It’s February, which means we’re all pretty much sick of winter but there’s still plenty of winter left for us to suffer through. So, we’ve culled together a six pack of brand new beers that focus on the fruity side of things, because fruit is good for you and it helps fight diseases like seasonal affective disorder and scurvy. So, drink up. Your life might depend on it.
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Full Sail Session Twist is a pale ale brewed with tangerines which sounds a hell of a lot like the perfect summer beer. And it is. But the dead of winter is when we need citrus and sunshine the most, so cheers. It's 5.2%, and available in those cute, stubby bottles until April.
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New Belgium Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale
New Belgium is introducing a new series of fruit beer that's kettle-soured for 2018. You've probably already had Lemon Ginger Tartastic—now you'll get a different fruit with each iteration of the beer. The first in the line up is this Raspberry Lime Ale, which New Belgium says is reminiscent of a radler. Even though there's a lot of fruit, they promise the beer isn't too sweet.
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Boulevard Brewing Jam Band Berry Ale
Oh, jam bands. You either love them or you hate them. I wonder if this new year round beer from Boulevard will be as divisive? It's a slightly tart ale with blueberry, raspberry and cherry juices thrown in at the end of fermentation. Boulevard debuted it last year as a draft only summer release, and loved it so much it's around for good.
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Surly Brewing Hopshifter IPA
Gluten light. Gluten reduced. Less gluten. That seems to be the key to happiness these days, so Surly has given us this new IPA that they've tweaked for more than a year before releasing to the world. It incorporates a new experimental hop (Bru-1) as well as old standbys Chinook and Citra. Surly promises that it tastes like an actual IPA, even though it's been brewed to remove gluten.
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Catawba Brewing King Coconut Porter
Catawba tends to fly under the radar (part of the rub of brewing in a crowded beer town like Asheville) but they're putting out solid, consistent beers, some of which are great. King Coconut Porter falls into that category if you like porters and coconut. The brewery pulls no punches and calls this a "liquid candy bar." You've been warned.
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Offshoot Beer Co Relax—It's Just a Hazy IPA
Offshoot is the latest, um, offshoot of The Bruery and this hazy IPA is the first beer Offshoot has canned and distributed beyond its brewery. It's unfiltered and un-bitter and full of tropical fruit. Because that's what we all want out of this style, right? Right!?