The rosé beer trend is here to stay. These are the best new entries into the category.
he rosé beer trend is here to stay, and as the weather warms up, more renditions have entered the market. Unlike rosé wine, there’s no rule on how these brews get made. Some brewers use wine grapes along with grains in the mash; others include hibiscus to give tartness and create a pleasing pink color; and some make beer with Champagne yeast and something pink added in, such as raspberries, beets or red grape skins.
This type of beer doesn’t have to have grapes to make it a rosé-style brew; it just needs a rosy hue. From unsung heroes in the category to new kids in the can, get ready to pop a top this spring and enjoy the pink side of beer.
Avery Rocky Mountain Rosé (12-oz. 6-pack, $11)
Firestone Walker Rosalie (12-oz. 6-pack, $10)
“Pretty in pink” is the first thought this rosé beer imparts, and that’s just from the slender, pretty can. The actual liquid rose gold inside offers a different story, though one that’s just as pleasing. The tale starts at Castoro Cellars, located in Templeton, Calif., near Firestone Walker’s headquarters. There, 100 tons of wine grapes were harvested for the production of Rosalie, mostly chardonnay with a dash of viognier, sauvignon blanc, riesling and muscat. Those grapes were pressed and the beverage made by fermenting the grape juice with a light pilsner malt, which lends the drink a juicy roundness with hints of stone fruit and airy citrus. The hops tame the sweetness and impart a lemony profile, blending nicely with the natural warm, yeasty essence. Then a dash of hibiscus is added to give the brew a pink hue and little more fruity tartness. It’s a summer crisper for sure, perfect for adding to the cooler during that next warm-weather party.
Oskar Blues Rosé for Daze (12-oz. 6-pack, $11)
Two Roads Rosé Gose (12-oz. 4-pack, $15)
Upslope Sparkling Rose IPA (12-oz. 6-pack, $15)
While most rosé beer leans to the lighter side, this IPA from Upslope Brewing is 7.1% ABV, and boy does it sparkle. This brew doesn’t have any grape juice or grape skins added; instead it gets its rosé-wine-like nuances thanks to the way it’s brewed. Though an IPA, this brew is done brut-style, which uses the enzyme amyloglucosidase to give the beer the bone-dry characteristic of a fine Champagne. This means instead of those juicy IPAs we’re used to, this one is crisper and less sweet. It features flavors of peaches and honeydew melon, with a bit of a floral-citrus essence thanks to the hops; the blush color is from beet juice. Expect to sip on this Colorado beer in late spring, as it’s available from May to July
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