Beer with a Side of Dehydrated Fruits and Vegetables
Craft beer has been growing at a phenomenal rate in the United States in the last 10 years. Based on a report put out by the Brewers Association at the end of 2016, there are over 5,000 breweries in the U.S., and 99% of those are small and independent craft breweries.
One of the most interesting things about their findings is that approximately 65% of craft beer drinkers say that one of the main things they like about craft beer is the variety. They enjoy finding specialty beers, unique beers that they can’t find anywhere else.
This has led many brewhouses to develop beers that incorporate ingredients you wouldn’t normally associate with beer—fruits and vegetables. Craft brewers are looking for ways to distinguish themselves in a growing market, and for some, fruits and vegetables provide that touch of flavor they’re looking for.
Robert Finkel, rootmaster at Chicago’s Forbidden Root, says, “The world's senses have been awakened by the availability of specialty foods and different flavors,” and they are bringing those flavors into their beers. Robert Mosher, who works with Finkel at the Forbidden Root, adds, “The food adds a dimension and lets people get more experimental than they would in their normal lives.”
Brewmasters are using fruits like apples, cranberries, lemon peel, orange peel, and pumpkin to liven up their beer creations. One brewer in Idaho, Bob Lonseth at Slanted Rock Brewing Company, created a beer that combines peach and jalapeno flavors for a fun summertime brew.
At Silva, we love being a part of the process of people creating new food products for their customers to enjoy. And the craft beer phenomenon is just one example of the incredible possibilities available through dehydrated fruits and vegetables like the ones Silva has provided for over 35 years.