Finding fresh ingredients in craft beer is an experience like none other. There’s nothing like taking a sip of a brew and getting that fresh, crisp taste from use of the fresh, real ingredients. Adding the right blend of malts and grains or freshly sourced ingredients to a fresh batch of beer can create wondrous and robust flavors of chocolate, stone fruit, or even flavors similar to jolly rancher candies.
However, every ingredient, from the use of grains, yeast that is pitched to hops and/or any adjuncted ingredients, should always be the freshest, highest grade quality! Achieving this can be done in a number of ways. You can get coffee from a local coffee roaster and chocolate from a local chocolatier like 5150 Chocolate in Delray Beach, FL or honey/fruits from a local farm in Miami. Adding these fresh ingredients will elevate a batch of beer from good to freaking delicious! As you can see, there are tons of fresh ingredients that you can add to beer to create the flavor you’re looking for, but we’re going to hone in on adding fresh fruits to your beers, what that actually means, what it can create, and all things fruity beers!
The great thing about adding something like fresh fruit to your beer is how far you can really take it and all of the different routes you can go during the brewing process. You can make practically any type of beer with fresh fruit, from a Berliner weisse, to a wild ale, sour beer, or even a crisp pilsner. Using this form of deliciously fresh ingredients such as fresh fruits can really allow brewers to level up their skillset and expand on recipes in new and innovative ways. It can give them the chance to branch out from the norm and sometimes the easiest way of adding specific grains or malts to create a flavor they’re looking for.
Many breweries in South Florida have been using fresh ingredients like fresh fruit in their beers for years. For instance, Odd Breed Wild Ales and Yeasty Brews Artisanal Beers, consistently use fresh fruits in their brewing process – from star fruit to dragonfruit and mango, the options are endless. There’s no stopping these breweries from getting that fresh fruit taste in their brews making them that more enticing and special. Yeasty Brews Artisanal Beers has even stepped their game up a little further than most and many of their seltzers are crafted utilizing locally sourced fresh fruit as well.
There are so many ways to create new and fun beers – you don’t have to remain stagnant- brewing the same beers. Patrons want to try new things, craft beer popularity continues to rise and crafting new fun styles is the perfect way to create a name for yourself. So have fun with your craft, live a little, and when in doubt add a mango or two to your brew and get a little funky with it!
Yeasty Brews opened its taproom and kitchen in December 2020 giving people a place to enjoy flavorful craft beers and hard seltzers in a funky, fun, welcoming environment. Founded by the Double D’s, Dan & Denielle, who love bringing awesome people together over delicious drinks and food. Our menu is classic and satisfying with a little something for everyone’s palate. If you are looking for a place to vibe out and chill then stop in today! Your tastebuds will thank you and the beers are delectable.