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Fruit and vegetable beer

Magic Hat #9 fruit beer in a mug.

Magic Hat #9 fruit beer in a mug.

A fruit beer or a vegetable beer is a beer brewed with a fruit or vegetable adjunct or flavouring.

 

 Fruit flavouring and adjuncts

Fruits have been used as a beer adjunct or flavouring for centuries, especially with Belgian lambic styles. Cherry, raspberry, and peach are a common addition to this style of beer. Modern breweries may add only flavoured extracts to the finished product, rather than actually fermenting the fruit. New Glarus Brewing Company of Wisconsin produces Raspberry Tart, a framboise made with raspberries, wheat and year old Hallertau hops, and fermented in large oak vats. Another example is brewed by Magic Hat Brewing Company of Vermont. Magic Hat '#9' is quite popular in the northeastern U.S. and is a 'not-quite-pale ale' flavored with apricots. Fruli is a fruit beer made from 70% wheat beer and 30% fruit juice.

 Vegetable flavouring and adjunct

Anheuser-Busch brews Tequiza, a beer flavoured with tequila from blue agave cactus nectar. Desperados is a tequila-flavoured beer popular among German youth.

Pumpkin-flavoured beers are brewed seasonally in the autumn in North America. An example is produced by Coors Brewing Company's Blue Moon brand.

Chile pepper is used to flavour pale lagers. One of the most popular American chile beers is produced by Eske's (aka Sangre de Cristo Brewing) in Taos, New Mexico. Eske's "Taos Green Chile Beer" is made with New Mexico roasted green chiles. Black Mountain Brewing Company in Cave Creek, Arizona, brews "Cave Creek Chili Beer", the only internationally marketed chile beer.

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