Fruit and Spice Beers

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Written by Tom Becham for

Let’s face it.  Amongst beer geeks, beers containing fruit and/or spices tend to have a poor reputation.  Fruit beers are routinely called “girlfriend beer” (that’s actually the most POLITE term I can find for them), while spiced beers are usually written off as gimmicks and/or seasonal aberrations.

But the truth is that both fruits and spices have a long history of being used as brewing ingredients.  The German Reinheitsgebot (the document from 1516 Germany which prohibited the use of any ingredients in beer other than malt, hops, water and yeast) aside, many very ancient brewing traditions have had no restrictions on ingredients.
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