Fruit Beer Hero
Funky and Fruity
You’ve probably squeezed many a lime or lemon slice into the mouth of a beer bottle, or at least seen others do it. That little twist of fruit adds a nice touch to a refreshing brew-especially in the summertime. Luckily many brewers these days are infusing fruit flavors into their beers in a produce-aisle range of offerings. 
Fruit can balance otherwise heavy beers or add extra freshness and flavor to the lighter styles. Fruits have been added to beer for centuries, especially with Belgian lambic styles, which commonly add cherries (kriek), peach (peche) and raspberries (framboise) to the brew, and recently new variations such as currant (cassis). Lindemans Framboise is thought to be the category leader when it comes to fruity lambic brews. 
Many brewers have gone the Belgian route to offer some refreshing options. Some of these are seasonal brews and others are available year-round. You’ll find raspberry or peach wheat beer, blueberry ale, and cherry lager-and it doesn’t get more summery than Fruli Strawberry Beer, a Belgian wheat beer infused with the sweetness of the berry. 
Both ales and lagers are made with fruit, and the body, color, hop character and strength depend on the type of fruit used. Like their Belgian counterparts, American fruit beers tend to be created from a wheat beer base. Malt flavor is typically hidden with a low hop bitterness to allow the fruit to come through. 
So the next time you try to put a whole strawberry, blueberry or banana into your beer bottle, remember that the experts have probably already done it for you.
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Spontaneous Fermentation
Fruit lambics are the handiwork of Mother Nature. These beers are produced using spontaneous fermentation-they are fermented with wild yeasts coming from the air, the residing barrel or elsewhere.
Chicken Dish
Food Pairings
Beer is a natural partner with a great range of food, and Brie, Camembert or Mascarpone go quite well with fruit beer, as do chicken and fish. Many of these foods have just the right blend of tart and sweetness to help top off a meal alongside pie and other fruit dishes.
Additionally, infusing dishes with the flavors of various fruit is a great way to mirror the same notes in these beers. Try duck with cherries, or for a lighter option, salads with fruity dressings also complement fruit beers.
Glazed Spareribs
Fruit Beers
Spareribs Glazed with Lindemans Kriek
Serves 6  
1 bottle Lindemans Kriek
Salt and pepper to taste
4 tablespoons tomato purée
1 tablespoon honey
2 garlic cloves
2 racks of ribs
  1. Blend the Lindemans Kriek with salt, pepper, tomato purée and honey to create a smooth sauce. Crush and add the garlic. Coat the racks of ribs thoroughly with marinade.
  2. Let them rest for at least 1 hour in a cool place.
  3. Lay ribs on an oven tray and cover. Place the oven tray in a preheated oven to 320°F and cook for 1 ½ hours.
  4. Uncover and place it briefly under a hot grill so that the ribs color nicely.
  5. Cut the ribs per two and serve on a bed of lettuce.
Recipe courtesy of Lindemans.
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