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Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat® follows the centuries old American tradition of brewing beer with native ingredients, in this case, Michigan cherries. The sweet, fruitiness of the cherries is balanced by the crisp, cereal note from the malted wheat and the subtle citrus character of the Noble hops. A touch of honey is also added for sweetness.
Our original summer seasonal, this American wheat ale with its distinct cherry character developed such a strong following that it became a year-round style. Cherries are added during the mash to add a distinct sweet and slightly tart cherry flavor to the crisp cereal notes from the wheat and bright citrusy notes from Noble hops. A touch of honey is added at the end of the brewing process to make for a deliciously refreshing beer.
Cherries are believed to have come to the US from China around 4,000 B.C. Of course, Michigan's cherry history isn't quite as long. It was 1852 when Peter Dougherty planted the first cherry orchard in the Grand Traverse Area next to Lake Michigan. The location is ideal with its rolling hills and sandy soil for drainage and air flow as well as its proximity to the lake itself that calms winter winds and keeps the orchards cool in the summer. The cherries from the Grand Traverse area add just the right amount of fruit character to this delicious brew.