve Kriek
    De Ranke Kriek
    De Troch Kriek
    Drie Fonteinen Kriek
    Floris Kriek
    Girardin Kriek
    Hanssens Oude Kriek
    Jacobins Kriek
    Kriek De Hill
    Lakefront Rosie
    Liefmans Kriek
    Lindemans Kriek
    Mikkeller Cherry Alive
    Mort-Subite Kriek
    New Belgium Lips Of Faith Transatlantique Kriek
    New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red
    O’Fallon Cherry Chocolate Beer
    Redbach
    Saint-Louis Kriek
    Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat
    Samuel Smith Organic Cherry Fruit Ale
    Sprecher Kriek Lambic
    Strubbe Kriekenbier
    Ter Dolen Kriek
    Timmermans Kriek
    Timmermans Tradition Kriek
    Unibroue Quelque Chose
    Upland Cherry Lambic
    Vieux Bruxelles Kriek Lambic

cranberries

Cranberry

    Bethlehem Brew Works Imperial Cranberry Lambic
    Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale
    New Glarus Unplugged Cranbic Ale
    Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic

coconut

Coconut

    Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels
    Kona Coconut Beer
    Maui CoCoNut Porter
    Mongozo Coconut Beer

elderberries

Elderberry

    St. Peter’s Elderberry Beer
    Williams Brothers Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale

grapes

Grape

    Cantillon Saint-Lamvinus
    Cantillon Vigneronne
    Concord Grape Ale
    Samuel Adams Longshot Grape Pale Ale

grapefruit

Grapefruit

    Binding Grapefruit Hefeweizen
    Brasserie de Silly Pink Killer
    Groslch 2.5 Pink Grapefruit
    St. Peter’s Grapefruit Beer
    Sun King Grapefruit Jungle
    TripHop Grapefruit IPA
    Whistler Brewing Paradise Valley Grapefruit Ale

juniper

Juniper

    Rogue Juniper Pale Ale
    Sierra Nevada Juniper Black Ale

lemon

Lemon

    Chapeau Lemon Lambic
    Magic Hat Hocus Pocus
    Stiegl Radler Lemon Beer
    Zipfer Lemon Beer

lime

Lime

    Bud Light Lime
    Labatt Blue Light Lime
    Lakeport Brewing Brava Lime
    Miller Chill
    Shorts Key Lime Pie
    Uncommon Brewers Siamese Twin Ale (uses only the kaffir lime leaf, but it’s local and yummy, so I kept it on the list)
    Viking Lime Twist

mango

Mango

    Floris Mango
    Laughing Buddha Mango Weizen
    Laurelwood Mango Mint Pale Ale
    St. John’s Brewers Tropical Mango Ale

orange

Orange

    Ale Industries Orange Kush
    Buckbean Orange Blossom Ale
    Buffalo Bill Orange Blossom Cream Ale
    Craftsman Orange Grove Ale
    Dogfish Head Blood Orange Hefeweizen
    Papago Orange Blossom Wheat Beer

    White beers generally use orange peel (along with coriander)

peach

Peach

    Bar Harbor Peach Ale
    Chapeau Pêche Lambic
    Dogfish Head Festina Peche
    Grumpy Troll Grumpy Peach
    Lindemans Pêcheresse
    Marin Stinson Beach Peach
    Mort-Subite Pêche
    Odell Avant Peche
    O’Fallon Wheach
    Saint-Louis Pêche
    Timmermans Pêche-Lambic

pears

Pear

    Fullsteam Sparkling Pear Saison
    Hopper’s Pear Lambic
    Idaho Brewing Pear
    Kopparberg Pear Beer
    Malvern Hills Black Pear

pineapple

Pineapple

    Blue Diamond Pineapple Beer
    Chapeau Pineapple Lambic
    Maui Brewing Manna Wheat

plum

Plum

    Bethlehem Brew Works Mirabella (Plum Lambic)
    Brussels Perzik
    Chapeau Mirabelle Lambic
    J.W. Lee’s Plum Pudding
    Russian River Compunction (brewed with Pluots, an apricot/plum hybrid)
    Short’s Plum Rye Bock
    Three Boys Wild Plum Ale
    Watch City Jack Horner’s Plum Wit

pomegranate

Pomegranate

    Fort Collins Brewing Major Tom’s Pomegranate Wheat
    He’Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale
    Moylan’s Pomegranate Wheat
    Peak Organic Brewing Pomegranate Wheat Ale
    Saranac Pomegranate Wheat

raspberry

Raspberry

    Abita Purple Haze
    Alaskan Raspberry Wheat
    Ampounette
    Belle-Vue Framboise
    Boon Framboise
    Brussels Framboos
    Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus
    De Neve Framboise
    Floris Framboises
    Framboise De Hill
    Great Divide Wild Raspberry Ale
    Harpoon UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen
    Jacobins Framboise
    Liefmans Framboise
    Lindemans Framboise
    Marin Raspberry Trail Ale
    Mort-Subite Framboise
    New Belgium Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale
    New Glarus Raspberry Tart
    Rose des Remparts
    Saint-Louis Framboise
    Samuel Smith Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer
    Six Rivers Raspberry Lambic
    Southern Tier Raspberry Wheat Ale
    Timmermans Framboise-Lambic
    Upland Raspberry Lambic
    Wittekerke Rosé

strawberries

Strawberry

    Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
    BridgePort Brewing Stumptown Tart
    Floris Fraises
    Fruili
    Liefmans Fruitesse
    Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry Fruit Ale
    Upland Strawberry Lambic

tangerine

Tangerine

    Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat
    Kuhnhenn Play in the Hay
    Potosi Tangerine IPA

watermelon

Watermelon

    21st Amendment Hell of High Watermelon Wheat
    Blue Hills Watermelon Wheat
    Roy Pitz Brewing Lovitz Lager
    Salem Beer Works Watermelon Ale

fruit-other

Miscellaneous

    Floris Passion
    Grisette Fruits des Bois
    Upland Kiwi Lambic
    Upland Persimmon Lambic

P.S. This is list is not intended to be complete, either. If you know of a fruit beer you think should be on this list — especially one brewed or sold locally — please leave a comment and I’ll add it.

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  • Scott

    Russian River’s Consecration is brewed with currants, and is available locally in bottles (as well as on tap).

  • Steve A

    Hey Jay,
    Don’t forget that local Pom Cherry Bomb from High Water, local Pomegranate from Central Valley and Cherry Juice from Michigan, still available in Bay Area. I hear the brewer is a little obnoxious tho at times!! ;)

  • Davy

    Dogfish Head Red & White is brewed with the juice from Pinot Noir grapes and is available locally in bottles (http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occassional-rarities/red-white.htm)

  • James Swotek

    We first bought this in Maui Hawaii and recently in Newport Oregon. It’s one of my wife’s favorites.

    Wild Blue Blueberry Lager = http://wildbluelager.com Blue Dawg Brewing, Baldwinsville, NY [1-877-478-6637]
    Wild Blue is a blueberry lager that fuses the juice of nature’s perfect fruit – blueberries – with premium American and German hops, two row and six-row barley malt and cereal grains. Wild Blue has a full taste with a pleasant blueberry aroma and flavor, & contains 8 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).

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