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Fall Craft Beer Flavor Trends

As the seasons change, so do the trends in the world of craft beer. Constantly evolving to include unconventional and experimental flavors to please new and seasoned beer drinkers alike, this fall’s brews are inspired by nature and crafted to stimulate the senses. Advanced Biotech takes a look at some interesting autumnal flavors consumers can expect to see on shelves and in their local breweries.

 

Stone Fruit

 

            Stone fruit season may be winding down, but their popularity in crafts beers is still in full swing. Stone fruits are named as such because of the pit or “stone” in their center that is encased in a fleshy outer area. Plums, cherries, and peaches are popular for their versatility, and have been popping in everything from Belgian pale ales to sour IPAs. Bringing a burst of freshness that balances out the hoppy brew, Advanced Biotech predicts that stone fruits will continue to be a popular additive.

 

Coffee

 

            As the craft beer and third-wave coffee movements continue to rise side by side in popularity, brew masters are quickly discovering that the two are a match made in heaven. The rich, slightly bitter notes of coffee blend seamlessly with several beer styles, in particular, dark, malty brews such as porter and stouts. While some artisans add dry coffee grounds during the fermenting process, others add a smaller amount of concentrated, cold-brew coffee to their finished beer. Whichever way its poured, coffee beers are sure to continue in success as long as caffeine-loving consumers are looking for a pick-me-up.

 

Sweet Tones

 

            Once generally reserved for confections, flavors like vanilla, caramel, and maple are finding their way into stouts and IPAs alike. Adding a unique, palatable flavor and an autumnal warmth, these smooth brews are the perfect choice to sip around an autumn bonfire or during your local Oktoberfest celebration.