Summer is finally here and our drinking habits tend to change, from the strong, dark Belgian beers we enjoy drinking in winter to more refreshing and light beers in the warmer weather. More recently, we are seeing fruit flavoured drinks gaining popularity, from fruit ciders, flavoured gins to fruit flavoured beers. Fruity beers tend to be lower in alcohol content, light and have a more refreshing taste, which makes them more appealing to a bigger drinking audience. Non-beer drinkers are more likely to try fruit flavoured beers as a lot of fruit beers don’t taste of traditional beer.

There’s also a lot of choice within this beer category. No longer are breweries only producing cherry beers. We stock a wide range of fruit beers, for example Floris Apple, Fruli Strawberry, Lindemans Cassis, Mongozo Banana, Boon Framboise, just to name a few.

Fruit beers are also great paired with various foods. They can compliment all food courses, from desserts, salads, seafood and main dishes. If you’ve not tried drinking a Mongozo Coconut beer whilst eating a curry, you are seriously missing out!

Although breweries have been brewing fruit beers for a long time, we are starting to see a shift in more advanced flavours. The Timmermans Brewery is a perfect example of how they are using their creativity and experience to blend different fruits and spices together. This year, they have undergone a rebranding and are now making the following fruit beers:

These new and modern flavours are not only attracting beer lovers but also wine, cider and spirit drinkers. This Belgian beer brewery, which, by the way, is the oldest Lambic brewery is a perfect example of innovation in craft beer brewing and I’m sure we’ll start to see other breweries following in their footsteps.

Not only are fruit beers light and refreshing but they are also visually appealing, with their vibrant colours and unique pouring suggestions. Having a matching beer glass really does help and improve the whole drinking experience and you can find a large selection of branded beer glasses on our website.

It’s important to mention that not all fruit beers are made with wheat beers. Porters, stouts and Lambics are also a great base for producing a fruit flavoured brew. Some Kriek beers are made by blending new and old beer together, such as Rodenbach Fruitage. We also stock some amazing barrel aged fruit beers, my favourite being Nigredo Tart Cherry Double Dark Sour. This Belgian beer by L’Ermitage is matured in Cognac barrels and is 8% ABV.

Last year, we introduced you to Schofferhofer Grapefruit and Pineapple. These low-alcohol, German fruity wheat beers were extremely popular so we are very pleased to be able to offer more of their range this year.

Schofferhofer was the first German brewery to brew a wheat beer outside of Bavaria. The beers are mainly brewed in Dortmund. Their fruity wheat beers are becoming well-known worldwide and have won various beer awards over the recent years. All of their beers are vegan friendly. The Schofferhofer Brewery, founded in 1806 by Georg Schoffler, has become a favourite among beer enthusiasts. In 1921, it was acquired by Binding-Brauerei AG and then again in 2001 by Radeberger Gruppe.

We have put together a new mixed case, which includes six different variations of Schofferhofer. This selection makes a perfect beer tasting pack, ideal if you’re hosting a BBQ with friends.

As well as including the popular Schofferhofer Grapefruit and Schofferhofer Pineapple cans, the mixed fruit beer case also features:

  • Schofferhofer Lemon
  • Schofferhofer Passion Fruit
  • Schofferhofer Cherry
  • Schofferhofer Pomegranate

These flavoured wheat beers come in 33cl bottles and all have an ABV of 2.5%. We would love to know which one is your favourite so feel free to tag us on your social media pages. This mixed beer case is in high demand, so please order your pack as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Low-alcohol beers are increasingly popular, not only because they thirst-quenching but also for their potential health benefits.