For me, fruit beers are summer. They are generally light and refreshing, and I’m always looking for another one to add to my rotation. New Glarus Brewing makes some solid beers. I am partial to their Spotted Cow and Cabin Fever. When I saw that they had a limited addition fruit beer, I was totally excited. The labels describes apples, cranberries, and cherries from this last season — I’m sold (I mean, you need to have fruit to fight off scurvey, right?).

Its challenger is a beer I know and enjoy. Soft Parade Shandy has raspberries and blueberries and blackberries and probably any other berry that you could dream of (okay, that was an exaggeration, but there are a lot of berries in there). Let’s duel!

HopDuel Survey

Better labelSoft Parade Shandy
Better aromaSerendipity
Better tasteSerendipity
Better finishSerendipity

Tell us about it

This is the one of the most delicious duels I have done. Seriously, these beers were *so* good. The Serendipity has an aroma of apples, and one sip makes me think of eating a cherry Jolly Rancher. The Soft Parade Shandy is beautiful and light with the taste of all the berries. They both are respectable ambassadors of fruit beers, and I loathe having to choose one. Because I do, I give the win to Serendipity. There is a boldness and richness in its fruit profile and a finish that edges out the Shandy. However, I did not want to put either of them down and can see myself on the beach with one in each hand. I’ll see you at the beach.

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