Peach Flavored Beers
Fruit flavored beer production has exploded over the past couple decades in the craft brewing world. Flashing back to the late 1980′s, a college roommate had just returned from a trip to Belgium. His great discovery over there was fruit flavored Lambics. I cringed at the though of tainting my mass-produced American Light Lager with fruit. I no longer drink mass-produced light lagers, but do drink a lot of craft-brewed fruit beers. Would be very interesting to compare import records for Belgian Lambics from back then to today. I’m not sure there were any on the shelves of most beer retailers. Today, even common grocery stores offer a selection of a few.
Moving on to beers brewed or aged on fresh peaches. Peaches work great in wheat beers and sour beer styles. They provide sweetness, tartness, acidity, and a nice overall fruity flavor. Hops varieties which produce tropical fruit aromas and flavors can also be a nice compliment when used in peach beers.
Terrapin Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale (5.3%, 22 IBUs)
A Farmhouse Saison-Style beer brewed with peaches. Crisp and tart. Seasonal release produced in Athens, GA.
A low abv German-Style Sour Beer. Brewed with local peaches in St. Louis, MO.
Crooked Stave Persica (7.5%)
Barrel-Aged Sour Peach Ale fermented with wild Brettanomyces yeast. Brewed in Denver, CO.
Spontaneously fermented in the Oregon countryside. Tart and sour with earthy notes. Brewed in Corvallis, OR.
Upright Brewing Fantasia (5.8%)
Aged for one year in oak barrels. Tart and refreshing with bright peachy flavors. Brewed in Portland, OR.
Brewed with 3,000 pounds of Colorado peaches in Fort Collins. Strong, hoppy, and peachy.
Dogfish Head Festina Peche (4.5%, 8 IBUs)
Widely available summer release, brewed in the style of a Berliner Weisse, and flavored with peaches.