The Fruit-in-Beer Relationship

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Summer is here (regardless of what the Starks say). And even though we’re still trying to sell the whole Bangalore-has-better-weather-than-your-city spiel to the rest of the country, we the truth. It’s flipping hot!

And since everyone’s focus is on hydrating and feeling refreshed and all such nice sounding things, we thought we’d help digging into the history of the fruits in beer. Because what can be more refreshing than fruit and beer combined, right?

It goes waaaay back.

There is anthropological evidence that fruits in beer go right back to around the time beer itself originated.
(Also, there is evidence that using the word anthropological makes everything 100 times more boring instantly, so we promise that’s the first and last time that word will be used.)

The usage goes back to the 10th Millennium B.C., where chemical tests have found beer with grapes and whole bunch of other fruit.

It goes back to the 10th Millennium B.C.

It probably wasn’t as popular then as it is now, though.

Fruits were perishables. And so is beer, if you think about it, when compared to wine. Also, wine could be made and stored with a single harvest.

But beer needed to be brewed a bunch of times in a year, and fruits might or might have not been available all those times. A lot of it also depended on which part of the world you were in.

…depended on which part of the world you were in.

Everything from dates to raspberries.

Depending on where you were, the fruits you chose to add always gave a refreshingly unique taste to the brew. And they also kind of gave an idea of where you were from, a boozy-fruity GPS of sorts.
In the Middle East, dates were added to the brew (because, of course they were!), while berry-rich areas had everything from elderberries to raspberries added.
(Elderberries sounds like something you’d add to beer in the Lord of the Rings.)

Location also played (and continues to play) a huge part in the flavour of the fruit, and ultimately, the flavour of the beer,

If you’re slightly familiar with how wines work, everything from the soil to the temperature the grapes are grown in make a difference to the final flavour. The same goes for fruit added into different beers.

In the Middle East, dates were added to the brew

Freezing works well too.

Which is why fresh produce from farmers’ markets are your best bet. But don’t write off frozen fruit, pureé and syrups just yet.

Most frozen fruits are frozen right where they are harvested from, so a lot of the flavour is retained. Also, freezing aids the brewing process—it lowers the microbial load as well as causes the rupturing of the cell walls, which helps the juices flow freely into the beer.

Brewers sometimes use winemakers concentrates as well, which aren’t only of grape. These are useful because they don’t have fruit skins that can sometimes block a fermenter and also lead to collection of bacteria.

…freezing fruits aids the brewing process

It isn’t easy.

When fruits are used, especially whole fruits, a lot of care goes into the process. Something as simple as the size of the fruit chunks require attention, so that they don’t end up blocking the fermenter.

This can cause the fermenter to choke and explode, which is not just a lot of time wasted in cleaning a major mess, but can also be kind pretty dangerous. (A beer bath isn’t as fun as it sounds when you’re not expecting it. Otherwise, it’s great.)

This can cause the fermenter to choke and explode

Back to the future.

Fruits are used widely and generously in beers across the world today, with some kinds being extremely sought after. Ahem.

And if you thought this little history lesson was some not-so-subtle attempt on our part to announce that the Aam Aadmi Ale was back—you’d be absolutely right.

The beloved Mango based beer, one of our many fruit based beers, will be back on tap to rescue you from the sweltering summer next week. So sit tight.

Come, partake in some healthy historical merrymaking with us. We’ll teach you ancient drinking games too.

 

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This brew is all about the hops – that lends it clear aromas of pine, stone fruit and citrus.

The beer has a coating mouthfeel with long lasting bitterness and balanced malt body.

AROMA

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ABV

6.6%

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Light to medium body

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FLAVOUR

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In celebration of craft, we’re hopped to be hosting the Beackshack IPA from Arbor Brewing on our guest tap.

This special is a surprisingly crisp and easy-drinking beer with a vesuvian hop finish, and is packed with citrus and tropical fruit aromas, making for a truly refreshing brew!

AROMA

Strong hoppy aroma, citrus, pine, sweet tropical fruity. 

ABV

6%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body with a smooth bitterness. Clean and dry finish with medium carbonation.

APPEARANCE

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FLAVOUR

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A crisp, exceptionally clean beer prominently featuring noble German hops and the finest Pilsner malt that gives it an impeccably balanced hop profile.

Pouring a brilliant straw colour, it offers floral and spicy aroma with flavours of lightly sweet malt, finishing firm and dry on the palate.

