Like the changing of the seasons, I love to experience the flavorful transition from the heavier stouts and porters of Winter to the lighter brews of Spring and Summer. And this year, I’m seeing a fantastic influx of more fruit-infused brews that will make for some great summer drinking. This will be a great beer summer.
Fruited beers are for the beer lover in search of flavor. Right now, I’m all in on New England IPAs because I love the juicy explosions of flavor. Fruity flavored beers are fun and can be gateways for those who are not beer lovers. To me, they make the hunt for a new brew, more fun.
And now, a new fruited beer is ready to debut at Third Wheel Brewing.
“Grapefruit is one of the Seven Wonders of Barbados,” said Abbey Spencer, head brewer at Third Wheel. “Grapefruit zest and juice were blended into a soft, sweet wheat beer and rounded out with just a bite of ginger.” And that work is now ready to debut.
The new beer, “Hitchhiking To Barbados” was the idea of brewery owner Brad Wheeler. Third Wheel has a fruited beer that they change up the fruit each quarter. They use their blonde ale as the base. The current incarnation is Cherry Broken Arm Blonde.
“I was interested in experimenting with a fruited wheat beer, and immediately, Brad said “I want a grapefruit ginger wheat.” And I thought that sounded great, so I made it. For this first go around, I split off half of a batch of our Ophelia’s Wit and put it in a separate fermenter with its own yeast and time to play around with fruit and ginger.
On the pour: Pale, hazy gold. Fluffy white foam.