Northwest Naturals works with many beer and cider companies on different applications. One area that has seen significant growth is fruit beers and beer cocktails. Beer companies are trying to market to wider audience to pull in people that might not normally enjoy beer. Beer cocktails normally utilize a lighter beer and with an ABV not over 4.5%.
The drink industry is seeing a push toward more developed flavors that appeal to a broader audience that might not normally drink hard alcohol. Millennials are responsible for the current trend toward more exotic spiced flavor profiles. As Millennials are eating out more, their developed spice palette is something they are looking for in new consumer products.
Cider or “Hard Cider” is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermentation of apple juice. This beverage has become extremely popular so much that according to the Northwest Agriculture Business Center cider production has rose from 1.2 million gallons
Fruit has been used in beer for centuries, especially with Belgian Lambic styles. Cherry, Raspberry, and peach are common additions to this type of beer.Some breweries only use flavors or extracts added to the finished beer, while others are doing more traditional methods of fermenting the fruit to get truer flavor in their beer.