There are a couple of different ways you know spring has arrived. Tulips are blooming. Birds are singing. I have to mow my grass for the first time. Also, the fruit beers are hitting the shelves. Tropical-forward IPAs, sour beers with tart berries added to the fermentation tanks, easy-drinking radlers with grapefruit puree. We’ve picked a handful of new fruit beers hitting the market this spring that we’re particularly psyched about. Brace yourself, though; Digging into this batch of new beers is like working your way through a bag of Skittles. Taste the rainbow.
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Schlafly Coconut Crème Ale
Shlafly tested this beer out in their small batch taproom last year and graduated it to a special release this spring. It's smooth and easy drinking and while it was brewed with fire-roasted coconut, the fruit is actually really understated, coming off as a little nutty on the backend of the sip. Look for it in 12-ounce bottles.
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Saint Arnold Raspberry AF
Take your standard tart Berliner Weisse and throw in a shit ton of raspberry (3,000 pounds of raspberry puree, to be exact) and you get the appropriately named Raspberry AF, a new year-round beer from Houston's Saint Arnold. It's incredibly sour, but the raspberries do add a layer of jam-like fruit to take the edge off. While it's part of Saint Arnold's year-round lineup, Raspberry AF drinks like a summer seasonal. It's thirst quenching, and comes in at a low, low 3.6% ABV.
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Great Divide Brewing Roadie Grapefruit Radler
This new beer is brewed with grapefruit puree and comes in at a super-drinkable 4.2% ABV, the way all good radlers should. Radlers aren't for everyone—they can be a bit watery, but I like grapefruit and I like easy-drinking beers, so I'm psyched to try this one. It's part of Great Divide's seasonal lineup, available in cans from April through July.
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North Coast Tart Cherry
California-based North Coast Brewing uses the juice of Michigan cherries to take the edge off of this Berliner Weiss, which promises a sour, acidic finish. It's just 4.1%, and pretty limited so jump on it if you want it. This is also the first in a series of fruit-forward Berliner Weisse releases from the brewery.
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The Veil Brewing Never Aloha
You'll probably have to hunt for this one, but Richmond's The Veil has produced a 4.9% Gose inspired by Hawaiian punch. They added "hundreds and hundreds" of pounds of passionfruit, pineapple, mango, blood orange and cherry puree to the beer. This might be the fruitiest beer on our list.
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Epic Brewing Oak and Orchard Series
Epic is releasing four new barrel-aged sours this Spring, starting with Oak and Orchard Syrah, which is a sour saison loaded with blueberry, boysenberry and black currant for big, fruity notes. Look for it to hit the market in the middle of April. After than, keep an eye out for their Oak and Orchard Pinot (with blueberry, cranberry, strawberry and plum), Oak and Orchard Dark Sour with plum, and Sour Brainless on Peaches. With peaches, of course.
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Indeed Lucy Session Sour
Indeed Brewing is releasing its first canned sour, this tart but sessionable beer loaded with tropical fruit notes from the addition of lemongrass, orange peel and passion fruit. It's just 4.2%, and named after the brewmaster's daughter. As far as sours go, this one falls on the light and easy side of the spectrum.
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Jester King Rare Corals
Jester King went overboard with the fruit in this farmhouse ale, adding 1,200 pounds of cantaloupe, guava, banana, strawberry and coconut to the fermentation tanks. It debuted at the end of March in big bottles and on draft.