AROMA

Malty with floral and spicy aroma

ABV

4.8%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Light Straw

FLAVOUR

Medium to high hop bitterness and subtle grain sweetness

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Lemon Hard Seltzer

100 calories and 2 grams of carbs per pint! The Oi Lemon Hard Seltzer is made from a natural honey base just like a mead. After a special proprietary fermentation process, they use the traditional Bourbon method and filter the Seltzer over a bed of charcoal that eliminates all color and taste from it.


The result, a sparkling clear beverage, which is then naturally flavored with lemon. Refreshing, light and crisp!

AROMA

Lemon

ABV

<4.95%

MOUTHFEEL

Crisp and spritz

APPEARANCE

Clear

FLAVOUR

Tart lemon

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Tripel X

A clean, crisp, delicately-balanced beer with a very subtle fruit and hop character.

Brewed with pilsner malt and homemade candy sugar, our take on this Belgian classic style is smooth and complex. Strong malty & mildly sweet notes deliver a pleasantly dry finish. This one packs quite a punch & you will barely notice it, making it a dangerously session-able beer

AROMA

Complex fruity aroma

ABV

8%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body

APPEARANCE

Pale gold

FLAVOUR

Mild sweet malt flavour, with a soft bitterness and fruity flavors

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saison

Lemon Tea Saison

A farmhouse style ale celebrating the refreshing flavours of lemon chai. Crafted by infusing Malabar tea and a squeeze of farm fresh lemons, the beer has citrus fruit and spice notes that remind you of the soothing comfort of a cup of lemon tea, with a boozy twist of course!

AROMA

Fruity with a spicy yeast character

ABV

4.9%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Fruity with a spicy yeast character

FLAVOUR

Citrus and pepper spice

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Kolsch

The Kolsch, originating from Cologne, Germany, is a light and refreshing ale-lager hybrid. The beer is clean, crisp and delicately-balanced with a subtle fruit and hop character. Our version is made with a single hop, Mandarina Bavaria, that lends the brew distinctive mandarin and citrus notes.

AROMA

Low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character. A delicately spicy hop aroma, with a pleasant and subtle fruit aroma

ABV

4.9%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium-light & medium carbonation

APPEARANCE

Clear, pale gold to light gold

FLAVOUR

Low fruity sweetness, medium-low bitterness with delicate dryness and slight crispness

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While most beers use a blend of multiple hops and malts the SMaSH is brewed with a single variety of malt (Pilsner Malt) and hops (Amarillo hops).

This refreshing beer showcases the individual characteristics of each ingredient, creating a distinctive yet balanced flavour profile. The Verdant IPA yeast helps the hop character shine through, while maintaining the grainy backbone.

It’s the perfect beer to welcome Spring and the perfect excuse you need to get SMaSHed.

AROMA

Floral, citrus

ABV

4.8%

MOUTHFEEL

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonated.

APPEARANCE

Light yellow, slightly hazy.

FLAVOUR

Slightly bitter, citrusy flavour followed by malty aftertaste.

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Jackfruit ale

Brewed with Pale Ale, Oat & Crystal malt, this special brew is infused with loads of fresh jackfruit, which imparts a subtle fruity aroma & flavour.

This Jack is definitely out of the box!

AROMA

Fruity

ABV

5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body

APPEARANCE

Pale straw to very dark orange in colour

FLAVOUR

Rich malt & subtle jackfruit

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Dark Vader

Schwarzbier

​​This German style dark lager is a regional specialty from southern Thuringen and northern Franconia in Germany.

It balances a complex malt flavour with a generous addition of noble hops, with notes of caramel.

The Special beer is rumoured to have strange powers, in that over a few pints, you seem to lose your ability to say ‘no’ to more. Don’t believe us? Well, have a taste of it yourself and see. But we warned—you don’t know the power of the dark side…umm…lager.

AROMA

Slightly malty

ABV

5.0%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body, smooth

APPEARANCE

Black

FLAVOUR

Light malty with hints of caramel

Specials

Kolsch Beer

Kolsch

The Kolsch, originating from Cologne, Germany, is a light and refreshing ale-lager hybrid. The beer is clean, crisp and delicately-balanced with a subtle fruit and hop character. Our version is made with a single hop, Mandarina Bavaria, that lends the brew distinctive mandarin and citrus notes.

AROMA

Low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character. A delicately spicy hop aroma, with a pleasant and subtle fruit aroma

ABV

4.9%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium-light & medium carbonation

APPEARANCE

Clear, pale gold to light gold

FLAVOUR

Low fruity sweetness, medium-low bitterness with delicate dryness and slight crispness

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    Deep Amber

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