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November 10, 2017
For centuries the Belgians used all manner fruit to flavour their lambic beers and modern brewers have caught on. Fruit-driven craft beers are becoming more common as brewers continue to experiment with different styles and flavours. With that in mind, it should be no surprise that we couldn’t resist brewing a fruit beer of our own.
So why did we pick passionfruit to add to our IPA? The answer is flavour – we wanted something that would accentuate the hop characteristics of our beer without overpowering them. We dabbled with two dozen fruit combinations but in the end the tart taste of passionfruit was able to cut through just the right way – take a sip and we bet you’ll agree.
Brewing Fruit Bat starts with Pilsner and Crystal malts, as well as a hearty dose of Pacific Jade hops. Next we add Cascade and Motueka hops in the whirlpool, then finish it off by double dry hopping with a mix of Amarillo, Simcoe and Moutere hops to load it up with a whole lot of flavour. Once it’s about ready to bottle we add a generous helping of passionfruit juice to really highlight the hops’ citrus and tropical notes. This adds up to a beer that finishes with deliciously zesty, fruit notes – a 6 on our Flavour Scale and 7.0% ABV.
If all that talk of hops and flavour has you licking your lips, here’s what you should be looking for on the menu. Fruit Bat’s passionfruit flavour goes particularly well with fresh flavours like tuna sashimi. But if seafood’s not your kettle of fish then you can swap the sushi for something spicy. Mexican dishes like tacos should do the trick. These flavours are a great match for most IPAs and the extra passionfruit kick in Fruit Bat only makes it better.
Well, enough talk – it’s time to try a Fruit Bat passionfruit IPA for yourself. Delicious as it is, this brew won’t be around forever so head into your local Brewbar or look for it wherever you usually get your Mac’s before the end of summer.
Knows his beer.
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