My first adventure with fruit beer was about 5 years ago while lost in rural northern England. It involved a Peugot, 8% alc. Damson (plum) Beer, a flock of sheep and a romantic hillside (not necessarily in that order). I can’t remember for the life of me who the brewer was but it was at that moment that my eyes were opened to the world of fruit beers.
If you’re not interested in getting lost in northern England to find a true fruit beer, there are some options closer to home. The LCBO and Beer Store have a number of fruit beers available to guys (and some can be found on tap at pubs in T.O.). Since it’s still beer, there is no need to be ashamed of drinking it either!
Some of my favourites include:
McAuslan St. Ambroise Apricot Ale: Award winning beer made with essence of apricot. A subtle nose of apricots and a light refreshing finish. Available at The Beer Store, LCBO and on tap at select pubs.
Mort Subite Framboise: Made with raspberry juice and some added sugar, this beer smells and tastes like raspberries but a bit on the sweet side. Great as a dessert beer. LCBO only.
KLB Raspberry Wheat: Much more subtle than the Mort Subite, this is a refreshing wheat ale brewed in Ontario using pure raspberry extract. Available at The Beer Store, LCBO, and on tap.