Even People Who Hate Beer Will Love These

Everyone wants to be that cool person who knows the way around a beer list, but it takes a genuine interest and/or dedicated effort to get there. For the perennial wine-drinker (or those of us just looking to dip our toes into the world of beer), fruit beers are the perfect place to start. Tart and a little funky, these beers have a nice punch of fresh fruit flavor that makes them as food-friendly and gulp-able as your favorite rosé.

It's not all hops and bubbles: Fruit beers can be a little tricky to navigate, and the wrong selection can get you something that tastes like coconut-laced cheesecake — and not in a good way. To help, we've rounded up some awesome and totally approachable fruit beers (and one cider) in a wide variety of styles. These beverages are just the thing for those of us who have spent most of the summer sipping the same cocktail we always order.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tahoe Mountain Brewing.
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Blood Orange Saison (6.0% ABV, $7.49)

Saisons are easy and refreshing pale ales, perfect for warm days. This one goes down easy, with an initial hint of citrus that unfurls into a juicy flood of blood-orange flavor and fizz.

Available at select Whole Foods Markets.
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Photo: Courtesy of Finnriver.
Finnriver Sparkling Black Currant Cider (6.5% ABV, $9.99)

Okay, okay, I know this isn’t a beer — but it’s ridiculously delicious. Like, dangerously so. Did you ever drink Juice Squeeze fruit soda when you were a kid? This is like that, but for grownups. Sweet, ripe fruit, lip-smacking acidity, and just everything you ever wanted from anything ever.

Available online and in stores at Bevmo.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Lost Abbey.
Lost Abbey Framboise De Amorosa (7.0% ABV, $17.99)

This beer pours brick-red and smells like a sun-warmed basket of raspberries. It bursts with ripe raspberry flavor, followed by a layer of sea-salty caramel, a touch of vanilla, and a surprising tartness. A drinking companion described it as “crushed Warhead candies,” and I couldn’t have said it better.
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Dogfish Head Brewing Festina Peche (4.5% ABV, $8.99)

Fresh, light, crisp, and definitely a tad pucker-y, the peach flavor isn’t super-strong and only comes in on the finish. It’s like a beer version of peach-flavored iced tea — and just as refreshing.

Find it locally with Dogfish Head’s Fish Finder.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bruery Terreux.
Bruery Terreux® Beret™ (9.0% ABV, $14.99)

If you love Blue Moon but are ready to graduate to something more substantial, Bruery’s Beret is for you. This lightly fruity, fresh, and slightly sour wheat beer is brewed with raspberries for a bottle that’s refreshing and not too heavy.

Buy it online at the BrueryStore.com
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Photo: Courtesy of Tahoe Mountain Brewing.
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Passion Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, $6.99)

Brewed with mango and passion-fruit juice, this pale ale features tropical flavors that are lush but not overpowering, and the finish is crisp enough to send you straight back for another sip.

Available at select Whole Foods.
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Photo: Courtesy of New Belgium.
New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek (7.0% ABV, $16.99)

While this lambic hits all the points that set a beer geek’s heart aflutter, it is also extremely approachable. Sweet, rich cherry flavors flood your mouth, followed by a hint of sourness and a bright, crisp finish that’s irresistible.

Find it online with New Belgium’s Beer Finder.
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Photo: Courtesy of Almanac Beer Co.
Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus (7.0% ABV, $10.99)

Almanac Beer Company makes brilliant, fruit-laced sour ales all year round — depending on what’s in season. And god bless them for it; they are all fantastic. The most current release combines the aromatics of Buddha’s Hand citrons with the bracing tartness of yuzu and the juicy flavor of blood oranges. It’s perfect for sushi, boats, and other summertime things.

Available at select Whole Foods or online at K&L Wine Merchants.
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