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Fruli (Fruit) Beer?

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Kuisine Sep 27, 2006 04:49 AM

Hey all,

Just back from a trip to England and Ireland and discovered I really like a fruit beer we found there, Fruli. Anyone know if this or something similar can be found in LA, either in restaurants or stores?

I've browsed on Google but coming up empty so far.

Thanks,

Kathy/Kuisine

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    truliketrudat Sep 27, 2006 04:54 AM

    Well one can easily find the fruit flavored belgian lambics around here in flavors like kriek (black cherry)and framboise (raspberry) and so on.

    One brand that I have seen is Lindemans which can be found in many markets including Whole Foods or Bristol Farms. I heard Lindemans is much sweeter than traditional lambics, but I still like it.

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      msmerymac Sep 7, 2009 04:02 PM

      I'm dreaming about Fruli too! I found a pub on the Marylebone high street that had draft strawberry Fruli and loved it so much that I went back to that same pub a week later, when passing through London again on the way back from Scotland.

      The problem is that Fruli isn't a lambic - it's 70% wheat beer and 30% fruit juice, added almost at the very end. Lambics tend to be too sweet for me (especially lindemann's), more like a fruit cider. Although some of the non-lindemann's raspberry lambics are okay. Fruli was more like a beer smoothie! Or like making fresh strawberry lemonade in the summer... only with beer instead of lemonade! I know Canada has fruli, and they're in the US, just not sure where. I plan on talking to the beer distribution guy at K and L Wines on Sunset, near Vine. They're great at getting stuff in - as long as they're able to, based on who the distributor is, etc.

      1. Joe Blowe Sep 7, 2009 04:25 PM

        msmerymac:

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        http://beeradvocate.com/news/1472609

        Früli, Europe's Fastest Growing Fruit Beer, Makes US Debut
        July 29, 2008

        [...] "Look for Früli in both on- and off- premise accounts across the USA beginning in August. For more information visit www.distinguished-brands.com or www.fruli.com ."
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        As you can see, it debuted in the U.S. last year. If you're not seeing it around, it's probably because it wasn't selling at local stores...

        1. Pata_Negra Sep 8, 2009 05:49 AM

          omg the horror ;) if you can't find Früli i suggest a brilliant alternative: Fresita [ http://www.scenestermag.com/scenester... ], a sparkling wine from Chile with Patagonian strawberry pulp. 8% abv.

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            Nona007 Jul 31, 2012 07:04 PM

            The closest place I've found Fruli is in Arizona; most pubs and in BevMo

            1. Dapuma Jul 31, 2012 07:19 PM

              You can get them at Bevmo in AZ, I would guess you can find it in AZ Bevmo as well, but I find it disgusting :)

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                chowbee Jul 31, 2012 07:42 PM

                While it's not the same thing, I mix the rasberry lambic with beer to get something closer to what you are looking for. I'm partial to stout myself, but wheat beer works too. I get this combo at Najas sometimes but it can be done at home too.

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