Winter’s chill is gone and the warming spring days foreshadow road trips to the beach, warm breezes and, of course, cold beer.
To add a bit of tropical refreshment to your upcoming days of sun-baked leisure, there are a host of new fruit flavored beers on the market this season. Highlights include Tart Mango Cart from Golden Road Brewing, Pineapple Beach from Funky Buddha and Southern Tier Brewing Company’s 3 Citrus Peel Out.
Based on Golden Road’s Berliner Weisse, Tart Mango Cart raises the ante with a healthy addition of fresh mango puree. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by the light tartness and acidity in the Berliner Weisse style. The resulting wheat ale is easy to drink, thirst quenching and boasts a big bite of juicy mango.
Pineapple Beach may seem like a bit of a departure for Florida beer mavericks Funky Buddha. Known for brewing beers that taste frighteningly like their namesake food dishes (Sweet Potato Casserole, Blueberry Cobbler Ale), the thought of a Funky Buddha tropical blonde ale doesn’t have the same culinary challenge. That said, there is a ton of bright, crisp pineapple flavor in this beer, and you can almost infer a bit of upside down cake panache.
While Pineapple Beach and Tart Mango Cart are both relatively low in alcohol and meant for session-style beach drinking, Southern Tier’s 3 Citrus Peel Out is an Imperial Wheat Beer measuring an impressive 8.5% alcohol by volume. Additions of blood orange juice, tangerine, and grapefruit peel mean the citrusy summertime fruit flavors are up front and unavoidable. Mosaic hops reinforce the grapefruit vibe. It’s sweet, sticky, tart and just the slightest bit boozy.
Whether your upcoming vacation days will be spent shoveling snow or dozing in a seaside hammock, they will be all the tastier with one of these new fruit inspired beers in your hand.