Surely in your favorite beer store you have often caught the eye of a bottle with the words “brewed with natural flavors.” What does this mean?
In fact, it can mean almost anything. But do not think that this post is from the series “You Won’t Believe What They Add to Your Beer”
I became interested in natural flavors because of the growing popularity of “craft beer,” which flourishes by adding a variety of ingredients of this kind. Blue Moon, America’s most popular beer, also contains natural flavors, as well as the Leinenkugel line of shandy beer cocktails, which in 2013 became the fastest growing segment of the beer market.
However, not only large manufacturers add natural flavorings to beer – they can also be found in beer from Sam Adams, Shipyard, Rogue and many other US breweries. Continue reading