Monday, May 9, 2016

A fruit beer comes to fruition at Grapevine

Image courtesy of Grapevine Craft Brewery.

A product nearly four years in the making, Grapevine Craft Brewery has announced the release of its first fruit beer in the form of Prickly Pear Wheat.

The creation of head brewer, Jonny Daylett, Prickly Pear Wheat has a bit of history around the homebrewing community. As far back as 2012, a version of the beer known as The Pear Necessities made the rounds at events under the umbrella of the Daylett Brew Company. Later, Daylett and the beer's recipe would become part of the plans behind Frisco City Grainworks, a startup slated to open in late 2014. When that didn't happen, Daylett made his eventual move to Grapevine, where the beer will now live on as a limited commercial release.

As for what consumers can expect, Prickly Pear Wheat is brewed with real fruit puree to give it a "vibrant and striking magenta color." It's a beer of moderate strength, given an ABV of 6.1%, and one the brewery says is "summer drinking at its finest."

According to a press release, Prickly Pear Wheat will be available on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce cans beginning in June. Additional limited offerings will follow, including Tropical Double IPA with Blood Orange and Mango (draft and package), and Brewers' Reserve Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse (draft only).

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