Alcohol by volume: 10%
This is where summer refreshment takes a back seat to some intense flavor. Beer drinkers familiar with Pyramid Brewing's Apricot Ale or Magic Hat No. 9 may already be comfortable with the idea of apricot in their beer. Blend that apricot flavor with a bit of plum, however, and you get this hybrid brew from the Fort Collins, Colo.-based brewer's experimental Lips Of Faith collection. At 10% ABV, it's a bit more of a warmer than the other fruit beers on this list, but the sweetness of the apricot and the tartness of the plum create a complex blend that knows no season. While more of a Belgian mad-brewer experiment than a true fruit beer, Pluot still fits well within that description and does the genre a favor by exploring its edges a bit. At the very least, it's a great backyard/back deck/balcony sunset-watching beer.