New craft brews fearlessly blend wines into beer

on 30/04/12 at 12:39 pm

Booze News

We’ve all heard the phrase “It takes a lot of good beer to make good wine,” a reference to winemakers’ time-honored after-work refreshment. Recently, thanks to modern craft brewers employing old winemakers’ ways—i.e. wood aging, wild yeasts, cork-and-wire closures—the line between beer and wine has gotten deliciously blurry. The best of these resulting brews? Dryer, more complex and sometimes appealingly acidic, counterbalancing sweetness…and overall, deeper in flavor.

That alone is a welcome angle. But now, a handful of craft brewers around the world are using actual wine grape juice in their beers. And why not? Ancient libations often blended grape and grain, among other fermentable natural fruit sugars and spices.

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