Beer: Jam Jar
Style: Fruited Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 5
7.5 Stars

July 9th UPDATE: According to Brewery Vivant leadership, another beer has been added to the Unapologetic Fruit Series. This beer has been added to the list below.

Ever since visiting and touring Brewery Vivant, I’ve had an understanding and appreciation regarding their approach to the beers they produce. A grand majority are experimental and funky, so I’ve learned to love and look forward to each new beer the Grand Rapids brewery releases, especially with it’s newest location – Broad Leaf Local Beer.

I’ve been enjoying Brewery Vivant‘s first installment to their Unapologetic Fruit series, Jam Jar, for the past few months. Who would have thought that buying an ample amount of beer in February would pay off during the spring of 2020?


The side of the can says that Jam Jar “brings to mind berry fruit preserves. We truly hope you dig it.” While I enjoyed drinking this beer, I found it tricky to pick out each of the fruits used in the brew. When I enjoy fruit preserves, I tend to dig out seeds from my teeth and there was none of that here.

Jam Jar was a farmhouse ale brewed with blackberries, plums, raspberries, and blueberries. All of these fruits packed a tart punch throughout each sip. The dark fruits gave the beer depth that I enjoyed. The real magic came from the time the ale was aged in a foeder. I’ve always been a fan of oaky notes in beer, especially after trying and enjoying Waypost’s Foeder Lager.

Photo Credit – Brewery Vivant
The Unapologetic Fruit series will have four releases during 2020. As noted already, Jam Jar is the first in the series. Also already out at the time of this blog post is StrawBarb, a strawberry rhubarb beer and Cherry Apricot Stone have been released. Raspberry Peach will be released around August/September and Cran/Apple Blueberry will be out around Thanksgiving. All of these sound fruit-astic and I’m looking forward to drinking them all!
Disclaimer: Ed purchased this beer for review.
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By Ed Norton

Edwin "Ed" Norton was first introduced to craft beer when his designated fraternity Big Brother Vince asked him if he knew anything about the topic. Ed admitted his ignorance and the rest is history as Ed and Vince would split six-packs of craft beers each week during Ed's probationary status. Ed is now a craft beer enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a beer he has not tried when bottle shopping or drinking at breweries and bars. In addition to drinking beer, this livelong Michigan resident enjoys a bunch of hobbies that he doubts you really care about, other than drinking beer and sounding off about it.

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